Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Super-dark, brown with red tints if you hold it up to the light. It smells pretty good, like sour vinegar and then sweet. The taste is slightly sour, very easy to drink. This is not nearly as intense as some of the other flemish red's like La folie or La Roja. Thanks to RBlWthaCoz for this interesting brew.
09-10-2008 02:04:43 | More by ArrogantB
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Somewhat murky ruddy brown in hue, while the description of the color sounds unappealing it actually seems fitting. Small off-white head, at the apex the foam was only a fourth of a finger tall. No subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is respectable.
Fresh bread, very doughy with lovely vanilla notes as well dominates the nose. I love these aromas. Notes of oak and dark fruit, not very funky or acidic... I could call it tame but that would be disrespectful as this beer does have great depth. Moderate potency, somewhat simple, not very chatty but the nose is nice. For a Flanders Red it is nowhere near as robust as La Folie or Rodenbach. Still, the bouquet is pleasant. Nice.
The palate shows more acidity, more vinegar notes, and more tart fruitiness but, unique to this beer, it falls behind the vanilla, oak and dough. Yogurt, cherries, lemon zest, sherry, and a kiss of buttery-toffee finishes the palate. I like this beer. Flanders Red lovers might find this tame. I do. But I respect it. I dig it. I have not had a Flanders Red that tastes quite like this one. It is very nicely balanced. Tasty. Oddly, if I take a big sip I get a really good blast of sourness but if I sip it the dough and vanilla shine. Weird.
Medium-light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit watery but I am not too distracted by it. I think more fizz would benefit this beer.
Easy drinking, for the style and yet this is a sipping beer because there is plenty going on. I don't remember what I paid for my 330ml bottle. I know I purchased it in Council Bluffs, IA. If it is priced reasonably I'd buy more of this. While not the best of the style it is unique and that is good enough for me. Worth a try.
09-09-2008 03:48:58 | More by bditty187
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a dark, clear brown with a ruby hue and a thin creme head. Nose is mildly funky, fruity, and sour. Flavor is smooth but almost mild in a way. There's some cherry to it and some wood, but overall it doesn't really go crazy with anything. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is a bit lower. Overall an easier drinking Flanders.
09-06-2008 00:26:00 | More by RblWthACoz
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
6.5% On my 33cl bottle label, along with a health warning from the US. So what? I hear you say. Well I drank this bottle only a few miles from the brewery in Ostend.
Really red hue to this beer, as you would expect from an Flanders Red Ale, although the label claimed it was an Old Brown.
The sweet and sour aroma carried on into the taste, the Oak Barrels used to age this beer adds a cherry and almonds hint to everything. Easy to drink and pleasing in every way. This is an interesting beer and well worth finding.
07-22-2008 12:17:15 | More by BlackHaddock
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
A dark brown beer with a red teint and a head with the finest of bubbles.
Smell is tart, like lactic acid layered with dark malt which give the beer a light roasted impression. There is oak and wood in general. A light spiciness which probably comes from the yeast.
Taste is tart, but in a mild way. It does dominate the whole beer, but is not toothaching sour. The wood aging is oaky and dark. Again a nice spiciness coming from the yeast which reminds me of coriander and lemongrass. Body is medium. Although I am not a fan of sour beers, this beer is very well drinkable and once you get through the initial sourness of the first sip, it is a great thirstquencher.
07-20-2008 09:04:00 | More by Absumaster
4.25/5 rDev +13%
The colour is deep wine-red with a tint of brown. The very high foam is pale brown with a paler edge. It sinks slowly into a two finger firm compact uneven head, leaving some lacing.
The smell is tart with lots of red wine-like flavours. Some vinegar, some dried fruits. Hints of raisins, yeast and a fragile touch of oak wood.
The taste is first a bit fruity and sweet, but those notes are quickly replaced with cask matured tart flavours of cherries, sweet fruit candy, hints of red vinegar and minerals. The aftertaste got very mild earthy/yeasty flavours, some quickly passing alcohol and a long lasting dry taste of fresh cherries.
The carbonation is strong, but a the same time light and highly refreshing; lots of large bubbles. The liquid is smooth and light to the tongue.
