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Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe

Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru

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85
very good

407 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: audiojon on 05-07-2006)
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:29:25 | More by Axnjxn
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rtepiak

Poland

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 08:47:45 | More by rtepiak
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 12:12:58 | More by ToasterChef
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 17:36:26 | More by Sunnanek
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ntillemans

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 14:02:43 | More by cichief
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GRG1313

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:56:04 | More by bigdrewsmoove
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:15:36 | More by CloudStrife
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bark

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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
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dqderrick

California

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +14.7%
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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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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 johnmichaelsen
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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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azorie

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Florida9

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +16%
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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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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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lstokes

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

People are saying this is a tame beer for the style, and that might be true--I'm not sure I've ever had a Flanders red before--but it's so drinkable for a sour that I kind of fell in love with it.

I drank it on-tap in a tulip glass at Quotations in Media, and it was a dark deep ruby with a 1-finger beige head. The smell was very fruity and didn't give off much funk, and the taste was I suppose similar--fruity and sweet to start, then a nice clean sour cherry and raspberry, hints of oak and vinegar, didn't make you pucker or give you a funk buzz, relatively light mouthfeel, but kind of like drinking a deeper, darker, better lambic. That's what I thought to myself--"I'm glad I got this instead of the lambic, I get tired of the lambic sweetness quickly but I won't tire of this."

Would go out of my way to find again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 14:02:12 | More by lstokes
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy ruddy amber body, small, but fluffy off-white head. Laces quite well.

Vinous nose, with (mysteriously) seafood.

Taste is tart and magnificently balanced, sweetness to balance it out but not enough to cloy. Very faintly vegetal, possible beet.

Mouthfeel is nice, but not outstanding or unique in any way.

Quite a nice example of a Flemish sour... didn't know that aged sours existed, but this one is quite worthwhile, though there's no oak in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:30:33 | More by zaphodchak
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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
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ichtegem's Grand Cru
11.2 fl.oz. bottle; cap dated 18 JAN 2016
The label reads "ingr: water, malt, caramalt, rice, hops, yeast"

Carefully poured to leave the lees behind it's a clear, ruby accented brown color beneath a pillowy head of tan. The head retention is good. It eventually falls to a wide collar that leaves short walls of lace with each sip.

The aroma suggests tart, dark, sugary fruit: cherries, raisins, figs. There's a bit of yeast to it, some malt, and a touch of mineral character as well.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it delivers a pleasant balance between gentle sweetness and light tartness. Along with the tartness and fruit there's some caramel maltiness, but it's not overly done, and it doesn't stick in the mouth. It's actually quite refreshing with the mild sharpness upfront, the light sweetness across the middle, and a bit of grassiness and mineral character in the oaky-dry finish.

In the mouth it's light bodied but with a dextinous edge; and a creamy-smooth fine-bubbled median carbonation - not much is needed as the tartness gives it character.

Overall it's basically flawless, and a pretty good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 15:30:13 | More by NeroFiddled
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.