Ichtegem's Grand Cru - Brouwerij Strubbe
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3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Slightly murky reddish brown with a thin cap of dark beige foam. The collar was a bit rocky with fine bubbles covering the beer. Light tartness in the aroma, berries and unripe fruits, a little earthy, very slightly acetic. Mild sourness with a bit of toffee amid the berry, cherry and red grape fruit flavours and the leafy earthiness. A bit more acidic in the finish as the other flavours faded. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit viscous. Easy drinking and probably a good introduction to the style for those not already into sour beers.
12-29-2008 01:00:46 | More by DrJay
4/5 rDev +6.1%
330 ml bottle picked up at the Coop today for about $4.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter... I was very stoked to have Matt show me this one... big thanks.
2 finger lite tan head drops leaving nice sticky lacing.. the brew is a hazy dark brown with nice ruby highlites.
aroma is sweet and mildy vinous .. subtle acetic notes but they are understated when compared to many in this style... wood is there.. smells tannic.. sorta like a wine and vinegar soaked fresh oak sawdust.
Flavor is surprising.. not nearly as sweet as the nose... also no where near as sour as the aroma would lead. Palate is very understated, which actually adds years to the immediate drinkablity.. for the most part it is mainly pale malts with a little bit of toastiness that moves quickly into the sour portion that finishes with an oaky dryness... a tying cherry fruitiness binds everything together from front to back... no oxidation that I can detect.. lite/medium body makes me really want another sip.
This is a perfect Flanders Red for the person who has never tried one and still wants to expand their horizons.
I applaud the COOP and Matt and Ashton for honestly getting in some truly unique beers into the market recently and especially in the last year.. Cheers to expanding Boise's palate.
04-23-2008 06:53:12 | More by JohnGalt1
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Got this on-tap from BSP in Atlanta.
Pours a clear dark ruby color with a one-finger white head that seems to have an orange tint. The head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.
Smells good. There's a good fruity aroma, lots of berries. There are also slight tart and earthy smells.
Tastes good as well. Lots of sweet fruit flavors up front that are followed by a good amount of sourness and a dry finish. There's a mild oak flavor that pokes through every now and then as well.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness to go with lively carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing this glass and would've gladly had another.
Overall I was impressed. I'm just now getting into sours, but I was a fan of the way none of the flavors were too overpowering in this beer. Certainly worth a shot.
10-13-2008 02:49:27 | More by glid02
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
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Served in the Strubbe's tall Ichtegem tulip, Ichtegem's Grand Cru is a chill hazed dull brown head that leaves scattered foam. The featured brewery of the month at La Trappe in San Francisco, it's a brewery I've always wanted to try but have never been seen available in Oregon (or PA, where I used to live).
Smell is maltly, coconut, slightly acidic, vinous. Unmistakably Flanders Red. A little subdued, but it was very nice, and the more I savored the bottle, the more I appreciated the aroma.
Taste is pretty smooth for the style, with very little tartness. Oaky and vinous, some coconut and vanilla notes, light solvents, hints of red wine vinegar. Clean overall, a great crossover beer for red wine drinkers that would be turned off by increased sourness.
Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light body, there's a bit of a dry chalkiness as well.
Drinkability is pretty good, but frankly I prefer more acidity. Just had Rodenbach's Grand Cru last night so I've got a very fresh impression for comparison, and prefer that for sure. Still it's not bad, exceptionally smooth.
03-26-2009 21:19:22 | More by ccrida
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
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Older refrigerated bottle,2009, poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark mahogany amber with red tints. Half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing, looks nice. Aroma of cherry, light fruit, wood, lightly vinegar and sour. Flavor is sour and acidic, but balanced by a cherry flavored sweetness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Nice interaction of the sour and sweet. I do not favor sour beers but this one works quite nicely for me. Worth a periodic revisit. Older refrigerated bottle, probably from 2009.
02-10-2012 05:15:18 | More by LiquidAmber
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
33cl bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip...Pours a murky brown with light red highlights, a light tan head rises about a one finger gone quickly to a whispy covering...The aroma is light but brings about some nice flemish red characteristics of some nice balsamic vinegar, light oak, both in a sweet way, a much lighter but similar smell to the Rodenbach Grand Cru...The taste is decent, not as good as the aroma as most of the vinegar fades and you get mostly a lot of oak. Light candy sugar too, the lack of vinegar disappoints...The feel is on the lighter side, decent to drink.
This is an above average flemish fed, worth trying to get different taste than the top two in this style but clearly a notch below.
