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Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of nick76
2.49/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The aroma is sweet and sour with vinegar, fruit, and oak. The appearance is amber with a large head and floating particles. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. The finish is sour. Overall it's sweeter than most of the style but this is probably likable for many that like the style. I have had better.

Photo of dqderrick
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido, CA.

A - 4.0
Dark red. No visible particles... very clear but dar.

S - 4.5
Sour, oak barrels, some sour cherries.

T - 4.0
Sour cherries with oaky if slightly vinegar flavor. Woody, oaky after taste.

MF - 4.0
Bubbly on back of tongue. Good mouthfeel.

D - 5.0
Very drinkable. It reminds me of a good Quad Belgian Ale but is only 6.5%. Tastes much bigger than I expected.

This might have been aged a little... but I'm not sure.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/2012 printed on cap

A - Deep reddish brown with little head.

S - Sour and slightly acidic, wet oak, cherry yogurt?, maybe a touch of spice.

T - Wet oak, vanilla, slightly spicy with tart cherry. The oaky tannins linger on the tongue.

M - Medium body leaving a slick, dry coating in the mouth. After several sips I feel as if I have been sucking on wet oak chips that have gone dry and are leaving a strange oaky film coating my mouth.

D - Slight promise in appearance and smell but all down hill from there.

Photo of ccrida
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the Strubbe's tall Ichtegem tulip, Ichtegem's Grand Cru is a chill hazed dull brown head that leaves scattered foam. The featured brewery of the month at La Trappe in San Francisco, it's a brewery I've always wanted to try but have never been seen available in Oregon (or PA, where I used to live).

Smell is maltly, coconut, slightly acidic, vinous. Unmistakably Flanders Red. A little subdued, but it was very nice, and the more I savored the bottle, the more I appreciated the aroma.

Taste is pretty smooth for the style, with very little tartness. Oaky and vinous, some coconut and vanilla notes, light solvents, hints of red wine vinegar. Clean overall, a great crossover beer for red wine drinkers that would be turned off by increased sourness.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light body, there's a bit of a dry chalkiness as well.

Drinkability is pretty good, but frankly I prefer more acidity. Just had Rodenbach's Grand Cru last night so I've got a very fresh impression for comparison, and prefer that for sure. Still it's not bad, exceptionally smooth.

Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with dark cherry tinges and a medium beige head. The foam subsides after a short period to leave a thin film and some lacing. Smells fairly sour, with some fruit notes coming through. Sweet malt in the background, along with some woody earthiness. The taste echoes this, with a sharp, though not overpowering, sourness at first. As the palate gets accustomed to this, some vinous notes become evident and the crystal malt comes through. Finishes dry and oaky. Smooth feel thanks to the medium body and low carbonation. A pretty decent oud bruin.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think that people who drink Flemish Reds for the first time often are very hard on them. I happen to love them when I can get ahold of them. They are extremely flavorful and sour in a good way.

I poured mine into a sierra nevadad celebration ale glass circa 2001. The look of this one is dark with light head and no retention. You can tell this is extremely carbonated - as many are.

The aroma is of yeast, light funk, round malt, and no hop smell. The yeast is really prevailent.

The taste is tart, light but rich, and sweet. There is a slight oakiness - this one is aged in oak barrels. The finish is of raisins, bitter tartness, and of prunes with a sharp cheese end. This is a really long flemish red that gets bigger as it warms.

The mouthfeel is ligth, airy, and refreshing. Almost perfect for the style. Again, many people are looking for hop resin mouthfeel and since this beer style does not dictate that need it suffers in the average review (or so it seems).

This might be the most drinkable beer I've ever had. It is light, refreshing, and keeps begging for partners to follow. Great brew!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle,

A: Pours a beautiful dark crimson into a flute glass with a colour that thins out to the bottom into more of mahogany. Long lasting off-white head with good lacing.

S: Definite wood character, cheesy funk, sugar syrup.

T: Quite sugary, it has good oak notes and barrel character. Funk is interesting, but too much at times, definitely has a ton of Brett in it. Very low in acidity for the style, more like a Belgian dark.

M: I miss the sourness of a more traditional Flanders Red, sweet finish, quite sugary. Relatively light-bodied.

D: Certainly a different take on the style than the more lactic character in something like Rodenbach. An interesting experience, I think any sour fan should try it out.

Photo of yeastsipper
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light reddish, woody brown. Not much of a head.

The smell is very wine-like with some red wine vinegar smells. I note some cherry scents as well.

This beer is full bodied and well balanced, more so than other oud bruins I have had. It does not have the typical sour finish. While it is sour, it has more of a dry, woody finish to it. The oak barrels really influence the taste of this beer. Flavors of grapes and raisins linger on the palate.

