Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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2.33/5 rDev -37.4%
This was not a beer for me.
Served this beer in a chilled pint glass.
Appearance (4) - Beer had a lot of head and a dark red color.
Smell (2.5) - Smell of citrus mostly, but had an off smell for me like vinegar.
Taste (2) - The citrus tones in the beer were good, but the vinegar taste did not agree with me. Unfortunately, I had to choke this beer down. Too sour for my liking.
Mouthfeel (3.25) - Good feel, but nothing spectacular. Gave me a feeling like dry white wine.
Overall (2) - The sourness of the beer didn't agree with me, but the citrus flavors were good.
03-12-2013 02:35:44 | More by nsnd
2.63/5 rDev -29.3%
Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle
S: Earthy red wine, oaked cherries. A little thin and not too complex.
T: Smooth, boozy grape/berry/cherry-wine character with a light touch of oakiness. Light and fluid. Tartness is definitely there but subdued for style. Middle is more of the same with a light caramel and hop quality, but not very dynamic or complex. Medium-high carbonation and medium-low body. Finish is semi-dry with ripe berry/grape skin and a touch of oak and herbal hops, but is quite quick overall.
Notes: Well balanced, but lacks depth especially for the style. A sour beer that since it isn't so sour would be good with food.
05-01-2011 00:11:39 | More by 4000qtrap
2.94/5 rDev -21%
330ml into tulip.
The pour looked promising, a reddish brew with a brown cast. Light brown head that held. But the aroma had a muted sour with a sweet component. The taste followed the aroma. Some sour, but not much. Some cherry, but not much. This gave way to a malty sweet on the finish. Yeast present, but subtle.
08-12-2014 15:06:20 | More by MisterGone
3.08/5 rDev -17.2%
From: Wally's Wine in LA, CA
Date: Best by October 2016 on bottle cap
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Strubbe's Flemish Red features a recipe that is darker, heavier, and somehow more tepid than those lighter and less alcoholic in character. Subdued in tartness and most fruit character, this is an interesting beer to try solely due to its heavier nature, relative to the rest of the style's spectrum. A beer that was interesting to try, but not one that I'd seek out again.
Pours a 1cm head of light tan bubbles, very small and dense in size, with average retention. As the head descends to a ring around the glass, it leaves some significant streaks of lacing on the sides. Body is a rather dark brown for the style with few hints of red. Beer is also transparent, with light bringing out reddish hues and making some modest carbonation visible.
Aroma is fairly rich in darker malt components for the style, bringing out slight cocoa powder and sugar syrup alongside very faint cherry or strawberry-like fruit esters. This would make the combined scents very good, but they're generally overly subtle and mediocre.
Taste opens with some mild strawberry-like fruit esters that are also very "chemical" in nature. Slight acetone throughout, but nothing too distracting. Mid-palate brings in continued strawberry esters with a faint bit of tartness. This continues into the back of the palate, where some slight ethanol is also detectable. Generally, a darker sweetness and slightly more alcoholic Flemish Red, with significantly less tartness than others in the style.
Beer is medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation. A bit undercarbonated for the weight of the body, leaving the mouthfeel to be smooth, but turgid. Finish is dry, as expected, but little sourness can be felt on the palate.
08-28-2012 05:00:43 | More by falloutsnow
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
A bottle split with oglmcdgl. I've had this a few times.
The liquid comes out looking dark reddish in hue with some brown strokes set within. A nice fuzzy coca cola like head skims up with some tightness and a off tan color to it. No stick on the glass. Smell is pretty much deep vinegar with some faint cherry scent and some grain. Trace amounts of caramel notes, but this one is all about the vinegar. Taste is sweet over sour and it's very apparent. Vinegar, cherry, cola, sweet malt, you get the picture. Very reminiscent of Duchesses. Feel is less than medium, a nice crisp carb and not acidic, not a pucker inducing beer, but pleasant, I just cant stand the vinegar. I could only drink 6oz of this before passing on it.
04-30-2012 21:29:19 | More by BARFLYB
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
330 mL bottle,
A: Pours burgundy with a light white head, leaving good lace.
S: Strawberry shortcake, acetic acid, oak.
T: Red fruit and malt with an intriguing cola component. Lightly acidic though, not what I come to expect from this style. The flavour is solid, but nothing fabulous.
M: Medium-bodied, very light acid for the style, crisp carbonation.
O: Not a bad beer, kind of on the lower end of the style for me, nothing really here to come back to. As a stand alone beer it's a B, just not very good to style, compared with Rodenbach or La Folie, there's no contest.
06-06-2011 00:50:57 | More by Halcyondays
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
Best by 29-11-2015
11.2 oz bottle
6.5% alc by vol
Pours a clear copperish red with no floaties. Inch of tan head that fades slowly stays clinging to the sides of the glass and a thin layer remains on top.
Smells of sour fruits with hints of carmalness hidden. Almost a fruity bread smell.
Tastes starts fruity tart and sour but quickly moves to malty bready tart Carmel. You predict a fierce aftertast but it cleans up much nicer than you would expect.
Overall a decent beer. Seems almost like a cross between a lager and a red. It is not a simple beer. But also not as Flanders red as I expected. The sour fruity tartness is overshadowed and secondary to the rest of what's going on.
Worth a try for sure and perhaps a good cross into reds. It does blend better as the temperature increases. Perhaps I began at too low a temp. Worth trying not my favorite.
05-16-2011 02:29:12 | More by Rassputtin
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Balsamic and red wine vinegar on the nose. Some malt sweetness, a touch of oak, and a bit of grass. There's a weird coffee sort of aroma in there, maybe a bit of chocolate, too. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, but there is a fair amount of acetic sourness to it. Some red wine vinegar, oak, leather, and grass. Somewhat dry on the finish, a bit of coca cola in there as well.
08-16-2012 21:13:00 | More by womencantsail
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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