Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
05-30-2012 04:49:49 | More by tbeckett
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
05-18-2012 19:36:29 | More by snaotheus
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-18-2012 02:08:53 | More by mltobin
3.33/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
05-12-2012 01:21:08 | More by Alieniloquium
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-11-2012 21:20:16 | More by dbrauneis
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Appearance. Pours a deep amber brown with over a finger of off white head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lace.
Smell. Cherries, fruity belgian yeast and spice, and a bit of dank old wood.
Taste. Sweet cherries, a small dash of raspberry vinegar, a little bit woody and a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, lively and fine carbonation. A little bit sticky.
Overall. A bit too sweet for me. Tasted good but I won't be in a hurry to drink it again.
05-11-2012 02:55:17 | More by Rutager
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
11.2oz served into a Duvel tulip.
Cap states best by 4/5/2015.
A - Pours a garnet hued brown with a thin eggshell head leaves behind some spotted lacing.
S - Acidic grapes, fresh wood, saw dust, cherries, raspberries, vanilla, all melded perfectly.
T - Raspberry red grape tartness, a good dose of oak wood, muted watermelon rind, finishes dry with light notes of balsamic vinegar on the aftertaste.
M - Light body, soft effervescent, powdery dry on the finish.
Great nose, good looking but the taste didn't rise to the occasion. Still a very nice Flanders that I probably should have held onto another year before cracking open. I'll go pick another one up.
05-03-2012 19:24:57 | More by StaveHooks
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
A bottle split with oglmcdgl. I've had this a few times.
The liquid comes out looking dark reddish in hue with some brown strokes set within. A nice fuzzy coca cola like head skims up with some tightness and a off tan color to it. No stick on the glass. Smell is pretty much deep vinegar with some faint cherry scent and some grain. Trace amounts of caramel notes, but this one is all about the vinegar. Taste is sweet over sour and it's very apparent. Vinegar, cherry, cola, sweet malt, you get the picture. Very reminiscent of Duchesses. Feel is less than medium, a nice crisp carb and not acidic, not a pucker inducing beer, but pleasant, I just cant stand the vinegar. I could only drink 6oz of this before passing on it.
04-30-2012 21:28:20 | More by BARFLYB
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Bottle to Snifter
First 'sour' beer so i may just be rating the style, not the beer itself.
A: very dark red with a brownish tint. Sandy tan head, no lacing.
S: kinda smells like sparkling wine. Fruity and a strange vinegar hint.
T: it's got a raspberry/vinegar sourness that accommodates a dark red/brown ale flavor.
M: kinda sticky, with sharp carbonation... Sourness lingers
O: I like it. to my lips it's as simple as a sour brown ale, and I normally don't like brown ales. I can't imagine drinking more than 12 oz of this, it kinda baffles me that so many sours are served in 750mL bottles... I'll finish the bottle happy that I tried it though.
03-28-2012 04:32:08 | More by AllenJasper
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
Appearance- Poured with an inch worth of head, the color is of a darker ruby reddish/brown. Fine bubbles floating to the top. Pretty nice looking beer, not much lacing being left though. Head dissapeared after about a minute.
Aroma- Grape skin, slight green apple and vinegar. Smells like kombucha. Fresh tart cranberries, slight caramel, faint bitter-sweet chocolate. Has an oaky finish.
Taste- Caramel, prunes, slight vinegar, oak, smell and taste are actually pretty different. I also get a nutty taste, similar to an almond. The smell tends to be more pungent where as the taste is just slightly pungent with a slight sweetness added.
Verdict- I have mixed feelings about this beer. I definitely appreciate the aroma, the beer didn't seem too complex at first whiff but after about 4 more tries I started picking up the chocolate notes, it definitely surprised me how complex the aroma was. Still, the taste just didn't do it for me. I was expecting a little more sour and not so much sweetness. I'm not saying it was very sweet, but it did have that slight doppelbock caramel note I was not expecting in a flemish sour. I would try again if offered but Im not going to go out of my way to seek it out. I would rather recommend Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour for someone who is new to sours, it may not be as complex but it is definitely more enjoyable IMO.
03-20-2012 02:59:07 | More by GusDom
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
My first tap review. Nice one inch foam, serverd in a tulip glass, dark brown in color, some sour on the nose, lite on the sour with some cherry notes, cola as well.
Overall; great beginers sour. Could be a sour you can have more than one of. Which might be what I do.
03-18-2012 22:16:57 | More by RollBounce
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours ruby chestnut with a slightly thin head and some very nice lacing.
Mildly fruity in the aroma with a decent presence of tartness and sourness.
The taste is quite balanced, and while it's not too bright or sweet and appeals to me in that way, I almost wish it had more potency. It's very tastefully done, but it just seems a bit dull.
The body is medium in thickness and medium in weight. The finish is dry and slightly sticky.
Overall, this was a good drink, but it didn't set itself aside as something I'd pick up again.
03-13-2012 18:35:02 | More by BBP
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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