1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

Not Rated.
Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru

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

441 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 441
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 441 | Reviews: 231 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bark
bark

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

07-16-2008 16:50:36 | More by bark
Photo of ACarp
ACarp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-13-2014 18:44:17 | More by ACarp
Photo of pants678
pants678

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Brown, lighter brown head. On tap at Mikkeller SF.

Funky, sorta metallic, fruity.

Cherry's what I first said, then I read sour apple on here. I'll stick with the former. Pronounced, forward, anything but shy, like a tart dubbel. The yeast and malt are prominent. This is as close as I'll get to enjoying a sour. I can't ever really pick up the alcohol with sour's either.

08-28-2014 00:46:19 | More by pants678
Photo of pathead
pathead

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-26-2014 20:51:07 | More by pathead
Photo of ChicagoNick
ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-28-2013 14:04:36 | More by ChicagoNick
Photo of DmanGTR
DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-04-2013 18:40:23 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of YobroitsJoe
YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-03-2014 14:15:04 | More by YobroitsJoe
Photo of kp29
kp29

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-29-2013 08:47:05 | More by kp29
Photo of larbush
larbush

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-03-2012 03:14:51 | More by larbush
Photo of psoriasaurus
psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-05-2014 15:00:07 | More by psoriasaurus
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-01-2013 04:14:06 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of brutalist
brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-30-2013 03:26:20 | More by brutalist
Photo of BigTrubble
BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-04-2013 01:42:05 | More by BigTrubble
Photo of PatGreer
PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-18-2013 20:40:53 | More by PatGreer
Photo of CloudStrife
CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 15 April 17 on the bottle cap.

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy brownish ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. Too hazy to see any carbonation. Leaves just a little lace.

S: Very funky and tart aroma. Vinegar in there as well. Can tell this one is gonna have a sour taste. Sweet malty aroma as well as oak.

T: Hits you at first with a funky tart taste that transforms into a sweet malty beer with an oak backing. There is plenty of a candied sugar. Ends with almost a wheat malt taste.

M: Fairly light body that feels heavier than it is. A good amount of carbonation. The sour aspect makes it fairly crisp.

Overall a beer I could really get into. Has the full fledge wild fermentation aspect along with a very realistic beer body. Perhaps a little sweet but that compliments the tartness.

11-11-2012 22:15:36 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours dark clear brown with a thin white head.

Nose is assertive aged oranges and a "sweet/sour" character. Nose has a "sweet fruit with brettanomyces" character. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Rich, creamy and full bodied but with a bright acidic character.

Flavors are bright but bold and big. Huge spiced citric orange with lime, citric malt and citric stone fruit.

All around deliscious flavors once it's in the glass or in an open bottle for a bit! Air really helps this one develope into something very nice, almost like having a wine breathe.

Nice citric limed malt finish. Hints of sour all around (and one almost wants it to be more sour) but very drinkable.

11-28-2009 00:26:44 | More by GRG1313
Photo of bigdrewsmoove
bigdrewsmoove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

As if I needed another reason to drink beer, now I've discovered sours. This is fantastic.

A- Pours a deep brown with a really nice red hue when held up to the light.

S-Almost stings the nostrils! Vinegary, you can tell this one is going to have some bite.

T- I'm still working on learning to describe what I'm tasting, but I love this. The sourness jumps out at you first and foremost but not overpowering. This is offset by the vanillaesque flavors from the oak barrel.

M- Substantial, feels like more than 6.5.

Overall this is great. Something totally different than what I'm used to, but very enjoyable. Now I"m on a quest to find other Grand Cru's aged in bourbon barrels.

10-26-2011 20:56:04 | More by bigdrewsmoove
Photo of ntillemans
ntillemans

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

750ml Bottle poured out into Duvel glasses.

A - A finger of head. And a dark brown tone...until held up to the light where it appears cherry red.

S - The smell set up my expectations for a classic Flemish sour ale or lambic...fruity and sour.

T - I wasn't sure about this one at first. It took a few sips for me to appreciate it. The aftertaste with the strong oak flavor made me think more of wine than beer at first. But the oak flavor shined and balanced out the sourness as I finished the glass.

