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1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale - Hermitage Brewing

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1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 31.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-13-2011)
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Photo of kornkid8600


2/5  rDev -17.7%

01-09-2012 08:59:07 | More by kornkid8600
Photo of SHODriver


3/5  rDev +23.5%

A: Pours brown with a slight red hue with no head. ring around the glass is slightly off white
S: Smells like a warhead. Sugary sweet with a bit of sourness. Interesting...
T: slightly fruity with some caramel sweetness, sourness comes in mid drink along with a slight funk. tart on the swallow yielding to a slight malty taste that fades to funk
M: low carbonation and thin in the mouth
O: not bad for 2.50 but it does leave a bit to be desired in both tartness and boldness of flavor

02-25-2012 05:16:56 | More by SHODriver
Photo of djeucalyptus


1.9/5  rDev -21.8%

pours a decent strawberry rhubarb amber hue with a thin frothy head that fades quickly but leaves some decent lacing.

aroma is simple malt, hops, a hint of earthy caramel malt... mild and a bit tepid.

whoah. tart. but not in a flanders style. nor an ejoyable one. thin, acrid, sharp, tastes like licking rust off of an empty can that once contained goat cheese that was left out in the sun. There's nothing enjoyable going on here... yes, it's sour, but it tastes like homebrew gone wrong. Lacking the sweetness, the depth, and the complexity that most flanders (or most sours, at that) are characterized by.

mouth is fizzy, sprightly, with a cloyingly acidic and almost metallic finish.

I can't imagine this was an intentional sour. It tastes like a mistake. though I think the bigger mistake was deciding to put it in bottles and market it as a Flanders style ale. which it isn't. I'd really like to think that I'm completely off-base here and my palate is just a bit off tonight. but it's a tough one.

02-24-2011 05:20:54 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of leprakhan


3/5  rDev +23.5%

12-08-2011 05:31:12 | More by leprakhan
Photo of sbanacho


3/5  rDev +23.5%

05-11-2014 16:38:01 | More by sbanacho
Photo of ibbjamin


2/5  rDev -17.7%

I pour the bomber into my Lost Abbey tulip. It was cheap, like $3.50 at BevMo.

Pour is a bit thin and watery but there is some head that dissipates quickly leaving a rim of retention on the inside of the glass. Transparent dark copper in color.

Aroma is more sweet than sour. Strawberry, candy sugar and cherry. Seemingly one dimensional.

Taste reminds me of a brown ale with some added cherry flavor. It is far from good, but not terrible either.

Thin and watery with minimal carbonation to liven the mouthfeel.

Sometimes you have to drink beers like this to make you appreciate how great some of the other sours are. The brewer of this has some work to do. Despite this, I finished the bomber, and at $3.49, they priced it according to its quality. Hard to complain with that.

07-28-2011 02:54:46 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of jlb502


2.28/5  rDev -6.2%

This beer was a huge disappointment which ultimately was both a blessing and a curse. From the reviews I expected it to be horrible. People mentioned sour milk, unintentional infections, rubber bands and too many other awful things to mention, so when it went on sale for three dollars and change I said, 'Screw it. This thing sounds too terrible to pass up.'

Turns out I was wrong. It wasn't nearly bad enough to warrant my curiosity and it wasn't nearly good enough to ever think about buying again. It tasted like some sort of cherry prune juice. Not at all sour, not to style and generally unremarkable in every way.

05-17-2011 20:46:01 | More by jlb502
Photo of scottiethebody


2.75/5  rDev +13.2%

09-06-2012 05:01:12 | More by scottiethebody
Photo of hawkmage


3.5/5  rDev +44%

12-31-2011 04:48:11 | More by hawkmage
Photo of flayedandskinned


2/5  rDev -17.7%

08-06-2012 20:57:35 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of trappistlover


2.13/5  rDev -12.3%

(22oz bottle). Pours clear mahogany/cola color. Aroma of candied sugar, biscuit cookies, but not sour. Taste is sweet with a metallic taste. No real sourness/tartness. This is just bad. It's a drain pour and not worth drinking more than a couple of sips. It's the worst attempt at a sour that I've come across. It tastes like an infected double.

02-20-2011 04:49:28 | More by trappistlover
Photo of jethrodium


2.3/5  rDev -5.3%

650 ml bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some light caramel, some brown sugar, and a bit of acetone. Not good, but certainly not terribly offensive. Taste is quite bland with some caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and a bit of acetic acid. Not particularly sour. Medium body low carbonation. Not very enjoyable, but not the worst beer I've had either.

10-17-2011 04:24:14 | More by jethrodium
Photo of jeezie


3/5  rDev +23.5%

11-16-2011 02:59:06 | More by jeezie
Photo of MadeInOregon


4.25/5  rDev +74.9%

01-15-2013 21:01:46 | More by MadeInOregon
Photo of dcook11


3.98/5  rDev +63.8%

Enjoyed this one. Poured in to a snifter. Cheery red hue, small head that quickly fades, a touch of carbonation visible when held up to the light. Smells of old socks, cherries, a touch of vinegar, green jolly ranchers...just funky, complex, and tart in general. The taste is cherry dominant with a touch of vinegar and oddly enough, bitter chocolate at the finish. The mouth feel is light to medium bodied. I've had this before and would definitely have it again in the future.

