Ichtegem's Grand Cru
Brouwerij Strubbe

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #104
Ranked #27,268
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Brouwerij Strubbe
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FLima from Brazil

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown reddish color with a thin head.
Nice aroma with notes of red wine, oak, acetic acid, grapes and cherries.
Flavor with notes of red wine, a bit of vinegar, oak, lemon drops, nuts, lots of cherries, spices, slightly toast, earth, grapefruit and berries. Dry aftertaste with residual vinous notes.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
Excellent Flanders Red Ale with perfect balance and elegant vinous and dark fruit taste.

Oct 09, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has fruit and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a fruit and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Flanders Red Ale

Oct 06, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drink by 8/31/2022

Pours a slightly murky, deep cranberry red capped with a bit over a finger of off-white, bubbly foam; solid head retention leaves a dense, soapy collar and a fading, paper-thin cap; sporadic splotches of lacing linger around the glass.

Aromas of big vinegar upfront develop to red berries, boozy apple cider, and cherry wine as it warms; hints of brown sugar contribute a faint sweetness, and a vague tannic quality seems ever-present; fruity sweetness just barely begins to take over the more it warms up.

Taste first brings a solid dose of funky, earthy oak to the mix, immediately welcoming sweeter tones of brown sugar and an interesting charred caramel, along with some tart cherry to round things out; bits of sweet toffee and strawberry develop toward the swallow and linger for an overall sweeter finish.

Mouthfeel sits with a near-perfect lightish-medium body on entry, with an equal medium-level carbonation making an appearance building toward the mid-palate, where it ‘pops’ with a very drying sweetness trending nearly to a sandy quality before being picked up by a tartness once more; only starts to coat on the back end and post-swallow, where it takes on a surprisingly pleasant, lightly gummy weight.

The sweetness that develops can become unbalanced at times, but doesn’t detract from the beer’s immensely enjoyable qualities as a Flanders Red; satisfying flavor and a bold, dynamic mouthfeel really make it easy to savor overall.

May 11, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

best by January of 2020 on the cap

Appearance - cranberry red colored body with tan head

Smell - apple cider vinegar, oak, cherry,

Taste - apple cider, vinegar, cherry, oak, berry

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, vinegary tartness upfront, cider and cherry in the middle, oak and berries on the back end. mix of sweet and sour here

Overall - decent sour ale that I am enjoying. I admit that I am not a big fan of the more aggressive sour ales so this one is in my wheelhouse as far as the style goes. Might be a good starting point for those trying to get into the style.

Price Point - $2.99/11.2 oz bottle

Mar 28, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aged for five years.

L — Pours an amber brown body with a finger of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Raspberry, apple cider vinegar, caramel
T — Apple cider vinegar, tart cherry, brown sugar, raspberry jam. Quite acetic
F — Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Lasting, acetic sourness on the finish
O — Might have been aged for a bit too long, but this one is too vinegary to really appreciate. Masks some of the complexity I like in Flanders reds.


Nov 13, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is the occasion of Happy New Sour/Sierra/Sara Nevada Nac Sunday (Week 673) & I have chosen to begin by stepping WAY outside of my hophead comfort zone and venture (at least briefly) into the world of sours & tarts. I confess that I took an anti-acid reflux pill earlier in anticipation of this one (& perhaps others). I know that I usually require some water as a side/chaser so I have some at the ready.

From the bottle: "Cuvée 2013"; "Flemish Red Ale matured in oak barrels".

I prised off the cap & began a very slow, gentle pour into my awaiting glass. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a finger of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & Deep Amber highlights. I was rather pleased with my pour. Nose had a pronounced vinegar-like sourness, like apple vinegar, but not exactly. There was also a definite fruitiness, like sour cherries, in the mix. It smelled quite tannic, like fermented grape skins, kind of leathery. Phew! Mouthfeel was medium, but I allowed it to roll around on my tongue so as to get a better sense of the flavors present in this beer. It had a woody oakiness along with an unexpected coconut-like flavor followed by the cherry-like tartness that I noted on the nose. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised as this did not have the puckering tart/sourness for which I had girded myself against. It is perhaps because of this that it is not rated more highly, but for me, it was just fine. Finish was dry, tart, but not really sour, with a lingering oaky-cherry flavor like my uncle's homebrewed Montmorency Cherry wine. Man, I could drink this more often!

Jan 14, 2018
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goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at the dark mahogany with some ruby red notes.
Smell is a deep dark cherries and slight sour mash. You can also pick you up some alcohol
Taste of deep red ripe cherries with some strawberry and vinius notes as well.
Mouthful overall is good, nice carbonation average body.
Overall I like this beer. I drink it often I think it's a great example of the style. Seems to be a very good beer to drink all year round.

