Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 176
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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 nsnd
2.37/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

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. (573 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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. (639 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (317 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,800 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (726 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (579 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (431 characters)

Photo of Rassputtin
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (863 characters)

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour caramel nose, with a head that had great retention. The dark brown brew tasted quite like a sour cider more then anything. There was minimal bitterness. I expected it to be rather dry but it's slippery feel on the tongue was not unwelcome. The aftertaste was pleasant and overall drinkability was up there.

Recommended (324 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. huge head with a light carbonation bubbling up. Color not so much a red as it is orange.

Smell, Smells semi sweet with an almost barley wine like tone.

Taste. Mid to light in flavor with an almost sour like finishing flavor (sour in a positive way)

M. Very, very mild almost vinegar taste with a light fizz

Overall. Decent refreshing sour beer, nothing to right home about, I would drink it over any other common main stream beer but only as a last result. (463 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

is from the Biergarten in Jrnks, BBD date of Apr 2014

Pours chestnut with a sliver of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & even less lacing

S: Slight leather, cherry & raspberry

T: Cherry, raspberry ^ slight tartness up front. Raspberry & fairly sweet cherry along with jammy apricots & some oakyness as this warms. Finishes tarty, oaky with much cherry

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation

Tartness starts out slow & buikds, still a touch sweeter than I like my Flanders Red, This needs some age I think, but would be a great entre to the style (565 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown - purely brown without even a red glow. Definitely sweet for the style, the sweetest I've had. Still enough sour to get the idea. Big on brown sugar and musty wood. Also some cherry, raspberry, and fig along with a woody, peppery spice. Much more Oude Bruin in my opinion. Good enough, not great. Between this and the Duchesse (the 2 regularly available Flanders Reds in Oklahoma) I'll go Duchesse everytime. (420 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Best before 11/29/2015.

Dark ruby color with an antiquated browning to it. Pretty brightly-white head with some light beige tone. Layering lace upon the glass with skill. 4.0

Light fruity aroma with some tart strawberry, kilned malt, and steely aromas. Not picking up a whole lot of sour, nor vinegar. So far, a roastier version of the style. 3.0

Subdued tartness with a syrupy (almost candied) fruit character. Black cherry, pomegranate, roasted grain, faint woody barrel, and sour mash. Metallic notes are there in the flavor, as well, but not as pronounced or unappealing. 3.5

A little syrupy in the body. Decent carbonation to style. 3.5

Where’s the tartness?? Where’s the refreshing quality?? A very average Flanders Red. Sweet in the wrong way. A tough style to master, for sure, and I love to try them all. This one is pretty true to style, so I give it that. Not a mockery, by any means. It’s just that I’m used to quality, and this doesn’t have much of that. If you’re like me and love these ales, then I must say it’s worth one spin. One and that’s all. You’ll know what I mean. 3.5 (1,152 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pourd from a 11.2 oz bottle to a chimay challice

First off this is my verry first sour and I love sour stuff so I been looking for the sour style for a wile

A: pours a dark brown readish color almost looks like mister pibb soda verry minn head that kinda lingers and lilttle laceing that sticks around nice apperance

S:smells fruity and acidic.I smell cherries the most with a little vinager smell

T:wow!!! This is my first sour and damn is it sour and some people say it is not that sour. I taste sweet wine,vinager,cherries, and the more I drink the more it mellows out
And I start tasting an oaky flavor frm the ageing

M:verry dry like a cab wine

Overall: well for being my first sour I am surprized about how sour it is and I thought I would of liked it more but its overly sweet the more I drink the better it gets far frm a bad beer but I think I need to get more acquainted with the sour type of beers

Live life drink beer!!!:-) (945 characters)

Photo of Tony49er
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- From a 11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Light reddish color with hints of brown, big thick foamy off white head, some soft lacing but not much, lively carbonation

Smell- Pretty solid for the style, some vinegar notes, light funk, sour/ tart smell, dry, cherries and dark fruits on the nose as well

Taste- Classic Flemish red ale, slightly sour, tart, dark dried cherries, dark fruits, vinegar sourness, dry notes as well, lively carbonation

Mouthfeel- Light to Medium bodied

Ovearll- A solid Flemish Red Ale I would recommend this as a starter for people just getting into the style, if you have never had a Flemish Red Ale or a sour try this...CHEERS (689 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark ruby, nontransparent. It's quite appealing.

Sm: Sour bacteria. Definitely yeasty. Tarty fruit esters. A mild strength aroma.

T: Slightly sour. Very tart fruit notes are present alongside bacteria and yeast. Some light wooden tones come through as well. I like it. It's well balanced, built to style, and effective. I could go for more tart, but I'm nitpicking here.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the beer. It doesn't seem tailored specifically to the flavours, but it does well.

