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Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
85
very good

435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006)
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GusDom

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance- Poured with an inch worth of head, the color is of a darker ruby reddish/brown. Fine bubbles floating to the top. Pretty nice looking beer, not much lacing being left though. Head dissapeared after about a minute.

Aroma- Grape skin, slight green apple and vinegar. Smells like kombucha. Fresh tart cranberries, slight caramel, faint bitter-sweet chocolate. Has an oaky finish.

Taste- Caramel, prunes, slight vinegar, oak, smell and taste are actually pretty different. I also get a nutty taste, similar to an almond. The smell tends to be more pungent where as the taste is just slightly pungent with a slight sweetness added.

Verdict- I have mixed feelings about this beer. I definitely appreciate the aroma, the beer didn't seem too complex at first whiff but after about 4 more tries I started picking up the chocolate notes, it definitely surprised me how complex the aroma was. Still, the taste just didn't do it for me. I was expecting a little more sour and not so much sweetness. I'm not saying it was very sweet, but it did have that slight doppelbock caramel note I was not expecting in a flemish sour. I would try again if offered but Im not going to go out of my way to seek it out. I would rather recommend Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour for someone who is new to sours, it may not be as complex but it is definitely more enjoyable IMO.

03-20-2012 02:59:07 | More by GusDom
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a bubbly 2 finger head of tan/reddish head. Body is a murky dark red. Smells of balsamic vinegar, pickles, white vinegar, touch of alcohol. Tastes sweet and malty, pickle vinegar, tart fruit(cherries, raspberries). Medium dry finish, medium/full bodied, medium/high carbonation. Quite nice overall. I'd like to have a bit more complexities in the taste and maybe a bit more in the smell too. Well balanced and I think I'd easily pick this up again at $3.50 a 11.2oz bottle

03-12-2011 03:12:44 | More by Homebrew35
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-16-2011 03:45:06 | More by bpfrush
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Ruddy brown and red colors comingling in a tulip glass, almost no head. Mild tartness in the aroma, toffee.

Good sour taste, impressed, sometimes flanders come off a little weak in that department, especially when they're relatively cheap and available like this one. Really a good introduction that isn't watered down or so pase its lame. Cherry is the most fruit specific flavor that exists in it. Gritty acidic tannin like qualities to it. Mild woody flavor. Enough sweetness to it to approach balance. Ultimately finishes dry.

09-14-2011 02:51:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Got this on-tap from BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark ruby color with a one-finger white head that seems to have an orange tint. The head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells good. There's a good fruity aroma, lots of berries. There are also slight tart and earthy smells.

Tastes good as well. Lots of sweet fruit flavors up front that are followed by a good amount of sourness and a dry finish. There's a mild oak flavor that pokes through every now and then as well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness to go with lively carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing this glass and would've gladly had another.

Overall I was impressed. I'm just now getting into sours, but I was a fan of the way none of the flavors were too overpowering in this beer. Certainly worth a shot.

10-13-2008 02:49:27 | More by glid02
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AnEscapedMind

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-30-2013 02:21:55 | More by AnEscapedMind
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TheLevi4000

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-07-2013 03:03:30 | More by TheLevi4000
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Brenden

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

It's true that I need more experience with the style, but I think I know the guidelines, at least.

It's sort of a thick and hazy beer, and the color isn't so much a red-brown as brown-red. A big, fluffy off-qhite head stands for a good, long time, barely diminishing below two fingers for quite a while and remaining even as the beer is being drunk. It sticks around like a creamy pillow before eventually settling to a layer that deposits patchy lacing that continues to spread out in legging as it goes.
Tart and sour on the nose, this is a solid standard-setter as I understand it. Just a touch of vinegar-like funk is unoffensive and deep. Light alcohol notes just sneak out.
Plenty tart and sour, it's short of puckering but plenty flavorful. It's got lots of it, giving the impression of underripe fruits that have somehow full developed their flavor. A creamy sort of vanilla sweetness underlies it and balances very nicely. An easy sipper that's not too sour but doesn't stray, I could have several of these easily.
The body is light a fairly robust red wine with a light fizz to it. It's got a solid depth to it and flows very nicely. It has a pretty easy finish.