I had not heard a lot about this beer, but it was very enjoyable. It was quite a bit different, earthier and full-bodied, though less complex, than the Duchesse. Pick a bottle of this up if you happen to see it.

Photo of lhaqq
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a light brown/ruby body and a generous thick tan head.
S: Sour grapes, yeast, green apples. Not as pungent as other sour ales but pleasant.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting. A lot of fruits. Grapes, cherries, and blueberries; kind of syrupy. Finishes with a hint of brown sugar and some bitterness.
M: Compact carbonation, not too strong. Doesn't have much of a sour pang.
D: At 6.5%, not one of the strongest of the style I've had. As such it is pretty drinkable and could probably have a couple.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly murky reddish brown with a thin cap of dark beige foam. The collar was a bit rocky with fine bubbles covering the beer. Light tartness in the aroma, berries and unripe fruits, a little earthy, very slightly acetic. Mild sourness with a bit of toffee amid the berry, cherry and red grape fruit flavours and the leafy earthiness. A bit more acidic in the finish as the other flavours faded. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit viscous. Easy drinking and probably a good introduction to the style for those not already into sour beers.

Photo of jojox
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - brown, slightly red. Very clear. No sediment, this doens't seem to be bottle conditioned.

s - smells of toast and mild wild funk. Caramel malt in there too.

t - sweet malt with a hint of sour and tang. Winey, red wine but no tannins.

m - lots of CO2. Not much else to say.

d - easy, but not what I expected.

This seems like a very simple beer, only very slightly tart/tangy and not much complex sourness or funkyness. Very drinkable.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like Flemish Sours, but this one tends to miss the mark somewhat. Pours to a dark brown, with some carbonation, but little or no head or lacing. The nose is muted sour fruit, with a hint of alcohol as the beer warms. While the mouthfeel tries, it is a junior version of the strong bittersweet feel of better FS's. The flavor is again sour fruit, but the finish is somewhat sour, somewhat stale, and definitely not up to Flemish Sour standards.

Nothing special about this, and I think I'll stick with the Duchesse.

Photo of beckje01
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red color with a thin white head.

S- Very sour nose and a touch of malt in there as well

T- Some malt some sour some dryness and no aftertaste it's nice but the whole taste is rather fleeting, interesting.

M- Slightly too thin a bit more body would help.

D- Nice easy to drink. Not a good beer to start some one with this style with but a nice version of it. Worth a try if you see it.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish with a little white head. Medium plus mouthfeel. Pleasant flemish red aroma. Easy drinking, to the last drop. Nice balance with a little vinegar and well done sweet offset.A moderate cherry. The mildest of oak. Tasty one.Understated carbonation.

Photo of gdfan47
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

picked this up because I have never seen it and it was a flanders..

but I wasnt really feeling it.. not very sour
it was good
it pours a froathy brown, I didnt hate it but i felt like I was drinking a newcastle, and for the money I think it would rather just drink newcastle

Photo of DefenCorps
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, picked up at State Line in Elkton. Date on cap says "08-2010", so i guess this bottle has another two years to go. Into my Defiant tulip

A: Pours a very deep red (almost reddish-brown) with a solid two-finger head. Holding it against a strong light reveals plenty of carbonation and a beer of considerable clarity.

S: Sour with some acetic notes with a pronounced oaky sweetness with plenty almost raw oaky vanilla character. The sweetness in this beer is very woody in nature and quite appealing. In the grander scheme of things, this one's among the less sour of the Flemish Reds but not everything can be a La Folie or Ommegang Rouge.

T: Starts off with a surprisingly sour character with some vinegar and oak and a palm sugar like sweetness. On swallowing, however, this beer becomes quite, uh, strange with some almost rotting meat-like flavor and a mildly tannic, dry finish.

M: Fairly light in body with pretty good carbonation and a nice dry finish (maybe a tad watery) but the strange flavor on the finish is off-putting.

D: This is fairly easy to drink, at least until you swallow this beer. I'm not sure I'll finish it, probably let it sit for an hour before i continue drinking

Photo of YankChef
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into la fin du monde glass

Apearance: very dark for a flemish sour, really dark dark blood red and lets very little if any light pass through. Cloudy dark and ominous looking. Initally fluffy thick head that reduces to a wisp that just covers the top, nice lacing as well for a FRA.

Aroma: First smell was all funk super sour and yeastiness, but bacteria yeast not bready yeast. More aromas come through a little further in like big time artificial cherry, sour patch kid and some black/rasp berry.

Taste: Wow, tastes nothing like it smells. This sour ale is... well not very sour. Upfront is sort of a slightly juicy fruity sweetness but with an overwhelming flavor of caramelized sugar, molasses and toffee. That flavor really lingers. Very very wine like, akin to a red burgundy almost tastes like pinot

Overall: this one is deceptive, looks like a flemish sour and smells kinda like one, but does not taste like what I have associated with the style to taste like. Still very unique and approachable and would be incredibly food friendly.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Very hazy amber with a hint of brown and a slight bit of orange. Pours a 2 finger head that quickly falls to half a finger of highly carbonated topping.

