Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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Flemish Red Ale Grand CruFlemish Red Ale Grand Cru

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Brouwerij Strubbe

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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Photo of amcmaho1
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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 +18.3%
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 +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 +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%
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 +5.8%
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 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 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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Flemish Red Ale Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 183 ratings