mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
330mL bottle - pours a dark reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is cherries, dates and wood. Flavour is a mix of the same with a noticeable, but pleasant bitterness. Sweet and sour finish. Quite highly carbonated. Enjoyable. Oakes (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2000
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?
chrisv10 (18234) - DENMARK - JUL 30, 2010
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.
33 cl bottle. Clear very deep red with mostly diminishing medium tan head. Flavour is vinegar, tart, sweet and salt. TBone (18106) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2005
Bottled 33cl, alc. 6% (BB 09/2006)yngwie (17186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2006
Dark ruby color, small tanned head. Sour aroma of apples and cherries. Sour, carbonated, quite full bodied for the style. Tart cherry flavor, some balsamico - long sourish aftertaste. This is grapefruit-like sour. Gimme my kriek lambic!
Bottled, 0.33ltr. Light brown color with nice carbonation and lacings. Small beige head. An intense aroma hits you the second you pop the cap. Cherry, black currant and raspberry at the same time in the aroma, along with tart vinegar notes and oak. Flavor is more balanced, with cherry slowly beeing overtaken by sweeter raspberry. Astringent towards the tart finish that has sweet notes too. Reminds me of a champagne in the mouth, and I can feel the sourness on my teeth. (060124)
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2016
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. FatPhil (16953) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 330ml bottle (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Rich clear brown, light fizzy head. Sour graininess rather than fruits on the nose. Update - gentle berry-fruit component found too today - bumping up aroma by 1 point. Palate is incredible, a very mellow nutty oak feel, with hints of the impending sour rush and smooth maltiness. Sure enough - there’s a light but still potent sourness at the back of the mouth as you swallow, and the vapours waft more mellow woody sensations around the mouth.Almost cantillon-like finish, but a bit more sour, and much much darker - more mid-roasted malt and vanilla oak.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn) (6:4:8:4:14=3.6) - acetic aroma too prominant.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Poured into a straight glass with plenty of space, so had a massive head, which it kept for a very long time - looked beautiful, such a deep red. Beautiful soft sweet aroma, hinting at cherry and purple grapes. There’s a gentle sourness, more like a tartness than anything acetic, fortunately. A little bit of toffee later. In the mouth - wow, an instant cherry rush up the back of the nose. Served quite cold, but fullish in the mouth; residual sugars weighing it down a little, but crispened up by pleasant carbonation and the gentle sour prickle. Cherry fades to oak, and that sweetens as it mellows in the finish. This is the beer as I remember it at its best, it’s a world class sour red, one might almost say the definitive one that others should be compared against.
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. Benzai (16569) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2011
Great dark color with a dark red glow coming through. That’s about it though. It’s way too sour for me, I can’t find the 6% ABV and it doesn’t smell very nice. Dedollewaitor (16359) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
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.)