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Flemish Red "Marea Roja" - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Flemish Red "Marea Roja"
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 22.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: GRG1313 on 06-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DCLAguy11
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sorry but this is underrated. On draft at Tripel.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +23.1%

The nose combines a slight funk, dark dried fruit hinting at fig, tartness and a suspicion of cherry. It pours rose tinted amber under a ½” white foam cap that quickly dissipates but produces sheets of lace. Offers a big tart palate with a tart and sweet dark bread finish, a hint of butterscotch with a mild bitter accent. The tartness is not overbearing – less acetic or lemony and more of a sour cherry type with a hint of cherry flavor. Has a medium body with above average carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of zimm421
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of robgage
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gregvg
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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1.25/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of Wayne17
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

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Flemish Red "Marea Roja" from Cismontane Brewing Company
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