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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

455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006)
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Photo of rarbring
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée 2007. Slightly hazy red/brown/copper, a light high tan head, settles rather quickly leaving good lacing. Some curtains.

The smell is fresh and sour, sour creme, red fruits and some wood.

The taste starts sweet, fructose, then dried fruits, raisins, apples and raspberries, a touch of sour rhubarbs, some yeast and leather.

Little carbonation, a soft texture, a medium body, smooth and not dry.

A good, clean, solid, honest, original beer. Smooth temptation. Exquisite with cheese.

rarbring, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small 1/2 inch light brown head that fades to a film. Small amounts of random lace on the glass on the drink down. Smells of red wine vinegar, sour berries, and funk/must. Taste is somewhat sweeter than I was expecting. Grape juice, slight vinegar, unripe berries are the tastes I am getting from this beer. Better than average carbonation but it feels a bit lacking. Overall, a good beer but nothing I would seek out again.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

6.5%ABV from a bottle.

A- Bright red body and white head... thick and fluffy to a thin layer. Leaves adequate lacing. When opening the bottle, a nice "pffft" sound.

S- Sour, funky melange of fruit.

T- Nice and sour... clear Brett and Lactose usage, mild caramel backbone to remind me that this is beer and not fruit cider. My wife enjoyed this beer and asked me if it was lambic (and she is usually a Lindeman's Framboise drinker.)

M- Strong carbonation, nice sourness, it could however use a tad bit more body and flavor aside from the Brett and Lactose notes.

O- Very good and reasonably priced all considering... 4.50 for the ~12? oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

TheSupremeAJ, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer at Hop City while I was in Atlanta and am just getting a chance to review it properly. Here we go.

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet color that is pretty clear, but is made more difficult to see through because of the vortex of bubbles rising up the center of the Duvel tulip it is sitting in. There was a solid 1/2" of tan foam after a very slow pour and a solid minutes afterward, there was really no change in it. There is already a little lacing on the glass after the beer has just been swirled a bit, so far this is a pretty nice looking Flanders. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking some of the beer.

Aroma: I initially got a more malt balanced than funk balanced aroma, but there were definitely some cherry aromatics to be found. There is a little bit of toffee to the malt which is nice. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is actually getting cleaner and favoring the sweet malts more than the wild character. I personally find that a bit disappointing, but others may not because the malt character is well crafted in this beer.

Taste: The flavor is quite mild for this style, but still a nice blend of the required elements. Malt is the main component, but there are cherries and sweet dark malts in there all to compliment one another. The wood notes are implied, but there really isn't any of the dryness that you may get with wood aging, so I guess this is a blend with fresh beer as the Flanders notes are strong enough to be noticeable, but the other supporting flavors are muted such that they get lost a little bit. The carbonation is ample and make the beer quite pleasant to drink. The body is medium to light and goes down really easily.

Opinion: This is a good beer, no doubt. Well crafted. It is bit light for my taste, but I really like Rodenbach...which has me jaded a bit. This isn't as much of an "entry beer" as others in this category, but it is a bit muted in the delivery for my taste. If you are going to go for it, knock me out. Otherwise, strive to be the Duchesse.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Dark red, almost ruby-like with a humongous head. The head died down to about a 1/2" and stayed through the whole drink.

S--Sour cherries, green apple, and Belgian yeast. It's a very complex, delicious smell.

T--Get a lot of yeast up front. The beer is very sour, though not the most sour beer I have ever had. The finish is of sweet cherry flavor with a bit of plum or other dark fruit taste.

M--Tart taste leaves the lips puckering. Heavy carbonation in the beer feels like miniature scrubbers on the tongue. It is a refreshing taste, but there is a slight bitter aftertaste that is unappealing.

O--It's a good representation of the style. It would be a good gateway beer into sours I believe. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Mosley1212, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Offa, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, with some ruby. Head gone pretty quick, minor lacing.

Smells of cherries and other fruits, some sweetness and tartness beneath, no real sourness.

Taste is sweet in a non-cloying way, rich with overripe cherries and other berries. A bit tart.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy given the complexity of the sweet fruit flavors here.

