Ichtegem's Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru
BA SCORE
63.9%
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Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe
Belgium
brouwerij-strubbe.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by audiojon on 05-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,626
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
571
Liked:
365
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
11.87%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22.07.2016

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.

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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Also reviewed in the "1001."

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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Love the sweetness

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3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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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.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
Beer rating: 63.9% out of 100 with 571 ratings
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