Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)
Brouwerij Strubbe

Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)
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Brouwerij Strubbe
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #52
Ranked #22,180
3.75 | pDev: 16.8%
Aug 14, 2022
Jan 04, 2003
Very Good
Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)Ichtegems Ale (Oud Bruin)
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Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance is a lovely dark but clear body as expected from an old bruin, head nothing to write home about.

Aroma is sour mash, which is expected and really quite appealing if this is your style of beer. Not too vinegary, a light sweetness in the nose.

Taste is superb, but I do like this style. Sweet on the palette, and similarly on the aftertaste. Malty but not overbearingly so, a winner for me.

Feel is very good also, a nice touch of effervescence really kicks that sweetness around your mouth.

Overall, very good and a very sensible brew. One for the connoisseur.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Amber copper color with a thin head.
Vinegary aroma with predominant notes of red wine, acetic acid, grapes, oak and husk.
Flavor with notes of red wine, green apples, mild vinegar, oak, lemon, cranberry, slightly toast, lactic acid and Brett. Dry aftertaste with an elegant acetic note.
Light towards medium body with natural carbonation of tiny bubbles.
This felt like a true old recipe of a Flanders Oud Bruin with a husky and vinegary aroma mixing acetic wine, red fruits, husk and wood notes. Women translated. This is well underrated.
Oct 09, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Sep 25, 2016
Rated: 3.36 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by TheGoonSquad from New York

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 3.38 by farmhaus from Arkansas

May 21, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by afsdan from Colorado

Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 3 by mattfancett from England

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 13, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by rozymegs from Texas

Jan 22, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Aug 31, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by danthehopslamman from Illinois

Aug 17, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Mendicant from Australia

Jul 22, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Mar 11, 2013
Rated: 4 by HundredWeight from Kentucky

Dec 17, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by polishkaz from Connecticut

Mar 28, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by jpajpajeff from California

Mar 18, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by GrindFatherBob from New York

Mar 05, 2012
Rated: 3 by allforbetterbeer from Colorado

Jan 10, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by slasich from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2012
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Reviewed by woosterbill from Kentucky

3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Dan, for tossing this one my way.

A: Opaque dark brown body glows reddish-amber around the edges; 1-finger head of creamy ecru foam. Decent retention, nice lace. Attractive brew.

S: Primarily malty, with toffee, molasses, and dark fruit. Some acetic tartness is present, but sadly understated. A bit underpowered and uninspired.

T: A bit more vinegar-laden than the aroma, with cranberry-tinged bitterness following the sweet malt. Decent sweet/sour balance, but not terribly tasty. It does get significantly better as it warms, though, and in the end is rather pleasant. Still not great, but ok.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Delicate, bordering on watery.

O: This one had some character, but didn't quite come together. I'd take it over Duchesse any day, but there are far better options in the style.

Dec 10, 2011
Rated: 5 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Nov 25, 2011
Rated: 4 by mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2011
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Reviewed by chickencoop from California

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This was a strange one to rate. Started off awesome, big deep dark pour, chunky meaty head, smell was that nice vinegery (sp?) bitter nose, kinda getting pumped because it's smelling great....than the taste, light vinegar, big dry bitterness, very dry. But to be honest, it has that RR Supplication dryness, so if you like that, mixed with a Duchesse, your pumped, but for me, mouthfeel lost me, sorry.
Mar 27, 2011
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Reviewed by jgasparine from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A little gift I brought home for myself from Belgium...

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin, tan, diffuse head, over a semi-opaque dark brown body. No visible carbonation.

S- Smells of mild to moderate stewed malts with a husky overtone, with some lesser acetic and metallic nuances.

T- Malt character is strong and somewhat sweet up front... a touch of melanoidin is met with some mild acetic notes midway, which turn to a dryer echo of melanoidin, sherry, and mild huskiness in the finish. Quite tasty, and I suspect that the 1+ year of age on this bottle is helping it.

M- Thin body with a pervasive, moderately soft carbonation... has a light syrupy texture and a mild anstringency.

D- I can drink this stuff all night long- I guess another trip to Belgium is in order!
Jan 09, 2011
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Reviewed by DeanMoriarty from California

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Picked up a 25cl bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep cabernet red with a slight brown tint when held up to the light, has a thin head with big bubbles that dissipate quickly leaving just a minor amount of lace.

S: Strong vinegar upfront, burnt raisins, sweet finish.

T: Very sweet, a bit of funky wood, raisins, red wine with just a slightly sour finish - nothing spectacular though.

M: Light bodied, thin and watery.

D: I didn't finish it.
Nov 16, 2010
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Reviewed by dgilks from Australia

2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
The appearance isn't bad with a fairly clear red-brown coloured body topped by a small tan head.

Very light "chinese" sweet and sour aroma. Dull and unimpressive.