This beer might not be the most complex in its style, but it is a very refreshing and highly drinkable beer. I enjoyed it.
07-16-2008 16:50:36 | More by bark
4/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap at BSP last week.
A - dark brown opaque body, cherry red hints at the edges when held up to light, and a thick beige head
S - fruity, funky, yeasty goodness with hints of spice
T - sour fruit with a whole lot of tart going on. The funk is present and there are still hints of spice. Delicious!
M - medium bodied with nice carbonation
D - I've been on a sour kick when I can get them on tap lately (started by Allagash Rosa) and this beer did not disappoint. Massively sour and funky. I really enjoyed it. I can see how this would not be for some, but I'd love to try more of these. Obviously drinking too many of these would probably have the same effect as drinking too many hop bombs (blown tastebuds), but I would've gladly had another.
07-14-2008 18:56:00 | More by ruckzuck
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Flemish red ale matured in oak barrels.
A: Poured a dark cola color with a thin dirty beige head.
S: On the nose was sour fruit (plums, apples) and a funky sour yeastiness.
T: The initial flavor was sour cherries, plums, grapes, with a big sour vinous palate and acidic bite. There was a noticeable alcohol presence with a sour grape juice notes and a slight underlying presence of maltiness as well. The beer finishes with a sour grape juice bite. The oakiness is hard to detect due to the sourness of this beer. Overall a good beer by style, the aroma is pungent with sour fruit (plums) but drinks much better then it smells
M: thin and light with a juice like texture and very soft carbonation.
D: Drinks much bigger then its advertised 6.5%. A good desert beer that would make for an ample substitution of red wine at any meal.
07-09-2008 23:51:19 | More by beerthulhu
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
Where to start with this one. After drinking, i realized it may not be a style that I will covet in the future, but I will rate it for what it it.
Poured a rather cloudy, dark reddish brown with a nice head and lacing.
Smell was rather fruity and sour..hints of maybe pear and plums with a strong bite of sourness.
Taste was in a word....sour! More sour than any beer I have ever had. But thats what its supposed to be. Kind of reminded me of hard cider..with some oak melding through the sourness.
Mouthfeel was ok...not a beer I will buy again.
05-11-2008 13:13:25 | More by dmamiano
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-25-2008 22:44:43 | More by soupyman10
4/5 rDev +6.4%
330 ml bottle picked up at the Coop today for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter... I was very stoked to have Matt show me this one... big thanks.
2 finger lite tan head drops leaving nice sticky lacing.. the brew is a hazy dark brown with nice ruby highlites.
aroma is sweet and mildy vinous .. subtle acetic notes but they are understated when compared to many in this style... wood is there.. smells tannic.. sorta like a wine and vinegar soaked fresh oak sawdust.
Flavor is surprising.. not nearly as sweet as the nose... also no where near as sour as the aroma would lead. Palate is very understated, which actually adds years to the immediate drinkablity.. for the most part it is mainly pale malts with a little bit of toastiness that moves quickly into the sour portion that finishes with an oaky dryness... a tying cherry fruitiness binds everything together from front to back... no oxidation that I can detect.. lite/medium body makes me really want another sip.
This is a perfect Flanders Red for the person who has never tried one and still wants to expand their horizons.
I applaud the COOP and Matt and Ashton for honestly getting in some truly unique beers into the market recently and especially in the last year.. Cheers to expanding Boise's palate.
04-23-2008 06:53:12 | More by JohnGalt1
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a reddish brown with a very small head after a gentle pour. The head settles to a ring very quickly. Not much for lacing.
Smells of ripe fruit such as cherries, plums, and red grapes. Also some oak and vanilla is detected.
The taste is only slightly sour and most of the tartness comes on the finish. Very fruity which is countered by the vanilla flavor. Finishes dry and sour with an aftertaste that doesn't linger around.
Feels medium bodied with ample carbonation. An interesting beer that is worth a try.
04-20-2008 18:35:10 | More by morimech
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Ah yes, another beer that has been retired that is anything but...
Hmmmm.... just now realized that this yet another red flanders beer.
