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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Flemish Red Ale Grand CruFlemish Red Ale Grand Cru

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 181
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sacfly on 02-18-2006

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Photo of goochpunch
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a reddish brown with a thick off-white head. This has one of the strongest noses of any Flemish sour I've ever had. Loads of berries, vanilla, caramel malts. A whiff of vinegar. Flavor is very sour with an excellent dryness in the finish. Vinegar isn't overwhelming as in some other Flemish sours. Very fruity with a mild toastiness from the malts. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. This is easily one of the greatest of the style that I've had.

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Photo of NWFLyer
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is what a Flemish Sour should be. Its darn near perfection in a glass; it pours a brilliant, ruby-red color with minimal head and little lacing. The tart smell, reminiscent of a natural, crisp, hard apple cider, is a delight to the olfactory buds. The flavor is also crisp, modestly sour and has a very clean finish. If you enjoy sour beers, you should give Strubbe's a try. I believe it will be your gold-standard on which to compare other beers of this style.

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Photo of Auraan
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, dark, deep reddish brown with red tinting at the edges of the glass and a thin off-white head. Quite nice, very appealing and pleasant to look at. Scents of Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, overripe fruit, sour funk and faint caramel malt. A good sour aroma, quite appealing. Flavor begins with sour and funky notes alongside sweet, moscato-like white grape, moving into some indeterminate fruity flavors, sour apple, caramel and earthy mustiness. The finish is tart, with some sweetness. An excellent flavor profile that blends sour and sweet into a lovely whole. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky, semi-drying feel. Quite nice. Overall this was a great Flanders Red that has an excellent aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased same date as review. (Best before 02/08/2015 date)

Pours copper red with a pink/tan head.

Nose is initially a red wine vinegar sour acidic that quickly goes to esters of fresh green unripe pear and then to green grapes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just what you would anticipate (and want) from the nose. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced with medium acid brightness and light carbonation.

Flavor profile is bitter grape acidic celery and green spice and pepper. Very appealing, leaves you wanting more and very food friendly .

Just the right amount of initial sour character and a nice celery, salty acidic finish.

Very drinkable and very nice. This is a beer that the inexperienced and experienced will both like. Good with lots of food profiles.

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Photo of agent2550
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very short, creamy white head.

It is very dark redish brown in color with orange highlights.

The smell pulls you in: green apples and a wiff of cherry.

Medium-light carbonation, tastes like green apples against an amber ale backdrop.

Aftertaste is slightly bitter and sour.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep burnt Amber color.

Smells sour "around the edges". Certainly not in your face or over the top. Reminds me of dark red lemon tarts or a vinegary icewine. Yes, definite wine nose.

Slightly sour, more tart than sour. Somewhat surprising. It has a True cider taste- puckery and not to sweet.

This is the only beer I would think to eat with a brocoli cheese beer soup served in a bread bowl. This beer would stand up nicely to cheese pairings.

Aftertaste is vinegar then crab apples.

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Photo of pkalix
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark brown with minimal head.... smell seems a tad vinegar-y but i dont know what to expect from this. it says sour is a characteristic of the flanders red ale so . . . . . . let's see!
oh yeah. that was definitely a vinegar i smelled... i like these 'tarts'. they dont always mix with the others i try in an evening, but i like 'em. fruity, vinegar-y, tart as in an over-ripened cherry.... but delicious!
overall... not much lacing on the glass- seems a bit thin, but flavor is there. i like the sourness of it and i like the general style of these brews. often wonder why no american brewer attempts a 'sour' . . . . do americans just not 'get into' these types of beers? i love 'em!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APP- A lovely crystal-clear deep ruby. Off wite head is moderate but leaves thick sticky sheets of lace.

AROMA- chocolate, dried cranberry, black pepper, truffle, honey and fruit, faint note of cinnamon- possibly from barrel.

FLAVOR- Extremely red-wine like. Reminds me of a jammy malbec and or/ very spicy cab at he same time. Toasty and tannic sensation comes on first, with deep dark dried fruit and red wine vinous flavors drenching the palte before a kiss of vinegar clenches the finish. Rasberry tone. Hint of new leather. Some vanilla in the aftertaste.

MF- Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. A little astringent in the finish, but really nice.

OVERALL- The oak really pops out in this beer. It is not the most complex example of the style I've had but the tannin should make it fun to age a few bottles. Very fun beer to drink and a great sub for red wine.