This one is easy enough to drink, but it lacks that fantastic sour-like nose, and the flavor is thick, rich and sweet and opposed to more crisp and sour.

musicforairports, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of alkchrios
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was suggested to my by a reliable source due to my new found love for monks cafe flemish red.. I must say although I do enjoy the Ichtegem, the flanders still sticks out as one of the best sours ive ever had...although im not the most knowledgeable when it comes to sours.
A- Dark copper, almost a deep purple hue, mostly transparent with little to no head
S- wine, cherries, sugar
T-I get a nice cider taste, there are no earthy notes to this brew at all..just a lot of sweet tones with citrus and tartness.
M- Very crisp and clean..coats the entire pallet but not over bearing.
D- This is a great beer summer beer...very refreshing..not hard on the wallet at all and just an overall good beer!

Cheers

alkchrios, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly 2 finger head of tan/reddish head. Body is a murky dark red. Smells of balsamic vinegar, pickles, white vinegar, touch of alcohol. Tastes sweet and malty, pickle vinegar, tart fruit(cherries, raspberries). Medium dry finish, medium/full bodied, medium/high carbonation. Quite nice overall. I'd like to have a bit more complexities in the taste and maybe a bit more in the smell too. Well balanced and I think I'd easily pick this up again at $3.50 a 11.2oz bottle

Homebrew35, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. Okay retention and minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of cherries and unidentifiable berries. There was an overall sour aroma, too.

T - Good sour black cherry flavor with a mild caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp without the overwhelming puckering mouthfeel that sometimes comes with the style.

D - This is a good Flanders Red Ale. I've had better but it was certainly worth the selection from the store.

zeff80, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of jeranbrews
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light fluffy beige head with pretty rainfall lacing. Deep slightly cloudy ruby body with fine bubbles half the size of champagne bubbles

S - sweet tarts and strawberry raspberry. Light crepes with fresh jam.

T - cranberry and grape with a mild infusion of hop and some wheaty malt with evervesance aftertaste is crystal malt and rose wine

M - effervescent and silky. A silk sheet rippling in the wind.

D - a very interesting mix of fruit and beer. Is it the best mix I don't know.

jeranbrews, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$3.49/11.2oz. bottle and 6.5% ABV. Slightly pricey.

Pours a deep, hazy brown amber. A nice short head, light carbonation, no real lacing. Sort of mehh so far.

Aromas are what I like in a Flander's ale: lots of sour cherry notes, black cherry, that leathery-funky Belgian thing, and some pear. Wonderful and robust.

Wow, this is sour! Right away it tickles your tongue, and then it launches full on into the sour characteristics becoming so well loved in the world. Like drinking cherry juice concentrate. This slowly mellows out into a yeasty bitterness and flies into a finish that is equal parts unique, bitter and long. This short review is brought to you by the letter H and the number 6...

What I like most: The unqiue, sour flavor profile.

What I like least: the pedestrian appearance.

Verdict: Ok for the style, there are many better at this price point but a decent ale none-the-less.

SolomonGrundy, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of lionchow
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled as Strubbe's Grand Cru.

Pours a dark red brown with a thick rocky off white head.

Aroma is sour, lactic, reminiscent of sauerkraut. There is a slight caramel sweetness.

Flavor is very lactic, very tart. There is a slight flavor of butyric acid which is off-putting. There is a lightly sweet, med roast maltiness that is nice.

The carbonation level fits the flavors well. The mouthfell is light, allowing the tart acidity to shine.

Overall a good, if not great beer.

lionchow, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of bballmj2k
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into snifter. Cap says best buy 07-11-2015

Appearance - Dark burgundy/brown. Cloudy and unfiltered, with minimal head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell - Oh yum sours. Tart apple, cherries, grapes... degree of funkiness and woodiness.

Taste - Sweet and tart at the beginning. Some hints of fruits (see above). Honestly a bit muted and kind of a disappointment. Not really sour - definitely reminds me of New Belgium's Vrienden. Perhaps a bit of that hibiscus flavor creeps in and is similar to the apple tartness.

Mouthfeel - Not substantial, minimal carbonation. Kind of want more body for something like this. Definitely not puckering or full.

Drinkability - Pretty high. Easy drinking with sweet flavors without being cloying. Lacking a little of that sour punch that I was looking for.

Not a fantastic Flanders Red but not awful either.... pretty mediocre.

bballmj2k, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy 1.5 inch head. Leaves moderate soapy lacing.

S-Sauerkraut! Makes me want a hot dog. Some light lactic acidity.

