Michael - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
4.45/5 rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sneak peak of the 2012 batch on-tap at HotD. A 12oz tulip full will run you $8.50 but it's worth it. I've previously tried the previous batch of Michael and did not care for it. When approaching Flanders Red's I ask myself if I enjoy it significantly more than a $10 750ml of Rodenbach Grand Cru. The answer was no for the '09 batch. This go around is a different story though.
Michael pours rusty/murky brown and was placed on the bar in front of me with a full half finger of butterscotch head, good lacing was left. Great intense nose reveals vinegar high on the acidity with cherry notes that are well developed and distinct. Tasting leads with the acidic vinegar but plays very closely with heavy bleu cheese funk. Very little residual sweetness left after the barrel aging. Appropriately carbonated which is no surprise on-tap; I'm really hoping this translates to the bottled batch. Probably the driest finish I've ever had on a Flanders Red.
The ’09 batch was a little muddled, but this one is both heavier on the funk and sour with brighter more intense cherry and vinegar to boot. A candidate for most improved beer of the year. I'll be buying a full allotment for sure.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2012 07:35:52 | More by hopsbreath
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3.74/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is very hazy murky amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that completely dissipated.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but seems to be more mellow and doesn't have any distinct characteristics.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure if this Flanders Red Ale is unblended, as it doesn't have that much complexity. It also seems to have more oak than sourness.
Note: 2012 vintage.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 05:09:37 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this at The Foodery in Northern Liberties in Philly. It cost a pretty penny so I'm hoping it's good.
A - Pours a deep copper colour with lot's of cloudiness. One finger of off white head and good carbonation. No lace, no retention.
S - Lovely aroma of tart cherry, plum, wood, sugar, some dustiness. Great mix of sweet and tart.
T - Quite tart, dusty, less of that cherry/fruity character. Sweet fruit and tart cherry coming out more. Clean and solid. Flavour started out confusing and muted slightly, but it develops well and becomes more tart and complex.
M - Good carbonation, fuller end of medium bodied, and a dusty sorta funky finish.
O/D - A confusing take on the Flemmish Red style. Quite tasty and complex with some odd notes, but overall a pretty tasty one. I think this was about $30 so I'm a bit confused on the hype/rarity, but I'm trying to enjoy it for what it is. What it is, is good.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 02:01:54 | More by tbeckett
Michael from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
84 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.