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Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, med. Tan head slowly shrinks, a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is dried cherries, meat gravy, iron, wet bread.

Taste is sweet-tart cherries, iron, hint of dark bread, finish of caramelized topast and grain, light hint of peppery bitterness. It is excellent, with good complexity and depth and a very nice, full character with good balance.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange toned brown color from the tap into a very nice looking goblet style glass. The head was non-existant, but I can't say if it was the beer or whatever the bar happened to wash the glass with. After a few sipps the head on the side of the glass remained. The flavor was sweet and sour with a tart aftertaste. Very light in the body making this a highly drinkable beer. My first beer of this event, so I was hirsty, but still a good start regaurless.

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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Max's 72 hours.
Served in a goblet.

served a clear dark orange with minimal head. Smell is of balsamic vinigar with a hint of sweetness. Taste mimics the smell. Crisp. dry aftertaste. Infinately drinkable. Light body and not too much of anything but more than enough to be interesting. Excellent.

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Photo of Radome
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium brown with strong red highlights; lightly cloudy. Light tan head is not overly active or persistent, but strong sheets of lacing stay on the glass along with a few wisps on the surface of the beer.

S - Deep aromas of oak, brown sugar, dark berries, graham crackers. There is a low vinegar note that blends deliciously with the other aromas. No hops or obvious yeast notes.

T - The vinegar-like sour note is more prominent in flavor than it was in aroma. Fruit is the next most prominent, with cherries and blackberries. Malt is represented by graham cracker and molasses. Oak is in the background along with a low spice note that reminds me of a gingersnap cookie.

F - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Just enough bitterness to break up the sweet malt. No alcohol presence.

O - This is a delicious Flemish red that is restrained and clean but very complex.

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Photo of Pehlman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber with a glowing red rim and a light copper head. Nice lacing.

S: Great balance of tart dark fruits, and caramelized sugars. I strong grape aroma backed by smooth bread-like tones.

T: Very nice balance! Mellow tartness up front but still retaining enough malt and candi sugar elements. Some nice roasted malt to add to the overall smoothness and drinkability of this beer.

M: Very soft and full bodied. Not too sweet on the finish but just enough for superb balance.

O: A very nice example of this style. I would easily put this into the ranks of Rodenbach. Very drinkable and quite delicious!

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance- Quite brownish/grey with very little bubbly head that left quickly leaving some nice lacing behind. Quite dark, can't see through it.

Smell- Rich dark fruits. Light vinegary notes. Yeasty earthyness.

Taste- Some cherry and raspberry. Slight boozeyness. Light tartness. Oaky notes. Nice. Sweet.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth.

Overall- This is a good Flanders with a sweeter approach. I like my Flanders to be a little more tart, but this is solid.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a dark brown with hint of red at the edges with backlighting. Low carbonation produces 1/4 inch tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Mild sour-sweet note, red fruit (especially berries), tart cherries, sweet caramel malt.
T: More sweet than sour...due to the 2 year barrel aging...and it serves this beer very well. Blackberries, sweet cherries, pear, caramel malt, soft honey, and a hint of wood and cider. Delightful!
M: Velvety smooth, softly sweet, enveloping fruit notes. Lingers and matures on the palate superbly.
D: A wonderfully reserved sour. Waves of varying fruits (again, reserved, not over the top). I'm starting to really appreciate blended beers like this one (50% young beer blended with 50% beer aged in Bordeaux wine barrels). The aging softens this brew and adds a nuanced extra layer of complexity. This is one you'll want to take your time to enjoy even though the ABV is a very agreeable 6.5%.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Someone told me this tastes like what Rodenbach used to taste like, not really sure what that means, but lets find out. It pours out a hazy dark rose color, with a creamy one finger of white heading. Husky grain is the first thing I notice in the smell, followed by some chocolate and red berry. Very vinous as far as the taste is concerned. You definitely get cherry, but not especially sweet. A hint of black pepper can also be detected here. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, and layered in complexity. This is one big, beefy rendition of a Flanders Red, and a damn tasty one at that. Super rare steak and this beer need to come together soon.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark crimson. Quite dark. Huge, huge head. Does die down eventually. But it still remains a half inch high with lacing like the silhouette of fire along the glass.

