Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 42 | 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 Zard
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice, but would be better if it was more sour.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : sour woody and oak aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dry roasted malt flavors, with a slight acidity in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Flemish Red Ale, matured in oak barrels.

Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 03-2013 is stamped on the cap.

Pours a dark very dark brownish-red with a lot of chunkies floating in the glass. Very small head but there is some lacing present.

Smell is of cherries along with maybe a touch of oak.

The taste is very much like the smell. Tart cherries dominate the palate with a sourness also present. The oak is pretty reserved but is noticeable. The finish is fairly dry with a moderate bitterness.

This is my first experience with this style and it has left we wanting to explore more Flanders red ales. A quality beer.

Photo of Seanniek91
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an Affligem Goblet

Appearance- Beautiful amber/brown with very short lasting bubbly white head. Head left some nice lacing.

Smell- Apple cider vinegar. Brett. Some cherry, vanilla, and oaky notes, but all very mild.

Taste- Funky earthy taste (the exact flavors I'm getting are baffling me. I can't figure them out.) Some cherry and vinegar. Minimal oak (vanilla) notes. Tart, but not face changing.

Mouthfeel- Very very carbonated. Tartness makes me salivate.

Overall- This has been a confusing beer to me. Not the best Oude Bruin, but a decent one.

Photo of johncampbell
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of baakabak
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice transparent brown with a sliver of fast settling, white head.

Scent i get is a little leathery, with good ripe cherry. Little vinegar, caramel.

Taste follows suit. Nice sour/vinegar cherry bite up front that's followed up with some caramel and toffee. A touch metallic.

Tight and effervescent in the mouth. Very nicely carbonated.

All in all a nice drinking, lighter alternative to some of the heavy hitting sours. Won't blow your mind but shouldn't disappoint either.

Photo of grahuba
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expected this to be a bit more sour

Photo of soupyman10
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of RollBounce
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first tap review. Nice one inch foam, serverd in a tulip glass, dark brown in color, some sour on the nose, lite on the sour with some cherry notes, cola as well.

Overall; great beginers sour. Could be a sour you can have more than one of. Which might be what I do.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of YankChef
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer at Hop City while I was in Atlanta and am just getting a chance to review it properly. Here we go.

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet color that is pretty clear, but is made more difficult to see through because of the vortex of bubbles rising up the center of the Duvel tulip it is sitting in. There was a solid 1/2" of tan foam after a very slow pour and a solid minutes afterward, there was really no change in it. There is already a little lacing on the glass after the beer has just been swirled a bit, so far this is a pretty nice looking Flanders. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking some of the beer.

Aroma: I initially got a more malt balanced than funk balanced aroma, but there were definitely some cherry aromatics to be found. There is a little bit of toffee to the malt which is nice. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is actually getting cleaner and favoring the sweet malts more than the wild character. I personally find that a bit disappointing, but others may not because the malt character is well crafted in this beer.

Taste: The flavor is quite mild for this style, but still a nice blend of the required elements. Malt is the main component, but there are cherries and sweet dark malts in there all to compliment one another. The wood notes are implied, but there really isn't any of the dryness that you may get with wood aging, so I guess this is a blend with fresh beer as the Flanders notes are strong enough to be noticeable, but the other supporting flavors are muted such that they get lost a little bit. The carbonation is ample and make the beer quite pleasant to drink. The body is medium to light and goes down really easily.

Opinion: This is a good beer, no doubt. Well crafted. It is bit light for my taste, but I really like Rodenbach...which has me jaded a bit. This isn't as much of an "entry beer" as others in this category, but it is a bit muted in the delivery for my taste. If you are going to go for it, knock me out. Otherwise, strive to be the Duchesse.

Photo of Naugros
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jdense
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station during Puckerfest, 7.15.2010, poured into Delirium Tremens taster snifter.

Deep red almost purple body, some carbonation rising from bottom of glass, very little lacing. Nose is dark fruit forward, dark cherries, no hops, a pretty dry nose despite the fruit character. Taste is cherries up front, tart and sweet, some hints of blackberries and concord grapes deep fruit flavor, minimal hops, and a wee bit of funk, some horseblanket funkiness on back end, a pretty complex tasting beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style, a bit sticky, not a lot of effervescence. Pretty drinkable. More fruity than Rodenbach, IMO, wondering how the bottle version compares to this relatively rare keg.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with reddish highlights, this beer has a thick, tan, small bubbled head. Lots of carbonation. The smell is of candy apple and earth. Musty, mixed with a tangy sweet scent. Lots of yeast scent as well. The taste is both sweet and sour, with a little slant to the tangy side. Not quite mouth puckering, but rather cleansing. Fuller in body than I expected. This is a nice beer, on style, and very approachable.

Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with a medium tan head with impressive lacing. Aromas of vinegar, and super ripe fruit. Taste begins with some super tart cherry, followed by a hint of grain, then some woody, mouth puckering sour finish. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a nice sour beer.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, the beer literally exploded out of the bottle upon opening covering my lap with brown stains, dark red brown with an enormous loose tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: steak marinade, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar

T: tart, earthy, slightly salty, sour fruits, sour cherry, unripe raspberry

M: light with very high carbonation

O: apart from the surprise explosion the beer is good, slightly less depth than others in the style, explosive carbonation is a drawback

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another one of those bottles that's been sitting in my queue for a long time, and finally just decided to grab it. Best by April 05, 2016.

Pours a fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger tan colored head that fades at a med pace, little lacing, very dark molasses colored brown beer with hints of ruby light sneaking through the edges.

Nose brings that nice malt vinegar, tart cherry and acetic acid, soured malts, soured mash, quite sour and acidic, touch of caramel like malt and candi, and hint of barrel wood.

Taste is more of expected flavors, malt vinegar to boot, soured malts and mash flavors, acetic acid but not as much as I thought actually, little molasses and candi lead to a BBQ sauce like flavor, tangy and tart, with a little tart cherry and generic sour fruit, with a decent sweetness and little sticky feel. It has a little dusty oak flavor too. Finish is sticky and a little flemmy, with more acetic acid mild burn, plenty of malt vinegar, and a little bitterness somehow, bit more sweet molasses candy too.

Mouth is med bod, flemmy and little sticky, mild acid burn, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, there are better Flemish beers out there, but this is a pretty good representation of the beer in general, and cheap compared to some others.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a nice dark burgundy, a little hazy, and sports about a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. On the nose I get red wine notes, some vinegar, and dark cherries.

Light body with a nicely balanced sweet and sour flavor. Lots of fruity sourness up front with flavors of cherries, lemons, and oranges. At mid-palate a slight hint of vanilla creeps in, sweetening the flavor and softening the feel in the mouth. A faint lactic sourness hits on the finish that seems to clash a little with the fruit and wine-like acidity.

This is one of my favorite styles and I was happy to find another example I had never tried before. Not a bad beer, but the lactic notes kind of spoil it for me. There are far better examples out there.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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

From a bottle at Jimmy`s in NYC.

Appearance is a burgundy color with fluffy looking white head. On the nose, there is cherry, wood and sourness. This one looks like it is going to be fairly sour. Upon sipping, sure enough that aspect was there, along with more of those cherries. Some Belgian candy and yeast was also part of the flavor. Mouthfeel on this one was dry, nice carbonation. Some of that tart quality sits on your palate for a bit. Certainly one, to have some water and/ crackers afterwords.

Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.