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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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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-15-2013 04:05:26 | More by Hellpop65
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Raziel313

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2013 10:42:11 | More by Raziel313
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - The beer itself is a nice dark mahogany color with a thick off white head that sticks forever and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S - 3.75 - Nice tart smell to it. sour cherries, lemon. Lacto.
T - 4 - Gotta give it this one. It's a great sour ale. Sour candy flavor, cherries, lemon.
M - 3.75 - Light - medium mouthfeel. Sour. Alc completely covered at 6.5% ABV. Great dry aftertaste.
O - 3.75 - Great sour beer. Would have it again. Belgium is pretty good at this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:44:06 | More by ISmith87
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a dark brown with hint of red at the edges with backlighting. Low carbonation produces 1/4 inch tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Mild sour-sweet note, red fruit (especially berries), tart cherries, sweet caramel malt.
T: More sweet than sour...due to the 2 year barrel aging...and it serves this beer very well. Blackberries, sweet cherries, pear, caramel malt, soft honey, and a hint of wood and cider. Delightful!
M: Velvety smooth, softly sweet, enveloping fruit notes. Lingers and matures on the palate superbly.
D: A wonderfully reserved sour. Waves of varying fruits (again, reserved, not over the top). I'm starting to really appreciate blended beers like this one (50% young beer blended with 50% beer aged in Bordeaux wine barrels). The aging softens this brew and adds a nuanced extra layer of complexity. This is one you'll want to take your time to enjoy even though the ABV is a very agreeable 6.5%.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:15:38 | More by mwilbur
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stealth

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-30-2013 05:15:19 | More by stealth
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pknyc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-29-2013 12:55:18 | More by pknyc
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golf4collet

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-26-2013 00:21:40 | More by golf4collet
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-23-2013 19:28:12 | More by smithj4
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

10-25-2013 04:29:58 | More by LarryMyers
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beepill

California

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle at 15 Romolo in SF. Poured into a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - The room was quite dark, but when held up to cellphone light it had a deep dark red-brown opaque body and a thin off-white color head. Very little lacing.

S - Very fruity - cherries, stone fruit, slight citrus. Deep malty tones with herbal notes that I could not quite pin down. Subtle earthiness.

T - Very sweet to sweet-tart. Cheery, peach, raspberry, orange. Subtle earthy and woody malts, and less herbally than it smelled at first. I have no idea where people are getting vinegar and strong sourness from (bad batch? bad storage?). This is one of the sweetest (yet not overpowering) real Flanders red ales I've had.

M - Perfect carbonation for a Flanders. Medium. Enough carbonation so as to not mask any flavors, yet still give it an airiness to stimulate the tongue. Goes down easy and probably very drinkable for those who aren't that into sour beer. Dry finish.

O - It isnt the greatest Flanders red ale I've had, but far from the worst. It is quite sweet and slightly tart, but not really that sour for me (I love sours). I probably wouldn't buy it again for $12 a bottle at a bar, but if I saw it on the shelf at a beer store for cheaper, I might consider it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 15:51:37 | More by beepill
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-02-2013 03:42:39 | More by Smarty_Pints
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blameo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-17-2013 21:56:35 | More by blameo
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davegray

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-13-2013 04:57:32 | More by davegray
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Noonan425

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

09-12-2013 23:59:25 | More by Noonan425
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tickingtimebomb

California

1/5  rDev -73.2%

09-11-2013 04:41:33 | More by tickingtimebomb
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TruePerception

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Strubbe's Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale: Appearance: darker red, red against the light; Smell: sour grapes/tart cherry; Taste/Mouthfeel: semi-sweet red wine, tart cherry finish, mellow, slight oak, soft bubbles; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 16:05:32 | More by TruePerception
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-29-2013 18:16:56 | More by GraduatedCashew
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AaronOp

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-21-2013 06:43:19 | More by AaronOp
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LHLHLH

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-18-2013 03:22:36 | More by LHLHLH
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MarioM

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-11-2013 01:17:11 | More by MarioM
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micropale

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-01-2013 19:11:04 | More by micropale
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-light brown color with yellow-brown hues that has a slightly hazy appearance. Light tan head with moderate- retention. Moderate lacing in the glass.

Citrus, cheese rind, red wine vinegar, saddle leather, over-ripe peach, chocolate malt and charcoal.

Nice tart palate, with brown bread, red grapefruit, dog hair, warm saddle leather, ginger snaps and caramel hard candies.

Medium bodied with a nice balance in the carbonation. The sourness is nicely on display but is moderated in the beer to make it approachable as a sour.

Funky, but not out of control. Nice balance makes for an interesting and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 20:18:07 | More by Libationguy
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illidurit

California

1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

06-29-2013 00:28:11 | More by illidurit
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-25-2013 12:58:15 | More by tbryan5
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-18-2013 04:04:48 | More by vicsju1991
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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