Sweet, slightly vinous, only a little tart (but not really) and a bit fruity. WTF? This just isn't good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

This is not a good Oud Bruin. There is far too much sweetness and is almost cloying rather than crisp, flavourful and tart.
Nov 16, 2010
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Reviewed by kbutler1 from Minnesota

1.43/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Bottle. $4.99 for a 11.2oz bottle. No date I could find on the bottle but the cap says 29-09-2014 which I am guessing is the best by date. Poured a fairly dark reddish brown with an offwhite 2 finger head that quickly dissipates down to about a 1/4 of an inch and then just flat out disappears. The aroma is not sour at all. The nose is actually pretty bad, not bad smelling, but there really isn't a whole lot there. Oh dear god, this is not very good. It has a subtle bitter taste that is off putting. Subtle fruit taste. Not sour really at all (did I say that already?) Can't imagine really finishing this one. Slight alcohol flavor at the end. Light/medium mouthfeel. I would avoid this one, especially at the price. Tried again and same results as above.
Aug 20, 2010
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Reviewed by benfons from Belgium

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Redbrown colour, big but thin head that dissapears rapidly but leaves enough lacing.

S: cherries, some citrus. But not a lot of aroma's are rising up.

T: Funky sourness at first, aftertaste is a weet bitterness that dissapears fast.

M/D: Very drinkable but a bit thin too my taste.

Overall not bad, but certainly not the best in the style.
Apr 29, 2010
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Reviewed by Travlr from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottle at Strijdershuis in Bruges, as we drank our way through the Strubbe range.
A: Dark maroon and brown with a big fluffy white head that settles slowly to leave a delicate lacing.
S: Aroma of dark fruit and roasted malts.
T: Flavors of light smoke and toffee with sourness from the middle to the finish.
M: Decent enough body.
D: Good example of the style, pleasant and drinkable.
Jan 07, 2010
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Best by 09-2012

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a dark chocolate brown.

Aroma: Lots of dry cherries. Slight oak. A very malty beer. Not to much going on here. It is a little tart.

Taste: Reminds me sort of like a brown ale with some oak and cherry flavors. Malt based with some dry spice notes. Again, not much going on here, but I dig it.

Mouthfeel: A little tart, but overall just smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends slight dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, I don't mind this, but I wish this was more sour and more oak was present. It started out drinking slow, but as I worked my way through the bottle, it got a little better.
Jan 04, 2010
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Reviewed by wl0307 from England

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
At 5.5%abv., BB 03/2009, tasted just cool in a slim goblet.

A: dark chestnut brown in colour with very strong red glows when seen against light, coming with some, not much, yeast sediments; the carbonation is mild and moderate, while the beige beer head breaks down fast to a rim.
S: there's more aroma than my last bottle of Oud Bruin "Bockor Bellegems Bruin", featuring grassy hops, sour plum jam, raisins, metallic sour prunes and semi-sweet red grape skins... but overall the typical pungent lactic sourness of a barrel-aged ale is slightly in the lacking, or, very delicate. Given a swirl, a familiar aroma of very dark malts with an edge of melted black-sugar emerges and mixes with the fruity theme in a harmony. Overall, very pleasant, richly fruity with a whiff of good maltiness, but way less lactic-sour than one'd normally expect from this style.
T: the softly effervescent foretaste is just mildly sour-sweet, showing a decent composition of smashed dark fruits (longan-fruits and sweetened dried plum-flesh) and fast developing herbally-malty taste with a "settled" edge of light-bodied dark malts (like what's used in a Dark Mild), licorice candy, and lightly grassy hops. The finish is semi-chewy, concluding the overall fruity and lightly malty theme in an interestingly contrasting manner.
M&D: very smooth, the soft carbonation lasts throughout the drink against a medium-plus body. This Oud Bruin is not quite stale like any well-aged ale or lactic/sour-fruity as my last bottle, "Bockor Bellegems Bruin", but is deliciously fruity and still balanced with a pretty good dose of malts - overall, simply easy-drinking~~
Apr 08, 2009
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
this ale poured like a red ale dark copper and had the same appearance as one..the smell was of earth, oak , and peat and fruits.. hard to describe the style.. the taste was very good it was earthy followed by an oak and yeast hit with some fruit and some clove tastes..this was not an overpowering ale but a nice easy drinking ale at a low abv..will buy again only comes in the 750ml bottle where i live. a great style to try buy it if you can find it
Mar 28, 2009
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Reviewed by JISurfer from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is only my second sour Oud Bruin, so I am fairly new to the style. The smell was a little "off putting" in the beginning, but as the beer warmed, it started to smell like sour candy and ripe citrus fruits. The taste was a bit similar, but more on the sour candy. It also had a nice warming feel as it went down the throat. This is one of those beers that the alcohol isn't very strong in it, but you would guess it's much higher than it is. I hope I can find more of these styles of beers around Charleston. I really want to start trying more of these.
Dec 06, 2008
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Reviewed by wschumac from New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First of this style and must say was pleasantly surprised.

Very dark reddish coloring with tan head. Hard to describe since it was unexpected not knowing much about this beer style. Fruity undertones, is it wine no, but fruity like some wines and carbonation just right for a beer. would love to know more about this style so I describe better.

Mouth feel was very warm and inviting not light or heavy.

I am not sure how many of these I could drink but one or two would do the trick...
Aug 20, 2008
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