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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sacfly on 02-18-2006)
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 16:21:12 | More by bump8628
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ambruns1979

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-24-2012 07:42:07 | More by ambruns1979
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:56:46 | More by thecheapies
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BrewtifulMind

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-26-2012 04:20:01 | More by BrewtifulMind
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-22-2012 23:31:00 | More by kjkinsey
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DoubleJ

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 05:35:30 | More by DoubleJ
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:29:19 | More by BARFLYB
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-27-2012 06:26:34 | More by avaldivia
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-30-2012 12:41:33 | More by jmccraney
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-29-2012 18:16:01 | More by gleemonger
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-21-2012 00:36:56 | More by Archemedies
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cycoduck

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-28-2012 04:57:04 | More by cycoduck
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tony223366

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3+ fingers of tan, fluffy head. Color is a rich amber color with great clarity. Gorgeous looking beer in my Allagash goblet. The fluffy head becomes rocky as it starts to settle. There's a considerable amount of lacing too. Very attractive beer that I can't wait to sip.

S: Lots of tart acidic qualities. Has primarily an acetic quality. It actually has a little more earthy quality than I was expecting, even a little bit of funk! Past that I can smell the sweet malts and I can already tell it's going to be balancing out that tartness with some of that sweet malt. Some dark fruits make their presence known as well. Plums maybe?

T: A nice even flavor on this one. At first I get a little of the dark fruits, mixed with some nice brown sugar. That leads right into the deeper malt flavor before I'm smashed by some nice vinegar sourness. The finish turns it completely around and finishes a bit dry. The sourness does linger in a nice way. Not overly sour but subtle. That funk is definitely still present too, but not dominating.

M: Good, sharp carbonation. Smooth medium body. Good body and carbonation for this beer.

O: Tough category to be in, because there are a LOT of delicious Flanders Red Ale's. I feel like the "average" flanders red is pretty damn good. So this one is a little above average. It can hold up against the big boys. I like the balance that's struck between the acetic and sweet qualities.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:49:07 | More by tony223366
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-10-2012 04:39:59 | More by gueuzegossage
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:16:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-30-2012 08:05:36 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:26:17 | More by CasanovaCummins
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:54:07 | More by StaveHooks
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-02-2012 00:51:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 09:36:34 | More by Flounder57
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:37:10 | More by russpowell
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-21-2011 22:06:28 | More by deapokid
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agent2550

California

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:42:03 | More by agent2550
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xipho

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-15-2011 16:30:50 | More by xipho
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-15-2011 08:11:37 | More by kornkid8600
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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