Ichtegem's Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru
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3.79/5
Very Good
578 Ratings
Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe
Belgium
brouwerij-strubbe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

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:
#18,755
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
578
pDev:
11.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of windowside
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Bull and Bush in Denver, CO.

Low B / GOOD

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Photo of shelby415
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Trentt2
4.74/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Quafftastic
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at De Herren van Liedekerke. Blew RodenBach Alexander's hair back. Best Flemish red/brown I've had.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ginger-tipple
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LJTate
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
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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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 578 ratings