11-15-2011 10:28:40 | More by dcook11
Photo of KidRagnarok


2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-12-2012 03:14:44 | More by KidRagnarok
Photo of phiberoptik


2.88/5  rDev +18.5%

Thanks to deranma for bringing this over to taste. Bomber with no date poured into a white wine glass.

Pours a deep dirty amber with a bit of haze. Almost like a cola after the ice has melted. Minimal head, actually pours like a barleywine.

Musty cherry sweet tarts. Some sour cherry notes as well. A hint of malt and the off aromas of wild yeast.

Slightly sour cherry up front. Tastes old but not over the hill old. Doesnt taste like a sour per say, but slightly watery. Some malt notes definitely come in, the end but not much here to remember.

Nicely carbonated, medium bodied. Enjoyable in the mouth.

Nothing here makes me excited. I am not going to bash this, but I wouldnt be looking for this in the future.

09-02-2011 00:17:17 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of WestValleyIPA


1.5/5  rDev -38.3%

22oz of Flemish Sour for $3.49. Be very afraid! Poured from a bomber into my N'ice Chouffe goblet. Decent amber color with a big, 3 fingered, fluffy tan head to start with, but fades within 30 seconds to nothing, leaving OK lacing. Smell, wtf. Old hops, bad cider, wet dog, fowl. Tastes of funky, tea leafy, old hops, an off sort of sour, booze. Sorta prickly OK mouthfeel. Thin. Bad. Avoid.

04-11-2011 02:26:44 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of UnknownKoger


2.05/5  rDev -15.6%

What's this? Something new at BevMo? And it says it's a Flemish Sour ale...I'll give it a try in spite of the poor BA rating. Let's try it out

Poured from bottle into my New Belgium snifter. Nose is...not enticing haha. It doesn't smell sour at all. In fact, it has kind of an oily smell to it. Poured into the glass, it's a dark reddish color. A thin head quickly dissipates. Let's see how it tastes...

Not very good. It's not horrible, but it certainly isn't anything I'd buy it again. It's like a sour barleywine. That's what it reminds me of. Aftertaste isn't very pleasant. In fact, this doesn't really taste like any other Flanders Oud Bruin that I've had.

Overall, I wouldn't buy this again. I merely tried it for science! It's disappointing. But then again, I didn't have high hopes for it to begin with. Oh well. Good thing I have a backup bottle of Hop Stoopid in the fridge.

05-28-2011 03:13:30 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of chicagobeerriot


2.28/5  rDev -6.2%

Looks strangely "clean" in the glass. Clear, light brown that glows ruby when held to the light. Virtually no head, just a little lace at the edge of the glass.

Not a whole lot hitting the nose. Some caramel malt and some mild citrus, but none of the complexity and vibrancy that the style usually offers.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light and effervescent.

The taste offers a bit more of the sour that I was hoping for, but it is a one note sourness that lacks depth and feels almost artificial. There's a toasted bread note that dutifully follows and some hop bitterness that follows in sequence, but the flavors never come together into a coherent whole. Cannot recommend.

04-24-2011 23:24:04 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of PunkFloyd


2/5  rDev -17.7%

11-24-2011 08:03:39 | More by PunkFloyd
Photo of bradner


3/5  rDev +23.5%

01-14-2012 02:46:36 | More by bradner
Photo of biggied


1.08/5  rDev -55.6%

A: Pours mahogany with a little white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Mix of cheese and strawberry syrup, a bit off at first but it got worse with it warming up.

T: Soured raw milk flavour and rancid cheese. raw taste of lactic acid and wood are there, but it's not really tasty. Not terrible, I can barely drink it, but nothing I really want to come back to.

M: Medium-bodied, light acidity, not smooth.

D: It's well below average. I'm pouring it out as this is a dumper. I can't finish the bomber, and it's not something I'd buy again even at the very low price point.

10-03-2011 02:05:22 | More by biggied
Photo of Jemonster


2.4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Nice reddish/amber brown. Glows nicely in the light. A lot of clarity for the style and color.

S: What I might expect. Straightforward funky sourdough smell, some faint hop character.

T: Toasted barley up front with sourness. Seems kind of like it has an odd choice of hops that doesn't quite fit in. Lacking the sweetness that it needs. Lingering bitterness clashes with the sour, but reminiscent of grapefruit. Some sour apple and unripe lemon are here too.

M: Pretty good. Light and easy drinking texture. Smooth and mellow if judging the mouthfeel alone.

O: I don't like it. Probably (definitely) the worst example of the style that I've come across. It's going to be a struggle to finish the bomber...should I even bother? It is strangely refreshing and palate cleansing though. The score here is a correction for the rest, and how I felt about this beer as a whole. I don't look at the average score before the review, so if it's high, maybe I got a bad bottle and will be willing to give it another chance because this beer is unreasonably bad.

10-13-2012 04:26:17 | More by Jemonster
Photo of MareInfinitus


3/5  rDev +23.5%

11-29-2011 02:12:01 | More by MareInfinitus
1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale from Hermitage Brewing
62 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.