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25th Anniversary Flanders Red - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 47
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mjohnson17 on 05-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Flemish Red Ale that was fermented with lacto and Brett and aged in wine barrels to give a distinct tartness to this very deep red, malty beer. Notes of vanilla and oak round the finish.
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 4
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Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this! Quick review from written notes.

Poured into a small tulip glass, the color is a dark reddish brown with a crimson highlight. A thin layer of parchment-tinged foam settles on top, it has a creamy surface texture and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

Cherry skins, minerals, very lightly acidic fruit in the aroma.

Puckering sour cherry, light notes of wet wood, malty in the middle with a light spiciness. The beer is medium bodied and spritzy, with a dry finish. Moderate barrel character that lends essential complexity. A nice example of the style, recommended.

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Leftover from a CCBW event. Thanks Tom!

A - White foam settles to wisps, a solid collar, and spotty lacing. Lightly hazed red-brown body.

S - Really oak-heavy, with a lightly smokey note that surprises and may represent some dirty brett. Wet wood, lemony lactic acidity, tart cherry, perhaps a hint of red wine vinegar. Surprisingly little sweetness for the style; somewhat barrel-dominated.

T - This is unusually sour and acidic for a Flanders red, although there's a hint of caramel malt to support the lactic an oaky notes. The wine barrels impart an acidity and vinous tang that I don't normally get from the Belgian foudre-based takes on this style. It's not unpleasant, but it's grows a bit fatiguing as time goes on.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, with a dry, oaky texture. Some lingering stickiness that reveals the base beer's sweetness. No alcohol, as one would expect.

D - Not as sweet as something like Rodenbach, and a bit more 'American' than 'Flanders'. A solid and enjoyable sour, but I don't think I would have spent $20 on a bottle. Still, pretty easy to drink an 8oz portion.

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25th Anniversary Flanders Red from Goose Island Beer Co.
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