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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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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 jrallen34


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip...Pours a murky brown with light red highlights, a light tan head rises about a one finger gone quickly to a whispy covering...The aroma is light but brings about some nice flemish red characteristics of some nice balsamic vinegar, light oak, both in a sweet way, a much lighter but similar smell to the Rodenbach Grand Cru...The taste is decent, not as good as the aroma as most of the vinegar fades and you get mostly a lot of oak. Light candy sugar too, the lack of vinegar disappoints...The feel is on the lighter side, decent to drink.

This is an above average flemish fed, worth trying to get different taste than the top two in this style but clearly a notch below.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:18:54 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep garnet with a hint of purple...but let's go with red...dark red. Not really much head to this one. I'm used to fighting throw a sea of foam to get at a Belgian beer. This one is a little more obliging.

Ah! I love that sour smell. This is sour and musty, like a kriek without the obvious cherry. Still, there is an impression of dark fruit...perhaps even dark cherries.

The taste does have sour, but it's not as puckeringly sour as a lambic. Yes, I made up a word. Rather than sour I might consider using the word tangy. Plums or prunes dominate the fruit component of the taste and there's some candy sweetness on the tongue. The tang gets you at the back of the palate.

If you want a good entrance into the world of sour beers, this could be a good intermediate step. It doesn't overwhelm you with sour. The fruit sweetness might be a bit much, but it's not really cloying. The body is nice, but there are times when the tang reads as metallic on the tip of the tongue and the lips. Maybe it's something that was on my lips prior to my first sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 02:14:30 | More by Naugros
Photo of bskrtz


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold -- 11.2 ounce bottle to Abbey style open beer chalice

A) Belgian Dubbel clone, cloudy milk chocolate color ale. Very dense -- you cannot see through this stuff

S) Candy-sweet, fruity licorice, sour dough

T) Sour sweet malt, root beer, apple cider, tart

M) Bottle conditioned effervescent fizz. Holds carbonation well

D)This is not my favorite style, however Ichtegem is an excellent example of the style. Those who like Flemish Ale will surely enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 23:35:39 | More by bskrtz
Photo of dbossman


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 02:02:10 | More by dbossman
Photo of WOTO97


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty vigorous pour delivers a thin creamy head atop a deep burned mahogany color. Pretty dense lacing results.

Some very faint tartness in the nose with some light vinegar notes. Some grape and green apple come through with very distant cranberry flavors.

Aside from some lactic acid on the finish, very subtle, almost muted, tartness throughout. Strong wood flavors along with a slight resiny finish along with a touch of charcoal. Don't really pick up on any of the cherries or dark fruit mentioned below, nor any fruit complexity. Also, the finish is surprisingly not dry.

Similar mouth-coating that accompanies most sours without the expected puckering. Density is relatively surprising and builds throughout.

Meh...enjoyable for what it offers; however, I probably won't go back to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 17:25:04 | More by WOTO97
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque brown with a thick and solid tan head. Good retention and a few lacey dribbles. I'm open to interpretation but I want my Flanders Red...well, red.

Aroma is sweet and sour grape mixed with cherry Fun Dip. Steely sour taste mixed with grape Blowpop.

Decent but but monotone and fairly watery. I've been exploring the Flanders red style as of late and so far this is the most lackluster of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 13:25:13 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of daledeee


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into an oversized wine glass. It has a decent head but lost that pretty quickly. I was able to stir up the head and nose repeatedly, however. The color is dark clear brown and maybe a hint of red but not much.

The nose is yeasty and dark fruit such as plums and raisons.

The taste is rather tart. Some cherry or plum and some grain in the background. A little sour and watery. This is a typical belgian taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:03:04 | More by daledeee
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bears more than a passing resemblance to Ichtegem's Oud Bruin from the same brewery, if a little less sweet.

It's an attractive darkish brown with a nice off-white head. The smell is kind of musty and attractive, but the taste is a little thin and overly sweet. There's not much in the way of sourness/tartness. There's a bit of mustiness/wood in the taste, though not as much as in the smell.

