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Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 524
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 25
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006

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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 524
Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, thanks to stousnipas.
This is an Oud Bruin, according to both taste and the bottle.
Beautiful burgundy, with shiny amber overtones, and a fluffy tan head that dissipates leaving an ever-lasting lace that coats the sides of the glass and the top of the beer all the way down.
Aroma is vinegary, sour, mildly malted and slightly smoked.
Light bodied, easy to drink, it has the expected taste, vinegary, malted, acidic and mildly bitter, with some minimal "roasted" notes.
Not spectacular, but quite interesting. (530 characters)

Photo of OnTheRoadAgain
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This flanders brown has healthy sweetness that unites a pretty complex mix of sour lactic acidity with muscadine tartness finished by considerable minerality.

Bottle from Lizardville, Cleveland had no date.

Will definitely be drinking this one again! (253 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours thick head of fine bubble. Looks like a ton of carbonation. Dark ruby color. Merky. The nose is certainly sour. Notes of apple cider vinegar, apples, cherries, and dusty oak. The taste is also quite sour and slightly sweet. The taste follows the nose. A little syrupy. Smooth, a little tacky, and medium body.

This is a good Flanders. It's a little too sweet but the tart level is very nice.
A little too syrupy.It's similar to Rodenbach. (451 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewers Haven. This my kind of sour, not overly puckering, perhaps tempered by the barrel aging. Some mellow wooden notes are added as a result. A murky ruby brown pour, soft tightly beaded head, acetic plum aroma. Taste is initially tart, mellowing quickly to a dry, sweet finish. Excellent all around. (315 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose hints of wet horse blanket, light tartness, a blend of fresh and over ripe fruit. Pours reddish brown with a slight haze under a tan tinted finely bubbled 1” white foam cap. This is not as intensely sour on the palate as other Flemish Red Ales coming across a little sweeter and tamer with fruit, plums, cherries, and malt but no chocolate or roast and just a little tang with a sweet tart finish. It has a medium body and low medium carbonation. (457 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (253 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark red with a thin white head. Lovely wine-like smell with a strong vinegar essence. Delicious sour flavor that does indeed taste like cherries. Nothing like cough syrup or fake cherry flavor. A little too sweet, but still very good. Medium carbonation that was highly drinkable which really surprised me. This is the first beer of this type that I've had and I am really impressed. My belly warmed with each swig I took. (430 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Murky, yeasty brown with a ruby tint. Aggressively foamy, pouring this is a challenge, but the head is dense and lasting.

The nose is mineral, acetic, quite fruity. Metallic and vinegar aromas meet cherry-like fruitiness. There's some funk and earth, too, and just a touch toasted malt sweetness.

It's subdued on the tongue, not terribly sour but rounded. Very vinous, white wine vinegar flavors hit the palate first. Mild acetic acid, mineral and oak, bit of a metallic twang mid-palate. The body is thin, carbonation surprisingly not excessive; guess most of it went to the head. Finishes with a mild metallic twang, some balsamic-like acetic acid and light oak tannins. Pretty nice stuff, easy to quaff or sit down and ponder for a while. (775 characters)

Photo of yeastsipper
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light reddish, woody brown. Not much of a head.

The smell is very wine-like with some red wine vinegar smells. I note some cherry scents as well.

This beer is full bodied and well balanced, more so than other oud bruins I have had. It does not have the typical sour finish. While it is sour, it has more of a dry, woody finish to it. The oak barrels really influence the taste of this beer. Flavors of grapes and raisins linger on the palate.

I had not heard a lot about this beer, but it was very enjoyable. It was quite a bit different, earthier and full-bodied, though less complex, than the Duchesse. Pick a bottle of this up if you happen to see it. (671 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Very dark brown, bordering on black, that reveals bright, deep ruby highlights. Thin collar of tan head, no real lacing.

Smells of dark, sweet fruits (fig, apricot, date), much sugary than acidic, with some spicy yeast. Surprisingly, not much tartness, but more reminiscent of a dubbel. Tart cherry emerges later.

Some tartness shows up in the taste, but mild & still paired with dark sugar fruits, a spiciness a little like nutmeg, & a dry alcohol taste that's potent for the actual ABV. Tartness builds some with warming, as in the aroma, like sour cherry skin.

Medium-bodied, a little bit sugary, makes me salivate. Dryness feel in the aftertaste.

