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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

451 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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)
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a dark brown color some tints of red and almost no head. Upon swirling there was very little lacing..

Smell – Sour notes of cherry and some notes of other dark fruit aromas of red grape and fig. Mixed with these aromas were some lighter notes of a light oaky note.

Taste – The taste starts out sour and gets even more sour as the taste advances. It begins with cherry and some other sweeter fruit flavors of prune and apple. These flavors bitter and sour more as the taste advances with a more vinegary flavor that enters the profile. In the end some oak flavor meets the bitter and sour flavors to leave a somewhat unpleasant burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the light to medium side with the carbonation level rather average.

Overall – While it has some nice aromas and fruit flavors upfront, the very vinegary flavors sort of turn me off (this is not really my style of beer; so if you like sours it has some nice characteristics, but if you don’t like sours then….)

Darkmagus82, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Beelzebeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Beelzebeer, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
4/5  rDev +6.1%

dsuedbeck, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

samEBC, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of bkaj21
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

bkaj21, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -20.4%

nmann08, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ajs4bd, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

JohnK17, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of ToddIlgen
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ToddIlgen, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +6.1%

dgeebs07, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Farky87
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Farky87, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of soulfly1492
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold cherries and grape. Moderately sour. Some darker fruits, plums and figs. Mild spicy phenols. Low hop aroma. Moderate sweetness from dark malts.

Appearance: Pours a tall light brown head whcih fizzes loudly and dissipates in 30 seconds. A tiny bit of foam remains around the edges. Pale dirty brown with some red.

Taste: Bold dark fruity esters. Plum and raisins. Molasses. Mild pepper. Some alcohol at the aftertaste. No vinegar. Some black cherry, which turns a bit harsh at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium stinging carbonation. Quite dry. Finishes very dry. Light to medium body.

Overall: Moderately malty, fruity, aged oakiness, slightly sour. Not the best, but certainly good stuff.

soulfly1492, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +6.1%

MaseFace, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of geneb
5/5  rDev +32.6%

geneb, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

drewone, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of SourFanatic
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SourFanatic, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Wowcoolman, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Josie Bones. From notes.

A - Poured murky brown with a red tint. One finger of beige head. Nice drapes of lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice woody notes. Rich fruits and spirits. Cherry, dark fruit and sweet fruits.

T - Less dark fruit, more tart woodiness. Mellowed later with a sweetness. Woody, tart, and sweet all at once.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, frothy in the mouth, tart finish.

O/D - Nice. Enjoyed it as it captured the flavours I was expecting properly and fit the style. Balanced accordingly. Nice stuff.

tbeckett, May 30, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jrfehon33, May 28, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pair of snifters

Pours dingy reddish brown with a dirty dishwater head that fades quickly. Smell is nice, sour, and fruity.

Taste sweet and fruity and moderately sour, a little nondescript.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry, fairly light. Overall, it's not bad, but it's no Rodenbach Grand Cru.

snaotheus, May 18, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle at Jimmy`s in NYC.

Appearance is a burgundy color with fluffy looking white head. On the nose, there is cherry, wood and sourness. This one looks like it is going to be fairly sour. Upon sipping, sure enough that aspect was there, along with more of those cherries. Some Belgian candy and yeast was also part of the flavor. Mouthfeel on this one was dry, nice carbonation. Some of that tart quality sits on your palate for a bit. Certainly one, to have some water and/ crackers afterwords.

mltobin, May 18, 2012
Photo of alyssajoy
4.75/5  rDev +26%

alyssajoy, May 17, 2012
Photo of mbraswell3
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mbraswell3, May 12, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Best by 2015, I think, but it's smudged.

Appearance - Dark ruby brown body with an ample two-finger head of off-white foam. Excellent lacing. Really nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts and oak are most predominant. Hardly any tart aromas. Cherry, I suppose, but it's not a sour cherry.

Taste - Much more acidic than the aroma implies. Harsh acidic red wine vinegar. Oak all over, too. Finishes just a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel - Harsh on the palate. The flavors aren't bad, but the mouthfeel is unpleasant. Very acidic and vinegary. Highly carbonated.

Overall - It's harsh and too oaky. The flavors aren't inherently bad, but the feel just cancels out all benefits.

Alieniloquium, May 12, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by November 2016

A: Pours a semi-opaque dark reddish brown in color with some very significant garnet red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall creamy looking light tan head that reduces to a patch of very thin film with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are light vinous notes as well as just a touch of sourness in the aroma.

T: This beer is both complex and well balanced, as well as delicious. There are flavors of sour black cherries, oak barrels, as well as some vinous notes. The flavors start out subtly sweet which then turns to light sourness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. The tartness makes this feel a little prickly on the tongue.

O: Very enjoyable and extremely easy to drink, this beer is not as tart/sour than some of the others in the style. This beer is very approachable and definitely one that I would like to enjoy again.

dbrauneis, May 11, 2012
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
85 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.