Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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1.63/5 rDev -56.8%
Flanders Red on sale for $3, what can I lose?
Appearance -- Pours like...Cherry 7-up? Rust-colored in the glass with a slim sudsy beige head and wide bands of lace. it kind of looks like what would happen if you poured every kind of soft drink into your cup at a fast food joint. Aside from the hideous hue, really not bad.
Smell -- Strange. Candi sugar, rotten berries, red wine vinegar, canned tuna. Very sweet-smelling as if artificially sweetened (note: bottle label does not mention any sweeteners in its ingredients list). Instead of being vibrantly sour in the nose, it's just lactic enough to suggest rotting fruit.
Taste -- Woof. Candi sugar, lemon-lime soda, rotten cherries, wet cardboard, faint metallic flavor. Aside from some slight graininess, really no solid malt character to be had. What little sour character is there only serves to make the beer taste stranger
Mouthfeel -- Thin-bodied with ample bubbly carbonation. Too thin, which I will attribute to the rice addition. Who thought that was a good idea??? Also, the carbonation feels a little cheap
Overall -- I struggled to finish the glass. A menagerie of strange off-flavors with only a shadow of Flanders Red character. I was hoping for a cost-effective Flanders fix, but this ain't it. I'm glad I tried it only because I'm a big fan of the style. If you're considering tying your first Flanders Red, DO NOT start here!
05-27-2011 02:54:43 | More by yeahnatenelson
1.88/5 rDev -50.1%
Let me start by saying that I love Flemish ales. But this really lacks everything that I enjoy about a nice flemish ale. If you are new to the flemish style, I strongly urge you stay away from this, and go for a Rodenbach Grand Cru-not necessarily the best flanders, but at around $10 for a 750ml, and being relatively common, it is a far better introduction to the style, given the price.
A- Not a horrible pour. Color is actually a fairly attractive rusty brown color. Poured with very little head, which dissipated quickly and provided almost no lacing.
S- Not a lot going on here. Very light tart canned cherry, with a slight sugary pie crust finish. Overall, dominated by vinegar. I'm not opposed to a strong vinegar note, as long as it is accompanied by other complexities, but this isn't balanced at all. Had to aerate the shit out of it to get any distinguishing notes.
T- Wow-disappointing to say the least. Water down notes in the smell, and you have the taste.
M- Overly watery. Light bodied and disappointing.
D- Really disappointing. I wouldn't buy it again, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Like I said before, if you would like a baseline for a decent flemish, grab a Rodenbach Grand Cru. For a nice complex oud bruin, grab a Haandbakk.
10-15-2010 20:52:13 | More by cb462
2.1/5 rDev -44.3%
Thanks to Phatz for deciding to share this one. I've never seen this one before, so I was anxious to give it a shot...
Appears a reddish brown with a small tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of turkey gravy, vinegar, oxidized and well past it's prime, notes of butter, rotten weeds, brown sugar, and raw meat.
Taste...I would elaborate but I don't have much to add. It was strange, and past it's prime.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grossly of rotten cherries and oxidized sugar water.
It was worth a shot. Perhaps a younger bottle would've faired differently.
11-23-2007 21:32:56 | More by weeare138
2.4/5 rDev -36.3%
This brew was like a mix of sour cherries and apple cider vinegar. It was really tart and strong. This isn't something I'd ever drink an entire bottle of. I just can't get passed how sour it was. I love the red color that this brew has. Theres not much head at all. The mouthfeel is light and watery. I'm just not into the flavors this one has to offer.
04-04-2011 03:06:41 | More by Knapp85
2.48/5 rDev -34.2%
The aroma is sweet and sour with vinegar, fruit, and oak. The appearance is amber with a large head and floating particles. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. The finish is sour. Overall it's sweeter than most of the style but this is probably likable for many that like the style. I have had better.
04-10-2009 06:14:06 | More by nick76
2.65/5 rDev -29.7%
11.2oz bottle $4.69 from Vendome in North Hollywood
A: Pours opaque reddish brown with a two finger head. Looks to have particulates floating throughout, hard to tell because of the opacity.
S: Cherries, vinegar, ripe fruit
T: Grapes, like watered down wine. Other than that, hard to detect much, not very much complexity. Pretty flavorless. I was expecting this to be sour based on the fact that it is aged in oak barrels. I hardly get any sour though.
M: Thin. Doesn't do much for me. Doesn't feel terrible in the mouth. Just that the flavor is so lacking.
D: Easy to drink, but not very inspiring. So I don't see the point.
I was pretty disappointed here.
