Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru
Brouwerij Strubbe

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From:
Brouwerij Strubbe
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 15.12%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
120
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 02, 2022
Added:
Feb 18, 2006
Wants:
  15
Gots:
  22
SCORE
85
Very Good
Flemish Red Ale Grand CruFlemish Red Ale Grand Cru
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe. Picked up at Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA. $ 4.76 (Including tax)/11.2 oz (330 mL) bottle ($ 0.425/oz) on 18/09/21. On room temperature shelf at store, stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 02/07/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on cap “36A4 14:56 31AUGST2022”. Served at 56.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 59.1 degrees.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), slight haze.
Body – Deep Amber (SRM 15), muddy and opaque. When rear-lite, partially translucent and reddish.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.7 cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, high-density, short retention, diminishing to a 0.1 to 0.2 cm bubble ring and no cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.25 – Slightly sour with weak rotting fruit. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly sour with fruity malt. Extremely weak oak tannins and no vanillin. No ethanol (6.5 % ABV, as marked on label) aroma or taste. Weak and transitory gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, just short of creamy, light carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Meh.
Jul 02, 2022
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Rated by PaulyMcBee from California

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A blend of beer and flemmish red ale which makes for a less sour drink. Clean and delicious.
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by wc94wc from California

Dec 07, 2020
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Update:
No date stamp on cap, and I’ve forgotten how long I’ve had this. Opens without erupting, however, which is a good sign.
This pours a ruddy ruby-brown with thin foaming. I get some dark cherries on the nose, and a lightly tart cherry kick with each sip. Unknown age meant this could have been paint thinner or vinegar, but it’s held up nicely.


Grand cru
Bottle code 030 2017, so Jan 2017?
Enjoyed October 2019
There’s still a lot of life in this, with a creamy cap of foam atop the ruddy amber crimson ale.
Tart sour cherry notes on the nose, with some leather on the back. Flatly tart, with a cherry character dominating the palate. Flavor drops off quickly. Thin body for style.
May 18, 2020
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Reviewed by MrBoz21 from Colorado

3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
L - Gorgeous. Ruby Red, nice effervescence, creamy head that quickly dissipates.
A: - something going on here. Strong phenolics (rubber), cherry, oak/wood.
T: Yep, phenolics. Bandaid, tobacco, cherry. Starts sweet but smooths out a bit and finishes crisp. No hops, barely tart.
F: Light, decent carbonation, no astringency.
O: Meh. Medicinal/bandaid notes were hard to get past.
Jan 09, 2020
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Reviewed by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
First time I've tried this Flemish sour red and I am most definitely impressed :)
Beautiful color, nice head with plenty of lacing , wonderful smell of oak aged cherry red ale. Cuvée 2012

Can't wait to buy some more next time I'm at this particular store as I haven't seen this anywhere else .
Highly recommended if this is your style ;)
Dec 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by Avatar113 from California

Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Mantooth from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I think a lot of folks would like this brew, nice entry into the style. Problem is, for folks familiar with the style, there's not much tartness to be had, the cherries are barely present, and it's noticeably malty. Like I say, enjoyable brew but not quite to style. Cheers!
Jun 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.86 by Beer21 from Florida

Nov 04, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by karenbeer from California

Oct 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Luiz0930 from California

Sep 24, 2015
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium brown with strong red highlights; lightly cloudy. Light tan head is not overly active or persistent, but strong sheets of lacing stay on the glass along with a few wisps on the surface of the beer.

S - Deep aromas of oak, brown sugar, dark berries, graham crackers. There is a low vinegar note that blends deliciously with the other aromas. No hops or obvious yeast notes.

T - The vinegar-like sour note is more prominent in flavor than it was in aroma. Fruit is the next most prominent, with cherries and blackberries. Malt is represented by graham cracker and molasses. Oak is in the background along with a low spice note that reminds me of a gingersnap cookie.

F - Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Just enough bitterness to break up the sweet malt. No alcohol presence.

O - This is a delicious Flemish red that is restrained and clean but very complex.
Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by aanth from District of Columbia

Sep 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by Beernoobie from California

Jul 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by Hunter from Arizona

Jul 09, 2015
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had this on 2015-06-24 in Reno, NV from a 750ml bottle

Nice Flemish red aroma. Taste is cracker malt, moderate sour cherry, wine barrel and earthy/medicinal spice. Dry. Decent aroma and flavor but not mind blowing.
Jun 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.51 by breadwinner from California

Jun 16, 2015
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Rated by MrJolly from Arizona

4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No. You've got it wrong. This is the stuff.
May 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by JackDempsy from Arizona

May 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.26 by shanrath from California

May 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by Modernrickk from California

Mar 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Feb 14, 2015
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Rated by Lomac4 from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Another great sour style beer. To me this is just a classic that all must try.
Feb 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.18 by Christolo71 from California

Jan 09, 2015
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Reviewed by NWFLyer from Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
This is what a Flemish Sour should be. Its darn near perfection in a glass; it pours a brilliant, ruby-red color with minimal head and little lacing. The tart smell, reminiscent of a natural, crisp, hard apple cider, is a delight to the olfactory buds. The flavor is also crisp, modestly sour and has a very clean finish. If you enjoy sour beers, you should give Strubbe's a try. I believe it will be your gold-standard on which to compare other beers of this style.
Dec 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 10, 2014
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Reviewed by Beerswag from California

3.92/5  rDev +4%
On draft, @ morgan's, in sac, Ca...
Pours a dark brown color with hints of some hints of copper and mahogany. Ltos of head, which goes down quick, the smell is of red wine, cranberries, lots of fruit. Taste is purple grape, not too sour, less acidity than a sour, and the sweetness is mellow.. Carboation a yeast taste like champagne. Serve with black-berry pie, cream-cheese dishes, stuffed calzones/pizza.
Dec 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by zestar from California

Dec 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.8 by rstenson from California

Dec 04, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by BaronJin13 from Arizona

Nov 30, 2014
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Rated by Celtics17 from California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
Not bad at all. This Flemish had very subtle vinegar qualities. Some hints of cherry,and other fruit. Not bad at all, but not great.
Oct 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by wolf_switzer from California

Oct 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by fobot from Maryland

Oct 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4.12 by shoegueuze from California

Oct 04, 2014
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Reviewed by goochpunch from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours out a reddish brown with a thick off-white head. This has one of the strongest noses of any Flemish sour I've ever had. Loads of berries, vanilla, caramel malts. A whiff of vinegar. Flavor is very sour with an excellent dryness in the finish. Vinegar isn't overwhelming as in some other Flemish sours. Very fruity with a mild toastiness from the malts. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. This is easily one of the greatest of the style that I've had.
Sep 30, 2014
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Rated by brettnsmith from California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
Good flemish red. Vinegary finish. Good balance of sweet and sour.
Sep 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.52 by hhollins11 from Arizona

Sep 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by bareju from Georgia

Sep 14, 2014
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Reviewed by MisterGone from California

2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
330ml into tulip.

The pour looked promising, a reddish brew with a brown cast. Light brown head that held. But the aroma had a muted sour with a sweet component. The taste followed the aroma. Some sour, but not much. Some cherry, but not much. This gave way to a malty sweet on the finish. Yeast present, but subtle.
Aug 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by TheMole from Nevada

Aug 03, 2014
Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 187 ratings