05-09-2013 15:32:58 | More by Brenden
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 15 April 17 on the bottle cap.

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy brownish ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. Too hazy to see any carbonation. Leaves just a little lace.

S: Very funky and tart aroma. Vinegar in there as well. Can tell this one is gonna have a sour taste. Sweet malty aroma as well as oak.

T: Hits you at first with a funky tart taste that transforms into a sweet malty beer with an oak backing. There is plenty of a candied sugar. Ends with almost a wheat malt taste.

M: Fairly light body that feels heavier than it is. A good amount of carbonation. The sour aspect makes it fairly crisp.

Overall a beer I could really get into. Has the full fledge wild fermentation aspect along with a very realistic beer body. Perhaps a little sweet but that compliments the tartness.

11-11-2012 22:15:36 | More by CloudStrife
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azorie

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

a: dark cola reddish brown with a small head as expected its oak aged.

s: red wine, malty, no hops, some sugar sweetness comes out as black cheery like vapors hit he nose. having a bad sinus day, I can taste it fine just not much hitting me nose, but then again nothing new there.

T: ah very nice and complex beer here, sweet malt and back cheery fruit with some red wine tannins like, some vinegar like sharpness, AKA that sour bite. I do not get any lactic favors myself. Very balanced sweet to sour, Its grand cru indeed. Since its oak aged there are no hops I can detect.

M: smooth, low carbonation, semi thick on the back of the mouth.

D: easy as hell to drink this one, its basically a duchesse de bourgogne, with more sweetness, hence the higher ABV.
recommended if you love sours, its really a OLD bruin not sure why they keep added them to the red category, sure it s that on the bottle, but then contradicts itself in the native dutch go figure, who cares right? we drink more its good.

08-19-2010 20:20:56 | More by azorie
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Spiderhouse

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

A--Dark, opaque brown with magenta hues. Minimal head. No lacing.

S--Dark overripe cherries, with an odd hint of grapes. Like Bubble Yum grape, not Bordeaux grape. Odd.

T--Like it smells, sadly, with a funky back end. There's a musty, attic-like quality on the finish. Not bad, really, but not great.

M--Merely average.

D--Okay. I mean, I wouldn't turn it down at a party, but this is far from the best I've had in this style. A bit of a disappointment.

Procured from Red Carpet Wine & Liquor, Glendale, CA

09-24-2009 02:06:18 | More by Spiderhouse
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Reddish with a little white head. Medium plus mouthfeel. Pleasant flemish red aroma. Easy drinking, to the last drop. Nice balance with a little vinegar and well done sweet offset.A moderate cherry. The mildest of oak. Tasty one.Understated carbonation.

11-14-2008 03:57:38 | More by Sammy
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

6.5%ABV from a bottle.

A- Bright red body and white head... thick and fluffy to a thin layer. Leaves adequate lacing. When opening the bottle, a nice "pffft" sound.

S- Sour, funky melange of fruit.

T- Nice and sour... clear Brett and Lactose usage, mild caramel backbone to remind me that this is beer and not fruit cider. My wife enjoyed this beer and asked me if it was lambic (and she is usually a Lindeman's Framboise drinker.)

M- Strong carbonation, nice sourness, it could however use a tad bit more body and flavor aside from the Brett and Lactose notes.

O- Very good and reasonably priced all considering... 4.50 for the ~12? oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:01:16 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Ichtegem's Grand Cru
11.2 fl.oz. bottle; cap dated 18 JAN 2016
The label reads "ingr: water, malt, caramalt, rice, hops, yeast"

Carefully poured to leave the lees behind it's a clear, ruby accented brown color beneath a pillowy head of tan. The head retention is good. It eventually falls to a wide collar that leaves short walls of lace with each sip.

The aroma suggests tart, dark, sugary fruit: cherries, raisins, figs. There's a bit of yeast to it, some malt, and a touch of mineral character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it delivers a pleasant balance between gentle sweetness and light tartness. Along with the tartness and fruit there's some caramel maltiness, but it's not overly done, and it doesn't stick in the mouth. It's actually quite refreshing with the mild sharpness upfront, the light sweetness across the middle, and a bit of grassiness and mineral character in the oaky-dry finish.

