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Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin) - Brouwerij Strubbe

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Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-04-2003)
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Photo of kbutler1
1.38/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle. $4.99 for a 11.2oz bottle. No date I could find on the bottle but the cap says 29-09-2014 which I am guessing is the best by date. Poured a fairly dark reddish brown with an offwhite 2 finger head that quickly dissipates down to about a 1/4 of an inch and then just flat out disappears. The aroma is not sour at all. The nose is actually pretty bad, not bad smelling, but there really isn't a whole lot there. Oh dear god, this is not very good. It has a subtle bitter taste that is off putting. Subtle fruit taste. Not sour really at all (did I say that already?) Can't imagine really finishing this one. Slight alcohol flavor at the end. Light/medium mouthfeel. I would avoid this one, especially at the price. Tried again and same results as above.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of dgilks
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance isn't bad with a fairly clear red-brown coloured body topped by a small tan head.

Very light "chinese" sweet and sour aroma. Dull and unimpressive.

Sweet, slightly vinous, only a little tart (but not really) and a bit fruity. WTF? This just isn't good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

This is not a good Oud Bruin. There is far too much sweetness and is almost cloying rather than crisp, flavourful and tart.

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 25cl bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep cabernet red with a slight brown tint when held up to the light, has a thin head with big bubbles that dissipate quickly leaving just a minor amount of lace.

S: Strong vinegar upfront, burnt raisins, sweet finish.

T: Very sweet, a bit of funky wood, raisins, red wine with just a slightly sour finish - nothing spectacular though.

M: Light bodied, thin and watery.

D: I didn't finish it.

Photo of Popsinc
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*** i did have a cold at the time of this sampling and i suspect my sense may have been off ***

Appearance: a very dark brown with only a small off-white head.

Smell: a very subtle, almost absent nose. maybe a dull hint of raisin but very little else.

Taste: semi-sweet and raisiny. a smooth body and very light body. very underwhelming with little being found in the way of tastes and aromas.

Mouthfeel: very very smooth and light. slightly dry towards the finish.

Drinkability: while i didn't enjoy this beer, i must say, i was battling a small cold at the time. Definitley another sampling is in order.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of woosterbill
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Dan, for tossing this one my way.

A: Opaque dark brown body glows reddish-amber around the edges; 1-finger head of creamy ecru foam. Decent retention, nice lace. Attractive brew.

S: Primarily malty, with toffee, molasses, and dark fruit. Some acetic tartness is present, but sadly understated. A bit underpowered and uninspired.

T: A bit more vinegar-laden than the aroma, with cranberry-tinged bitterness following the sweet malt. Decent sweet/sour balance, but not terribly tasty. It does get significantly better as it warms, though, and in the end is rather pleasant. Still not great, but ok.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Delicate, bordering on watery.

O: This one had some character, but didn't quite come together. I'd take it over Duchesse any day, but there are far better options in the style.

Cheers!

Photo of mzwolinski
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my take-home treat's from last year's trip to Northern Belgium. A small, 25cl bottle that pours a mostly clear amber with a thin, wispy head.

The aroms is rich and malty with hints of brown sugar and a nicely nutty character.

The flavor starts with just a tinge of sourness that lingers as a faint memory throughout the rest of the sip, just lightly coloring the overwhelmingly malty character of the beer. Good, raisin-like character to the sip. Sweet and tasty, but a bit one-dimensional in the end.

Big in flavor, but a bit thin in mouthfeel. I wouldn't want to drink much more than 25cl of this -- I could see it getting a bit cloying fast.

Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chickencoop
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a strange one to rate. Started off awesome, big deep dark pour, chunky meaty head, smell was that nice vinegery (sp?) bitter nose, kinda getting pumped because it's smelling great....than the taste, light vinegar, big dry bitterness, very dry. But to be honest, it has that RR Supplication dryness, so if you like that, mixed with a Duchesse, your pumped, but for me, mouthfeel lost me, sorry.

