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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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BA SCORE
62
poor

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Burlyn


2.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

App: A nice red mahogany. little to no head.

Sm: smells like sour apple. for 7% ABV you dont notice any alcohol.

tst: slightly sour at first followed by a bitter aftertaste. I want it to be more sour and complex.

mtf: very light and thin, and after awhile it leaves a slippery film in your mouth

overall: for 2.45 you cant complain, but it goes without saying that there are definitely better sour beers as well as ales out there

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 03:04:42 | More by Burlyn
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-25-2012 00:36:48 | More by ithinkimasofa
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jlb502

California

2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 20:46:01 | More by jlb502
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 23:24:04 | More by chicagobeerriot
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jethrodium

California

2.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:24:14 | More by jethrodium
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damndirtyape

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (no date) poured into a tulip glass. Let's see if this is as bad as everyone lets on.

Appearance: Clear dark red-brown-orange color. The red is somewhere between a cherry and copper color and there are some definite orange highlights in the beer as well which are more notable towards the end of the glass. The beer had an initial 1/4" tan foam, which died back to a thin layer across the top and a nice size ring. Some islands and strands of lacing noted, but hey tended to slowly slide back down the glass rather than stick. By the end of the glass the only foam left was the ring.

Smell: With the foam died back, a bit sweet and mildly boozy with a notable tart cherry smell. When swirled however...a solid hit of moldering paper and old straw. Not good. Maybe it is best that the foam dies back on this one. Good on one end, but then bad on the other.

Taste: Not very sour. Yes, there is some cherry like tartness in here, and maybe some sour flavor at the end, but it's quite mild. If anything...it's mildly juice like in character, like a tart cherry juice. So it's not exactly sour, it's more tart to me. Sure, this style can range a bit according to the description of this style, but this one seems much more like fermented tart cherry juice rather than a beer per se.

Mouthfeel: Initial carbonation upon pouring is gone pretty quickly after the beer sits for a few minutes. A bit sticky, and again, juice-like in character.

Overall / Drinkability: Not quite as bad as the other reviews let on, but not impressive or average either. I could not finish the 22oz bottle so it's definitely not very drinkable but I did finish my glass. Good color though.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:39:33 | More by damndirtyape
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Halcyondays

California

2.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

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

S: Mix of cheese and strawberry shortcake, a bit off putting at first but it grew on me.

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

M: Medium-bodied, light acidity, fairly smooth.

D: At $3.50 a bomber, this would be a steal in the sour category if it was simply adequate. It's not, it's well below average. I'll finish the bomber, but it's not something I'd buy again even at the very low price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:58:50 | More by Halcyondays
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porkinator

California

2.38/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another review because I saw a cheap priced beer at BevMo.

A - Minimal head that faded quickly. No lacing. Reddish brown color.

S - Sweet, metallic smell. Not picking up any sour. Minimal cherry.

T - Taste is bad, bad, bad. Can hardly pick up the sour. Getting a little but of cherry. Aftertaste reminds me of having a penny in my mouth (don't ask me how I know that). Makes my tongue try to jump out of my mouth. Alcohol is very present.

M - Can't feel any carbonation. Very thin.

O - Please forgive my bland review, but that's what this beer is, bland. Even for a cheap price, I'd still rather pick something else up.

-Salud

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 09:04:14 | More by porkinator
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Jemonster

California

2.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:26:17 | More by Jemonster
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle.

Pours murky amber with a mahogany tinge. A quarter inch head of beige dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of artificial fruit flavoring and stomach acid. Regurgetated cherry cough syrup, if you will.

Medium bodied with a slick, syrupy mouthfeel.

Bile-like lactic acid with rancid cherry flavoring starts the palate. Some caramel-laden malt tries to balance a sweet and tart profile.

Finishes with lingering cough syrup and cheesy, soured yogurt.

Yikes.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:24:40 | More by brewandbbq
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HalfFull

California

2.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear burnished mahogany water on the pour. A light cap settles out to a surface ring in a minute or so. Light lacing follows. Light and thin yet proving itself ever so slightly with time.

Smells like a Pale Ale from the NorthWest at first. Pokes its head out of the shell just a bit with some exposure, otherwise any sour associations are absent. Bit of rust and caramel malt can't hide and detracts a bit. The smell is surely the limiting factor here, barely coming up for air after 30 minutes or so.

