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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: 37
Hads: 342
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 44.32%
Wants: 11
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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 angelmonster
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is 1/4th inch and tan. Head retention and lacing were slightly above average.

Smell is of cherry syrup, balsamic vinegar. Light malts give out some sweetness. No hops or alcohol present.

Taste is highly acidic, tart cherries, lactic acid, and vinegar. Slight caramel malt counteracts the sourness. No hops detected, alcohol was very light.

Mouthfeel was very puckering with a medium light body. Head retention died quickly, leaving a less than desirable finish.

Overall this beer was pretty one note, Tart. Slight fruit esters gave off some different flavors but in the end it was all consumed by sourness.

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Photo of dav2080
1.93/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Stamp on can bottom said enjoy by 10/?/2016. Looked good, poured reddish with short lived head. Smelled tart, sour. Tasted like vinegar. I was sharing this with my son. We both thought it to be undrinkable. Down the drain it went.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark mahogany red, with a white fizzy head, and a little muddy color.

S: Some cherries, tart and sour, a little funk

T: Sour and tartness, some cherry. There is not a lot of depth of flavor here

F: Sourness coats the mouth and quite a bit of carbonation

O: Not a very complex sour, almost all sour and tart with other notes.

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Photo of rjd722
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep, murky crimson color with a red-tinted off-white head. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Tart cherries and yeast, not too much going on.

Taste: An acidic cherry with oaky qualities. Significant sour overtones, the sugar definitely reminds you of smarties.

Feel: Mild sour upfront and loads of wild yeast on the aftertaste.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had a fair number of Flanders Red ales, and this is--far and away--the most sour one I've encountered. Huge vinegar, sour taste and smell.

Colour is a cloudy dark brown/cola. Initial head dissipates very quickly. Smell is vinous, balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, tart, slightly milky, a bit of brown sugar/molasses and malt. Taste is much the same: tart, sour cherries, big vinegar/balsamic vinegar. Super sour cherries. Red wine. Milky after-taste. Sharp carbonation, light body.

I like it. BUT it's probably also my least favourite Flanders Red of the many I've tried. The sour is just *too* much, and it's an overwhelming vinegary sort of sourness that doesn't make for a supremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is sour cherries with a hint of cinnamon.

Taste is mixed berries, cinnamon, and a hint of red wine grapes, finishing fairly sweet. Given how good most of the other beers in this series are, I was a little disappointed with this beer. It was not very tart and was almost medicinal in flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +10.8%
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 -44.6%
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 +8.3%
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 -18.3%
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 +10.8%
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 -24.9%
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 -36.3%
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 -7.5%
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 +8%
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 +4.4%
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 +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +11.1%
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 -0.8%
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 +11.9%
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.

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Photo of WiscoTerr
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +6.4%
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 -22.7%
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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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
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