M - A creamy mouthfeel with a some bite to thin it at the end.

D - I could have gone for another. The boldness of this one won me over after I got over the initial shock of it's peculiarity.

12-29-2007 04:49:44 | More by ntillemans
Photo of cichief
cichief

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

This is a pretty good example of the style. Maybe not as sour as some.

A- Pours a nice reddish-brown with a nice tan head, not quite opaque.

S- Smells of ripe fruit, a hint of sourness coming through.

T- The sour flavor doesn't hit you like others in the style, some maltiness, over-ripe fruit.

M- Bubbly, but not effervescent, maybe a bit thinner than I would like.

D- I enjoyed the beer, and will purchase it again in the future. I have another bottle I want to share with a friend who likes the style.

09-27-2009 14:02:43 | More by cichief
Photo of ToasterChef
ToasterChef

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

Served on tap in a Trappist Rochefort chalice. It pours very dark brown with a tan head of large soapy bubbles. There is a slightly earthy aroma, but I couldn't really smell much with this beer. The complex tastes is where this beer shines. It is mildly sweet, with molasses, gingerbread and winter spices. They all work together well, even though it seemed I couldn't always taste all the flavors with each sip (probably because the beer was warming as I drank it). It has a fuller mouthfeel; this isn't a watery beer. It fishes dry with a hint of toffee and perhaps some toasted malts. I like this beer. It probably isn't a great choice for a hot Memorial Day weekend (when I had it), but would work well in the colder, winter months.

Edit: after looking at some of the other reviews, I wonder if I was served the correct beer, as my review doesn't sound like any of the other ones. I am reviewing from my tasting notes, and I left no indication that this one tasted sour at all.

05-26-2009 12:12:58 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

This beer (2007-edition) comes in a 75 cl green long-necked "champagne-bottel" with steel cage and natural cork. The label is beige and red. Looks kind of dull.

A: The color is hazy redbrown. The head is massive, light brown and creamy. The lacings are quite impressive.

S: Sour, yeasty with sweet caramell malt. Fruity; green apples, grapefruit and cherries. Refreshing.

T: Dry and sour, yeasty and fruity; grapefruit, cherries and green apples. Wine-like, in the best possible way. Sweet caramell malt. Woody.

M: Longlasting dry and bitter full aftertaste. The body is medium and the carbonation holds lots of small smooth bubbles.

D: Nice and refreshing. A beer even for wine-snobs.

03-31-2010 17:36:26 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of rtepiak
rtepiak

Poland

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

10-20-2008 08:47:45 | More by rtepiak
Photo of flagmantho
flagmantho

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep amber-brown hue with a little haze and two fingers of nice tan head. Looks promising.

Smell: sour, woody aroma atop a slightly sweet, caramel malt. A very nice aroma, if not otherwise complex.

Taste: right in line with the aroma; it's tasty and well-crafted. A nice medium sourness fills out a caramel malt flavor that has hints of the wood in which it has been aged. Straightforward and tasty.

Mouthfeel: there's a little astringency due to the acidity, but the creaminess of well-integrated carbonation comes through very well in the medium body. Fantastic.

Drinkability: I love the refreshing characteristics of sour ales. Ichtegem's Grand Cru is a solid, refreshing, tasty Flanders red that I could probably drink all day.

03-20-2010 20:33:56 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Axnjxn
Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

330 ml bottle into a pint glass. best by 12/17/17.

pours a dark brown/red with no head. moderate amount of bubbles. the smell is of sour cherries, quite pronounced and strong. taste is about the same, with an added flavor of grapes as well. enjoyable and true to style. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a solid example of a flemish red. very tasty and enjoyable.

06-15-2013 16:29:25 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

To the uninitiated, this can be a pretty funky beer. Having tried many Flanders Reds, however, I can say this is a nice, mellower than usual version of the style. In that sense it allows you to enjoy the flavors of crisp tang, mild oak, and light caramel barley instead of being overwhelmed by the sour funk.

Maybe it's just a sour ale for beginners, but I liked it.

12-31-2007 18:08:14 | More by tempest
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.