Hint of cherry tartness on the flavor if you really reach for it. Bit of wood develops as well. Finishes with a lightly sweet and fruity close. Offers an off and on spritzy carbonation to liven up the feel but still suffers from the base beer.

Average feel and drink in the end. Starts off a bit watery but firms up with some exposure, offering a lightly tart finish. A 'forced' sour from pretty shoddy stock in my view, yet 'reasonable' with some air and if served at 50 degrees or greater....

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 06:21:00 | More by HalfFull
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KidRagnarok

California

2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-12-2012 03:14:44 | More by KidRagnarok
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DovaliHops

California

2.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an almost-clear, reddish amber color with a medium cream-colored head that disappears rather quickly. Scent is malty and very grainy. That's about it...not a very good nose whatsoever. Taste is initially malty with very light hints of sweet and sour flavors. I was not expecting anything great from this awful brewery, and I'm sure glad I didn't. Not a good example of this style, and has a very off-putting metallic taste. If you're going to label your beer as "sour", then it should be sour. The sad thing is, as awful of a representation of Flemish Style Sour this is, it's still one of Hermitage Brewings better offerings. Though I will not be purchasing this again. Mouthfeel is not very full-bodied and rather light. Drinkability is not very high

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:41:57 | More by DovaliHops
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beerman21

California

2.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a deep burgodey color body. Pretty active carbonation very tight and small, little champagne like. Head disapates bit still present after about a minute.

S-reminds me of cherry flavor cough syrupe. A bit off putting but who am I to judge. I personally have never had this style before. Smells of black spur cherries maybe a bit of cocoa in the background.

T-not as sour as the aroma lead it up to be, very mild. Sour vinegar tingle but not very pronounced. More of the same with the aroma, mild tart black cherries. Not much else going on. Alot of medicinal flavor come through with the tart cherries. A bit all over the place. Yet I don't think balance is what the style intends to off anyways.

O- not crazy about this style, nor am I with this brew in particular. It's not bad, im not going really ba mouth it to much. Try for yourselves, but for me this is the last time I buy it. You live and you learn I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:31:40 | More by beerman21
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scottiethebody

California

2.75/5  rDev +13.2%

09-06-2012 05:01:12 | More by scottiethebody
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thagr81us

South Carolina

2.83/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one during a tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, candied sugar, caramel, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and very subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this wasn't an overly good brew. There was just something about this one that didn't agree with my palate. For the style that this is 'supposed' to be in, it is definitely not in the league of others in the style. Worth trying if you want to tick it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:42:45 | More by thagr81us
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mactrail

Washington

2.85/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peculiar amber ale.

Well, I'd call it indescribable, but I'll try. First, it's not actually sour-- tho that's overdone by some sour styles in my opinion. Tart, some hops, bit of carbonated prune juice-- or maybe it's the secret ingredient-- Dr. Pepper. Very pretty head and decent lacing, so you can't fault it there.

I read most of the reviews, and people think it's totally not on style. Okay, that seems to be my complaint lately about a lot of beers. So what the hell is it? But this is quite drinkable, kind of an anemic funkiness and some odd biterness with a hint of candy. Not actually worse than the Stone Cal-Belgie that spent too long on the shelves.

22 oz from BevMo.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 05:54:21 | More by mactrail
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phiberoptik

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:17:17 | More by phiberoptik
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allanplaysguitar

California

2.88/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOTE**** I am not an expert on sours, I am still trying to get a handle on them, so please take this with a grain of salt.

App - I love the ruby red/amber color that this bottle poured. Very lush and well, just pretty.

Smell - Fruity and sweet

Taste - A bit of tart/sour but there is really a much larger presence of sweet malt that takes over the beer.

Mouthfeel - Very full, almost think and syrupy

Drinkability - Very much a sipper, not something I would just "drink"

Over all - I like but I know I have alot to learn about sours.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:54:01 | More by allanplaysguitar
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev +23.5%

12-12-2011 01:17:09 | More by Beertracker
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leprakhan

California

3/5  rDev +23.5%

12-08-2011 05:31:12 | More by leprakhan
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:16:56 | More by SHODriver
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rxbeer

California

3/5  rDev +23.5%

02-07-2013 05:40:58 | More by rxbeer
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klipper

Michigan

3/5  rDev +23.5%

09-16-2012 20:41:30 | More by klipper
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jeezie

California

3/5  rDev +23.5%

11-16-2011 02:59:06 | More by jeezie
1 Door Flemish Style Sour Ale from Hermitage Brewing
62 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.