The beer pours a chocolate brown color with hints of red. There is fair head retention and lacing. Yep, jeeze louizze, this definitely smells like a red flanders. I get the typical sweet and sour nose, with a notable ginger ale component. The beer actually smells pretty good. On the palate I'm surprised. This beer is quite delicious, with complex flavors of red wine, vanilla, chocolate and sour funk. The funk blends well with the moderate sweetness and the oak barrel aging has really toned down the sour component IMO. Hence, I'm liking this beer quite a bit. The beer is medium bodied and not the least bit heavy. The beer is remarkably drinkable for a red flanders with the 6.5% well disguised.
A very nice beer. Didn't recognize it on the beer list here at Max's and thought I'd give it a shot. Glad I did.
04-14-2008 01:00:25 | More by John_M
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-29-2008 00:45:18 | More by ATPete
4/5 rDev +6.4%
33 cl bottle with no date. Served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
Muddy cherry cola brown body with ruby highlights. Frothy, rocky, lacy, dirty khaki head. Tart cherry leads the nose with balsamic vinegar, currants, licorice, shoe leather, and sugary cherry juice behind.
Earthy, mushy fruit malt up front. Metallic cherry tartness cuts in. Slightly sugary fruit malt in the background. Some oak and vanilla before tartness and balsamic vinegar take over. Lingering cherry tartness and faint sweetness. Fruit skins in the finish. Nice. Different. I need to start drinking more Flanders Red Ales!
03-14-2008 23:45:19 | More by alexgash
4.1/5 rDev +9%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a subtle sourness that yields to the oak barrel aroma. It's well rounded with crystal and roasted malts; very nice. The taste is good. It has a subdued sour flavor that really works well with the oak aging. It's mellowed out and thus increases the drinkability. The malt content consists of some pale and roasted malts. It's doesn't appear to be too sweet. On the contrary, it's dry and quite light in the mouthfeel. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. I love the oak contribution. It tames the sourness to a level that most would enjoy.
02-14-2008 23:14:37 | More by WesWes
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Poured an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. A deep ruby brown color with a nice fluffy tan head. About a finger's worth of head, tight bubbled and clinging nicely to the glass.
Aroma is a sour oakiness with sweet toasted malt in the background. A very pleasant blend of sweet and sour, with the sour owning my olfactory glands at first and the sweetness just slithering through quietly. The oak aging is very evident here, and adds another aspect to the mix. Yes I've been smelling this for about ten minutes so far and have not taken a sip.
The taste is all about the sour funk. Sour fruitiness, with some sweetness as well and no bitterness in the end just a long dry sour finish. Did I mention this is sour? Some of the toasted oak is coming through at times and it adds a nice complexity, but I do not get the same balance and complexity that the aroma promises.
This is my first formal review of this style and only my second tasting of it. I am learning a great deal and enjoying every bit of it.
This Flanders Red is not heavy at all, and it does leave the mouth dry. A nice sipper though with some wine like qualities that one would not expect in a relatively low ABV beer.
02-10-2008 21:52:51 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.3/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured a murky reddish brown with a thin head. Sweet fruity aromas followed by a dose of lightly acetic sourness. More sweeet than sour, but only slightly. There is also a slight vegetal aroma and some dusty smelling fruit. The taste is a little light, and once again more on the sweet than the sour side. Still, none of the unpleasant vegetal odors manifest in th taste at all. Mouthfeel is very fizzy, a little too much so. Overall, this beer is a little too sweet for the style for my taste and a bit out of balance. Not bad, but there are a number of better options.
01-29-2008 19:09:47 | More by Georgiabeer
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
A- Clear, dark brown with a minimal amount of soapy head.
S- A bit sour, some yeast, bread, fermented cherries, a hint of alcohol, and oak.
T- Fermented oak, vinegar, metal. The metal tends to override the finish: The whole thing is much less complex, or even flavorful, than I expected.
M- A bit thin, watery, medium carbonation, with a long, sour, dry finish.
D- Easy to drink, but sadly nothing special. disappointing.
01-18-2008 04:46:19 | More by khiasmus
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
I dunno why it says this thing is retired- it's brand new
to me and just showed up in the past couple of weeks
at Westside Liquor. Oh well.
