Ichtegem's Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru
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Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by audiojon on 05-07-2006

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

Opaque dark red with a thin white head. Lovely wine-like smell with a strong vinegar essence. Delicious sour flavor that does indeed taste like cherries. Nothing like cough syrup or fake cherry flavor. A little too sweet, but still very good. Medium carbonation that was highly drinkable which really surprised me. This is the first beer of this type that I've had and I am really impressed. My belly warmed with each swig I took.

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

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Murky, yeasty brown with a ruby tint. Aggressively foamy, pouring this is a challenge, but the head is dense and lasting.

The nose is mineral, acetic, quite fruity. Metallic and vinegar aromas meet cherry-like fruitiness. There's some funk and earth, too, and just a touch toasted malt sweetness.

It's subdued on the tongue, not terribly sour but rounded. Very vinous, white wine vinegar flavors hit the palate first. Mild acetic acid, mineral and oak, bit of a metallic twang mid-palate. The body is thin, carbonation surprisingly not excessive; guess most of it went to the head. Finishes with a mild metallic twang, some balsamic-like acetic acid and light oak tannins. Pretty nice stuff, easy to quaff or sit down and ponder for a while.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Beer pours a light reddish, woody brown. Not much of a head.

The smell is very wine-like with some red wine vinegar smells. I note some cherry scents as well.

This beer is full bodied and well balanced, more so than other oud bruins I have had. It does not have the typical sour finish. While it is sour, it has more of a dry, woody finish to it. The oak barrels really influence the taste of this beer. Flavors of grapes and raisins linger on the palate.

I had not heard a lot about this beer, but it was very enjoyable. It was quite a bit different, earthier and full-bodied, though less complex, than the Duchesse. Pick a bottle of this up if you happen to see it.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Very dark brown, bordering on black, that reveals bright, deep ruby highlights. Thin collar of tan head, no real lacing.

Smells of dark, sweet fruits (fig, apricot, date), much sugary than acidic, with some spicy yeast. Surprisingly, not much tartness, but more reminiscent of a dubbel. Tart cherry emerges later.

Some tartness shows up in the taste, but mild & still paired with dark sugar fruits, a spiciness a little like nutmeg, & a dry alcohol taste that's potent for the actual ABV. Tartness builds some with warming, as in the aroma, like sour cherry skin.

Medium-bodied, a little bit sugary, makes me salivate. Dryness feel in the aftertaste.

Good, not my favorite Flanders ale by a long shot, but I like how it morphed halfway through. I'd have it again in the future, though one per sitting is sufficient.

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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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