05-17-2009 04:44:11 | More by LaPeste
2.7/5 rDev -28.4%
small bottle shared with SundaySour on a Saturday session
Poured into Duchesse de Bourgogne glass.
A: The beer pours a modest 1/2-1 finger head with fairly rapid dissipation. Fine sticky lacing sits atop a deep dark mass of maple syrup that's been kept too cold. Faint reds of manzanita, over ripe raspberries, and deep dark cherries appear in indirect light.
S: A strange mellow smell that I can only describe as water chestnut. The oakyness seems to dominate lesser notes of bread and blackberries. A somewhat difficult nose, that may qualify as being a bit too monotone. Some dust lingers in the background. A late note of wood mellowed soy sauce makes a modest cameo.
T: Very dry bitter wood chips. A sort of powdery acidity lingers in the mouth like a low-grade battery acid. A strange almost chemical bitterness dominates any fruit. if there was any fruit sweetness in here, it's been swallowed by strong oak. An awkward aftertaste of coconut that seems accidental. This really just drinks like overly rustic bread, hard tack even.
M: a medium body for the style, the carbonation is more of a sigh than a breath; there's not much to note. It's fought quite heavily by the acidic invasion of wood. It ends fairly dry that prevents any sensation of flatness.
O: This was a bit of an awkward one, I think the oak was either far too young, or the beer itself is too young. It's quite different in many ways, but the acidity is really the most dominant aspect of the flavor. Unfortunately this one drinks more like medicine than it does beer; and makes you feel like the small bottle is more than enough.
07-04-2011 02:26:55 | More by Cavery
2.73/5 rDev -27.6%
Poured into a tulip. Dark reddish brown with a nice tan head that retains itself longer than you'd expect with the acidity of the beer. Aroma is cherries, prunes, wood. Flavor is mainly a slimy cherry cola sweetness with some weird grapes and wood. It's got some tartness and acidity but no complexity or body. Mouthfeel is too carbonated and thin. Not buying this again.
12-02-2009 21:00:59 | More by illidurit
2.75/5 rDev -27.1%
Very bland. I didn't know what to expect with this one. But I've had quite a few sours now - of various styles, including Flanders & Flemish Reds, Browns, etc. This one didn't have much flavor to speak of, no tartness, not very sour. Sort of like a flat soda without the sweetness. I actually only got through about 1/3 of my tulip, and I laid it on the arm of my couch, and it actually spilled over on top of me and my couch cushions, and I didn't feel too bad about it. I won't be buying this one again.
07-18-2013 03:44:49 | More by facesnorth
2.75/5 rDev -27.1%
Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues in the light. A one inch light tan head forms on the pour. Decent retention and some whispy lacing.
The aroma is nice. Definitely some familiar qualities that indicate tartness. Some fruits, cherry and apples. A little bit of oak as well.
The taste is disappointing. Some figs and a very mild "tartness". Slighty vinegar like. This doesn't touch any other Flanders I've had. There is virtually no sour component and probably shouldn't even be considered a sour.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.
Drinkability is moderate. It's not a bad beer, but for the style it's inaccurate and boring.
10-04-2008 18:36:52 | More by Goliath
2.75/5 rDev -27.1%
Pours a reddish orange. Huge 3-4 inch off white foamy head.
Smells decently enough. Some spicy, pungent sourness that smells a bit like vinegar mixed with citrus.
Taste is an odd sweet and sour mix that I just don't care for. The vinegar twang of the sourness is almost eclipsed by a sugar-y, plum-y sweetness that really becomes offputting after a while.
Hard to finish the 11 or so ounces I had.
11-29-2009 06:16:34 | More by Overlord
2.83/5 rDev -24.9%
Pours a nice reddish brown, little creamy head. Smell is light, muted, a little tart and citrus but nothing much. Taste is watery but nice, aftertaste is disappointing, artificial sweetener and raw malt. No tang, no bite, no funk, nothing jarringly bad but nothing good either.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin considering the sweetness, drinkability is reasonable. I'll finish the bottle, but I wont buy another.
05-05-2010 03:34:45 | More by olympuszymurgus
2.9/5 rDev -23.1%
Best if consumed by 08-2010. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Glass.
A: deep copper color with red shades
S: spritzy nose with hints of oak and cherries
T: slight sour taste at beginning but gives way to watery finish with not a lot of unusual taste to speak of, disappointing. Oak taste is present but only slightly in beginning. I can't get over the sweetish watery finish.
M: OK but nothing special
D: drinkable but not worth $5
11-03-2008 01:08:16 | More by wisrarebeer
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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