Jan 11, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark red - almost burgundy. Good head, and nice retention. Nose is red grapes, cherries, raspberries, and some funk. Taste is really interesting. Fruity, slight sweetness, and a bit of funk. Definitely getting the big dark fruits - cherries and blackberries. Grapes are definitely strong. Not really sour - the sweetness and slight funk dominate. Getting some bread and nutty notes after it warms a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Sep 29, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing Flemish Red. It smells sour, oaky, and with some fruity and sherry notes. The taste is very well balanced between the sweet and the astringent sour. Medium body. Very refreshing and satisfying.

Aug 16, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mfrom a 330 ml single (best by 2019) into a tulip, pours a reddish cola with a good 2 finger head and a little retention and lacing. Nose brings a lot of sweet notes: cherry, plum. Also, a little oak and some sweeter spices. Good but not great. Taste brings a little more depth, with a bit of plummy leather to go with the sweet jammy notes. Not a lot of layers, though. Feel is a little thin, though it does warm you up...and finish is pretty lively and approaches fizzy, which I'm not crazy about. All in all, this one has some real virtues, and a few things that keep it in the good but not great category.

Aug 07, 2017
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Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice mahogany with a one finger off white head which reduces to a halo, some lacing

Aromas of tart lime, strawberry, plum, fig, currants, caramel malt, earthy oak, vanilla cake, and raisins.

My immediate reaction to the taste is like strawberry rhubarb jelly on a nice browned toast. But then the oak and tannins kick in. Not super sour but more sweet. Nice dark fruit and berry flavors woven throughout. A little buttery oaky flavor on the tail.

Light to medium bodied, light and bright carbonation, smooth, sweet over dry.

This has a lot going on aroma and flavor wise, and it's a nice looking beer too. I've never had the beer fresh, I imagine it's probably more tart. This definitely cellars well if kept in the right conditions.

May 14, 2017
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Ginger-tipple from Belgium

2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was drinking the 2013, perhaps the newer ones are better. Oak aging flavor came through but the sourness was gone. Aroma was weak and did not leave a long lasting flavor on the palette.

Dec 15, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep red-brown/purply-mahogany, depending on how much light is behind it. A deep copper color on the edges. Inch of white-cream head, which is gone fairly quickly save for some bubbles along the glass and an island ring.

Dark cherry tartness, bread crust, and some other vague, sweet aromas. A spiciness creeping in; it's all quite strong. Perhaps slightly vinegar-like.

First impression in taste is of the strong malt ilk- toffee, bread, and perhaps even some white chocolate. The tart cherry is also centre-stage, with some plum and raspberry mixed in as well. The sourness is gentle, never too assertive, but the brew is quite sweet.

Medium-light in body. The finish isn't quite dry enough to zonk out the rather felt residual sweetness. Still- very, very pleasant as a sipper. The somewhat surprisingly mouth-coating quality of the finish certainly keeps you coming back for more.

Refreshing and sweet, spicy and delectable. Tart cherry and malt are very strong, and the sweetness makes it a little heavy handed. Yet the beer is still a treat, a guilty pleasure.

Sep 03, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Ichtigem’s Grand Cru Cuveé 2013
Flanders Oud Bruin – 6.5% - 330ml Bottle – Best Before 01.05.2021

Ichtegem's grand cru is a Flemish red ale. This unique style of beer is brewed as two separate beers, that are blended together to form the final product. Similar to the lambic geuze, one beer is brewed to be aged in oak barrels. This beer is aged for two years, where exposure to oxygen, the wood of the barrels, and naturally occuring microflora alter it's flavor, making it dry and sharp with an acidic tang. The second half of the equation is a sweet young beer, brewed before blending, that the brewer uses to balance the beer to his specifications. The Ichtegems grand cru is nutty, malty, and has a subtle dark cherry tang to it that balances it beautifully.

Appearance: Deep red/brown with a constant small, off-white, head. Lots of small bubbles rising quickly through the beer. Small bits of lacing.

Aroma: Cherries, cranberries and other sour red fruits. Oak, balsamic vinegar. Smells acidic, pretty typical of the style.

Taste: Quite a lot of barnyard funk up front, more than I remember from last time I had this beer. Perhaps due to this bottle being 3 years old? Tart and a little sour. Not as sweet as some other Flanders red / Bruins that I've had before. Can taste the alcohol this bottle, I had a fresher bottle a few months ago and it was definitely less boozy and sweeter than this one. Lacking in finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low in body and a little tart on the end.

Overall: I enjoyed the fresher bottle that I had over this one. This one feels a little unbalanced - perhaps done to the age, although the best before date is 2021! 2013 not such a good year? Either way, this is an ok beer this particular bottle is no match for Rodenbach Grand Cru or Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Jul 22, 2016
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ngusset from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into Duvel glass on 5/5/16. Rich color, nice cream colored head. Blackberry scent. Taste is sweet, boozy, bitter, yeasty, and tangy, very exciting, powerful but balanced. Like a roller coaster. Malt powerhouse creeps back in with the aftertaste, which is subtle, like getting clocked by a gold brick wrapped in suede. The mouthfeel is excellent, with just a slight hint of butter, where it adds to the experience rather than ruining it.

