1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

407 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 407
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%


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)
View: Beers (27) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 407 | Reviews: 226 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Mosley1212
Mosley1212

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 00:16:45 | More by Mosley1212
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 03:06:41 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Offa
Offa

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:11:06 | More by Offa
Photo of musicforairports
musicforairports

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:28:07 | More by musicforairports
Photo of alkchrios
alkchrios

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:06:43 | More by alkchrios
Photo of Homebrew35
Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:12:44 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 22:45:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of jeranbrews
jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 12:02:12 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of SolomonGrundy
SolomonGrundy

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:01:17 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of lionchow
lionchow

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 18:54:30 | More by lionchow
Photo of bballmj2k
bballmj2k

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 22:53:28 | More by bballmj2k
Photo of DaveHS
DaveHS

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:39:27 | More by DaveHS
Photo of Jemonster
Jemonster

California

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:36:52 | More by Jemonster
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 01:32:47 | More by largadeer
Photo of Fieldzy27
Fieldzy27

Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 19:11:21 | More by Fieldzy27
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 23:56:44 | More by metter98
Photo of eric5bellies
eric5bellies

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 14:55:44 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 00:32:15 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 15:57:05 | More by stakem
Photo of SteveS1
SteveS1

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 03:51:15 | More by SteveS1
Photo of beachbum1975
beachbum1975

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 03:50:51 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of Mitchster
Mitchster

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.29 for an 11.2 oz bottle. 6.5% ABV per the bottle. Thin dark brown layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a clear dark brown, requiring a heavy pour to achieve a thin dark yellow head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is deliciously tart , with candied apples, tart cherries, and sour Belgian barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth, rounded with a nice oak character, a light body and a crisp piquant acidity. The taste starts out with sour cherries and candied apples, followed by a nice sweet apple cider vinegar note, oak, and followed by toasted malts in the middle. Bitterness is very mild, nearly non-existent. There is a peculiar candi-like aftertaste.

This beer is really nice, but it doesn't stand up to Duchesse, Goudenband, or Rodenbach Grand Cru...other killer examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:23:00 | More by Mitchster
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours, yep, a deep red colour with decent clarity. Head is a very fine bubbled number, white with a very slight pinkish or orange tinge to it. The head is lovely and fine, almost creamy. I've had fewer better heads out of a bottle, although it does dissipate to a film reasonably quickly, which is a shame.

Nose is pleasantly oaky, with a good acidic vinous character coming through, but balanced with a light vanilla sweetness, also possibly from the oak. Cherry kirsch and a pronounced woody note. Overall, damn, it's spot on for the style, and I love how tempered the potential acidity is.

Taste is a little thinner than the best examples, and not only does it not have the body, it lacks the potent acidity which goes along with that to cut through it. But overall, that just weakens the entire beer. Some lightly sweet almost candi sugar character throughout, with a very slight cherry note, and a whiff of oak that may well just be remaining from the nose. Vanilla character comes forward on the back, but it's more unpleasant on the palate without the acidity to balance it.

Feel is thin, and it matches with the lack of character on the palate.

It's a shame, because this beer promised a lot. But it eventually revealed itself as a pale imitation of the greats. It's not bad, and it's a tasty Belgian ale, but the style is so much better than this example would have you believe.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 05:13:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with ruby highlights and a very modest head that lays a film down atop the liquid; just a few dots of lace

Smell: A hint of tart cherry but rather non-descript

Taste: Cherry juice, up front, with slightly more sweetness than tartness; a bit of funk after the swallow but, like the aroma, rather non-descript

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but far from the top of the class for this style

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 22:35:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of johncampbell
johncampbell

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I've never had a Flemish Red that I didn't like, just some that I like better than others. This isn't my favorite, but taking into account that it's an Oud Bruin and not as tart or ripe as I prefer, it's still pretty good.

It poured a dark, murky brown with a faint hint of red when held to the light, more brown than anything. It maintained a thin, creamy-white head with a small amount of lacing.

It has a sweet, browned butter smell and not nearly enough funk, but a hint of oak and age and fruitiness.

It has a nice tart fruity flavor, but lacks the bite behind the ears that I like so much from a sour. Perhaps the age knocks out the bite? It has a nice tart cherry flavor with a hint of woody/roastiness, but more pucker would be perfect.

It has a creamy mouthfeel, but thin, medium-bodied at best, with subtle, but adequate carbonation. Not bad.

I will drink another.

and another.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:39:03 | More by johncampbell
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.