Ichtegem's Grand Cru, a Flemish Red Ale, pours a couple
fingers of dense foam over what is, held up to the light, a
clear deep ruby brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose
is fruity, vinous, and a bit funky. The flavor is malty and fruity-
a little like apple, with a bit of herbal hop in the finish. Mouthfeel
is tart and crisp, with a dry vanilla finish. Not as nearly as sour as I've
been given the style can be, this one is still quite drinkable and
complex. Worth a try.
01-04-2008 08:09:51 | More by shadow1961
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
To the uninitiated, this can be a pretty funky beer. Having tried many Flanders Reds, however, I can say this is a nice, mellower than usual version of the style. In that sense it allows you to enjoy the flavors of crisp tang, mild oak, and light caramel barley instead of being overwhelmed by the sour funk.
Maybe it's just a sour ale for beginners, but I liked it.
12-31-2007 18:08:14 | More by tempest
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
750ml Bottle poured out into Duvel glasses.
A - A finger of head. And a dark brown tone...until held up to the light where it appears cherry red.
S - The smell set up my expectations for a classic Flemish sour ale or lambic...fruity and sour.
T - I wasn't sure about this one at first. It took a few sips for me to appreciate it. The aftertaste with the strong oak flavor made me think more of wine than beer at first. But the oak flavor shined and balanced out the sourness as I finished the glass.
M - A creamy mouthfeel with a some bite to thin it at the end.
D - I could have gone for another. The boldness of this one won me over after I got over the initial shock of it's peculiarity.
12-29-2007 04:49:44 | More by ntillemans
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
375ml bottle poured into a Snifter
A Poured a very nice and hazy ruby tinted medium brown with a decent enough two inch head of off white frothy foam at the top. This settled down gently to a nice thin layer across with adequate side glass lacing throughout.
S The aroma was rich and full of sour tones. There was a nice earthy grain quality to the background which melded with lots of sour fruit like smells and a nice tight bouquet of light alcohol. Very classic aroma for the style.
T A wonderful and very full flavor this one was definitely a crowd pleaser. The first wave to hit me was a nice rich bitter sour puckered grape flavor. This was very full with a good amount of bite to it and a really nice freshness. Once it started to warm, some very nice sugary notes began to meld into it and form a very nice dark fruit like flavor that continued on into a very nice long lasting bitter dry finish. There was almost a wine like flavor capping it off, very good.
M Very smooth and delicate, this light to medium bodied ale displayed more then adequate carbonation and a rich velvet like texture that really helped to showcase and bring forward the delicate flavors that were inside.
D Very nice sipper. The flavors were very big and intense at first, but as it warmed it really started to mellow some and became a fine sipping sour ale. There was very low ABV so you had no trouble in polishing it off.
Overall this was a fine example of the style and really nice sour ale; I had not had one in a good while so this was a nice treat. Very nice presentation and aroma, and the flavor more then backed it up. I would gladly have another one of these any day.
12-22-2007 17:26:37 | More by mikesgroove
2.1/5 rDev -44.1%
Thanks to Phatz for deciding to share this one. I've never seen this one before, so I was anxious to give it a shot...
Appears a reddish brown with a small tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of turkey gravy, vinegar, oxidized and well past it's prime, notes of butter, rotten weeds, brown sugar, and raw meat.
Taste...I would elaborate but I don't have much to add. It was strange, and past it's prime.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grossly of rotten cherries and oxidized sugar water.
It was worth a shot. Perhaps a younger bottle would've faired differently.
11-23-2007 21:32:56 | More by weeare138
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: What originally seems to be a brown color is actually a burgundy with reddish-amber highlights. Not much in the way of a head but lacing does cling to the sides of my chalice.
Smell: A tart berry/cherry aroma with lots of buttery notes.
Taste: Some sourness but not as much as anticipated. The same buttery note is in the flavor as well as notes of oak, vinegar, and tart raspberries.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is somewhat lacking.
Drinkability: Definitely has some interesting components and is very drinkable. However, it doesn't have as much in the way of sourness as others in the style.
10-31-2007 04:20:33 | More by guinnessdoc
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.