In the mouth it's light bodied but with a dextinous edge; and a creamy-smooth fine-bubbled median carbonation - not much is needed as the tartness gives it character.

Overall it's basically flawless, and a pretty good example of the style.

08-27-2012 15:30:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

Cloudy ruddy amber body, small, but fluffy off-white head. Laces quite well.

Vinous nose, with (mysteriously) seafood.

Taste is tart and magnificently balanced, sweetness to balance it out but not enough to cloy. Very faintly vegetal, possible beet.

Mouthfeel is nice, but not outstanding or unique in any way.

Quite a nice example of a Flemish sour... didn't know that aged sours existed, but this one is quite worthwhile, though there's no oak in the taste.

05-11-2011 03:30:33 | More by zaphodchak
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-04-2014 19:06:43 | More by let8it8grow
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

To the uninitiated, this can be a pretty funky beer. Having tried many Flanders Reds, however, I can say this is a nice, mellower than usual version of the style. In that sense it allows you to enjoy the flavors of crisp tang, mild oak, and light caramel barley instead of being overwhelmed by the sour funk.

Maybe it's just a sour ale for beginners, but I liked it.

12-31-2007 18:08:14 | More by tempest
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Mahogoney with a thin but steady head; lacing is full and steady

S: Sour; woody with a touch of vinegar; subtle tart cherries

T: Sourness falls flat--a bit of tart apple and woodiness but most is lost in watery finish

F: A bit thin

D: While this is drinkable, this is not what I was expecting--thin and not nearly sour enough

07-10-2010 02:02:10 | More by dbossman
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-02-2014 00:08:58 | More by Gonzoillini
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aztraz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-13-2013 13:57:31 | More by aztraz
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2012 01:17:38 | More by jmccraney
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

330 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Best by 2015, I think, but it's smudged.

Appearance - Dark ruby brown body with an ample two-finger head of off-white foam. Excellent lacing. Really nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts and oak are most predominant. Hardly any tart aromas. Cherry, I suppose, but it's not a sour cherry.

Taste - Much more acidic than the aroma implies. Harsh acidic red wine vinegar. Oak all over, too. Finishes just a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel - Harsh on the palate. The flavors aren't bad, but the mouthfeel is unpleasant. Very acidic and vinegary. Highly carbonated.

Overall - It's harsh and too oaky. The flavors aren't inherently bad, but the feel just cancels out all benefits.

05-12-2012 01:21:08 | More by Alieniloquium
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-17-2013 17:05:27 | More by Seaba
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Somewhat murky ruddy brown in hue, while the description of the color sounds unappealing it actually seems fitting. Small off-white head, at the apex the foam was only a fourth of a finger tall. No subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is respectable.

Fresh bread, very doughy with lovely vanilla notes as well dominates the nose. I love these aromas. Notes of oak and dark fruit, not very funky or acidic... I could call it tame but that would be disrespectful as this beer does have great depth. Moderate potency, somewhat simple, not very chatty but the nose is nice. For a Flanders Red it is nowhere near as robust as La Folie or Rodenbach. Still, the bouquet is pleasant. Nice.

The palate shows more acidity, more vinegar notes, and more tart fruitiness but, unique to this beer, it falls behind the vanilla, oak and dough. Yogurt, cherries, lemon zest, sherry, and a kiss of buttery-toffee finishes the palate. I like this beer. Flanders Red lovers might find this tame. I do. But I respect it. I dig it. I have not had a Flanders Red that tastes quite like this one. It is very nicely balanced. Tasty. Oddly, if I take a big sip I get a really good blast of sourness but if I sip it the dough and vanilla shine. Weird.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit watery but I am not too distracted by it. I think more fizz would benefit this beer.

Easy drinking, for the style and yet this is a sipping beer because there is plenty going on. I don't remember what I paid for my 330ml bottle. I know I purchased it in Council Bluffs, IA. If it is priced reasonably I'd buy more of this. While not the best of the style it is unique and that is good enough for me. Worth a try.

09-09-2008 03:48:58 | More by bditty187
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Rborre321

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

06-06-2014 20:37:05 | More by Rborre321
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Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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