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Ichtegem's Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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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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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had the 11.2 oz bottle. The beer pours dark brown with a rim of foam around the glass. The smell is tart cherries and very near a vinegar smell.
Taste isn't as tart as expected with a dull cherry juice like finish.
Not a bad sour, but I believe I'd reach for others first.

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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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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the fanciest stemmed glass I've ever seen at Saraveza in Portland, OR. I'm tempted to give appearance a 5 just for the glass.

appearance - poured a rich and deep ruby, no head, only retention on the edges, some streaking lacing here and there...legs like wine really

smell - cherry, sour, apple, yeast

taste - tart cherry but nothing near what the nose suggests, some funk, complex fruit, apples, some oak

mouthfeel - medium body, wine-like, sufficient carbonation, dry finish

drinkability - a pretty bold red ale, complex, has some imperfections

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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Flemish Reds, so when I saw that O'Brien's had a new one on tap this week, I had to try it. This was labeled as "Grand Cru," oddly enough. The bartender cleared that up for me and described as being similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne but not as in your face. Unfortunately, I wish this were a bit more in your face; as it is it's a bit boring, but very enjoyable. In other words, I've had better Flemish Reds, but this is still a good beer. Def worth a try, and would make a very good introductory beer for those wanting to cross over to the dark (sour) side.

As for an actual review:

Smell is pretty non existant, not as much funk as I like. Taste is very good, only a light sourness unfortunately (I like to pucker), but it tastes great regardless of the sourness (or lack thereof). I could probably drink this all afternoon, and in fact may do just that. :)

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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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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$3.49/11.2oz. bottle and 6.5% ABV. Slightly pricey.

Pours a deep, hazy brown amber. A nice short head, light carbonation, no real lacing. Sort of mehh so far.

Aromas are what I like in a Flander's ale: lots of sour cherry notes, black cherry, that leathery-funky Belgian thing, and some pear. Wonderful and robust.

Wow, this is sour! Right away it tickles your tongue, and then it launches full on into the sour characteristics becoming so well loved in the world. Like drinking cherry juice concentrate. This slowly mellows out into a yeasty bitterness and flies into a finish that is equal parts unique, bitter and long. This short review is brought to you by the letter H and the number 6...

What I like most: The unqiue, sour flavor profile.

What I like least: the pedestrian appearance.

Verdict: Ok for the style, there are many better at this price point but a decent ale none-the-less.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet...

A: Poured a dark amber with hues of red in the light, small head with decent lacing, not fantastic.

S: Tart sour cherries with heavy bready yeast, hints of vinegar and other berries linger in the background.

T: Taste is very similar to the nose, lots of sour cherries and yeast...not overly complex, but delicious.

M: Smooth feel, light carbonation, light medium body...

D: Goes down fairly easy for a sour flanders, not drinkable, but good.

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Ichtegem's Grand Cru from Brouwerij Strubbe
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 573 ratings
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