T/M-Soft, nutty. Not very sour. Just a hint of cherry sweetness, low carbonation.

D-I could see this being a good gateway Flanders Red, but certainy not a great representation of the style.

DaveHS, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Jemonster
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before date on the cap says 23-03-2015.

A: Murky brownish red, rust colored body. Slightly off white loose/large bubble foam head. Barely leaves lacing on the glass. Not much if any visible carbonation.

S: Immediately it smells like sourdough bread/starter. A little bit of alcohol. Wet books... Not much else.

T: Sour with just a little sweetness. As it warms, the sweetness comes through a little more. Different than any other sour I've had. I get seville orange (bitter orange), grapefruit, oak maybe? Light bitterness at the finish. Pretty good, but one dimensional and straightforward character. It doesn't have that certain..."there's something hidden here" taste that I have come to expect from a Flemish Red.

M: Lightly fizzy carbonation. One of this beers stronger areas to me. I liked it.

D: Pretty good, but this beer was kind of "basic". Not really what I was expecting. It's good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one. Not really worth the $4 for the 11.2oz bottle.

Jemonster, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

largadeer, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Fieldzy27
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a .3l EFEs snifter at kickbacks in JAX
reviewed from notes

A-Pours reddish brown with a white foamy head comprised of sticky sudsy bubbles.

S-Sour like funkiness with hints of sweet dark fruit. Mild cherry notes are present

T-Opens with a lot of sour but balances quickly with cherry and raspberry. Some candi sugar sweetness and caramel notes as well. Finnish is clean and dry.

M-Fairly thin mouth feel with light fizzy carbonation and a lighter body.

D-Overall a light easy drinking sour with lots of flavor.

Fieldzy27, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate amount of sour aromas in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat complex and has an interesting balance between sweetness and sourness. There are flavors of cherries and hints of oak.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because the taste isn't overly sour. I would definitely try this again.

metter98, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a dark brown Belgian Ale appearance with a head that dies pretty fast.

S - Aromas are quite vineous and reminicent of the Duchess de Bourgoyne and a little sweet.

T - Up front there are some sweet malts that are followed briefly by some dark stewed fruit and finishes with a vineous flavour that is balanced out with sugar at the very end.

M - Light to medium body and small carbonation

D - I like this beer a lot, and it will leave a nice suprise for you, its something a little different which I enjoy.

eric5bellies, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows berries, funk, acidity and a little sweet malt.
Flavours show loads more fruit, heaps of raspberries with some musty malt showing later alongside a little tart acidity.
Great moderately high carbonation creates a dry refreshing finish.

CrazyDavros, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 12/30/10. Shared with some friends.

Bottle had a best by date of 9/29/14. Poured into a sniffer, it appears ruby red in color with decent clarity. A finger of dark tan to brown head forms and holds around the glass. Swirls revive the cap and sticks with leggy lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is strikingly similar to apple cider vinegar. Tangy vinous quality with some oakiness that smells sweet and mildly vanilla. Quite fruity almost like currents to the back of the nose with a slight sulfur hint.

The taste is fruity with tangy caramel malt, apple skins, and a mild vanilla smoothness. A tangy amount of alcohol brings back the apple cider vinegar hints that are lightly sour. It finishes with fruity alcohol that is almost candy-like.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. A tingle of alcohol warmth is felt in the back of the throat. Easy drinking but a little bit of a mess. The cider verse sweetness didn't really do it for me.

stakem, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of SteveS1
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Look - Pours cloudy red with amber at the edges. 1-finger bubbly head with average retention, little lacing to speak of.

Smell - strong acidic sourness, tart apples, and a distinct musty aroma.

Taste - Tart cherries and apple on the tongue, general fruitiness on the palate, and a mellow cranberry and oak going down. Mild dry aftertaste.

Feel - Highly carbonated, accentuates the sour notes on the tongue, otherwise rather light

Drink - If sour and fruity is your thing, this one goes down no problem. More on the mild side of what can be accomplished with the style.

SteveS1, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Comet for Hopnosis 2010.

Poured a cloudy red with fine bubbles that stuck around for a bit.

Vinous and sour nose with hints of light funk and oakiness.

Taste reflected the noise. Definitely sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Rather one dimensional, but enjoyable nonetheless.

beachbum1975, Dec 12, 2010
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.