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Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Ichtegem, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (685) - USA - APR 7, 2014
750-ml bottle labeled Strubbe’s Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale, with a tag around the neck saying "50% young beer blended with 50% beer aged (for 2 years) in bordeaux wine barrels", from the-rare-beer-club @ beermonthclub. sweet more than sour, which is ok in my book. cherries, blackberries, strawberries. drinkable. cork flew 206.5 in.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamTheBarrel (379) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
750ml green corked and caked bottle, poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru branded Tulip glass. Appearance is clear dark ruby red with a small fine creamy looking khaki head, that left some lacing. Aroma of overripe apples, red grapes, balsamic vinegar and barnyard . Flavour of ripe red apples, red grapes, cherries, oak wood notes, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste is light-medium sweet, light bitter and medium-light sourness. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and medium carbonation. Overall I think this beer is quite enjoyable but too sweet and light on sourness, also a little too carbonated for the style. Vineous flavours, a suitable gateway beer for a wine drinkers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (3725) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - APR 3, 2014
Bottle 33cl, a amber brown beer with low head. Nose is on candy sugar and burnt candy sugar. Aroma is on caramel, diacetyl and burnt caramel, slightly sour, low wood touch, very less fruity only some burnt over ripped cherries, bit disappointed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1166) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle shared by czar, thanks bro! Pours a dark red with a weak head that still manage to leave good lacing patterns. Nose is of red wine vinegar and grapes, interesting. First sip offers some "bottle" flavors but it clears up pretty quickly. It is sweeter than most Flanders Red but still has some tartness and offers some light acetic notes. Body was light to medium, carbonation medium and overall it didn’t have any rough corners. Enjoyable, just a bit too sweet unfortunately.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoven77 (1) - - MAR 30, 2014 does not count
This was the first time I had a sour ale. The color was dark/red. The flavor and consistency was great. High recommend if you like sour ales.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (522) - BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2014
Voici donc une Flemisch red ale matured in oak barrels .. ou si l’on veut, une « vieille brune ». Elle titre à 6,5 % abv, et est prévue par le brasseur jusqu’en avril 2018... Je suis donc 4 ans en avance, ce qui est assez rare, moi qui préfère les bières au-delà de leur date … Couleur brune roux classique de ce genre (roux en transparence). Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout dans le verre, pas vives mais belles. Mousse beige foncé qui nappe. Arômes de fût, cerises noires, aigreur noble, vinaigre de vin. 1ère bouche très souple, avec un début en fanfare sur un vinaigre balsamique de classe. Arrière-bouche très ample, sur les fruits noirs et le fût. 2ème bouche sur les cerises noires, du cassis, et du fût de vin. Arrière-bouche fruitée, paisn gris, pointe de girofle. La longueur offre de beaux bouquets, avec une tendance à légèrement doucir, mais en restant complexe. La levure est étonamment douce. L’alcool convient au genre, parce que cette bière doit se siroter. La finale est douce, fruitée et vineuse (n’oublion pas d’ailleurs que le vin vient d’un fruit...). CONCLUSION : une bière à boire très calmement. Je suis d’ailleurs partisan de la décantation pour les vieilles brunes, et c’est leur rendre justice suite à leur vie en fût... Elle le restitue bien d’ailleurs, ce fût. Très belle bière, mais n’oublions pas que ce sont des bières à prendre au second degré.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4128) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
pours unclear dark red with a small light beige head showing some retention and few lacing patterns. wood, cherries, light acetic bite, sweet and spicy bready if not doughy malts, some sweetness - a tad too much - can’t imagine tasting its blended and sweetened (by a sweet young beer) counterpart, brown sugar, grass, pepper, hint of vanilla. moderate carbonation, light body - oily and kind of sticky, lightly astringent woodsy-grassy-peppery finish. straightforward and a tad too sweet. o-k, still.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (824) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Aroma of tart grape juice, musty herbs, cinnamon, and caramel. Appears a murky brown with a purple tint and nice lacing. Taste is moderate sour grapes, molasses, brown sugar, yeast, and sweet caramel. Overall, the sourness is pretty tame on this one but it’s got nice drinkability. I’d give this a B rating.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mchengcit (9) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
citrus, floral, orange, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, light body, thin feel, sticky, fizzy, lively, astringent,

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2271) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at Dexters, pours a clear dark red brown with a thin off white head, aroma is pretty subtle, slightly sour with some vinegar and fruit, the flavor is intensely sweet on the front end with lots of dark fruit in the finish, sour? Not so much, meh.


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