Beer of the Week: Ichtegem’s Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale

IMG_3242Ichtegem’s Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale (6.5% ABV): This Flanders Red Ale brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe in Beligum pours a dark reddish brown with a thick taupe head with some staying power. Tart cherries with a bit of funk and some vinegar undertones create an aromatic experience for this style. Sour cherries and berries kick off the overall flavor with faint vinegar followed by malty vanilla for a dry finish. All of the components come together for a balanced “sour” flavor that is not at all overwhelming. If you’re interested in trying a sour, Ichtegem’s Grand Cru is a nice gateway beer to introduce you to this style.

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