brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Grand Cru pours a dark brown color with reddish tint and an off-white head. The beer leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is very acetic, vinous, and tart. There is also a substantial malt aroma which provides a bit of balance to the nose.
T: This is what I think of when I hear "Flanders Red Ale". The taste is incredibly acetic and vinous. There are also great sour cherry and wood flavors, lending the beer a tannic quality.
M: The beer is rather full bodied with abundant carbonation and an astringency that can be a bit strong if you’re not really expecting it.
D: As previously mentioned, this beer is pretty much *the* example of a Flanders Red. It’s a really solid beer and a great one for wine drinkers like my cousin that I shared the bottle with.
Dedollewaitor (15386) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with fuzzy white head. Bier rouge family. Smell of vinegar & sour fruits - cherries. lively carbonation. Very sour and refreshing. The finish is long and again refreshing and has a little sweetness. Fantastic, but not easy drinkable! "Must taste this style of beer more than once before you judge it" (Oerbier, duchesse etc.)
Beerhunter111 (15272) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trübes dunkelrötlichbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, säuerlich, reife Früchte, holzig, Geschmack ist ebenfalls so.
MiP (15143) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sherry-like, sourish aroma. Brown colour. Very acidic flavour. Spicy sherry aftertaste. Refreshing but a bit too much for me.
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Shared with Mette at home.
Clear dark-red/brown, good off-white head. Aroma: sour, rubber, vinegar. Taste: Smooth start, sweet - brown sugar (Farin). strawberry/cherry, the finish is sour and sharp. Medium carbonated.
Oakes (14938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 I went quite a while without seeing this beer. Palm bought the brewery, tried to brew it away from the venerated Rodenbach site. This of course didn’t work and they went back. Finally, they felt comfortable exporting it again, and finally I was able to try it again. It used to be that I wanted to die choking to death on this glorious brew. Where does it stack up now?
Orangey-red colour. Fruity aroma shows cherry and black currant, but also a little bit of sugar. (Sugar was tradittionally added to cut the intense acidity but is not on the ingredient list on my bottle today). Very tart body. Vibrant, with cherry, red currants, plums, and underlying sweet malts. Well balanced. Clean acidity, unlike some other Flemish sours that have acetic influences. Big, tangy, rounded. Without the benefit of sampling fresh old Grand Cru and fresh new Grand Cru together, I find it sharper, but slightly less complex, than in the pre-Palm days. A slight downgrade from perfection, but still a classic.
chrisv10 (14622) - DENMARK - JUL 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Clear very deep red with mostly diminishing medium tan head. Flavour is vinegar, tart, sweet and salt.
gunnfryd (13904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Red brown colour with a beige head. Ripe apple aroma.Pleasent apple,cherry and yeast flavour. Sour aplle finish.
bhensonb (13733) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle [from Marcus] (BB 24/08/08). Impressive aromas of cherry, oak, malt and likely other fruits. Sort of a ruby mahogany color with a tan head that ringed rapidly. Vinous, tart/sour (almost cooking) cherry, with vanilla, and fruit with an oak astringency tagging along. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. There is a strong wood character to go with the cherry. The tart/malt balance very well in the finish. Much more flavorful than the classic. It’s really a very tasty ale.
jtclockwork (13503) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles 1972 vintage and 1999 vintage side by side - rating of 1972 - pours dark brown - mostly still, light carbonation - nose/taste of rich high quality balsamic, dark caramel, oak, vanilla cherries - medium body.