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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

454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006)
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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

wisrarebeer, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Sellen, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +6.1%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid pour, brown color with amber highlights along the glass's edges. Off-white creamy head, one finger that slowly dissolves down to a quarter inch film and then holds. Nose only starts to come through once the beer warms up. Mildly sour, with salty malt. Light toffee sweetness, and lightly vinous. Not bad, but certainly not overpowering nor overly complex. Flavor is nice. Dry swarthy spiced sour malt up front. That sourness heats up as the beer goes on. Dirty, lightly roasted feel shows up as well. Light toffee sweetness. Mostly sour overall. Body is solid, appropriate to the style, and the carbonation works well with the sourness. Overall, I was in the mood for a sour brew, and this one hit the spot. It's not really blowing my mind- and I could do with some more complexity - but its a solid beer, if it fits what you're looking for.

soupyman10, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz capped bottle

the white cap reads 03-09 L10

Ichtegem's Grand Cru pours a ruby reddish brown color with a thin spider-web like red head that vanished rather quickly only leaving behind a ring around the surface.

As soon as i popped the bottle i smell cherry, and malt. Upon shoving my nose in my Chimay glass i get some more cherry, smoke, rum, and oak.

The taste is slightly tart and acidic with alot of the wood coming through mid way. The ale is fantastic, very refreshing and a definite treat. A bit funky, but balanced. A salty bitter note upon the finish. Some spice i cant quite put my finger on.

Ichtegem's Grand Cru tingles and pops. The very light carbonation really allows all the flavors and subtleties to be easily detected. Medium bodied, with a coating finish. I wish i could drink this rather often, but this one hurts the wallet. At 6.99 a bottle for a beer that is no longer produced i guess it is still a great deal none the less.

ATPete, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

RobertColianni, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jkane101, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

dbossman, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11oz. bottle, best by September 2014.

Pours a rich, dark, reddish brown with a creamy two-finger head. The lacing was good, the retention, average.

The aroma is vaguely tart, with a bit of metallic tang and fresh wood.

Light lactobacillus tartness along with a mellow, slightly buttery and milky flavor. Malts are present and add weight, but not much flavor. Kind of lacks personality, but to its credit, there is nothing off-putting about this beer. Hint of oak in the dry finish. The mouthfeel was the best part, I thought. It was creamy, with a fine, cascading carbonation. Drinkability is good given the lack of intensity and relatively low ABV, but my overall impression is that this beer is missing something.

dasenebler, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Archemedies, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of gshackles
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

gshackles, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

botham, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Goliath
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Goliath, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of nzerbe
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nzerbe, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with a medium tan head with impressive lacing. Aromas of vinegar, and super ripe fruit. Taste begins with some super tart cherry, followed by a hint of grain, then some woody, mouth puckering sour finish. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a nice sour beer.

tronester, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of chefduff2
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

chefduff2, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
1.63/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

yeahnatenelson, May 27, 2011
Photo of Stimack
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try last evening. It is a style I really like but very infrequently have so this was a treat. The brew was poured to a dark reddish color with a creamy head that was medium in size and left nice sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. Nice berry aroma, mostly cherry I believe along with a slight vinegar sourness that is subtle but noticeable. The taste is very smooth with a tart berry flavor, to me the berries come out more clearly here with raspberries, cherries, and maybe plum? Has a sourness to it but does not seem to be a pronounced as in some other Flanders red offerings. Over all I think that this is a nice offering, very tame beer based on the style which has its good points. I would get this brew again in the future.

Stimack, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Budinetz, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Wobbly, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of stealth
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

stealth, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Mersh, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CloudStrife, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a nice dark burgundy, a little hazy, and sports about a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. On the nose I get red wine notes, some vinegar, and dark cherries.

Light body with a nicely balanced sweet and sour flavor. Lots of fruity sourness up front with flavors of cherries, lemons, and oranges. At mid-palate a slight hint of vanilla creeps in, sweetening the flavor and softening the feel in the mouth. A faint lactic sourness hits on the finish that seems to clash a little with the fruit and wine-like acidity.

This is one of my favorite styles and I was happy to find another example I had never tried before. Not a bad beer, but the lactic notes kind of spoil it for me. There are far better examples out there.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 18, 2013
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.