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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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Reviews: 63
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | 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 Rassputtin
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of amcmaho1
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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.

Taste matches the smell (sweet) but soon gives way to a very tangy flavor, with an oaky, bourbony (if that's a word) presence.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange toned brown color from the tap into a very nice looking goblet style glass. The head was non-existant, but I can't say if it was the beer or whatever the bar happened to wash the glass with. After a few sipps the head on the side of the glass remained. The flavor was sweet and sour with a tart aftertaste. Very light in the body making this a highly drinkable beer. My first beer of this event, so I was hirsty, but still a good start regaurless.

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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Max's 72 hours.
Served in a goblet.

served a clear dark orange with minimal head. Smell is of balsamic vinigar with a hint of sweetness. Taste mimics the smell. Crisp. dry aftertaste. Infinately drinkable. Light body and not too much of anything but more than enough to be interesting. Excellent.

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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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