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Grimbergen Rouge

Brewed by Kronenbourg (Carlsberg)
Style: Fruit Beer
Obernai, France
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle, can, and keg: Filtered.
Strong lager with flavouring and colouring.
Grimbergen Rouge combines the flavors of sweet strawberry, cranberry and elderberry with the spicy notes of an authentic abbey beer. Its ruby color and creamy pinky foam renew the traditional abbey beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BlueGaljoen (121) - FRANCE - OCT 10, 2016
Bière marketing qu’y me fait fuir, à juste raison. Cette bière n’a rien pour elle. Tout est chimique, sans accroche, rien ne ressort de cette "bière"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Icedwarf (1303) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2016
Robijnrood bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is wat flets maar voor een fruitbier niet onaardig. Komt in elk geval niet chemisch over. Is licht zoet met iets van framboos en aardbei. Blijft lastig een echt goed fruitbier te vinden.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle from a Delhaize supermarket - apparently new Grimbergens are first launched in France nowadays and only then in Belgium, which comes as no surprise given that they are developed at Kronenbourg now by Carlsberg and therefore first tested on the French market. This one belongs to the category of ’heavier’ sweet red fruit beers which have been popular in northern France (and French-speaking Belgium) for years except for the fact that it is a lager, and honestly I suspect the same from Leffe Ruby, which this is clearly an epigone of. Off-pinkish, medium thick head, leaving a complex pattern of both patches in the middle of the liquid’s surface and in its intricate lacing on the edge of the glass, crowning a clear, deep ruby red beer with vermillion hue. Aroma of artificial strawberry and elderberry extract of course, somewhat less cranberry, on an equal level with a heavy pasteurization smell (cooked Brussels sprouts); apart from these two, I get a ton of refined sugar, molten rubber, overripe sweet tomato or even ketchup, plastic foil, dry breakfast cereals, ’Roosvicée’, industrial red fruit jam, old cupcakes. Very sweet onset but admittedly a tad less cloying than I had feared, still very sugary, with a strong but artificial strawberry flavor (as in industrial strawberry jam), darker forest fruits including my late grandmother’s elderberry syrup but again completely artificial, cranberry is ’imaginable’ with some soft and lemonade-ish, underlying sourishness, medium carbo, slick and still somewhat sticky mouthfeel over a cereally sweetish and somewhat metallic middle; finish adds literally nothing, so the simple track of underlying graininess buried under artificial red berry flavors with that sharpish but simple sourish edge together with sugary sweetness remains. This is a bland and very artificial macro lager in its core, with layers of artificial (I cannot repeat this word enough) red fruit flavors piled on top of it, so as to drown its basic flaws, as it were; the very concept of such a beer cannot but repel the craft beer lover, but if there is one positive note, this is far less cloyingly sweet than I had feared. It does not stick to the teeth or throat in the same way Leffe Ruby and other ’heavy sweet kriek’ beers do, making this a bit more quaffable I guess. I still, however, loathe the obtrusively industrial character of it; this is trying to surf on Leffe Ruby’s success and at the same time trying to be different by, for once, not applying cherry flavors but other red fruits, but it firmly remains stuck in the same league of industrial crap which I sincerely hope no Belgian consumer will fall for anymore. Shame on Delhaize for even advertizing this abomination, though I’m willing to admit that they have been making efforts to promote smaller Belgian breweries lately (even BBP has shown up on their shelves lately - I never thought I’d live to see that). As for this one: to hell with it, along with any other present-day Grimbergen as far as I’m concerned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rubin77 (1100) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 15, 2016
F: big, pink, good retention. C: dark red, clear. A: malt, artificial strawberries, cherries and forest fruits, syrupy sweet. T: malt, strawberries, cherries, forest fruits, white sugar, medium body, normal carbonation, commercial fruit beer as well, 0,33l bottle from Carrefour in Etterbeek in Brussels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PintjeFritz (181) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2016
No detail information about the hops, malts and drinktemperature on the can. Clear red beer with a very stable rose head, smell is fruity, taste is after red fruits and summer, ideal for hot days, very light sweet, light body, texture is thin, this is a beer with red fruits and I rate this than a fruit beer for me, (I have 0.5l can with best-before 06/17 and batch 6188Y21)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
midovark (574) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JUL 6, 2016
0.5 l can from a random French shop. Deep ruby color, thick, long lasting pink head. Strawberry and cranberry in aroma and taste with sour finish. Short finish, light body, soft carbonation. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thomas_W1 (531) - Rastatt, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2016
Dose 0,5l: Dunkles Rot, Rubin, glasklar, kräftiger stabiler feinporiger rosa Schaum; sehr süße Nase, dunkle Beeren, Erdbeeren, Brombeeren, schwarze Johannesbeeren, leichte Säure, Bisquitteig; sehr süß im Körper, dunkle Beeren, Walderdbeeren, Brombeeren, leichte fruchtige Säure, spritzig, kräftige Kohlensäure, leicht bittere Süße, gegorene Früchte; bitter-süßer Nachgang mit kräftigen dunklen Beerennoten

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Evilman (131) - Taverny, FRANCE - APR 26, 2016
Probably the best affordable-beer-that-is-not-really-one i know. It’s really nothing special, but it’s definitely a good choice for casual drinks outside or late partys. Quickly boring however, one from time to time still does the trick. APPROVED BY TAVERNY’S BLACK METAL CREW !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Piw (846) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - APR 15, 2016
500ml Flasche. Klar und rot mit grosser Schaumkrone. Leichtes Himbeeraroma. Leicht muffig. Leicht säuerlich. Spritzig.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RasmusOtt (2374) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 2, 2016
On tap. Pours red with small white head. Aroma of sweet candy-like raspberries and weak marzipan and gummibears. Taste of raspberries as well, some sweet malts and slight floral notes.

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