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Nouveau Rouge - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 04-03-2013

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; this is my first beer of this style, and my first sour in general.
Pours earthy brown, slight reddish hues. Translucent and hazy, with no head at all, hard as I tried. Smells of sharp alcohol and tannin mixed with vanilla and oak, as well as some sweet/tart cherry. Overall, sort of like a sweet worcestershire sauce in a way. Taste is sweet and fruity at first, but moving quickly into sour cherry and a bite of tannins. The oak smooths everything over, and vanilla tinges the whole flavor. Reminds me of a dry red wine. The only thing missing from this one (even to my untrained-in-sours palate) is more carbonation; this poured, and tasted, utterly flat. Some lively carbonation, even a small amount, would really make this brew awesome.
Overall, this style is something entirely new to me, but after my first one, I'm hungry for more. It's rauchbiers all over again...

Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It looks flat and is a dingy reddish brown color. There's almost no head but the little head that exists is composed of huge thin bubbles, like dish soap.

It has a really nice nose on it. Juicy sweet cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet tea. It smells very sweet with not much tart.

The cherries and vanilla are front and center. Acidic and tannic tart qualities cut the sweet side of it. The finish is an herbal tea-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel is the only knock, in my opinion. It's thin and flat. I don't need much carbonation for this style, but it's almost non-existant.

It's does really well for the style in the aroma and flavor category. With a little more carbonation it could have been much better. The price tag is still a little outrageous, though.

Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one! It was a favorite.

Dark reddish brown color with an initial thin layer of tan foam. Dissipated quickly to a still glassy surface.

Wet barrel aroma, vanilla, acidic berries.

Flavors of apple butter, cranberry, vanilla, a dry oaky aftertaste.
Creamy smooth feel, tart crabapple acidity, tannic cherry skins. Even level of carb, drying finish. Very well integrated, not overly sour, perfect for a Flanders lover.

Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to larryi86 for this. 'Greatly appreciated.
Tart, funky, sweet, fruit, cask, vanilla.
One of the loudest heads I've ever heard. Noisy!. Tan and settled out in less than 1 minute to nothing, really, just the new bubble rising on the edges, and it's still making noise.
Slightly cloudy darker red, actually going to brown.
Flavor is similarly complex and seems to hold a bit of carbonic bite. Never had a sour lay on my tongue quite like this one before - it seems to be combination of the wood and a really tart/sour/astringent taste. It's not unpleasant, just really different and unexpected. Maybe its just some unexpected bittering. Moderate acidic character and it enhances the fruit nicely. All other flavors noted in the aroma are here too.
Moderate to light feel. Plenty of carbonation.
I'll admit I'm still working on understanding and appreciating the differences between the various sour styles. I'm not sure how much blending has gone on in this beer as there are qualities that make it seem more fresh than not. OTOH not all of it seems that way. The lingering flavor seems unique to this beer. I think I like it.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy chestnut brown. Decent hiss when opened but pours very still with no head and no lacing. Apple and somewhat cidery aroma. Brett. Wonderful tart and somewhat sour flavors. Nice balance with the oak. Faint dried cherry flavors. The mouthfeel is really great-very smooth and almsot creamy. I was really expecting something a lot thinner. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Once again my local brewery kicks butt!

Photo of larryi86
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear bright red with an orange tint and and two finger off white head, second pour was hazy.

S- Tart apples, sour, oak, some vanilla, cherries, brett.

T- Apples, sour cherries, brett, vanilla, oak, slightly sweet, some earthy spices, well balanced, very tasty.

M- Amazing, silky smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A great sour from Evolution and very well balanced. I really hope I am able to find another bottle. The best beer I have had from Evolution.

Photo of BillRoth
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Being a huge fan of Flanders' Reds I have been hearing about/looking forward to Evo's for quite a while. I have also hoped it would be good, but with essentially no prior Evo tarts/sours was unsure. Ok now that that is out of the way. Wow! Double wow!
Tasted in large snifter at cool cellar temp (50-55 degrees F).
This is more than the real deal. It has the classic nose of a upscale matured red where the oak and malts blend with a hint of sweet and sour.It has a full ripe fruity aroma married with the mustiness of the yeast. It's a delightful sensory experience. If I weren't in such a hurry to taste it, I could probably spend some more time just rolling it in my snifter and drawing in the scent...it's that good.
The taste is even better. I don't know if this is blended, but the complexity of the taste reminds you of a well balanced blend of old and new batches. There is restrained vanilla and dried fruit with the expected earthy tartness. But as you sample it...slowly... it subtlely rises with a depth of sour cherries. The balance of the flavors is expert...just expert.
Ok..are ypu ready? The best is the mouth feel. So many reds have various wonderful tastes, but so often tend to be very thin and astringent. You expect it, and don't give it any thought. This beer has the dryness, but is carried with a medium/medium full malty mouth feel that is in a word "velvet". The beer has a gentle smoothness that carries all the flavors so easily around the mouth and tongue. It has a character that really defines this brew and solidly separates it from others. Sometimes you drive a car and you get that road feel and comfort that tells you you have a luxury car. That's what's happening here. No bumps no bruises...just an incredibly smooth ride.
There is little head and little lacing, but frankly...who cares? That's not what we're looking for in this style. It is a beer that the Belgians would envy.
I admitedly love this brewery, but was not prepared for this. You will not find a more enjoyable and rewarding Flanders red-style beer.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, March 2013
Founders Doom glass

A: Pours murky brownish red. Basically flat. There is a little bit, but that is the breaks with bottle conditioning. Maybe a little more time would help it come up a bit. Little collar of slightly off white. Some tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Balsamic vinegar. Some tart cherry. Some vinous. Definitely smell the oak. Some vanilla.

T: Up front you get a little prickle of tartness. Some sour cherry pie filling character. Carbonation would help. Mid palate, some oak and vanilla enter in. Tannic dryness. Dry close.

M: Medium bodied because of low carbonation.

Photo of THECPJ
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the EVo tasting room in a bottle no bottle take out.

Appearance: copper orange red in color with minimal head

Smell: apple cider, vinegar, brett, pedio, vanilla, tannins, oak

Taste: cidery, oak, vanilla, tart, sour,

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, smooth with an aftertaste tang / sour bite

Overall: a very nice flanders red. Id like to have a couple of bottles to sit on but that looks like it's not going to happen :(

Cheers,
TheCPJ

Photo of Jono0284
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance a copper brown with a reddish hue. Poured with a quarter inch head that quickly dissipated.
Aromas of brown sugar and tart fruit with slight hints of vanilla.
Tastes true to its style - sweetness is quickly cut by the lactic sourness.
Mouthfeel - medium body and well coating. Good carbonation and a medium length finish.
Overall a solid beer and one that is great to see from evolution. For the price not sure I would do again.

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Nouveau Rouge from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.