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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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245 Reviews
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Reviews: 245
Hads: 531
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 27
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. Okay retention and minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of cherries and unidentifiable berries. There was an overall sour aroma, too.

T - Good sour black cherry flavor with a mild caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp without the overwhelming puckering mouthfeel that sometimes comes with the style.

D - This is a good Flanders Red Ale. I've had better but it was certainly worth the selection from the store.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light fluffy beige head with pretty rainfall lacing. Deep slightly cloudy ruby body with fine bubbles half the size of champagne bubbles

S - sweet tarts and strawberry raspberry. Light crepes with fresh jam.

T - cranberry and grape with a mild infusion of hop and some wheaty malt with evervesance aftertaste is crystal malt and rose wine

M - effervescent and silky. A silk sheet rippling in the wind.

D - a very interesting mix of fruit and beer. Is it the best mix I don't know.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$3.49/11.2oz. bottle and 6.5% ABV. Slightly pricey.

Pours a deep, hazy brown amber. A nice short head, light carbonation, no real lacing. Sort of mehh so far.

Aromas are what I like in a Flander's ale: lots of sour cherry notes, black cherry, that leathery-funky Belgian thing, and some pear. Wonderful and robust.

Wow, this is sour! Right away it tickles your tongue, and then it launches full on into the sour characteristics becoming so well loved in the world. Like drinking cherry juice concentrate. This slowly mellows out into a yeasty bitterness and flies into a finish that is equal parts unique, bitter and long. This short review is brought to you by the letter H and the number 6...

What I like most: The unqiue, sour flavor profile.

What I like least: the pedestrian appearance.

Verdict: Ok for the style, there are many better at this price point but a decent ale none-the-less.

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Photo of lionchow
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled as Strubbe's Grand Cru.

Pours a dark red brown with a thick rocky off white head.

Aroma is sour, lactic, reminiscent of sauerkraut. There is a slight caramel sweetness.

Flavor is very lactic, very tart. There is a slight flavor of butyric acid which is off-putting. There is a lightly sweet, med roast maltiness that is nice.

The carbonation level fits the flavors well. The mouthfell is light, allowing the tart acidity to shine.

Overall a good, if not great beer.

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Photo of bballmj2k
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into snifter. Cap says best buy 07-11-2015

Appearance - Dark burgundy/brown. Cloudy and unfiltered, with minimal head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell - Oh yum sours. Tart apple, cherries, grapes... degree of funkiness and woodiness.

Taste - Sweet and tart at the beginning. Some hints of fruits (see above). Honestly a bit muted and kind of a disappointment. Not really sour - definitely reminds me of New Belgium's Vrienden. Perhaps a bit of that hibiscus flavor creeps in and is similar to the apple tartness.

Mouthfeel - Not substantial, minimal carbonation. Kind of want more body for something like this. Definitely not puckering or full.

Drinkability - Pretty high. Easy drinking with sweet flavors without being cloying. Lacking a little of that sour punch that I was looking for.

Not a fantastic Flanders Red but not awful either.... pretty mediocre.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy 1.5 inch head. Leaves moderate soapy lacing.

S-Sauerkraut! Makes me want a hot dog. Some light lactic acidity.

T/M-Soft, nutty. Not very sour. Just a hint of cherry sweetness, low carbonation.

D-I could see this being a good gateway Flanders Red, but certainy not a great representation of the style.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before date on the cap says 23-03-2015.

A: Murky brownish red, rust colored body. Slightly off white loose/large bubble foam head. Barely leaves lacing on the glass. Not much if any visible carbonation.

S: Immediately it smells like sourdough bread/starter. A little bit of alcohol. Wet books... Not much else.

T: Sour with just a little sweetness. As it warms, the sweetness comes through a little more. Different than any other sour I've had. I get seville orange (bitter orange), grapefruit, oak maybe? Light bitterness at the finish. Pretty good, but one dimensional and straightforward character. It doesn't have that certain..."there's something hidden here" taste that I have come to expect from a Flemish Red.

M: Lightly fizzy carbonation. One of this beers stronger areas to me. I liked it.

D: Pretty good, but this beer was kind of "basic". Not really what I was expecting. It's good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one. Not really worth the $4 for the 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Murky, yeasty brown with a ruby tint. Aggressively foamy, pouring this is a challenge, but the head is dense and lasting.

The nose is mineral, acetic, quite fruity. Metallic and vinegar aromas meet cherry-like fruitiness. There's some funk and earth, too, and just a touch toasted malt sweetness.

