La Rouge Flamande | Brasserie Thiriez

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La Rouge FlamandeLa Rouge Flamande
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La Rouge FlamandeLa Rouge Flamande

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 10-09-2004

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was reddish brown with an off-white lasting head which worked it's magic to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong dark caramel with toffee and butterscotch. The beer was fruity with a very light pepper character.

The flavor was caramel with a very strong presence of diacetyl. The flavor was fruity with a light bit of peppery spice and a bittering that was fairly high and earthy.

The finish was dry with pepper lasting with diacetyl into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a carbonation high enough to lend a creamy mouthfeel. The beer was a bit too high in diacetyl for my tastes.

Draft at Bruxellensis (9/9/06).

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Photo of shapudding
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lot 1111, dated 12/05. Hand carried back from the brewery by a good friend!
Dark amber, semi unclear, khaki creamy layer of head. Pungent, malty, and yeasty aroma. Smooth and silky, just flows so nicely that you do not even feel the carbonation. Medium body. Dark malts, very balanced, hints of sugary sweetness towards the end of the sip. Tastes almost like a good brown ale. Very good flavor and feel!

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Photo of sloejams
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On our final night in Paris, we had our best meal of the whole trip at a wonderful restaurant called L'Ourcine. Everything about the experience was great. Careful time and consideration went into all aspects of the meal, including the beer. They only had two beers available - both regional artisanals from Brasserie Thiriez in Flanders.

The bottle was poured into a chalice and yes, it was rouge.
It had a pleasant aroma: dark cherry with strong malt and caramel flavors. It's flavor was less sour than expected, which is traditional for a Flanders Red Ale. The malts were the most prevalent taste with hints of fruits and raisins. It paired well with my meat dish, so no surprise to see a cow's head on the bottle.

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Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of descartes
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Delirium tremens glass, consume by 11.07 on label.

Appearance: A dark copper red, a slam lace of head which dissappeared all too quickly.
Smell: Very malty smell with hints of carmel and some faint nector.
Taste: Very light, sweet on the front, more malty on the back.
Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, yet still rather smooth mouthfeel, solid in this department.
Drinkability: An enjoyable beer with no flaws, just didn't show me anything spectacular.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of lightly sour notes with some oak notes. Taste is also a light mix between some oak and some sourness with some light vinous notes. Body is average for the style with some good carbonation. This beer really reminded me of the Classic Rodenbach and would be perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330 ml bottle picked up in Cassel, Northern France last summer. Pours a cloudy dark red colour with a beige foamy head. Aromas of caramel, red fruit & malt. Tastes of toasted caramel malt, red fruit & bread. Medium to light bodied. Aftertaste is lightly bitter with caramel & red fruit.

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Photo of spicelab
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tuilp with thanks to Beermasons.

Deep amber with a monstrous moderately dense beige head. Lacing is virtually non-existent, however a respectable film remains after it finally recedes.

Nose is impressively nutty and buttery, with shedloads of toffee and honeycomb, and a confronting dose of bready and vegetal yeast. Deeper down are sour cherries and raisins. Really different and intriguing.

Toffee hits first, followed by green apple, dark fruits and brandy-soaked muscatels. These are nicely balanced by an abundnace of savoury malt notes. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is very thin and a major disappointment. There's absolutely no getting round how watery and diluted it is. The ABV seems way too low to properly showcase such bold flavours.

Despite such a major flaw, it's impossible to discount the charisma in the aroma and flavour. Don't really know what this is trying to be (it tastes nothing like a Flanders Red Ale to me) but as an 8% Dubbel it would be absolutely stellar.

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Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fine and dense head on a nice orange/ruby color body. The smell is meaty and earthy, with some torrefied malts reminiscent of whisky. The taste shows some roasted notes of coffee and meat, some fresh and citric fruity and wheaty notes and a light but noticeable hoppy astringency. Drinking this beer just makes me want to eat the cow that's represented on the label. The beer was actually produced in reference to the Rouge Flamande, a specific type of cow of the northern part of France. This would be perfect to marinate beef, like in a carbonnade flamande. A little bit smoky, but greatly light and aired for all the meat impression it brings to my mind. Damn, this beer made me hungry. Mouthfeel is enjoyably round, showing some strawberry notes along with the more general soft melting meat character. A lasting aftertaste on the palate, not excessively thick or really chewy, but just not weak either.
Between a red ale and a Flanders red ale, with a wooden profile but very light hints of sourness, unlike many Flanders ales.

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Photo of barryjg
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright, clear light red color with a large, foamy pinkish white head. Head hangs around and left nice lacing.

S-Light sour notes with a bit of oak and cherries.

T-Dry oak and sour cherry notes. Very pleasant biscuity malt in the background.

M-Medium-light body with zippy carbonation. Lasting oak dryness.

