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Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Ichtegem, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Old sour beer is blended with sweet young beer before bottling to create a beer with a sour nose, sweet taste, and a slight sour aftertaste. Ichtegem’s goes great with shrimp or can also be used to marinate various kinds of meat in.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6172) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 16, 2009
Dark brown with a medium but sturdy head. Sweetish aroma with chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and a little something sour and funky underneath. Rich malts for sure, no hop presence. Flavor is sweet, malty and rich, with some cherries and other dark fruits. It is slightly sour, but just a touch, not quite enough for the style. Very little hopping, but also not too cloying. A touch of chocolate, a bit of caramel, and lots of fruit. Interesting. Finish is sweet-and-sour and fruity. Decent stuff, though too sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
This beer is okay. It’s another example of an oud bruin which does not stack up in the sour department. The aroma is a bit sour, juicy, and with a hint of raspberries. The flavor is malty, not sour enough, and has some notes of dry fruit with some minerality in there. This would be a good starter oud bruin, but I would prefer something more sour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2009
(33cl bottle) Slightly hazy, dark reddish brown colour with a big and stable beige foamy head. Moderately sweet and acidic, also slightly toasted malty aroma with a mouldy and woody touch and restrained berry-fruity notes. Sweet and slightly sour flavour, light to medium bodied, slightly fizzy on the tongue. Toasty malty and woody taste with shy fruity and tart notes. Moderately sweet and acidic woody finish with notes of alcohol. Likeable but not a star of its style (01.III.09).

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2009
750mL bottle, cap marked 09 2012. Pours dark reddish brown, a bit darker than the Grand Cru, with a tan head. Aroma is faint and fairly sweet, with notes of black cherry and wood. Flavor is sweet as well, with berries, sour cherry, butter, and wood. Medium bodied. Much less impressive than the Grand Cru. More sweet than sour; a bit of a disappointment.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Second time around on this beer, this time just split with another person, 750mL cork&wire poured into a white wine glass. The color is a dark dark red. The head is not impressive, fades quickly, not large. It gets a bit better with the bottom pour makes a better head but it fades a little slower. Aroma is sweet and earthy dark cherry. Taste is similar with a lot more sweetness than the Grand Cru, obviously the young beer coming through. It isn’t sour but fruity sour like flavor. The finish has a bit of a sour cherry skin to it. Its easy drinking but the sweetness grows a bit tiring. Very much in line with a young Flanders sour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2008
Pours a dark brown-reddish color with small beige head. Quite nutty on the nose, roast malts and a bit of coffee. I caught the sour but felt it was a bit faint for the style. Taste was similar in that it didnt seem quite sour enough to be a sour ale, but my understanding is still growing. Nice taste of sweet malt and roatsed coffee, with a long aftertaste of nuts. Palate was medium and fizzy.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Borresteijn (4560) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle @ Take One. Dark brown-red colour, beige head. Aroma is sweet-sour, must, red fruits. Flavour is sweet-sour, musty, wood, sour grapes (tannines), rather dry. Didn’t like this at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3553) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with a tan thin head. The aroma is musty old fruit very pungent to the nose. Taste is very balanced as it starts out sweet fruit; however transitions into a sourness in the finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
750ml bottle thanks for the trade Tyler. Pours dark brown with a tan ring. Nose is light sour with a bit of rotten fruit. Taste is sweet and slightly sour. Very thin, very eh, another sour under the belt.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
11.2oz bottle, labeled "old brown", 5% alcohol, purchased from Embassy in Warren, MI. Pours a bright, slightly oily ruby color; minimal head formation. Lots of overripe red fruits, very lightly tart citrus and balsamic notes in the aroma; touches of metallic notes and quite overripe. Medium mouthfeel: again, lightly tart citrus and overripe red fruits (cherries, esp.); solid but not overly pungent balsamic character, and a decent amount of acidity; the metallic note seems even more pronounced at the beginning than the nose suggests, then starts to dissipate to mixed red fruits and reasonably pleasant citrus; messy, but not as flabby as many of the balsamic-laden sour ales. Medium finish: overripe red fruits, metallic notes, and balsamic; the metallic note lingers.


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