It's quite drinkable and not at all unpleasant, but a little underwhelming. If you're looking for sour/tart, go elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 09:48:43 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of djbreezy


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the fanciest stemmed glass I've ever seen at Saraveza in Portland, OR. I'm tempted to give appearance a 5 just for the glass.

appearance - poured a rich and deep ruby, no head, only retention on the edges, some streaking lacing here and there...legs like wine really

smell - cherry, sour, apple, yeast

taste - tart cherry but nothing near what the nose suggests, some funk, complex fruit, apples, some oak

mouthfeel - medium body, wine-like, sufficient carbonation, dry finish

drinkability - a pretty bold red ale, complex, has some imperfections

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 17:35:10 | More by djbreezy
Photo of OneDropSoup


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:30:30 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of froghop


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a red tint, a small khaki head that dissipates quickly, above average carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, some fruit, cherry juice, and wild yeast.

taste is carbonation, dark fruits, sour, and wild yeast, ends smooth and tart.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 04:06:06 | More by froghop
Photo of chaz01


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Chappy's TapHouse, served into a snifter glass. I should point that I'm pretty much a novice to "sours" beer, but will do my best to rate the beer objectively.

A: This beer appeared to be brown and opaque (although there wasn't much light in the bar) with a nice grey head that leaves some lacing.

S: Fresh fruit in the aroma -- apples, pears, definitely some limes along with some brandy notes.

T: A gentle fruity tartness in the taste that instantly reminded me of something although I couldn't figure out what it was -- until it hit me -- this beer tasted a lot like a margarita (and on Cinco de mayo yet!), especially in the finish. The more I drank the more convinced I was that outside the appearance, it could pass for a margarita.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, little carbonation and a tart finish.

D: Easy to drink -- given my analogy above to a margarita, this would be a nice beer to have as a cocktail before or during a spicy mexican dish. Not sure if I'd want to have more than one of two of these - I was ready to move onto something else after my first.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 10:50:53 | More by chaz01
Photo of olympuszymurgus


2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:34:45 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of niklas0770


4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one finger head quickly fades and leaves only the dark red/brownish mystical looking liquid.

The smell is sour and lively. There's plenty of yeast, sour apples and raisins. Sourdough and sweet cherrys comes to mind aswell.

As for the taste it's sour and dry with lemon peel, dry grass, yeast and sour grapes up front. There are only hints of sweetness. Cherry and raisins, and maybe some unripe strawberries.

This beer has got a very dry feel to it, but yet I feel a slight creamyness just before it goes down my throat. If this had been a stronger beer I would have said it was due to the alcohol, but in this case it's probably just my imagination...

I have now finished at 750 lm bottle and I still wouldn't say no to another one, even though this one took me some one and a half hours to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:47:35 | More by niklas0770
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It looks more brown than red, with a little eggshell-hued foam. Pretty straight-up for the style.

S - The smell is of a little wood, small traces of vinegar, and huge notes of sweet Concord grape.

T - The taste is fruity as hell, the flavor is almost all Concord grape juice, even on the finish a little sour-tart candy grape flavor lingers. I don't detect much else; the Concord grape sweetness is overpowering.

M - Feels thin and refreshingly light. It works well with the flavor.

D - Too sweet for me, and it just overwhelms all of the intricacies that I look for in Flemish Sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 20:37:46 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer (2007-edition) comes in a 75 cl green long-necked "champagne-bottel" with steel cage and natural cork. The label is beige and red. Looks kind of dull.

A: The color is hazy redbrown. The head is massive, light brown and creamy. The lacings are quite impressive.

S: Sour, yeasty with sweet caramell malt. Fruity; green apples, grapefruit and cherries. Refreshing.

T: Dry and sour, yeasty and fruity; grapefruit, cherries and green apples. Wine-like, in the best possible way. Sweet caramell malt. Woody.

M: Longlasting dry and bitter full aftertaste. The body is medium and the carbonation holds lots of small smooth bubbles.

D: Nice and refreshing. A beer even for wine-snobs.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 17:36:26 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled February 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, light tan colored head. The beer is a dark, almost burnt, amber color that shows a fairly clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly tart, faintly of balsamic vinegar, has a touch of fermented plum sauce, a solid but subtle cherry like fruitiness, some rhubarb aromas and maybe even a hint of nail polish.

