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Flemish Red "Marea Roja" - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Flemish Red "Marea Roja"
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 25.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 06-24-2013)
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Reviews by kevanb:
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kevanb

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +12.1%

500ml bottle poured into a Cismontane Shaker Pint glass (make stemware Cismontane!)

The beer pours a deep burgundy red color, hues of brown and garnet when struck by the light, with a huge, airy, khaki head that rises almost 3 fingers high before fizzling into nothingness quite quickly. The aroma is of darker malt, light lemon and citrusy zest, some acetic sourness with light cherry at the end. The aroma is fairly tame, not overly complex or exciting, but inviting enough. The flavors are similar, dark malt hits straight away that provides a nice base layer of sweetness and flavor before lemon zest brings out the cherry, a bit of red grape and a fair amount of vinegar and sourness take over at the end. The vinegar qualities aren't terribly unpleasant, which is unusual, perhaps because it's not super pungent, but like the nose, nothing really pops on the tongue and the flavors aren't that complex. The mouthfeel is nice, lively, zippy, crisp but it coats nicely and has a fairly soft finish.

Verdict: A decent Flanders Red from Cismontane. It definitely needs some refinement and complexity, but nothing about this beer is boring or offensive, just simple. I'm definitely keeping my eye on Cismontane as they have some good potential.

10-05-2013 02:54:34 | More by kevanb
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +16.8%

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

Appearance: Deep red-brown with a semi-durable head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: very fruity and somewhat tart, with a suggestion of lambic ale.

Flavor: Mild-moderate tartness; loads of hop flavor; some appreciated medium and sweet malt balance. Bitterness peak mid-taste rather than in hte finish or aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with good carbonation. Slightly astringent.

O: Good introductory or session Flanders Red.

07-03-2014 04:14:10 | More by chinchill
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev +19%

10-09-2013 00:44:22 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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robgage

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -36.5%

05-23-2014 02:28:48 | More by robgage
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GRG1313

California

3.11/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a lovely clear dark redish orange with a firm thick white head that disapates rather quickly. However, nice to look at for at least several seconds.

Nose is something of an "acidic ester" quality. There is an undertone of Belgian esters but with a juxstaposition of citric stone fruit that goes to a watered orange juice nose. One's not sure what to expect at this point.

Mouthfeel is initially bleach in taste, and into the nose, as one drinks it. It's not bad, it's just a very strange sensation to go, wow! I know that smell/taste...laundry bleach. It then actually goes to a decent citric acid character with a puckery mouthfeel and citric character that gets one salivating...literally. I actually like the acid; many will not.

Flavor profile wants to be a Flemish red sour but it doesn't quite make it. It has the flavor profile and general flavors of watered orange juice or, going the other way, lemon water with a hint of orange juice. Here's the weird part...I actually like it; it's not however, what it should be or what it purports to be.

Finish is light and acidic with a fresh lemon and lemon water character.

06-24-2013 04:41:45 | More by GRG1313
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Gregvg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2014 22:49:41 | More by Gregvg
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

12-14-2013 19:35:43 | More by Rhettroactive
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1/5  rDev -68.3%

04-15-2014 19:41:30 | More by ygtbsm94
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-14-2013 19:35:58 | More by IrishColonial
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Akisalmbert

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-15-2014 03:52:02 | More by Akisalmbert
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-27-2014 08:17:33 | More by SocalKicks
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-04-2014 22:22:58 | More by Sarge3130
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RoyFokker

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-15-2014 00:30:46 | More by RoyFokker
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kojevergas

Texas

3.54/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked this up last night for $8.99 at a bottle shop in SoCal. This brewery has been hit or miss for me so far, but I've never tried a sour from them. Self-identifies as a Flemish Red/Sour Red on the label, so that's what I'm reviewing it as. 4.4% ABV confirmed. 12 IBU. 15 SRM. 500ml brown glass bottle with classy understated red label and standard unbranded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from the refrigerator, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours entirely foam; I can't even see the actual beer. Definitely seems overcarbonated. Head is light khaki in colour. Nice creaminess. Soft smooth complexion. Good thickness. Great retention (~8 minutes), though it does seem overcarbonated. No lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull murky copper-brown. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Very light lacto yeast yields a timid sourness. Bready malt cuts the sourness, lending it an unclean character. Some lemon zest and mild acidity. Cakey. No real tartness or fruitiness is detectable. It's not fantastic for the style, but overall its appealing. No alcohol is detectable. An aroma of mild strength.

T: Very mild lacto sourness; not at all puckerworthy or tart. This would make a good intro beer to sours for the uninitiated. Some lightly bready and cakey malts fill out the body. No real hop character is present, nor is any alcohol. Very simply build; there's not much going on here. But it's balanced for what it is. I do get some light fruity notes on the climax but they're hard to identify - perhaps raspberry or cherry? Decently built for what it is. I do like it.

Mf: Mild acidity. Smooth and wet. Good body and thickness. Overcarbonated. Bottle conditioning would really improve this beer. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Good presence on the palate. Supports the flavour profile and facilitates delivery of the simple flavours.

Dr: A very drinkable sour from Cismontane, but not a great one. I don't think it's quite worth the pricetag. I might get it again at a better price. It doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't blow you away. I'm looking forward to trying any other sours they put out in the future because this does show potential. It's pretty good for what it is but.

Low B

06-30-2013 03:31:24 | More by kojevergas
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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-17-2014 07:39:53 | More by Raziel313
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DoubleJ

California

3.31/5  rDev +5.1%

On-tap at the source itself and served in a small goblet. Listed at 5.8% ABV. On to the beer:

Halfway between red and orange, this mélange offers little head on top and no lacing. As for aroma, it's sort of there per style. There's a kiss of strawberry and vague malt sweetness. The tartness appears stronger in the beer's taste, where the intensity is almost on target. Perhaps the big mouthful of caramel sauce has something to do with reducing the tartness. Mildly tart, very sweet. Imagine a caramel covered strawberry, but not as succulent. The beer is lighter to medium bodied, with gentle carbonation bubbles hitting the tongue with pleasure.

Not a bad beer per se. Taken on its own, I wouldn't mind going for another glass, though per style won't scare the Rodenbach's of the world.

08-10-2014 23:18:12 | More by DoubleJ
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

03-02-2014 01:05:55 | More by Gobzilla
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ryannosaurus

Arizona

2.08/5  rDev -34%

Appearance is a nice red gold, slight head that lays down to nothing. A bit of haze

Aroma is wood, cheese and dishwater

Taste surprisingly much better than the aroma led on, decent sour bite, something of a maple-like note, a little red grapefruit as it warms

Mouthfeel is ok, a little slick for a sour

Overall: hey, sours can be hit or miss. I've had bad bottles of one of my fave Flemish reds, so perhaps it is just a bad bottle in front of me. Color is good and the flavor is OK. I personally can't get past the aroma, closer to dirty laundry than beer. Not the funk I'm looking for, by any means.

03-03-2014 00:58:07 | More by ryannosaurus
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timmos1

California

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

07-12-2014 04:28:57 | More by timmos1
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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-24-2014 00:00:35 | More by Soto
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ricecracker420

California

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

01-31-2014 02:47:45 | More by ricecracker420
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grittybrews

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +19%

08-01-2014 20:08:54 | More by grittybrews
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TychoNDC

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19%

10-19-2013 16:29:44 | More by TychoNDC
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-23-2013 14:39:39 | More by drummermattie02
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Wowcoolman

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-26-2014 02:14:08 | More by Wowcoolman
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Flemish Red "Marea Roja" from Cismontane Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.