May 06, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hits those earthy mud tones of dark red and brown. Leaves 1/6" head that vanishes quickly. Mostly brown malt toffee notes and an underlying tart aspect to the aroma.

A higher than expected sourness level, maybe a 6 on the 1-10 scale, which is up there for a flanders. Leans cherry, a little much in the vinegar notes. Lots of earthy acidity. Wood is understated. Some sweetness doesn't cut through the vinegar and sourness.

A decent option if its around, not the upper echelon of flanders beer though.

Feb 15, 2016
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benfons from Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red colour, nice thick beige head. In the nose loads of red fruit mainly cherries. Mainly red fruits, something biscuity, hint of vanilla, something murky at the end, little or no tart. Medium body, little carbonation.
I prefer my Flemish reds a lot more sour. On the plus side it's has a bit more body then it's colleagues in the style.

Aug 24, 2015
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beeragent from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was a gusher and lost about a 1/4 of it. Pours a deep Amber with off white head. Medium lace on the glass. Aroma is strong tartness with dark fruit. Flavor is tart but not overpowering. Dark cherries, light malt, and a Belgian candi sugar finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall aside from being highly carbonated, this is a great sour!

Jun 21, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewers Haven. This my kind of sour, not overly puckering, perhaps tempered by the barrel aging. Some mellow wooden notes are added as a result. A murky ruby brown pour, soft tightly beaded head, acetic plum aroma. Taste is initially tart, mellowing quickly to a dry, sweet finish. Excellent all around.

Jun 19, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brownish copper in color. Oak notes in the nose but the wine notes predominate. Tastes like a mild dry red wine that was opened and left out for a week.

Jun 08, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, grapes. Taste is a bit wine like, tart, some malts, vinegar. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, a style I know little about, but a decent beer.

May 04, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear red-brown beer with a thin head.

Nose: Tart, cherry, oak, red apple, vinegar and pear.
Taste: Cerry, tart, oak, sourness, sweet apple, grape, blackberries and bread.
Body: Medium body with a crisp carbonation. Pretty sweet but the sourness balance the beer.

Very good Grand Cru from Ichtegems with complex, balanced taste. A little to sweet for me. I think I put my remaining bottle on hold for a few years and let it mature :)

Apr 20, 2015
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this for the first time yesterday at the Cloverleaf. I hadn't had a Flanders Oud Bruin in quite some time but the appearance, taste, and range of flavors in this seemed pretty typical for the style. Combined with the relatively easygoing nature of this beer and the subdued alcoholic presence, the flavor profile was gently pleasing while just remaining complex enough to slow down and savor.

This poured a pinkish-brown (as odd as that sounds) with a good amount of carbonation to it but not a lot of head. Reminded me of champagne in quite a few ways except that this wasn't clear and there were some different flavors here. Raspberries, vinegar, a hint of nuts, and juice were all found here on top of a sweet base and the lightness of yeast. The degree of sourness here was good as this wasn't as heavy as similar beers that I've had from Europe and it went down as easily and nicely as I could picture for any example of this style.

Booze? It's here but like the hops. you'll never notice it. I haven't had much in the way of beers from Flanders or in a Flanders Oud Bruin style but this was much easier than I was led to have guessed and proof that more breweries should give something like this a go. The subtle complexity made me want more and if it was just a tad less potent, this would make for a fabulous session beer.

Apr 01, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose hints of wet horse blanket, light tartness, a blend of fresh and over ripe fruit. Pours reddish brown with a slight haze under a tan tinted finely bubbled 1” white foam cap. This is not as intensely sour on the palate as other Flemish Red Ales coming across a little sweeter and tamer with fruit, plums, cherries, and malt but no chocolate or roast and just a little tang with a sweet tart finish. It has a medium body and low medium carbonation.

Mar 17, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a little steep i think at ten bucks a go, but pretty cool beer here. is a flanders red type through and through, with its vinegar sour profile and sweet malt middle. this is interesting to looks at, not much head, very syrupy texture, and a lot of haze, even for the style. it smells nice, rich and fruity, almost gummy on the malt body, red malt transcends the caramel realm for dark ripe fruit, apple, and bread pudding. the flavor matches the nose, with moderate acidity balanced out by dried fruity sweetness. cherry and raisin come to mind, brown sugar, lemon. the sweetness and the vinegar are weird, and i am glad i am sharing the bottle, but the beer does appear to be quite traditional. have not seen this in out market here until recently. more body than the style calls for makes it linger a little too long and lose some of its refreshing qualities, but its mature beer, far out, and tasty on the whole, especially if you like the traditional belgian sour red types. Lots and lots of barrel here, if that's your thing

Mar 11, 2015
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