Good, not my favorite Flanders ale by a long shot, but I like how it morphed halfway through. I'd have it again in the future, though one per sitting is sufficient. (848 characters)

Photo of Violeteye89
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured into a CH'TI 25cl stemmed tulip glass with an aggressive pour.

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber depicting cherry oak and red wine, nice creamy fine Belgian white head with good lacing.

Smell: Nice strong smoked cherry with the bite of malt.

Taste: Not too sweet and not too tart, the cherry oak and malt all are strong and in the front and easily discernible. Not overly carbonated, the heavy malt making the cherry not too sweet or tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation, the sweetness, tartness, and malt give an interesting bite on the tongue that lingers for quite a while.

Overall: Very good Grand Cru with intriguing flavors, nice warm buzz from 6.5 Abv, will definitely get again. Expiration April 29th 2019 (747 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Belgian glass.
Very dark reddish brown color with a 1/4" frothy light brown head that settles to a thick film. The head easily comes back with a swirl. Leaves a little soapy lacing.
On the nose I smell strawberry preserves, a rich wine-like quality, a little oak, some black cherry. Pretty rich and inviting.
On the palate I get tart strawberry/raspberry, some vanilla and oak, and a very wine-like finish, a little earthy. There's a hint of pomegranate as it warms. Leaves a rich, dry, oaky aftertaste, makes me want to sit by a fire or something. Balances between sweet and tart notes well.
Nice texture, comes on velvety and quickly becomes light and dry, almost effervescent. I would like a tad less carbonation, but it's good.
Strikes a good balance on drinkability, with a fairly rich taste but a light body, pretty clean.
This is pretty tasty, a good example of the style. I would like a little more body and richness, but still quite good. (983 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. "18 JAN 2016" stamped on the top of the bottle cap.

A- Pours a dark mahogany. ~1 finger of tan head, which fades to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Tart cherries, with some oak-soaked vinegar notes and a bit of vanilla sweetness.

T- Tart cherries with a bit of a vinegar edge. A fair amount of caramel sweetness. Oaken notes provide a bit of lingering bitterness.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Medium/light feel.

O- Good. Pleasant on all fronts.

Future outlook: I actually took my own advice to start drinking some "Flanders" type beers more often....good for me. Think it might be time to sock a few away for aging purposes... (674 characters)

Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is actually a Flanders Oud Bruin, as the back label explains. Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a chestnut brown with a half finger of light tan head that becomes a soapy rim soon after pouring.

Aroma is lightly sweet with light notes of acidity and some red fruit, mainly cherry and a touch of berry. Some distant funk mixed in as well.

Taste follows the nose with a smooth and complete profile that finishes mellow and very smooth. Overall this is a solid Oud Bruin with a distinct oak-aged character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly acidic and smooth from the barrel aging.

Drinkability is good. Easy-going and mellow with a solid fruit and barrel aged quality along with a solid profile. An all around good brew. Cheers! (758 characters)

Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BSP last week.

A - dark brown opaque body, cherry red hints at the edges when held up to light, and a thick beige head

S - fruity, funky, yeasty goodness with hints of spice

T - sour fruit with a whole lot of tart going on. The funk is present and there are still hints of spice. Delicious!

M - medium bodied with nice carbonation

D - I've been on a sour kick when I can get them on tap lately (started by Allagash Rosa) and this beer did not disappoint. Massively sour and funky. I really enjoyed it. I can see how this would not be for some, but I'd love to try more of these. Obviously drinking too many of these would probably have the same effect as drinking too many hop bombs (blown tastebuds), but I would've gladly had another. (751 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle with no date. Served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

Muddy cherry cola brown body with ruby highlights. Frothy, rocky, lacy, dirty khaki head. Tart cherry leads the nose with balsamic vinegar, currants, licorice, shoe leather, and sugary cherry juice behind.

Earthy, mushy fruit malt up front. Metallic cherry tartness cuts in. Slightly sugary fruit malt in the background. Some oak and vanilla before tartness and balsamic vinegar take over. Lingering cherry tartness and faint sweetness. Fruit skins in the finish. Nice. Different. I need to start drinking more Flanders Red Ales! (606 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Maple syrup brown, very foamy, choppy head and super sticky head/lacing. Rings left on the inside of the glass.

S - A tart, acidic, red vinegar nose with notes of the juice of dried cherries in oak casks.

T - Dry cherry, woody oak. Dried fruit skin and some tangy fruit acidity. Bitter hops add another component, with a nice dry champagne-like yeast.