S-Initially quite sour and funk-laden. Wine and vinegar. Underneath the tart Flanders-specific aroma is a subtly noticeable maltiness. Pretty aromatic. Exciting.

T-The sweetness balances out the tart and vinous flavors. Quite even. Started getting that 'all too familiar' metallic twang after a few sips. Never a happy flavor. Still, this is a pretty nice Flanders. Doesn't skimp you with those wacky and tart flavors.

M-Medium bodied. Carbonation is plentiful but not prickly. A bit sticky.

O/D-Not bad at all. Didn't have any trouble finishing the bottle. Although, after some sips it tasted a bit off. Quite a good time however because it mostly tasted damn good.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle pours a mostly clear, rusty brown body with a small and fleeting beige head. Specks of lacing left on the snifter. Aroma of earthy wood, cranberries, cherry skins, and caramel. Light medium body has a subtle, but effective, carbonation. Taste is mostly sour, with cranberries and cherry skins. Some apple cider vinegar notes, as well. Earthy and woody notes pervade from start to finish. A hint of caramel keeps the sourness in check. Very well executed and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle was poured into a Boulevard tulip glass. 29-11-2015 was stamped on the cap. Amazing I could have stored this for almost four more years and I only had it for the past month.

Appearance: A slight head with a dark reddish brown color. Carbonation can be seen coming up the side of the glass, but really can't see much else. Head has reduced to a thin layer. Some spotty laccing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: A nice sweetness that I am trying to figure out. Bananas, raisins, and plums, and cherries. There seems to be some bready and sweet malts in there too, but that could be just me. A little bit of lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Taste: Tart and sour cherries, but very mildly blended together. Not as sour as I thought, but the sweetness from the cherries overide any sourness the beer might have had. Still tastes good though.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, smooth, but the carbonation needs to be toned down a little bit to be more smoother. Still very nice to drink.

Overall: This was another delicious treat to start off the new year. Belgiums grow on me more and more and only one thing to do, go there. I think I would have liked a little more sour and oak to the beers, but after being aged for a while, these things may have mellowed out and let the tart fruits come out. Still a good beer to enjoy again.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, the ABV is 6.5 percent. I say that because it's not listed above. Had one of these at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels in September, so a month later I decided to go buy a couple and try again (this time a bit more sober).

The color is a rusty brown with a red tint that intensifies with any light. Head barely lasted long enough to note its presence. Smells of figs and plum, and I detected a slight bit of caramel.

Taste matches the smell (sweet) but soon gives way to a very tangy flavor, with an oaky, bourbony (if that's a word) presence.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark copper colour with a 3cm off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Dark fruit, caramel, light oaky & some subtle vinegar.
T - Caramel malt sweetness with dark fruit touches along with a bit of oakiness and malt vinegar hints.
M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation, some subtle tartness.
D - An interesting, complex & tasty beer. Well worth trying & something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass.

Look - dark red when held closer to the light, otherwise it seems a dark muddy brown. About half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - kind of a tart smell, a little mix of a musky (old) smell with the chipperness of a fresh lambic.

Taste - definitely more on the tart side at the beginning. It melds into a more mature type of tart/sour taste in the middle. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far on the creamy or watery sides.

Overall - Pretty interesting brew overall. Not a bad taste, and pretty intriguing to think about.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Strubbe's Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale: Appearance: darker red, red against the light; Smell: sour grapes/tart cherry; Taste/Mouthfeel: semi-sweet red wine, tart cherry finish, mellow, slight oak, soft bubbles; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed wide goblet a light cola color, a nice almost eggshell finger of head very slowly dissipates.

Nose is very delicate berry vinegar, light banana.

Nice prickly carbonation up front, a balanced sweet malt and tart berry middle. Finish is dry and lightly puckering - I'd say overall it's a very refreshing balance and this is one of the more easy drinking Flemish reds I've had. It does well after some warmth allowing the bugs to bite a little more - would be interesting to try one with some cellar time. Not the best, but a very good intro.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

On draft, @ morgan's, in sac, Ca...
Pours a dark brown color with hints of some hints of copper and mahogany. Ltos of head, which goes down quick, the smell is of red wine, cranberries, lots of fruit. Taste is purple grape, not too sour, less acidity than a sour, and the sweetness is mellow.. Carboation a yeast taste like champagne. Serve with black-berry pie, cream-cheese dishes, stuffed calzones/pizza.

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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.