Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
The one finger head quickly fades and leaves only the dark red/brownish mystical looking liquid.
The smell is sour and lively. There's plenty of yeast, sour apples and raisins. Sourdough and sweet cherrys comes to mind aswell.
As for the taste it's sour and dry with lemon peel, dry grass, yeast and sour grapes up front. There are only hints of sweetness. Cherry and raisins, and maybe some unripe strawberries.
This beer has got a very dry feel to it, but yet I feel a slight creamyness just before it goes down my throat. If this had been a stronger beer I would have said it was due to the alcohol, but in this case it's probably just my imagination...
I have now finished at 750 lm bottle and I still wouldn't say no to another one, even though this one took me some one and a half hours to finish.
04-24-2010 22:47:35 | More by niklas0770
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
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
Deep red, big tan head steadily shrinking to a lasting, rocky head and a little lace.
Aroma is sweet-sour fruit, wood, cherry, vinegar, yeast.
Taste is acidic, yeasty, with a lot of woody sweet-sour fruits, light woody-peppery bitterness at finish, hints of vinegar and metal. It's wonderful, engaging, and very drinkable.
03-30-2011 21:11:06 | More by Offa
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
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
People are saying this is a tame beer for the style, and that might be true--I'm not sure I've ever had a Flanders red before--but it's so drinkable for a sour that I kind of fell in love with it.
I drank it on-tap in a tulip glass at Quotations in Media, and it was a dark deep ruby with a 1-finger beige head. The smell was very fruity and didn't give off much funk, and the taste was I suppose similar--fruity and sweet to start, then a nice clean sour cherry and raspberry, hints of oak and vinegar, didn't make you pucker or give you a funk buzz, relatively light mouthfeel, but kind of like drinking a deeper, darker, better lambic. That's what I thought to myself--"I'm glad I got this instead of the lambic, I get tired of the lambic sweetness quickly but I won't tire of this."
Would go out of my way to find again.
05-10-2009 14:02:12 | More by lstokes
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.