It's subdued on the tongue, not terribly sour but rounded. Very vinous, white wine vinegar flavors hit the palate first. Mild acetic acid, mineral and oak, bit of a metallic twang mid-palate. The body is thin, carbonation surprisingly not excessive; guess most of it went to the head. Finishes with a mild metallic twang, some balsamic-like acetic acid and light oak tannins. Pretty nice stuff, easy to quaff or sit down and ponder for a while.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a .3l EFEs snifter at kickbacks in JAX
reviewed from notes

A-Pours reddish brown with a white foamy head comprised of sticky sudsy bubbles.

S-Sour like funkiness with hints of sweet dark fruit. Mild cherry notes are present

T-Opens with a lot of sour but balances quickly with cherry and raspberry. Some candi sugar sweetness and caramel notes as well. Finnish is clean and dry.

M-Fairly thin mouth feel with light fizzy carbonation and a lighter body.

D-Overall a light easy drinking sour with lots of flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate amount of sour aromas in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat complex and has an interesting balance between sweetness and sourness. There are flavors of cherries and hints of oak.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because the taste isn't overly sour. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip glass

A - Pours a dark brown Belgian Ale appearance with a head that dies pretty fast.

S - Aromas are quite vineous and reminicent of the Duchess de Bourgoyne and a little sweet.

T - Up front there are some sweet malts that are followed briefly by some dark stewed fruit and finishes with a vineous flavour that is balanced out with sugar at the very end.

M - Light to medium body and small carbonation

D - I like this beer a lot, and it will leave a nice suprise for you, its something a little different which I enjoy.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows berries, funk, acidity and a little sweet malt.
Flavours show loads more fruit, heaps of raspberries with some musty malt showing later alongside a little tart acidity.
Great moderately high carbonation creates a dry refreshing finish.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 12/30/10. Shared with some friends.

Bottle had a best by date of 9/29/14. Poured into a sniffer, it appears ruby red in color with decent clarity. A finger of dark tan to brown head forms and holds around the glass. Swirls revive the cap and sticks with leggy lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is strikingly similar to apple cider vinegar. Tangy vinous quality with some oakiness that smells sweet and mildly vanilla. Quite fruity almost like currents to the back of the nose with a slight sulfur hint.

The taste is fruity with tangy caramel malt, apple skins, and a mild vanilla smoothness. A tangy amount of alcohol brings back the apple cider vinegar hints that are lightly sour. It finishes with fruity alcohol that is almost candy-like.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. A tingle of alcohol warmth is felt in the back of the throat. Easy drinking but a little bit of a mess. The cider verse sweetness didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Look - Pours cloudy red with amber at the edges. 1-finger bubbly head with average retention, little lacing to speak of.

Smell - strong acidic sourness, tart apples, and a distinct musty aroma.

Taste - Tart cherries and apple on the tongue, general fruitiness on the palate, and a mellow cranberry and oak going down. Mild dry aftertaste.

Feel - Highly carbonated, accentuates the sour notes on the tongue, otherwise rather light

Drink - If sour and fruity is your thing, this one goes down no problem. More on the mild side of what can be accomplished with the style.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.29 for an 11.2 oz bottle. 6.5% ABV per the bottle. Thin dark brown layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a clear dark brown, requiring a heavy pour to achieve a thin dark yellow head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is deliciously tart , with candied apples, tart cherries, and sour Belgian barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth, rounded with a nice oak character, a light body and a crisp piquant acidity. The taste starts out with sour cherries and candied apples, followed by a nice sweet apple cider vinegar note, oak, and followed by toasted malts in the middle. Bitterness is very mild, nearly non-existent. There is a peculiar candi-like aftertaste.

This beer is really nice, but it doesn't stand up to Duchesse, Goudenband, or Rodenbach Grand Cru...other killer examples of the style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours, yep, a deep red colour with decent clarity. Head is a very fine bubbled number, white with a very slight pinkish or orange tinge to it. The head is lovely and fine, almost creamy. I've had fewer better heads out of a bottle, although it does dissipate to a film reasonably quickly, which is a shame.

Nose is pleasantly oaky, with a good acidic vinous character coming through, but balanced with a light vanilla sweetness, also possibly from the oak. Cherry kirsch and a pronounced woody note. Overall, damn, it's spot on for the style, and I love how tempered the potential acidity is.

