Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red - DESTIHL Brewery

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MaximalC on 06-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very strange "Flanders Red". Lots of carmel flavor, not very sour, didnt mesh well

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of ChicagoNick
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really doesn't taste like a Flander Red to me.

Photo of r1drew
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of MattMorin
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste like soy sauce. Disappointing

Photo of robgutie
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Does the trick . . . Good little sour. And it's served in a can, gotta like that.

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of matty
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Definetly sour,,,I'm having a hard time finding much other flavor though

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has a really earthy bitter flavor. Did not care for this at all.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Halfbrother83
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy rusty penny taste... a decent shot, but not something I'll revisit.

Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of jzlyo
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cherries through and a slightly vinous finish, pretty good.

Photo of jcb7472
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a weird, acidic or metallic aftertaste that totally turned me off.

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a very memorable brew.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Falls a little flat. Wish it had more of that sour zing,

Photo of WiscoTerr
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Snow81
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Sour For the Price!

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
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