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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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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 181
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | 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 Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass.

Look - dark red when held closer to the light, otherwise it seems a dark muddy brown. About half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - kind of a tart smell, a little mix of a musky (old) smell with the chipperness of a fresh lambic.

Taste - definitely more on the tart side at the beginning. It melds into a more mature type of tart/sour taste in the middle. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far on the creamy or watery sides.

Overall - Pretty interesting brew overall. Not a bad taste, and pretty intriguing to think about.

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Photo of litheum94
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole foods.

Dark, ruddy body, clear but very hard to see through without proper light. Scant, light tan head. Leaves a nice cover and some damn nice lacing.

Sour, vinegar aromas. Cherries and some medicinal aromas. Very vinous quality to the nose.

Very grainy mouth feel and flavor at first. Red grape and barrel flavors. Slightly vinegary sourness, but followed up with more red wine flavors. Sour at first, but finishes off pretty smoothly.

A very nice sour. Good intro sour, but also a good sour for veterans.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an Orval chalice. It says see cap for best buy date, so here it is: 100KT201 41A1534GCP. Okay then...

A: Nice clear ruby hue, head is minimal, but I was pouring it slow watching for sediment.

S: Old hops, slightly sour. Its okay, not especially pleasing, but not bad either.

T: There's a lot of good here. Fruity, slightly more bitter than I would have thought. Nice and refreshing, but lacking some complexity of flavor mid taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, a good clean finish.

D: Certainly not a bad beer, but really not that interesting. I forgot the price, but if this was cheap it would be worth it as a nice refreshing beer. Otherwise it's overshadowed by others in it's class.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of tony223366
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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

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Photo of agent2550
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of scout
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.


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Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Pehlman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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