Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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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

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Added by sacfly on 02-18-2006

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Ratings:
183
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
15%
 
 
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17
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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 boognish
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of smoulson
1/5  rDev -73.7%

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 jwat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 BrewtifulMind
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of cycoduck
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 gueuzegossage
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
3.8 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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