Photo of benfons
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Redbrown colour, big but thin head that dissapears rapidly but leaves enough lacing.

S: cherries, some citrus. But not a lot of aroma's are rising up.

T: Funky sourness at first, aftertaste is a weet bitterness that dissapears fast.

M/D: Very drinkable but a bit thin too my taste.

Overall not bad, but certainly not the best in the style.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ggaughan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Monk's Cafe on Sunday as part of the Michael Jackson Flemish Sour dinner. This was beer # 2. The beer poured a deep brown color into a wine glass. There was a slight tan head that ran away rather quickly. The aroma of this good looking beer was sour and funk. The taste was a nice sweet sourness and a bit acidic. After a few more sips of this I get some raisin and malts but overall this a sour beer that is enjoyable.

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of shadow1961
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ichetegem's Oud Bruin pours a finger of tan foam over a deeply
coffee-coloerd brew- not quite opaque it reveals a rosyness held
up to the light. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is dark toasty
malts and an oaky vinous funkiness. The flavor is warmly toasty
with a bit of hop and wine-like tartness for balance. There are spicy
Belgian yeast ester notes as well- a mere ghost of a suggestion of
clove is in the mix. The mouthfeel is light, smooth and dry. This is an
interesting style- definitely a beer but with many wine-like characteristics
as well- extremely drinkable and flexible too- with all the strengths of
beer and wine and none of the weaknesses. This beer would pair up
nicely with just about everything except desserts.

Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Strijdershuis in Bruges, as we drank our way through the Strubbe range.
A: Dark maroon and brown with a big fluffy white head that settles slowly to leave a delicate lacing.
S: Aroma of dark fruit and roasted malts.
T: Flavors of light smoke and toffee with sourness from the middle to the finish.
M: Decent enough body.
D: Good example of the style, pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf, served in a tulip.

Deep brownish tone with a ruby glint in the light. Ample head of khaki foam, with irregular tendrils of lace on the sides. Decent head retention, better than average for the style.

Aroma of lactic funk and light woody undertones, with a hint of berry. Swirling intensified the funkiness, but it never became overbearing.

Flavors of mild oak barrel, with tartness on the tongue, not too intense really. Some dried berry flavor midway through, and some barley flavor too. A dry finish, that seems to thin out as it sits on the palate.

More or less a standard Oud Bruin, not too out of the box, but fairly enjoyable.

Photo of wl0307
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 5.5%abv., BB 03/2009, tasted just cool in a slim goblet.

A: dark chestnut brown in colour with very strong red glows when seen against light, coming with some, not much, yeast sediments; the carbonation is mild and moderate, while the beige beer head breaks down fast to a rim.
S: there's more aroma than my last bottle of Oud Bruin "Bockor Bellegems Bruin", featuring grassy hops, sour plum jam, raisins, metallic sour prunes and semi-sweet red grape skins... but overall the typical pungent lactic sourness of a barrel-aged ale is slightly in the lacking, or, very delicate. Given a swirl, a familiar aroma of very dark malts with an edge of melted black-sugar emerges and mixes with the fruity theme in a harmony. Overall, very pleasant, richly fruity with a whiff of good maltiness, but way less lactic-sour than one'd normally expect from this style.
T: the softly effervescent foretaste is just mildly sour-sweet, showing a decent composition of smashed dark fruits (longan-fruits and sweetened dried plum-flesh) and fast developing herbally-malty taste with a "settled" edge of light-bodied dark malts (like what's used in a Dark Mild), licorice candy, and lightly grassy hops. The finish is semi-chewy, concluding the overall fruity and lightly malty theme in an interestingly contrasting manner.
M&D: very smooth, the soft carbonation lasts throughout the drink against a medium-plus body. This Oud Bruin is not quite stale like any well-aged ale or lactic/sour-fruity as my last bottle, "Bockor Bellegems Bruin", but is deliciously fruity and still balanced with a pretty good dose of malts - overall, simply easy-drinking~~

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +7%

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Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin) from Brouwerij Strubbe
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