Ichtegem's Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Strubbe
Belgium
brouwerij-strubbe.be

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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Ratings:
564
Reviews:
251
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.06%
 
 
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4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lwcreasy
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of desint
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDell
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JulianBaughman
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of ngusset
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antyk
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilvriding
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the sweetness

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YvesB
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of w5baron
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve00
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elimav
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
3.73 out of 5 based on 564 ratings.
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