Ichtegem's Grand Cru | Brouwerij Strubbe

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Ichtegem's Grand CruIchtegem's Grand Cru
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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
Ratings:
564
Reviews:
251
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.06%
 
 
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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of YvesB
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dataylor21
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DangerDawg
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a red teint and a head with the finest of bubbles.

Smell is tart, like lactic acid layered with dark malt which give the beer a light roasted impression. There is oak and wood in general. A light spiciness which probably comes from the yeast.

Taste is tart, but in a mild way. It does dominate the whole beer, but is not toothaching sour. The wood aging is oaky and dark. Again a nice spiciness coming from the yeast which reminds me of coriander and lemongrass. Body is medium. Although I am not a fan of sour beers, this beer is very well drinkable and once you get through the initial sourness of the first sip, it is a great thirstquencher.

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Photo of crossovert
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours into my tulip with a nice big off white head that looks amazing and leaves some nice laing topping a dark red/brown colored brew with yeast floaties gleefully swirling around.

The smell is heavily infused with a big dose of oak along with some vinegary cherry.

It is very smooth and drinkable, not very sour with a hint of cherry and some very nice caramel malts. Not too vinegary, very nice ale.

The mouthfeel is a bit off, it is very carbonated and slightly water if you take a certain sized gulp. I t is certainly very drinkable for the style.

This is a nice not too rabid, not too sweet Flanders Red Ale.

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Photo of facesnorth
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very bland. I didn't know what to expect with this one. But I've had quite a few sours now - of various styles, including Flanders & Flemish Reds, Browns, etc. This one didn't have much flavor to speak of, no tartness, not very sour. Sort of like a flat soda without the sweetness. I actually only got through about 1/3 of my tulip, and I laid it on the arm of my couch, and it actually spilled over on top of me and my couch cushions, and I didn't feel too bad about it. I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 Bouleboubier
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this one's a dead ringer for Duchesse - that's what I tell my customers, and most of the them agree it's close enough....not that it doesn't have its subtle differences...

I'd say it just about looks the same as DdB, perhaps a touch darker. The aromas are more or less the same, however, one can detect a darker fruit profile. And when sipping, a more black-grape-vinous quality comes across....a noticeable malt-grainy flavor is tucked in the background, while a fairly prominent pear flavor fights for supremacy against the vinous notes....perhaps a little vanilla as well.... What's also clear is that this drinks a little drier and more bitter than DdB, lacking quite the fruity/malty-sweet intensity that DdB packs...

Tough to avoid the comparison here but, try it, and you may agree. It's a great beer, all the same.

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Photo of goblue3509
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Phatz
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a strange beer. A Flemish Red that is more creamy than sour. Odd.

Appearance: The look it terrific. It pours a dark garnet brown with absolutely loads of lacing plastering the walls of my glass like a curtain.

Smell: Sweet sugars, Belgian candy sugar, molasses toffee, and *browned butter*.

Taste: The most distracting flavor in the beer is this significant butteryness with a vinegar attribute as well and of course the wood flavors come though as expect in a barrel aged sour red. There is a dull cherry/sherry element and tasty touch of old fruit. Still the butterscotch is odd.

Mouthfeel: It is a rather smooth medium body with fine carbonation that slides across the palate. Average-ish.

Drinkability: I seemed to enjoy the opportunity to try this beer more than my friends did. It is not bad but certainly not something I am going to look for again either.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of JoelClark
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewcrew76
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/2012 printed on cap

A - Deep reddish brown with little head.

S - Sour and slightly acidic, wet oak, cherry yogurt?, maybe a touch of spice.

T - Wet oak, vanilla, slightly spicy with tart cherry. The oaky tannins linger on the tongue.

M - Medium body leaving a slick, dry coating in the mouth. After several sips I feel as if I have been sucking on wet oak chips that have gone dry and are leaving a strange oaky film coating my mouth.

D - Slight promise in appearance and smell but all down hill from there.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of KJ2013
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Gww1864
5/5  rDev +34%

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

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, it's oud. Dark brown/chestnut body, not a lot of red.Nearly opaque. The filmy head remained.

Smell was sour and a little syrupy. Not as tart or vinegary as expected. Earthy yet "clean".

Taste was also not as tart as expected/hoped for. Woody. Raisins. Sweetness up front with a tart finish. Light dryness.

Mouthfeel was mild in the beginning with a zesty swallow.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with ruby highlights when put to the light. Effervescence is apparent in the clearness of this beer. The head is rocky and beige as it slowly dissipates leaving sticky lace on a flute.

The aroma is that of tart apples with vinegar and turns to berries with warmth. While the aroma starts out mouth-watering, it ends with woody tones.

The flavor is much milder than anticipated from the nose and as would be suggested by the style. Regardless, this is quite tasty with tartness and acidity of berries. It warms well, maintaining and developing earthiness through the finish.

Refreshing with medium body, decent carbonation, and light alcohol.

Ichtegem’s Grand Cru is easy drinking and enjoyable. However, the draught version I had yesterday was far superior.

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

Photo of StaveHooks
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz served into a Duvel tulip.
Cap states best by 4/5/2015.

A - Pours a garnet hued brown with a thin eggshell head leaves behind some spotted lacing.

S - Acidic grapes, fresh wood, saw dust, cherries, raspberries, vanilla, all melded perfectly.

T - Raspberry red grape tartness, a good dose of oak wood, muted watermelon rind, finishes dry with light notes of balsamic vinegar on the aftertaste.

M - Light body, soft effervescent, powdery dry on the finish.

Great nose, good looking but the taste didn't rise to the occasion. Still a very nice Flanders that I probably should have held onto another year before cracking open. I'll go pick another one up.

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