07-25-2010 02:18:54 | More by jrallen34
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
3.58/5 rDev -5%
11.2 ounce bottle, cap stamped with 29-09-2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is vinegar, tart apples and cherries, and some wood. However, the flavor isn't very tart at all. I can taste tart apples and cherries and vinegar, but there's also a lot of caramel malt and sweet dark fruit noticable. Don't get me wrong, I like the taste of this beer but the tartness isn't even close to what I expected. The taste is sweeter than the aroma would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. I think it's a decent brew, but if you're looking for something sour I don't think this is the best choice.
09-02-2010 23:02:53 | More by bluejacket74
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
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
11.2oz bottle, picked up at State Line in Elkton. Date on cap says "08-2010", so i guess this bottle has another two years to go. Into my Defiant tulip
A: Pours a very deep red (almost reddish-brown) with a solid two-finger head. Holding it against a strong light reveals plenty of carbonation and a beer of considerable clarity.
S: Sour with some acetic notes with a pronounced oaky sweetness with plenty almost raw oaky vanilla character. The sweetness in this beer is very woody in nature and quite appealing. In the grander scheme of things, this one's among the less sour of the Flemish Reds but not everything can be a La Folie or Ommegang Rouge.
T: Starts off with a surprisingly sour character with some vinegar and oak and a palm sugar like sweetness. On swallowing, however, this beer becomes quite, uh, strange with some almost rotting meat-like flavor and a mildly tannic, dry finish.
M: Fairly light in body with pretty good carbonation and a nice dry finish (maybe a tad watery) but the strange flavor on the finish is off-putting.
D: This is fairly easy to drink, at least until you swallow this beer. I'm not sure I'll finish it, probably let it sit for an hour before i continue drinking
11-08-2008 19:48:43 | More by DefenCorps
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-10-2010 09:20:30 | More by dgilks
2.73/5 rDev -27.6%
Poured into a tulip. Dark reddish brown with a nice tan head that retains itself longer than you'd expect with the acidity of the beer. Aroma is cherries, prunes, wood. Flavor is mainly a slimy cherry cola sweetness with some weird grapes and wood. It's got some tartness and acidity but no complexity or body. Mouthfeel is too carbonated and thin. Not buying this again.
12-02-2009 21:00:59 | More by illidurit
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
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
From the 330 ml. bottle with a bottle cap stamped 15:20/1703-25APRIL17. Sampled on December 19, 2012 and served at about 50 degrees.
It pours a very heady, dark amber with some ruby red hues when held to the light.
The aroma is sour, no question about it. But in more detail there are esters of wood, pale malts, cherry, and butter.
The body falls into the medium range with some astringency.
As far as the taste goes this is definitely a sour ale with notes of cherry and a low but lingering bitterness. I will admit that sours are not top on my list of styles but this one was not bad.
12-20-2012 00:37:54 | More by puboflyons
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
A sweet, pleasing Flanders Red. This beer pours a brownish red color with a better than expected off-white head. The aroma is sweet and sour cherries with a touch of malt. The flavor is similar with a medium-light vinegar kick. My score is dropping as I go through my glass, which is never a good sign. There's a somewhat cloying syrupy character to the beer. I'm not good enough at beer tasting to tell if it's back-sweetened, but it tastes that way to me. If this beer was bone dry, I'd like it a whole lot more. As is, the sweet cherry flavor is growing acrid on my palate. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer a bit less sweet in my sours.
08-06-2009 05:35:51 | More by popery
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
It's true that I need more experience with the style, but I think I know the guidelines, at least.
It's sort of a thick and hazy beer, and the color isn't so much a red-brown as brown-red. A big, fluffy off-qhite head stands for a good, long time, barely diminishing below two fingers for quite a while and remaining even as the beer is being drunk. It sticks around like a creamy pillow before eventually settling to a layer that deposits patchy lacing that continues to spread out in legging as it goes.
Tart and sour on the nose, this is a solid standard-setter as I understand it. Just a touch of vinegar-like funk is unoffensive and deep. Light alcohol notes just sneak out.
Plenty tart and sour, it's short of puckering but plenty flavorful. It's got lots of it, giving the impression of underripe fruits that have somehow full developed their flavor. A creamy sort of vanilla sweetness underlies it and balances very nicely. An easy sipper that's not too sour but doesn't stray, I could have several of these easily.
The body is light a fairly robust red wine with a light fizz to it. It's got a solid depth to it and flows very nicely. It has a pretty easy finish.
05-09-2013 15:32:58 | More by Brenden
3.43/5 rDev -9%
Served with very little head and no lace. Color is a dark, cloudy brown with some reddish highlights. Maybe a little light struck: some burnt rubber/skunk. Flavor's not quite as skunky as aroma and I get some of the nice tart malt with fruit in the background. Had another bottle of this here recently and it was much better - no skunk. Good mouth and carbonation. Skunk's gone at the end. Good finish. No sense of the alcohol at all. I'd try another
07-28-2009 03:50:58 | More by drpimento
Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
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