Taste is a little thinner than the best examples, and not only does it not have the body, it lacks the potent acidity which goes along with that to cut through it. But overall, that just weakens the entire beer. Some lightly sweet almost candi sugar character throughout, with a very slight cherry note, and a whiff of oak that may well just be remaining from the nose. Vanilla character comes forward on the back, but it's more unpleasant on the palate without the acidity to balance it.

Feel is thin, and it matches with the lack of character on the palate.

It's a shame, because this beer promised a lot. But it eventually revealed itself as a pale imitation of the greats. It's not bad, and it's a tasty Belgian ale, but the style is so much better than this example would have you believe.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with ruby highlights and a very modest head that lays a film down atop the liquid; just a few dots of lace

Smell: A hint of tart cherry but rather non-descript

Taste: Cherry juice, up front, with slightly more sweetness than tartness; a bit of funk after the swallow but, like the aroma, rather non-descript

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but far from the top of the class for this style

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Photo of johncampbell
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cb462
1.93/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying that I love Flemish ales. But this really lacks everything that I enjoy about a nice flemish ale. If you are new to the flemish style, I strongly urge you stay away from this, and go for a Rodenbach Grand Cru-not necessarily the best flanders, but at around $10 for a 750ml, and being relatively common, it is a far better introduction to the style, given the price.

A- Not a horrible pour. Color is actually a fairly attractive rusty brown color. Poured with very little head, which dissipated quickly and provided almost no lacing.

S- Not a lot going on here. Very light tart canned cherry, with a slight sugary pie crust finish. Overall, dominated by vinegar. I'm not opposed to a strong vinegar note, as long as it is accompanied by other complexities, but this isn't balanced at all. Had to aerate the shit out of it to get any distinguishing notes.

T- Wow-disappointing to say the least. Water down notes in the smell, and you have the taste.

M- Overly watery. Light bodied and disappointing.

D- Really disappointing. I wouldn't buy it again, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Like I said before, if you would like a baseline for a decent flemish, grab a Rodenbach Grand Cru. For a nice complex oud bruin, grab a Haandbakk.

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Photo of dgilks
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red colour with a small, light tan head. Disappointing but still acceptable.

Moderate tart, funky aroma. Slightly fruity with the cherry pie notes I like in a Flander's Red. Decent.

The flavour disappoints as it is a touch too sweet and lacks the tart, funky kick of, say, Rodenbach. There is some background fruitiness and a hint of tartness.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A middle of the road Flander's Red. The punchy flavours of Rodenbach Grand Cru are not to be found but the overall flavour is okay.

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Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Belgian glass.
Very dark reddish brown color with a 1/4" frothy light brown head that settles to a thick film. The head easily comes back with a swirl. Leaves a little soapy lacing.
On the nose I smell strawberry preserves, a rich wine-like quality, a little oak, some black cherry. Pretty rich and inviting.
On the palate I get tart strawberry/raspberry, some vanilla and oak, and a very wine-like finish, a little earthy. There's a hint of pomegranate as it warms. Leaves a rich, dry, oaky aftertaste, makes me want to sit by a fire or something. Balances between sweet and tart notes well.
Nice texture, comes on velvety and quickly becomes light and dry, almost effervescent. I would like a tad less carbonation, but it's good.
Strikes a good balance on drinkability, with a fairly rich taste but a light body, pretty clean.
This is pretty tasty, a good example of the style. I would like a little more body and richness, but still quite good.

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Photo of cooch69
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very deep mahogany that is semi transparent when held to the light.
It doesnt pour with much of a head.
The nose brings fourth sour vinigar but not to strong.
It's a pretty crisp and vibrant beer that has a subdued vinegar tone along with fruity flavours of apples and pears. It is not that strong compared to some Flemish's I've had, but it is still medium in body. It has a great clean maltiness that grabs hold after the sour fades.
All in all a good beer that I'm glad I picked up.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours fairly dark with hints of red - especially when held to light. Not much head or lacing.

S: The typical sour fruit aroma you would expect from this style.

T: Very pleasant - I get mostly sour grapes and raspberries, but not too sour. A good mix of sweet and sour acidity.

M: Light to medium and fairly smooth with a nice sour bite in the finish.

D: Very drinkable for the style, I think. Not TOO high in alcohol and not so sour that you want to stop after one.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark red with a thin white head. Lovely wine-like smell with a strong vinegar essence. Delicious sour flavor that does indeed taste like cherries. Nothing like cough syrup or fake cherry flavor. A little too sweet, but still very good. Medium carbonation that was highly drinkable which really surprised me. This is the first beer of this type that I've had and I am really impressed. My belly warmed with each swig I took.

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Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
84 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.