Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours dark copper with ruby highlights when put to the light. Effervescence is apparent in the clearness of this beer. The head is rocky and beige as it slowly dissipates leaving sticky lace on a flute.
The aroma is that of tart apples with vinegar and turns to berries with warmth. While the aroma starts out mouth-watering, it ends with woody tones.
The flavor is much milder than anticipated from the nose and as would be suggested by the style. Regardless, this is quite tasty with tartness and acidity of berries. It warms well, maintaining and developing earthiness through the finish.
Refreshing with medium body, decent carbonation, and light alcohol.
Ichtegem’s Grand Cru is easy drinking and enjoyable. However, the draught version I had yesterday was far superior.
02-19-2012 19:59:47 | More by SLeffler27
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-10-2012 05:15:18 | More by LiquidAmber
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
12oz bottle. Date of 11 mei (may?) 2016. Poured into a HOTD tulip.
Appearance- Brown with reddish highlights. Dirty white head that dissipates to a film. 4.5/5
Smell- The tartness that I smell first makes my mouth water. Cherries and some tart apple is there. 4.5/5
Taste- Funky green apple. There is a malt meatiness to the middle of it. Weird taste around the edges. Maybe rotten fruit? I wish there was a little more of a sourness or tartness to the taste as there was in the aroma. 2.5/5
Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Lower carbonation than I expected. 3/5
Overall- Bummer. It started out great and I was really excited until I tasted it. I thought there was going to be more of a sour tartness to it. There wasn't. I also expected more carbonation. Bummer. 2.5/5
01-26-2012 05:06:49 | More by MADhombrewer
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured from 375ml bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip. Best by date April 2016.
A: Brown color with some slight red around the edges. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger light khaki color. Lacing is thick, sticky and impressive.
S: Not a ton on the nose but what I do pick up is some earthy notes along with some standard malt and a very faint yeast smell.
T: Nice flavor, malt forward, nice dark fruit notes come through with dates and raisins being the most obvious. Some subtle molasses notes as well. Interestingly complex flavor. Really nicely done.
M: Amply carbonated, almost too much on the front end of the sip. Creamy mouth coating. Long lingering aftertaste leaves me reaching for more.
O: A good beer, not overly impressive but one I was glad to try. This one was a "pick a random Belgian beer and buy it" purchase and I'm not disappointed. I probably won't seek it out again though.
01-15-2012 02:24:50 | More by suspect
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Poured into flute glass.
A: Very dark copper color, big foamy light tan head.
S: Sweet malt, mild vinegar sourness, hints of tart cherries. Not impressive for the style.
T: Mild tartness, cherries, dark malt.
M: Bright foamy carbonation, light-medium body that seems a little chewy at times.
O: Kind of a let down, this was not nearly sour or tart enough to satisfy that sour-ale addiction. Not a bad beer, but it's not the mouth watering sour ale that I (and many others) crave from this style.
01-10-2012 00:37:00 | More by ReelBigwigFish
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Served from a 33 cl bottle into a snifter.
A - The beer is a medium brown color and opaque with a cloudy appearance. The head is thin but remains as a ring around the glass and wisps across the beer. Lots of lacing with tiny creamy bubbles.
S - I had the impression of assertive earthy hops on the first sniff. As the beer warmed, I changed my analysis of this smell to a slightly sour vinegar aroma I'm used to with aged Flemish beers. Mixed in with the sour note is oak, cherries and chocolate malt. Very inviting. There are some earthy hops noticeable, but only in the background.
T - The taste is right in the sweet spot for Flemish reds. Sweet malt, sour vinegar, wood notes. It's all here, but not blended as smoothly as in some examples.
M - Body is thin. Some prickly carbonation. No alcohol or hops burn.
O - Overall a good, enjoyable beer. I’ve had examples of the style that are more complex and delicious, but this is one is worth trying.
12-30-2011 22:30:09 | More by Radome
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a dark reddish color with a one finger cocoa head. Excellent lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark and impossible to see through. The nose is nice- sour fruit, some grain, cherry, plum, and slight alcohol in the background. The taste is nice and tart, with some funk, sour fruit, and a definite bite to the aftertaste. Not quite as complex as I'd hoped, and a little on the sweet side for the style. Still, not shabby at all. Overall, this is a good brew for the style, but you can find better. Cheers.
12-18-2011 17:40:24 | More by jayhawk73
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 03-2013 is stamped on the cap.
Pours a dark very dark brownish-red with a lot of chunkies floating in the glass. Very small head but there is some lacing present.
Smell is of cherries along with maybe a touch of oak.
The taste is very much like the smell. Tart cherries dominate the palate with a sourness also present. The oak is pretty reserved but is noticeable. The finish is fairly dry with a moderate bitterness.
This is my first experience with this style and it has left we wanting to explore more Flanders red ales. A quality beer.
12-11-2011 03:15:59 | More by rangerred
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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...
12-06-2011 04:42:12 | More by DoctorDog
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours reddish brown with a decent cream colored head. No lace, just a ring of head retention.
Sour cherry and wet wood dominate the nose. Some toasted malt and acidity as well.
A bit muddled/muted in the flavors. Wish they were a bit more...bright. Sour notes, cherry, wood, some over-browned bittered bread crust. Sour turns to bitter fast, and I like the transition (nice mindplay, as your nose and tongue tell you 2 different things). Finish is long and mildly bitter, with the funky sour coming thru toward the end.
Acidic and medium bodied.
Not bad. A bit less sharp than I like -- flavors are there, but a bit soft. Still, a very worthy brew. I'd have this again.
12-05-2011 13:24:24 | More by OtherShoe2
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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