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Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
85
very good

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006)
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audiojon

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Flemish Reds, so when I saw that O'Brien's had a new one on tap this week, I had to try it. This was labeled as "Grand Cru," oddly enough. The bartender cleared that up for me and described as being similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne but not as in your face. Unfortunately, I wish this were a bit more in your face; as it is it's a bit boring, but very enjoyable. In other words, I've had better Flemish Reds, but this is still a good beer. Def worth a try, and would make a very good introductory beer for those wanting to cross over to the dark (sour) side.

As for an actual review:

Smell is pretty non existant, not as much funk as I like. Taste is very good, only a light sourness unfortunately (I like to pucker), but it tastes great regardless of the sourness (or lack thereof). I could probably drink this all afternoon, and in fact may do just that. :)

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 23:23:06 | More by audiojon
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:38:40 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 20:55:41 | More by Suds
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YankChef

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 04:00:35 | More by YankChef
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:20:03 | More by SkeeterHawk
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:47:20 | More by jlindros
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 23:03:59 | More by deadonhisfeet
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:38:41 | More by RedBrewer83
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 00:04:11 | More by tronester
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ccrida

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 21:19:22 | More by ccrida
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark blood-red, slightly hazy, with no head, and only a little bit of lacing.

Smells like sour cherries, green apple, vinegar, and lactic acid.

The taste is similar. Fairly sweet with cherry flavor up front, almost like slightly less sweet maraschino cherry juice, some acidity washes over the palate, along with similar sour cherry tastes.

Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This was a pretty good Oud Bruin. It's probably a little sweeter than typical, but that's ok with me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2014 12:14:45 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown and red colors comingling in a tulip glass, almost no head. Mild tartness in the aroma, toffee.

Good sour taste, impressed, sometimes flanders come off a little weak in that department, especially when they're relatively cheap and available like this one. Really a good introduction that isn't watered down or so pase its lame. Cherry is the most fruit specific flavor that exists in it. Gritty acidic tannin like qualities to it. Mild woody flavor. Enough sweetness to it to approach balance. Ultimately finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:51:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-02-2014 00:08:58 | More by Gonzoillini
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-25-2014 08:53:20 | More by gillagorilla
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SierraJosh

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-20-2014 03:35:13 | More by SierraJosh
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-09-2012 19:53:53 | More by st9647v3
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-06-2013 04:23:00 | More by FUwolfpacker
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Njstoutlover23

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-04-2012 02:08:01 | More by Njstoutlover23
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beerhawk41

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-27-2013 16:08:27 | More by beerhawk41
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-08-2012 07:01:40 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-22-2011 22:13:58 | More by brandoman63
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-07-2012 05:14:31 | More by tobelerone
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-05-2013 23:11:17 | More by jkane101
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fsck

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-03-2013 03:03:30 | More by fsck
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.