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


on tap

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.43/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
alrick (57) - FRANCE - JAN 29, 2017
Encore une grim beaucoup trop sucre. Les armes de fruits sont trs ( trop ) prsents

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Milter (763) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2017
Nu har jeg smag denne frugtl. Blev noget skuffet. Alt for sd i smagen, men kan mske bedre drikkes en varm sommerdag p teressen.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nathanvc (308) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2017
Pours clear amber/red with a pink head that leaves some lacing. The aroma contains lots of berries, sugar and some wheat. It tastes heavy sweet, almost no sour or bitter taste. Expected it more sticky, its rather oily/syrupy, so thats good. Soft carbonation. Of course its oh so tasty because of the sugary trait, but way too simple, whilst the commercial description with "notes of an authentic abbey beer" is almost laughable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McTapps (6679) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2016
The beer has got a hazy reddish colour with a big airy head and medium body. Aroma of fruits and sugar. Taste of red fruits, sugar and malt. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Banzale (188) - FRANCE - DEC 19, 2016
Acheter tabac&co palais des bires dans famiflora dottignies . Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur ruby reflet Brown. Petit col de mousse lger . Au nez : le fruit et surtout le sucre. En bouche : rien dexceptionnel au final . Cest sucr, fruit mais cest srement les armes qui donne ce got ! Quelque note de malts super discret ! Trop sucr ! Marketing et rival de la leffe ruby mais gure mieux !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomHendriksen (224) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2016
Het is een mooi kersenrood bier met een roze schuimkraag. In de smaak zijn hints van aardbei en cranberry te proeven.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (6748) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
On tap in De Zandloper, Brugge on 26th Nov 2016. Raspberry coloured with a head head. Decent red berry flavoured and aromatic beer, not too sweet, not too sour. One was enough though.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BlueGaljoen (154) - FRANCE - OCT 10, 2016
Bire marketing quy me fait fuir, juste raison. Cette bire na rien pour elle. Tout est chimique, sans accroche, rien ne ressort de cette "bire"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Icedwarf (1424) - 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 (4892) - 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 liquids 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, Roosvice, 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 grandmothers 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 Rubys 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 Im 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 Id live to see that). As for this one: to hell with it, along with any other present-day Grimbergen as far as Im concerned.

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