D-Crisp, light, refreshing. This brew would be perfect for a hot summer day. Lively, dry fruity notes are very tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with ruby hues and a thick pinkish head. Nose is cherries, leaf tones, and apples. Flavor is fairly earthy, but not powerfully so. Mild cherry tones, like a mild Flanders. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is standard, I'd say. An easy drinker with a mild Flanders edge. Nice enough.

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Photo of gford217
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Phyl21ca poured into a snifter. Thanks Phil!

Pours a deep hazy reddish amber with a huge three finger head that almost came out of the glass. Retention is fantastic and the head hung around for ages leaving some pretty good lacing. Smell is of sour cherries and bready malt with a little sweetness (maybe caramel). Taste is slightly tart with apricots, cherries and a heavy dose of sugar. There are also some spiciness in the taste though it's not easy to determine which ones.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with a definite pucker of the lips present. This is an interesting beer and I'm glad I tried it, but it's probably an average belgian ale, all in all.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost transparent chocolate/brown colour with a minimum of head.

S - Strong caramel aroma with dashes of liquorice & dark chocolate and a heap of liqueur (mainly spiced rum).

T - Very light on the palate with just a touch of bitterness. Flavours seem to match the aroma with plenty of dark chocolate and spiced rum. Some sweeter flavours linger as well such as honey and red wine.

M - As above it's quite light on the palate and actually a little too light. Lack of malt here denies this any real presence in the mouth, however it is partially balanced out by the chocolate.

O - The main problem here is the lack of body. It has all the hallmarks of a classic bock but without the texture it struggles somewhat and the pleasant array of flavours is not quite enough to save this drop.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/12/13 notes. Had a glass of this on tap at La Fine Mousse in Paris, France. Poured into stemware. I asked if this was a flanders and was told no, but it was.

a - Pours a dark brown, caramel looking color, with moderate lacing on the glass, one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, caramel malts, dark fruity malts, oak, musty notes, and earthy notes. Very nice nose; some sourness/brett to it which I like a lot.

t - Tastes of brett, dark fruity malts, spice, bready malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, citrus hops, and earthy notes. Very nice taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice flanders, much better than their blonde I had a few weeks ago. Some brett to it and nice caramel and fruit, and super easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 2 33cl bottles at La Cave a Bulles in Paris (along with 12 others)
Served in a goblet.
It pours a dark ruby hued cordovan color (way darker than the typical Flanders Rouge) with a frothy khaki/tan head resting on top. Loads of sticky patchy lacing edges the glass all the way down.
Smells of fresh ground barley, brown bread, cut oak and wet hay are upfront. A smell of macerated berries and fruit mingle with a bit of citrus rind and pennies. A slight whiff of Brett yeast peeks through and remains throughout.
The flavors are very well the point, at first gulp, seems a bit bland. However, with natural agitation and aeration the different tastes emerge individually. Light brown bread, figs, mild citrus and a hint of a metallic tang mix and mingle. A very slightly sour/acidic bite is noticed but, it's where I prefer the background.
The mouthfeel is slick and velvety. Not too heavy. Not too light. Not too oily. IMHO, it's the best part of this French version of a Flanders Red.
It may miss the original style's mark a bit, but nowadays,with so many style representations, from so many different brewers, what doesn't?

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance : orange color with white foam head
Smell : roasted malts.
Taste and mouthfeel : Very aromatic beer, a little spicy, and is a remarkable table beer to accompany the meat.
Drinkability : Despite the name, it has nothing to do with style "red flandres", developed in Belgium, because it knows no lightning in the maturation of wood.

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Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LeTonneau
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank that at the latest Mondial in Montreal. Talked with the maitre brasseur while drinking this delectable beverage. Frankly, I hesitate to call this a beer. Where I'm from, this would be refered to as a malted beverage. This is not a negative comment by the way. It's just so different from what I'm used to drink.

Poured out a hazy red color with a good lookin' head that lasted the whole glass.

Unfortunatly, I'm having a serious problem with my nostrils these days. So I could not detect the caramel and all the roasted malts that everyone's talkin' bout.

Taste was a pleasant one. Tastes of cranberry (?!) dominates this beverage. I'm sure this would be a great companion to grilled meat. Unlike other reds that have a roasted and sweet taste, I cannot perceive that caracteristic in that one. Funny thing, while I was there, we were joined by the maitre brasseur from L'Alchimiste. We talked about those different aromas and I think that the Lanaudois was on to something ;-)

All in all, a really pleasent drink and, if I get the chance to taste it again I hope it'll be in front of a great piece of steak :-)

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Photo of BartMcStout
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Yoann
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip from a bottle

A - Dark ruby, slight haze
S - Definitely rich, I'd say toffee malt and leafy hop
T - Grilled nuts maybe, autumnal notes stay in mouth for a long time
M - Pretty smooth
O - A really good bière de garde, very expressive despite the low alcohol rate and with a real personality

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Photo of SteeleWright
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

La Rouge Flamande from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 25 ratings