M - Drying the mouth with a clean effervescent Flemish body. Fizzy, tingly carbonation.

O - Great sour/dry Flemish ale with a nice background of natural cherry. (521 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish brown, like a prune. Nice head.

Smells smooth and oaken with just a tiny little hint of sour cherries and some more generic, smoother fruit, like blackberries.

Tastes like it smells. Very smooth and sweet for a Flanders--I split this with a friend as a way to preface drinking an Upland Gilgamesh, so he could see if he liked sour beers before I went and opened up an expensive bomber of a beer so tart it makes your cheeks burn. This--this was not a proper preface. Still, it was pretty darn good on its own. (530 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a very small head after a gentle pour. The head settles to a ring very quickly. Not much for lacing.

Smells of ripe fruit such as cherries, plums, and red grapes. Also some oak and vanilla is detected.

The taste is only slightly sour and most of the tartness comes on the finish. Very fruity which is countered by the vanilla flavor. Finishes dry and sour with an aftertaste that doesn't linger around.

Feels medium bodied with ample carbonation. An interesting beer that is worth a try. (518 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle picked up at the Coop today for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter... I was very stoked to have Matt show me this one... big thanks.

2 finger lite tan head drops leaving nice sticky lacing.. the brew is a hazy dark brown with nice ruby highlites.

aroma is sweet and mildy vinous .. subtle acetic notes but they are understated when compared to many in this style... wood is there.. smells tannic.. sorta like a wine and vinegar soaked fresh oak sawdust.

Flavor is surprising.. not nearly as sweet as the nose... also no where near as sour as the aroma would lead. Palate is very understated, which actually adds years to the immediate drinkablity.. for the most part it is mainly pale malts with a little bit of toastiness that moves quickly into the sour portion that finishes with an oaky dryness... a tying cherry fruitiness binds everything together from front to back... no oxidation that I can detect.. lite/medium body makes me really want another sip.

This is a perfect Flanders Red for the person who has never tried one and still wants to expand their horizons.

I applaud the COOP and Matt and Ashton for honestly getting in some truly unique beers into the market recently and especially in the last year.. Cheers to expanding Boise's palate. (1,286 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Older refrigerated bottle,2009, poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark mahogany amber with red tints. Half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing, looks nice. Aroma of cherry, light fruit, wood, lightly vinegar and sour. Flavor is sour and acidic, but balanced by a cherry flavored sweetness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Nice interaction of the sour and sweet. I do not favor sour beers but this one works quite nicely for me. Worth a periodic revisit. Older refrigerated bottle, probably from 2009. (534 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep red brown in color, hazy, with a light tan head on top.

S: Tart and acidic, but fairly mildly so. Dark berries, and plums round out the smell with a touch of apple cider vinegar. Raspberries and blueberries mingle with the Belgian yeast character in the finish. Lovely.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. There is a nice mix of acid and dark fruits. This almost drinks a little more like a Belgian dark with some light funk. Sweet and smooth with just a little edge.

M: Medium in body. The carbonation is fine, and a little more than medium. The finish is slightly tart and drying.

O: Overall a very enjoyable beer. Good flavor, and tastes like it was the easiest thing in the world to make. Smooth, succulent and enjoyable. (743 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.5% On my 33cl bottle label, along with a health warning from the US. So what? I hear you say. Well I drank this bottle only a few miles from the brewery in Ostend.

Really red hue to this beer, as you would expect from an Flanders Red Ale, although the label claimed it was an Old Brown.

The sweet and sour aroma carried on into the taste, the Oak Barrels used to age this beer adds a cherry and almonds hint to everything. Easy to drink and pleasing in every way. This is an interesting beer and well worth finding. (519 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart fruit, Belgian yeast, brown sugar and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a mild burst of tart fruits like cherries & grapes. The sourness is not as intense as some other beers in the style. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with some mild caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There’s Belgian yeast in the background as well a faint but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a sour beer that isn’t too sour. (912 characters)

Photo of Brisket
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown, very little head, dissipated quickly.

S- Sour cherries and Belgian candi sugar, lactic and acetic acid. Very sour nose, quite good.

T- Sourness is milder than the nose, it starts sour and finishes like a quad or non sour grand cru.

M- medium body, slight acid puckering

O- Great beer. Will have again. The sourness is relatively mild and the flavor is not as heavy as others in the style. I will still have it again. (441 characters)

Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
84 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.