S Tons of dark grapes, almost smells like a red wine. some green apples arise in the nose, and provides a very tart scent, ripe scent.

T Starts off very sweet and slow, and a blast of cherry, green apples, dark grapes, some ripe bananas, and a very small amount of chocolate malts come through. As i've seen with most grand crus, there is a very sudden drop as the sip nears end. The grape stays in the mouth as an after taste. Way over carbonated.

All in all, I'm starting to enjoy Grand cru's, and I found this one to be a little rougher then some of the others I have tried recently. I'm not sure how Grand Cru's age, but I'm thinking that with a year or two some of the tart and bitter flavors would mellow out a bit.

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best if consumed by 08-2010. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Glass.

A: deep copper color with red shades
S: spritzy nose with hints of oak and cherries
T: slight sour taste at beginning but gives way to watery finish with not a lot of unusual taste to speak of, disappointing. Oak taste is present but only slightly in beginning. I can't get over the sweetish watery finish.
M: OK but nothing special
D: drinkable but not worth $5

Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours placidly into a fluted tulip glass, a finger of off-white foam appears when the glass is turned from 45º to 90º. In the candlelight, the bowl of the glass glows a deep ruby. Tiny carbonation is seen rising near the foam. Lacing is delicate and spindly, with a sticky edge where it meets the glass.

Musty hay aroma, very muted and bland at first. At room temperature when swirled vigorously, there was a hint of cherry yogurt.

Buttery taste (diacetyl?) leads into vanilla and light touches of oak. Low level tartness fights with the dry oak tannins, and ends up feeling muddled. Is it actually tart, or more of a bitter feel from the wood? Slight taste of cherry pit and skins as it warms up, but not well defined. With a bigger sip, the oak tannin seems more dominant. Nothing funky or wild about it.

Moderate level of carbonation, but it has a filmy slickness at the end that is distracting. Overall it's a little too dull to pique sustained interest. Worth trying but not a repeat buy. Rodenbach buries this by a landslide, Oud Bruin or not.

Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a bit lost here. had notice that the back label states that this is a oud bruin. not really sure. has the qualities but it seems its all up to marketing really.

pours a murky brown with a red hue. very light brown head, small, no lace. smell is malty. light cherry. taste is quite doughy that has a oaky and vanilla like quality. strong lingering taste of oak on the palate. light fruit... cherry with hint of grape and black berry. there is some tart, but it blends with everything evenly. not very strong. very nice mouthfeel. easily passes for a oud bruin in the likes of a rodenbach.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap from BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark ruby color with a one-finger white head that seems to have an orange tint. The head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells good. There's a good fruity aroma, lots of berries. There are also slight tart and earthy smells.

Tastes good as well. Lots of sweet fruit flavors up front that are followed by a good amount of sourness and a dry finish. There's a mild oak flavor that pokes through every now and then as well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness to go with lively carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing this glass and would've gladly had another.

Overall I was impressed. I'm just now getting into sours, but I was a fan of the way none of the flavors were too overpowering in this beer. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of Goliath
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues in the light. A one inch light tan head forms on the pour. Decent retention and some whispy lacing.

The aroma is nice. Definitely some familiar qualities that indicate tartness. Some fruits, cherry and apples. A little bit of oak as well.

The taste is disappointing. Some figs and a very mild "tartness". Slighty vinegar like. This doesn't touch any other Flanders I've had. There is virtually no sour component and probably shouldn't even be considered a sour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not a bad beer, but for the style it's inaccurate and boring.

Photo of Cresant
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, it's oud. Dark brown/chestnut body, not a lot of red.Nearly opaque. The filmy head remained.

Smell was sour and a little syrupy. Not as tart or vinegary as expected. Earthy yet "clean".

Taste was also not as tart as expected/hoped for. Woody. Raisins. Sweetness up front with a tart finish. Light dryness.

Mouthfeel was mild in the beginning with a zesty swallow.

Photo of 7ways
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/21/08 11.5 oz bottle in a tulip.

Looks dirty dark brown until held to the light, when it becomes a gorgeous bright red, with a fleeting off white head. Smells like ripe fruit, oak, and...cheddar? Smoked gouda? Interesting.
Taste: Lovely mild sourness; tart red fruit and muted lactose sweetness. Not much oak, but that's OK. Definitely smoked gouda on the finish, which is my favorite component of this brew. Lively carbonation, but could use a bit more. Not as dry or sour as others I've had of the style.
My local bar keeps this stocked, and I sometimes order 2 or 3 in a session. I ask for the gouda beer. Very good stuff.

Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.