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Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006

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Ratings: 492 | Reviews: 242
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.07/5  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.

Photo of jekemp
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of flannelman808
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Travlr
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of Overlord
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark clear brown with a thin white head.

Nose is assertive aged oranges and a "sweet/sour" character. Nose has a "sweet fruit with brettanomyces" character. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Rich, creamy and full bodied but with a bright acidic character.

Flavors are bright but bold and big. Huge spiced citric orange with lime, citric malt and citric stone fruit.

All around deliscious flavors once it's in the glass or in an open bottle for a bit! Air really helps this one develope into something very nice, almost like having a wine breathe.

Nice citric limed malt finish. Hints of sour all around (and one almost wants it to be more sour) but very drinkable.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet...

A: Poured a dark amber with hues of red in the light, small head with decent lacing, not fantastic.

S: Tart sour cherries with heavy bready yeast, hints of vinegar and other berries linger in the background.

T: Taste is very similar to the nose, lots of sour cherries and yeast...not overly complex, but delicious.

M: Smooth feel, light carbonation, light medium body...

D: Goes down fairly easy for a sour flanders, not drinkable, but good.

Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought a 750 ml bottle and shared with friends at a dinner..the color was a hazy brown /red with a great head and nice lacing it look good in the goblet and smelled of fruit mainly some tart cherries and some sourdough bread..the taste was delicious it was sour patch sweet with cherry tartness a hint of vinegar malt hops and some other fruit and spices..enjoy this one with friends like a bottle of wine or an aperitif before or with dinner

Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of vacax
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap back at Beachwood BBQ Sour Fest, and do not remember particularly digging it, but I found a bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar to give it a second go.

Pours very dark red, nearly brown. One finger of a light tan head which displayed good retention and lace. Smells of buttery caramel, raisins, slightly musty, absent of all but the slightest tartness. Based on the aroma, it would be difficult to peg this as a Flemish Red.

Tastes of raisin, brown sugar, and a mild tart, mineral-like flavor to it. Not particularly tasty. Missing all of the tartness, acetic, or oak characters that I look for. Medium bodied, with a somewhat smooth medium level of carbonation. I finished the bottle, but was glad it did not come in a 750 mL size.

Photo of cichief
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good example of the style. Maybe not as sour as some.

A- Pours a nice reddish-brown with a nice tan head, not quite opaque.

S- Smells of ripe fruit, a hint of sourness coming through.

T- The sour flavor doesn't hit you like others in the style, some maltiness, over-ripe fruit.

M- Bubbly, but not effervescent, maybe a bit thinner than I would like.

D- I enjoyed the beer, and will purchase it again in the future. I have another bottle I want to share with a friend who likes the style.

Photo of Spiderhouse
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Dark, opaque brown with magenta hues. Minimal head. No lacing.

S--Dark overripe cherries, with an odd hint of grapes. Like Bubble Yum grape, not Bordeaux grape. Odd.

T--Like it smells, sadly, with a funky back end. There's a musty, attic-like quality on the finish. Not bad, really, but not great.

M--Merely average.

D--Okay. I mean, I wouldn't turn it down at a party, but this is far from the best I've had in this style. A bit of a disappointment.

Procured from Red Carpet Wine & Liquor, Glendale, CA

Photo of jgasparine
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Poured with a thin tan head, which quickly dissipated, leaving some traces of lacing behind. The body was a hazy red-brown, with no carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of cherry cider (if I could conceive such a thing)... sour, acidic notes, combined with cherry, oaky, and candy sugar aromas on the nose. Anticipating a lot of nice infection...

T- Surprisingly moderate flavors- relatively low in acidity... slightly metallic with traces of lacto and adicobacter... all with a moderate caramel malt and candy sugar backbone. None of the anticipated cherry flavor on the palate, and not much oakiness either. The finish is lingering and dry, ultimately becoming slightly tart in the end.

M- Medium body with an appreciable amount of unattenuated sugar. Carbonation is abundant and somewhat harsh.

D- Drinkable enough, but not my favorite Flemish Red/Brown... not as sweet as I would have liked, and not as sour as I would have liked either. All in all, this was a weaker version of the style, which left a lot to be desired.

Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black with deep mahogany edges when held to a light source. Creamy .5 off-white head that quickly fades into the thinnest of rings leaving very small specks of lacing.

Tart funky aroma with a nice oak vanilla presence from the barrel aging. Also a bit of a vinegar and dark fruit notes.

Lighter end of medium bodied and a bit watered down. I was expecting a fuller mouthfeel. Tart and puckering but much more of a vinegary sourness than expected. Lots of oak and vanilla character with a pleasant dark fruit flavor. Dark cherries, plum and raisin notes with a dry finish.

Photo of meatyard
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/2012 freshness date

A hard pour yields a 1+finger off-white head that vanishes quickly down to a partial cover and has a very dark, reddish brown color.
The smell is sour, vinegar, as in the red wine type, and an interesting vanilla fruit like character.
The taste is a bit of cherry fruit, a tart, sour earthiness with a finish that is somewhat bitter (?), not hop bitter, maybe more acrid which isn't pleasant to me. The odd taste in the finish is the weak point in this beer for me.
Mouthfeel is not exactly thin or medium but a little syrupy and drying.
Drinkability is mostly good, it's the swallow that got me.

Not a bad beer but doesn't nearly measure up to the better versions of this style.

Photo of deapokid
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a Flemish Red I missed at Sour Fest, but luckily stumbled upon at Capone's:

Pours a winey, blood red with thin acidic head and champagne-size carbonation.

Scent is ripe, sour and fruity, like a very tart sangria. A woody forest character brought on by the oak barrels is ever present.

Taste is subtly dry, well-mixed with an oak character and the sweetness of cherry and raspberry flavors. Ending is musky like a wine cellar, but a little understated compared to Rodenbach and the Duchesse.

Acidity tingles in the back of the throat, with a dry ending that resonates after the sip for a few seconds. Flavors aren't sour enough to limit drinkability, which makes this one go down pretty easily, especially with that nice oakey ending.

Although not a masterpiece, this isn't a bad rendition and only suffers based on comparisons with other, more established brews.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at Rustico's in Alexandria, VA. And Caroline was there. And she had an awesome mocha and stout. It came in a tulip glass.
Appearance. The body is a deep purple, black color. The head is no existant, almost tan, medium sized bubbles, great retention but no lacing.
Smell: The aromas are dark fruit, cherrys and grapes.
Taste: The flavors are cherrys, tart and almost spicy.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin to medium but nice and crisp.
Drinkabily: This beet is damn fine.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sweet, pleasing Flanders Red. This beer pours a brownish red color with a better than expected off-white head. The aroma is sweet and sour cherries with a touch of malt. The flavor is similar with a medium-light vinegar kick. My score is dropping as I go through my glass, which is never a good sign. There's a somewhat cloying syrupy character to the beer. I'm not good enough at beer tasting to tell if it's back-sweetened, but it tastes that way to me. If this beer was bone dry, I'd like it a whole lot more. As is, the sweet cherry flavor is growing acrid on my palate. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer a bit less sweet in my sours.

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of 03-2013 on top of cap.

Pours hazed reddish brown with a thin tan bubbly head. Spots of lacing stick.

The smell is tart with some acidity, brown sugar, and vinuous notes - Oak is mild.

The taste is sour notes (grapey) with caramelish brown sugar sweetness. Not as sour as some other examples. The oak is mild, but there. It has a soft sweet and sour finish.

It is light-bodied with some effervescence. Very smooth.

A very drinkable example of the style. A malty complexity balances out the tart, though doesn't overwhelm it. Alcohol is very well hidden. It's not as strong as some others, but it has a nice uniqueness and is very drinkable.

Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with very little head and no lace. Color is a dark, cloudy brown with some reddish highlights. Maybe a little light struck: some burnt rubber/skunk. Flavor's not quite as skunky as aroma and I get some of the nice tart malt with fruit in the background. Had another bottle of this here recently and it was much better - no skunk. Good mouth and carbonation. Skunk's gone at the end. Good finish. No sense of the alcohol at all. I'd try another

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Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.