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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 177
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 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 GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 (580 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (290 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 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 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 DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (953 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (648 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (492 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 Tucquan
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-06-24 in Reno, NV from a 750ml bottle

Nice Flemish red aroma. Taste is cracker malt, moderate sour cherry, wine barrel and earthy/medicinal spice. Dry. Decent aroma and flavor but not mind blowing. (215 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,368 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 pkalix
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
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! (695 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (344 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 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 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 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)

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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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