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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red - DESTIHL Brewery

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 42.78%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MaximalC on 06-13-2014

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The past few weeks have seen a reduction of the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody at the expense of The CANQuest (tm). It has also been at the expense of my beloved AIPAs and DIPAs in favor of flavors & styles that I generally eschew. Here we have just such a style & from a CAN! Will wonders never cease?

From the CAN: "Unfiltered Spontaneously Fermented Wild Sour Ale"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "Flanders Red is an acidic, sour ale with an initial impression of tart cherries and sour [CAN]dy that dissipates into a complex palate displaying both a sharp lactic sournes with a backbone of caramel and Biscuit malt profiles and minimal hop character. The dry, wine-like finish accentuates the complex malt profile and bright fruit notes showcased in this brilliant red colored interpretation of a Belgian-style Flanders. Cheers."

After Crack!ing the CAN open, I decided to go with a gentle pour as some CANs have a touch of age on them. I still produced a massive three-plus fingers of rocky, deep-tan/light brown head with great retention that produced sticky lacing when it slowly fell. Who is going to clean up this mess? Sniff or gaze? In doing the latter, I could not help but do the former. The smell coming off of it was unique, in my estimation. Let us come back to that. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose was redolent with sour cherries, oak & a vinousness that was hard for me to quantify. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like cherry Smarties, something that I have not thought of in years. I was overweight until I hit puberty and once I shed my weight, I began to eschew sweets altogether. That is NOT to suggest that there was anything sweet about this, though! It was sour, tart and everything in between. I stick with my earlier mention of oak-aged vinousness. I have had Zinfandel that was not as dry as this! Warming, and on the finish, I began to taste hints of caramel. It all had the effect of really cleansing my palate without making me think that I was suffering from acid reflux. I could drink another of these.

And now, my homage to John McCrae's famous poem: From Flanders CANs the Reds do flow. We are the dead CANs, row on row. Short days ago we were full & chilled & now we are Flanders unfilled.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It pours semi-clear brown with perhaps a red tint under a thin cream to tan foam collar. It is lively and tart with the rich caramel and biscuit malt flavors balancing the beer’s tartness to make for a refreshing drink.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this at the recent Columbus Summer Beerfest. Holy _______ I cannot describe in detail how insanely sour this was. I've tried maybe 10-15 different sour beers this summer, and this one blew them all away in terms of acidity and bite. It was like stomach acid. Probably stronger than stomach acid. That nasty taste when you puke and there isnt anything left in your stomach... multiply that by a few.

I do like some sour beers, but this one was far too intense for me.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure why this says retired. It is still being distributed all the way down here in Texas.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. Wonderful red and bubbly. Slight sourness on the nose but don't get much raspberry. Just a subtle amount of raspberry flavor otherwise very much like the other ones in this series. I prefer the Gose.

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Photo of chinchill
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can in Ohio.
Hazy red-brown body with a weak tan head.
Over route soft fruits with a hint of vinegar in the nose.
Moderately high tartness. Hints of cherries, plums and other fruits.
Slightly challenging; mildly refreshing.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, cranberry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of r1drew
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smell was more cherry than anything. It is a "safe" sour. Decent enough to want more than one, and I'm sure I may but it again should I see it, but I'm not going out of my way. Very light and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer night.

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Photo of robgutie
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened one can as part of a group tasting (6 people) and this was pretty much a universal drain pour for the group. The 3 remaining cans ended up as out of region trade extras.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, earth, dirt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, earth, and dirty fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there are some earth and dirt characteristics that detract from the drinkability for me.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip
A: Mahogany color with a solid one-finger head
S: Tart cherries, a hint of citrus and grass
T: Tart cherries initially, a slightly bitter/herbal/sour midpalate then a somewhat malt-driven finish
M: Light-medium bodied with a nice sour backbone
O: I like this overall though the progression on the palate seems a bit disjointed - hard to describe, it either needs some unifying element or to lose the bitter. Still definitely recommended and I like the tartness, it made my mouth water

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy red with a tiny white head that's quick to dissipate. Amazing funky, fruity aroma with sour cherries most prevalent. Not tart and tangy enough for my taste, though, and too light bodied. It's not bad, but doesn't hold up to the classics.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours very hazy reddish amber with a big fizzy light tan head that quickly diminishes and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet pie cherries with some wood notes and tartness and a little funk.

The flavor is sweet cherries and caramel malts with tart vinegary sourness and some woody funk. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, a bit one dimensional with the sweet and tart cherries, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into tall glass.

A - Dark like prune juice with tinges of rust. The head is massive, foamy, and very dirty in appearance. Retention is incredible and a head remains for the entire duration. Lacing is very spotty.

S - I definitely catch the tartness on the nose, but it is quite malty. A roasted and sweet character of toffee and oak notes are detectable. No particular tart fruit scents, like apple or cherry, but there is some lemony or vinegar aromas.

T - Flavors of sweet roasted malts, toffee, oak, give way to a tartness that is not any particular fruit. It finishes up with a lemony tartness and a touch of vinegar to make this a real treat.

M - Lighter body, very delicate, not overly tart and well carbonated.

O - This Flanders Red style that is comparable to New Glarus Oud Bruin.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this folks have to be some of the only ones putting sour beers like these into cans, so thats pretty cool right there, maxing the exotic more accessible. i like this more than others from them so far, its extremely sour too, with a major pucker and not quite enough of a caramel malt base to balance it out in the finish, i found the acid dominating. i do like that its not as vinegar forward as the belgian ones, and not quite as complex either, i dont really get the wood, and the maturity, but the taste is really nice, and i can see this getting enormously popular as a result of its availability and overall quality. amazing how many beers these guys have launched into the market all at once, huge takeover it seems like. bright rust color with a soft inch of tan foam on it. looks the part just fine. i think it may be a little one dimensional with all the acidity, but i appreciate what they are shooting for with it. some serious cherry flavors before the finish, dried, tart, and sweet all at once. very glad to have canned options like this in the market.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown red with a slightly red/purple thing layer of bubbly foam.

