Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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3.78/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe
Belgium
brouwerij-strubbe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
183
pDev:
15.08%
 
 
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16
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 183
Reviews by Luiz0930:
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of hhollins11
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BaronJin13
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Lomac4
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Christolo71
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanrath
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of karenbeer
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 ;)

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Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Hunter
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an auburn color (not what I was expecting for a Flanders Red) with a thick head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing

Smell: Cherry pie, oak and must

Taste: A sweet encounter on the front of the tongue with the cherry pie flavors; as the liquid passes over the sour receptors, the tartness and oak flavors build but in the finish, it is the sweetness that lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a somewhat puckery factor

Overall: An easy drinker but lacks funk and tartness when compared to some of the better examples of the style

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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gdogalishus
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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 emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 hayesjw
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APP- A lovely crystal-clear deep ruby. Off wite head is moderate but leaves thick sticky sheets of lace.

AROMA- chocolate, dried cranberry, black pepper, truffle, honey and fruit, faint note of cinnamon- possibly from barrel.

FLAVOR- Extremely red-wine like. Reminds me of a jammy malbec and or/ very spicy cab at he same time. Toasty and tannic sensation comes on first, with deep dark dried fruit and red wine vinous flavors drenching the palte before a kiss of vinegar clenches the finish. Rasberry tone. Hint of new leather. Some vanilla in the aftertaste.

MF- Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. A little astringent in the finish, but really nice.

OVERALL- The oak really pops out in this beer. It is not the most complex example of the style I've had but the tannin should make it fun to age a few bottles. Very fun beer to drink and a great sub for red wine.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Wally's Wine in LA, CA
Date: Best by October 2016 on bottle cap
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Strubbe's Flemish Red features a recipe that is darker, heavier, and somehow more tepid than those lighter and less alcoholic in character. Subdued in tartness and most fruit character, this is an interesting beer to try solely due to its heavier nature, relative to the rest of the style's spectrum. A beer that was interesting to try, but not one that I'd seek out again.

Pours a 1cm head of light tan bubbles, very small and dense in size, with average retention. As the head descends to a ring around the glass, it leaves some significant streaks of lacing on the sides. Body is a rather dark brown for the style with few hints of red. Beer is also transparent, with light bringing out reddish hues and making some modest carbonation visible.

Aroma is fairly rich in darker malt components for the style, bringing out slight cocoa powder and sugar syrup alongside very faint cherry or strawberry-like fruit esters. This would make the combined scents very good, but they're generally overly subtle and mediocre.

Taste opens with some mild strawberry-like fruit esters that are also very "chemical" in nature. Slight acetone throughout, but nothing too distracting. Mid-palate brings in continued strawberry esters with a faint bit of tartness. This continues into the back of the palate, where some slight ethanol is also detectable. Generally, a darker sweetness and slightly more alcoholic Flemish Red, with significantly less tartness than others in the style.

Beer is medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation. A bit undercarbonated for the weight of the body, leaving the mouthfeel to be smooth, but turgid. Finish is dry, as expected, but little sourness can be felt on the palate.

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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 183 ratings