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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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85
very good

432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
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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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Phatz at his terrific sour tasting.

Appearance: Transparent dark brown color with a nice tan head and plenty of bubbles. The lace is coating and sticky. Very nice to look at.

Smell: Buttery, funky, malty, barnyards, yeast, and balsamic vinegar. Very interesting and complex. Is this really a flanders red?

Taste: Amusing and arousingly complex. I get notes of coffee, toasted malt, sourness, balsamic vinegar, butter, woodiness and a strong coffee ice cream. Whether these flavors were intentional or not, they are strangely delicious to me. The other tasters were in disagreement, but I feel like the odd flavors are endearing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that is smoothe and mildly alcoholic. Very fine bubbles make a fun carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, a strange mix of flavors and probably something you won't expect will come ou of the bottle. I'd love to get some more just to see how another bottle would compare. I found it to be delicious and quite drinkable. The buttery texture and flavor is fun in a sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 14:21:15 | More by Risser09
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Florida9

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank @ hopleaf

Served in a tulip glass

A: Dark caramel color with very little head. Slightly translucent.

S: Very complex and highly aromatic. Sweet and sour. Notes of bubblegum, lemonheads candy, and wild yeasts.

T: Quite tangy and sour, but in a positive way. Reminiscent of a brash young red wine. Light maltiness on the front end with the acidic finish and taste of fruity red wine. As with the smell, the flavors demonstrated a good deal of complexity.

M: Clean, crisp, and acidic. Heavy carbonation.

D: I must admit, I am not familiar with this style of beer. I typically do not enjoy Belgian beers for their lactic sourness, but this beer was different. The sourness, and I use the word sour for lack of a better term, was akin to the sourness or acidity present in wine, was well balanced, and was in no ways distracting or offputting. This was a very good beer. It was a pleasure to drink and paired well with food. I could not see it being one I could drink repeatedly as the unique flavor profile could be fatiguing, but, otherwise, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 00:49:33 | More by Florida9
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this one's a dead ringer for Duchesse - that's what I tell my customers, and most of the them agree it's close enough....not that it doesn't have its subtle differences...

I'd say it just about looks the same as DdB, perhaps a touch darker. The aromas are more or less the same, however, one can detect a darker fruit profile. And when sipping, a more black-grape-vinous quality comes across....a noticeable malt-grainy flavor is tucked in the background, while a fairly prominent pear flavor fights for supremacy against the vinous notes....perhaps a little vanilla as well.... What's also clear is that this drinks a little drier and more bitter than DdB, lacking quite the fruity/malty-sweet intensity that DdB packs...

Tough to avoid the comparison here but, try it, and you may agree. It's a great beer, all the same.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 01:28:19 | More by Bouleboubier
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azorie

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark cola reddish brown with a small head as expected its oak aged.

s: red wine, malty, no hops, some sugar sweetness comes out as black cheery like vapors hit he nose. having a bad sinus day, I can taste it fine just not much hitting me nose, but then again nothing new there.

T: ah very nice and complex beer here, sweet malt and back cheery fruit with some red wine tannins like, some vinegar like sharpness, AKA that sour bite. I do not get any lactic favors myself. Very balanced sweet to sour, Its grand cru indeed. Since its oak aged there are no hops I can detect.

M: smooth, low carbonation, semi thick on the back of the mouth.

D: easy as hell to drink this one, its basically a duchesse de bourgogne, with more sweetness, hence the higher ABV.
recommended if you love sours, its really a OLD bruin not sure why they keep added them to the red category, sure it s that on the bottle, but then contradicts itself in the native dutch go figure, who cares right? we drink more its good.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 20:20:56 | More by azorie
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, best before April 5/16. This bottle is a year and half old, if not mistaken. Maybe a little less.

A - Dark, dark brown with 1-inch head, some lacing.

S - Dark cherry, sour

T - Medium-high carbonation off the top, gives way to cherries, sour, raisin, a little plum. Alcohol comes in at the end.

M - Carbonation doesn't last too long in the mouth. It dissipates a little too quick. A little astringent too.

O - Pretty nice. Definitely an oud bruin, not a flanders. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:49:27 | More by Beelzebeer
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought a 750 ml bottle and shared with friends at a dinner..the color was a hazy brown /red with a great head and nice lacing it look good in the goblet and smelled of fruit mainly some tart cherries and some sourdough bread..the taste was delicious it was sour patch sweet with cherry tartness a hint of vinegar malt hops and some other fruit and spices..enjoy this one with friends like a bottle of wine or an aperitif before or with dinner

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:00:27 | More by gatornation
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John_M

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:00:25 | More by John_M
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Three Philosophers snifter. Cap stamped 05 April 2016.

Appearance - Cloudy brown body. Small white head.

Smell - Apple. Mild vinegar.

Taste - Very sour, sharp, and acidic; but those characters are balanced by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Acidic. Thin.

Overall Drinkability - Powerful but balanced. No off characters.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 18:27:48 | More by ZenAgnostic
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

6.5%ABV from a bottle.

A- Bright red body and white head... thick and fluffy to a thin layer. Leaves adequate lacing. When opening the bottle, a nice "pffft" sound.

S- Sour, funky melange of fruit.

T- Nice and sour... clear Brett and Lactose usage, mild caramel backbone to remind me that this is beer and not fruit cider. My wife enjoyed this beer and asked me if it was lambic (and she is usually a Lindeman's Framboise drinker.)

M- Strong carbonation, nice sourness, it could however use a tad bit more body and flavor aside from the Brett and Lactose notes.

O- Very good and reasonably priced all considering... 4.50 for the ~12? oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:01:16 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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dqderrick

California

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 04:05:32 | More by dqderrick
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tedsox31

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Hopleaf. It was served in a tulip glass.

The appearance is reddish-brown, and somewhere between translucent and opaque. Served to me with a very small head of foam, no lacing was left behind as I drank it.

The aroma that I got immediately was a nice fruity character, some yeast, and also a bit of a vinegar presence. There was also some oak and vanilla, but it was the fruit that dominated.

The taste is very nice. It is not as sour as some other sours that I have had, but there is a nice balance between fruitiness and acidity that appeals to me. Right off I can taste the fruit, cherry or perhaps raspberry. This is followed up by a nice acidity that does not overwhelm me. It finishes with a nice oak taste.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but overall not to distracting. Some carbonation is there also, although it could probably benefit to have a bit more.

The drinkability is high on my scale. The sour taste is such that it cleans my palate and tells me to keep coming back for more, yet there are enough other things going on that it never becomes too much. This beer will not blow you out of your seat in terms of sourness like some Flanders, but I think that it is still a nice representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 17:20:22 | More by tedsox31
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TheLevi4000

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-07-2013 03:03:30 | More by TheLevi4000
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-15-2014 02:53:36 | More by nick_asian
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-08-2013 02:58:36 | More by stampfler07
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ddedhed

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-19-2014 07:08:41 | More by ddedhed
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-13-2014 03:59:04 | More by sammy806
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civicm87

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-14-2013 23:18:59 | More by civicm87
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Spacebird11

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-09-2013 04:36:50 | More by Spacebird11
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seth72104

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +13%

09-14-2012 03:05:42 | More by seth72104
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-23-2014 17:52:50 | More by SebD
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throwback

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-04-2012 20:45:26 | More by throwback
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random846

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-22-2013 01:47:21 | More by random846
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +13%

04-05-2013 22:34:21 | More by Zach136
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rozymegs

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-22-2014 00:04:24 | More by rozymegs
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bark

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 16:50:36 | More by bark
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.