Quite a bit sweeter than I was expecting, though not as sweet as the Duchesse, and there is only a touch of tartness to the flavor. The sweetness definitely begs for more balancing sourness, at least for this particular sour beer lover. This tastes quite a bit like cherries up front, but finishes with a rich maltiness that is laden with rich oxidized malt notes, toasted-brown-sugar crusted whole-grain bread and light sherry or even port like notes. Actually come to think of it, this really tastes like Concord grape juice, which I must say I am not the biggest fan of. There is perhaps a hint of spiciness towards the finish that suggests oak, but there is a certain roundness to the texture that suggests oak-derived tannins. The mix of tart and sweet, combines with the medium'ish body to make this fairly drinkable.

I shouldn't have expected too much for this beer, but somehow I feel a bit disappointed and cheated. This is certainly not horrible, but to my preferences it is not sour or tart enough and it could use a bit more malt richness too, hell even some rustic funkiness would be welcome.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:51:36 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of flagmantho


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep amber-brown hue with a little haze and two fingers of nice tan head. Looks promising.

Smell: sour, woody aroma atop a slightly sweet, caramel malt. A very nice aroma, if not otherwise complex.

Taste: right in line with the aroma; it's tasty and well-crafted. A nice medium sourness fills out a caramel malt flavor that has hints of the wood in which it has been aged. Straightforward and tasty.

Mouthfeel: there's a little astringency due to the acidity, but the creaminess of well-integrated carbonation comes through very well in the medium body. Fantastic.

Drinkability: I love the refreshing characteristics of sour ales. Ichtegem's Grand Cru is a solid, refreshing, tasty Flanders red that I could probably drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 20:33:56 | More by flagmantho
Photo of womencantsail


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red notes when held up to the light. The head is a thin, but sturdy, layer of tan foam.

S: There is a very pleasant acidity to the nose along with some excellent notes of oak. There are also hints of vinegar and cherries.

T: The flavor is overwhelmingly woody, offering tons of oak. The initial onslaught is followed by a mild acidity and a sweet, candy-like finish.

M: The beer is quite dry (despite the sweetness in the flavor), which is probably due to the excessive carbonation.

D: As pleased as I was with the nose, I find the flavor to be a bit disappointing (to say the least). The fact that the beer is so heavily carbonated didn't do much for me either.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:31:11 | More by womencantsail
Photo of crossovert


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours into my tulip with a nice big off white head that looks amazing and leaves some nice laing topping a dark red/brown colored brew with yeast floaties gleefully swirling around.

The smell is heavily infused with a big dose of oak along with some vinegary cherry.

It is very smooth and drinkable, not very sour with a hint of cherry and some very nice caramel malts. Not too vinegary, very nice ale.

The mouthfeel is a bit off, it is very carbonated and slightly water if you take a certain sized gulp. I t is certainly very drinkable for the style.

This is a nice not too rabid, not too sweet Flanders Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:21:37 | More by crossovert
Photo of jekemp


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown with a full head. Lots of carbonation.
Overall a bit on the dry side with hints of rotting grapes and a nice sweet and sour note towards the finish. Smell is floral with only hints of caramel and malts. Not in the least bit heavy in the mouth and easy to drink.

Drinking one of these reminds me of a particular sparkling wine that many consume to ring in the New Year.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:18:25 | More by jekemp
Photo of flannelman808


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: this one is a deep dark brown red color. Its dark in color but relatively clear. Off white head tops this beer and it has rather large bubbles.

S: Smells of tart cherry and peppery funk. I feel like I smell a little bit of a herbaceous grassy funk.

T: Far more mild then I would have guessed... mild cherry (not so much tart cherry) and spiced syrupy quality. There is a fair amount of sweetness here but not cloying.

M: effervescent and prickly, but a little oil slicky...

D: pretty darn drinkable for the style... the modest flavors allow for a fair amount of consumption.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 05:09:50 | More by flannelman808
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Strijdershuis in Bruges.
A: Dark maroon and ruby color with a small edge head and a scant amount of lacing.
S: Aroma of oats, malt and hot cereal.
T: Flavor begins with caramel and butterscotch and then the sourness and wood shines through, and lasts to the finish.
M: Decent enough body.
D: A decent example of a Flemish sour ale, but not overly special.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 23:18:45 | More by Travlr
Photo of illidurit


2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 21:00:59 | More by illidurit
Photo of Overlord


2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 06:16:34 | More by Overlord
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.