Flanders Red | Roots Organic Brewery

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Flanders RedFlanders Red

Brewed by:
Roots Organic Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by msubulldog25 on 01-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 3
Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jeez, first review. I think, like myself, most of the locals who tried this beer are fans of Roots and were hoping for more then this delivered. But you've got to cut them some slack, as it's their first attempt at this difficult style of beer. I had it on draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Roots' Flanders Red is a ruddy copper with a big bubbled off-white collar that left very light, scattered lace. Nice glow to it. Also, I dig Ezra's label, although I could due with out the 1 lt fliptop bottling, and was happy to find this on draught.

Smell is a nice, bright, classic Flanders nose, a blast of cherries and honey, with some acetic acid that gained strength as it warmed. The smell alone makes this a success, as I would have clearly recognized the style in a blind smell test.

The taste was not as bright as the nose, with very little sweetness, fruit or otherwise (not that this was made with fruit). Oaky, a touch astringent, with some pucker on the finish, but not much flavor from the bugs. Some vinous notes are washed away by the oak, with fusels that linger on this finish. To strong, especially since I don't think this was blended up to strength (for some reason, I could be wrong), but fermented this way, which is above the alcohol tolerance for most souring microbes.

Mouthfeel is tannic and dry, with a medium body and light carbonation.

Drinkability is not to high, it's just too tannic and hot, with not enough depth of flavor. The nose indicates they're on the right track, but not quite there yet. Next time they should brew a lower gravity beer for their old base sour, and blend up with something strong if they're dead-set on the bruising ABV - but I think if they make a great sour, then it will still sell at the premium required to recoup the costs of an old barrel aged beer without being so strong...although being one of the most expensive on the market doesn't help expectations.

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Flanders Red from Roots Organic Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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