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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Flemish Red Ale Grand CruFlemish Red Ale Grand Cru

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84
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe visit their website
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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Photo of agent2550
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

agent2550, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of xipho
3/5  rDev -19.4%

xipho, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kornkid8600, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of scout
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

scout, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of tms2929
4/5  rDev +7.5%

tms2929, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

kojevergas, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

emerge077, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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

IRONRakkasan, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Offa, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Someone told me this tastes like what Rodenbach used to taste like, not really sure what that means, but lets find out. It pours out a hazy dark rose color, with a creamy one finger of white heading. Husky grain is the first thing I notice in the smell, followed by some chocolate and red berry. Very vinous as far as the taste is concerned. You definitely get cherry, but not especially sweet. A hint of black pepper can also be detected here. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, and layered in complexity. This is one big, beefy rendition of a Flanders Red, and a damn tasty one at that. Super rare steak and this beer need to come together soon.

jamie2dope, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed wide goblet a light cola color, a nice almost eggshell finger of head very slowly dissipates.

Nose is very delicate berry vinegar, light banana.

Nice prickly carbonation up front, a balanced sweet malt and tart berry middle. Finish is dry and lightly puckering - I'd say overall it's a very refreshing balance and this is one of the more easy drinking Flemish reds I've had. It does well after some warmth allowing the bugs to bite a little more - would be interesting to try one with some cellar time. Not the best, but a very good intro.

OldIronLungs, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Pehlman
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber with a glowing red rim and a light copper head. Nice lacing.

S: Great balance of tart dark fruits, and caramelized sugars. I strong grape aroma backed by smooth bread-like tones.

T: Very nice balance! Mellow tartness up front but still retaining enough malt and candi sugar elements. Some nice roasted malt to add to the overall smoothness and drinkability of this beer.

M: Very soft and full bodied. Not too sweet on the finish but just enough for superb balance.

O: A very nice example of this style. I would easily put this into the ranks of Rodenbach. Very drinkable and quite delicious!

Pehlman, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  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.

Halcyondays, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Rassputtin
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Rassputtin, May 16, 2011
Photo of alexhahn82
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

alexhahn82, May 08, 2011
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

4000qtrap, May 01, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

TheSupremeAJ, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of amcmaho1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes

Consumed 1/13/11

Appearance: Nice dark red body, frothy head with great retention. Obviously great amount of carbonation from the look of all the beer's activity.

Smell: A lot of champagne like aroma in the nose, followed with some vinegar funkiness. Lots of carbonation still, which tickles as i would waft.

Taste: Lot of sour apple and ciderlike flavors, which are both tart and kind of "earthy." I was hoping for a bit more sourness, which i thought seemed a little subdued, but the tartness was definitely there still.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and very carbonated. Nice dryness with the finish, which works very well with the tartness.

Drinkability: A very drinkable "Flemish" ale, and one which other non-sour drinkers found very interesting and inviting. I hope to get more to see if the Brett and Lacto improve or get funkier with a little more time...

amcmaho1, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

GRG1313, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of CaptainPiret
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, the ABV is 6.5 percent. I say that because it's not listed above. Had one of these at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels in September, so a month later I decided to go buy a couple and try again (this time a bit more sober).

The color is a rusty brown with a red tint that intensifies with any light. Head barely lasted long enough to note its presence. Smells of figs and plum, and I detected a slight bit of caramel.

The first taste matches the smell (sweet) but soon gives way to a very tangy flavor, with an oaky, bourbony (if that's a word) presence. It really shows the complexity of this beer.

I'm glad to know that my first impression -- despite having had a few beers prior -- was correct. This is a must for fans of red ales.

CaptainPiret, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark copper colour with a 3cm off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Dark fruit, caramel, light oaky & some subtle vinegar.
T - Caramel malt sweetness with dark fruit touches along with a bit of oakiness and malt vinegar hints.
M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation, some subtle tartness.
D - An interesting, complex & tasty beer. Well worth trying & something I'd buy again.

brendan13, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

CHickman, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

merlin48, Aug 24, 2008
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
84 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.