Cherries, sour apple, vegetal, and some slight funk.

Tart apple, cherry, slight aspirin/medicinal note, and rather acidic.

Light bodied, medium-high carbonation, astringent, and acidic sourness.

Overall, nothing to write home about. Decent brew, but not memorable.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Can't really decipher the dating numbers on the bottom of the can.

L- Brownish red, slight chill haze but cleared up, two finger slightly off white head that dissipated quickly to nothing.

S- Some medium sour apple, light spiciness, a little cherry.

T- Good medium tartness, light spiciness, light medicinal note, sour apple, sour cherry, finish has some toasted malt and is pretty dry but the tartness gets you salivating.

F- Medium-light, good carbonation for the style.

O- A nice American version of a Flanders Red and a pleasant surprise. Many of the American versions I've had are too medicinal and not tart enough but this one is wonderfully balanced. A great beer for the price too.

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Photo of WiscoTerr
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured in a tulip, needed to have this twice to confirm my thoughts. Beautiful deep red/maroon color with nice head retention. All downhill from here. Smells like canned tomatoes, tart and metallic. Starts sour, taste of tart cherries and ripe plum. Dry and very metallic finish. Like sucking on a penny. Glad this only came in a 4 pack, not something I'd get again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like sweet and tart cherries, vinegar, caramel, and bready malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some plum, wood and a bit of brown sugar noticeable too. I think it's mostly tart with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is an enjoyable brew, certainly worth picking up if you've never had it before. $8.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of IrishColonial
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like muddy sludge. Smells vinegary and stale. OK cherry flavor but a stale bready malt backbone takes over, similar to the taste when a DIPA stales into a crappy barley wine of sorts. Honestly tastes like a crappy sour cherry barleywine without the alcohol punch. Many thanks to the BA that extra'd me this but a definite miss by the brewery on both style and taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wild Sour pours a reddish color with a small lacing head. There is a very sour aroma, hints of sweet fruit. The taste has a noticeable sour, sweet fruit, very dry crisp aftertaste. Great flavors, great body. Overall a top notch sour.

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Photo of KC9LDB
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a non head copper color, smelled like a sour should but a bit more grainy. Had a great taste reminded me of the Here gose nothing from this brewery but this had a bit of rye at the end. Light watery feel. A nice beer, it is not like a traditional Flanders but still has its own character.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown wood like in color with a slight crimson hue and a thin fizzy off white head. Smell has some tart fruity aromas of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cherries, plums, currents and an acidic finish. Taste has a dominant cherry acidic tartness forward with sticky sweet malt backbone in the mid section and more plum and prune in the finish. Mouthfeel is tart, sticky, acidic, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, with a dry semi tannic finish. Not exactly to style, but a good sour bomb.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Destihl tulip.
6.1% ABV, 15 IBUs

A - Unfiltered (read, hazy) ruby red, this rich colored beer maintains an off-white head for some time considering its strong acidity!

S - Sharp vinegar-like acidic sourness explodes joyously into the olfactory! Sour funk overlapping lightly toasted grains is certainly much stronger in this beer than many typical Flanders reds but I'm not one to complain about that.

T - Notes of date and black cherries add fruit complexity to an otherwise straight-forward beer; biscuity malts are pushed aside for lactic sour, acidic vinegar funk with traces of oak.

M - As the aroma suggests, this beer has sharp lactic sourness with a biting dry finish and just a touch of lingering sweetness.

O - Unlike many classic Flanders reds, Destihl's Wild Sour really amps up the lactic sourness which I'm a-ok with. The malt profile and fruit notes are still there as is the lingering, though much more subdued, sweetness on the finish. I much prefer this beer on tap as opposed to the can (no knock on cans!) but it's damn good either way!

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip: deep chestnut body, translucent, a little burnt orange showing through, with a finger of mocha head that drops to a thick covering but stays together.

Some of the typical Flanders notes are there in the smell: tart cherry, a little Jolly Rancher, brown sugar, fig. There's something different there, familiar but nothing I've gotten in a beer before. Ooh, I've almost got it. It's some kind of food. Mmm, dig, dig. Ah-ha! Sauerkraut! It's not strong, but it's there peeking out from under everything else. And not unpleasant, it's just the form the lactic takes here, I guess. A little stale bread comes in, too.

Taste is sour cherry skins, green apple, lemon, pretty damn tart, actually. And there it is - that sauerkraut again. A little candy sweetness builds. The aftertaste is long & sour, also with a little stale bread.

Full mouthfeel, pretty intensely acidic. Really making me salivate.

Really interesting beer. I doubt the brewers intended it to have that kraut undercurrent, but it's there. It's subtle enough to not be a turn-off, but I can't really call it a plus, either. Kind of a "bonus feature" that made this a fun one to figure out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly murky, rusty orange color with a thin collar of off-white head.

This one's nose is a little thin (got light-headed huffing it), but what I gather is cranberry, rhubarb and a touch of sour milk.

The flavor follows suit with the same dry and tart fruits and a touch of old milk, but there's a lingering grainy dryness in the finish reminiscent of rye crisp crackers. Lots of tartness here, but it seems to be missing something more sweet and earthy for the style.

Feels dry and clean, but a bit heavy, which is odd for the flavors present. Something a little less dense would have worked better.

A perfectly fine beer, and quite enjoyable at that, but it doesn't really bring one back to other, more classic takes on the style.

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
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