Dr: Very drinkable, which isn't often observed in beers of this style. A good, a relatively above average ABV, and good quality make this a beer every beer advocate should try. (941 characters)

Photo of MikeSL
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cold 11.2 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance - Thin head, deep amber red color. Very clear.
Smell - Not very strong. Somewhat fruity and sour.
Taste - Sweet and acidic.
Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and above average carbonation.
Overall - Very tasty. An above-average Flemmish Red Ale, but not the best either. (325 characters)

Photo of scout
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany, more dark brown than red than I'm used to seeing for the style. Decent creamy head, with some lacing. Smell is a little funk, a little malt, a little bit of sweet fruits and cherries too.

Taste is less funky than I expected. Tart with a sweet malty backbone. Almost tastes like a brown ale with a hint of sour. The finish is quite dry and the sour stays on my palate for a while. Still, on the whole it's well balanced overall and very drinkable. Would have liked more fruits and complex funky flavors to come through, but that might just be my expectations of the style talking. (597 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a stemless wine glass.

Looks brown at first, but when held to the firelight it glows a deep crimson shade. Perfectly clear too. Frothy offwhite foam, sticky collar of lace and long lasting foam.

Flinty wet stone, minerals, yogurt, and wet barley in the nose. This seems to have more of a basic brown ale character thrown into the mix than other Flanders Reds.

Taste follows this, caramel malt sweetness, mild tartness, something oddly vegetal, then it finishes tangy and dry. Thankfully not sweet as some pretenders to the style can be. Malt sweetness shows through, at room temperature there are some mild fruit and vinous qualities that are hallmarks of the style. Overall ok, though i'd probably grab Rodenbach over this any day. Still, it's something to try for fans of Flemish sour ales. (827 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% ABV from old fashioned looking bottle. Served cellar temp.

Huge head fizzles away quickly. Chestnut brown color. Aroma is very funky, fruity, sour, and a tad bit medicinal. Taste is very bright, a little abrasive and certainly adventurous. Berry is in the forefront. Mouthfeel is very smooth and carbed great. Hops are way in the background.

Overall this is a a little rough around the edges although certainly above average. (432 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ichtegem's Grand Cru Flemmish Red Ale has 4.1% ABV listed on the bottle.

Pours a blood red to brown color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that lasted for a minute; decent lacing that leaves a trail down the glass.

Smells of both sweet malts and roasted malts, with caramel, dark fruits, sugar, burnt wood and faint hops.

Tastes of sweet malts up front, with a rum like flavor, and then more sweetness kicks in with sour apples, cherry, brown sugar, caramel, orange peel, burnt wood, grass and some faint hops that trails off with a sour and tart finish that leaves a pucker. The overall beer is sweet, fruity and sour, yet manages to still be tasty and not offensive.

The mouthfeel is creamy, and the body is medium with medium crisp carbonation and a tart/sour aftertaste that leaves the sweet malt and sour apple lingering.

I could not taste the yeast in this beer, but this seems to fit the Flemish Red Ale category definition perfectly, and while it was too sour from my perspective and definitely not a session beer, I still found it somewhat enjoyable. This is a good beer and worth trying. (1,112 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy head that creates a thin ceiling.

S - Tart plums, brown sugar, hints of banana peel, tart cherries, ripe figs, woody, acidic.

T - Acidic and fruity, not as sour as the nose indicated though. Tart raspberries and cherries, plums figs, apple skins, some brown sugar and cooked caramel, woody oaky flavor, and a bit of funky yeast residing.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth light to medium body, semi-dry finish.

Good balance of sweet and tart. Nice yeast profile and went down very smooth. I will be buying more of this. (564 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity grape juice and grape jelly aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight vinegar flavor as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but I think it smells better than it tastes. (533 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a light brown/off white head. Nose is vinegar, cherry, grape, caramel, apple cider and a sharp citrus hidden way in the back. The taste is much less vinegary (thankfully). Cherry, sour apples, grapes, berries, slight vinegar in the background and a little lemon. The body is light and the carbonation is a little lower than I thought it'd be. The sour level on this is way lower than expected. Just a slight tartness. Not the best flemish red/sour etc but pretty good nonetheless. It says best before 2017, so maybe the vinegar would mellow out and it'd move a lot up the ladder. (611 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in to a red wine glass. The bottle seems to indicate a "best before" date of some time in 2016?

Muddy amberish-brown color and almost entirely opaque. 1/2" khaki head that recedes to a thin layer. Leaves some spotty lacing.

The nose has mostly dank earthiness and leather, followed by some cranberry and dried cherry, then a faint balsamic vinegar and some oak. Lots of great notes, but it's all fairly subdued.

Fruit leads on the taste, with some sweet/tart cranberry and cherry, slightly astringent oak and sweet vanilla. Ends with some earthiness and an odd tart/bitterness, a little bit of cinammon/nutmeg. Nice notes but somehow it doesn't mesh too well.

Soft, viscous texture, medium bodied. Very smooth.

There's some good stuff going on, all the hallmarks of a flanders red, but it just doesn't come together great for me. Not bad for the style but passable. (892 characters)

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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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