Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-07-2012 01:33:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: Pours an auburn color (not what I was expecting for a Flanders Red) with a thick head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing
Smell: Cherry pie, oak and must
Taste: A sweet encounter on the front of the tongue with the cherry pie flavors; as the liquid passes over the sour receptors, the tartness and oak flavors build but in the finish, it is the sweetness that lingers
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a somewhat puckery factor
Overall: An easy drinker but lacks funk and tartness when compared to some of the better examples of the style
04-13-2014 22:33:36 | More by brentk56
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
4.47/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
01-06-2011 04:28:48 | More by GRG1313
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-07-2011 03:43:51 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
This is a nice flanders red ale. It's pretty direct and not really complex or unusual, which is a-okay with me. It's nice to be able to get a beer of this style that works and fits to how it should be. As usual, the first hit really zaps your mouth, but it's happy trails from there on out.
08-05-2012 18:10:28 | More by RblWthACoz
3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
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
01-01-2012 03:37:10 | More by russpowell
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
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-11-2011 07:26:13 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
330ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos.
Pours a reddish brown colour, with a fine but very evanescent head of beige that disappears as soon as enough has been drunk to allow it to stick to the sides of the glass. Decent weight to the body, evidenced by the very languid carbonation, although it stays fluid and light enough when drunk. Not bad.
Nose is rather dull and slightly dusty, with slightly coarse oxidised aromas of wood, cardboard and earth. There's the slightly sharp spice of acidity to it, giving a mild balsamic vinegar tone as well. It's interesting. Probably not up with the best examples I've had, but not bad, and relatively complex.
Taste also has the sharp, acidity, tempered more than I expected, and smoothed with an odd vanilla note from the wood. Here, the acidity is not really as sour as I thought it would be, it presents as a tingling astringency on the tongue, before the sweetness comes through on the back, with the wood tannins and vanilla. This makes it less refreshing and drinkable than some others I've had.
Not a bad Flemish Red, and pleasantly smooth. I really like a good bite of acidity to the style though—to me, this is a quenching, refreshing style of beer, and this one misses that somewhat. That's not to say it's not an interesting example, however.
10-10-2011 03:38:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
We should get this one started. Coming out of a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:
It's so dark that it's almost dominant brown, but not dark enough, so we're gonna call this a very dark red with shiny orange hues. Good foam on top, leaving lots of creamy lace and retaining reasonably well. The aroma is reasonable too. A little sweet and moderately tart. Cherries and a little caramel. That's not bad, is it?
While the aroma was more tart than sweet, the taste is quite the opoosite. It's a little tart and quite sweet. At first, the two elements seem balanced, but then lots of sweet carmel flan comes rushing in from nowhere. With time, the sweetness fades away and the beer becomes fun to drink. It's mellow and easy to take, and that is helped from a creamy feel.
Not all flanders red's are the same. Strubbe's is a good one, and one that is a little sweeter than the crowd. Possibly a good choice to those who want to get introduced to the style.
05-18-2012 05:35:30 | More by DoubleJ
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
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 33cl bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours a hazy mahogany with a half inch bright white head that dissipates into a frothy skim. Some spots and thin slashes of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose is tart, acidic, oaky and sour cherries. Taste is consistent with nose; however, not as sweet as anticipated. There's also a bit of yeasty character in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation (perhaps a little creamy towards the middle) that culminates in a semi-dry finish. An easy drinking Flanders Red that would make a great gateway beer for someone just getting into sours.
03-22-2011 00:18:41 | More by Jwale73
3.98/5 rDev +7%
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.
02-08-2012 03:16:58 | More by VelvetExtract
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
08-24-2008 23:03:45 | More by merlin48
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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