Smuttynose Short Batch #9 - Rouge D'Shire | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lactic ale aged on raspberries and oak.

10 IBU

Added by woosterbill on 04-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by clearlydiluted:
Photo of clearlydiluted
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours a dark ruby-brown red with little head.
s - smells deeply of raspberries.
t - sharply acidic in the front of the palatte with a lush raspberry smell in the back and a touch of lactic aroma.
m - light body with a decent carbonation
d - I think the acid from the raspberries overpowers what would otherwise be a nice berliner weisse like raspberry beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear bright red color with a one-finger light pink head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mixed berries that are equal parts tart and sweet. Also present are good amounts of random perfume-like aromas that diminish as the beer warms.

Tastes good. Sweet berry and cherry flavors kick things off and quickly turn tart. Midway through the sip hints of indistinct malt flavors make a brief appearance before fading into a mildly tart ending. As the beer warms the tartness increases by a good amount.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn't quite clean enough to be very good but the nice levels of tartness make this easy to drink. Worth a shot.

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Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jedwards
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at La Laiterie.

Pour is deep ruby and clear. Nose is intense fruit -- sort of the sweet nose one gets from syrupy fake lambics, but with a bright hint of berry tartness. Taste is incredibly dry compared to the smell, tons of raspberry tartness and fruit flavor (cherry, touch of plum), a slight jammy sweetness. Touch of oak/vanilla and lactic flavors, but not a hint of funk or brett flavors. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sticky, with a mild carbonation.

I was really surprised by this beer. Basically everything good about the "sweetened lambic" style (such as it is) dried out and turned into a really solid sour. Also -- definitely not a Flanders Red (low oak, no acetic quality, all fruit flavor).

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$6 for 10oz pour at Lion's Pride, Brunswick ME 5/30

Red of shire as in New Hamp'shire or The Shire where hobbits live. Beautiful cherry lollipop red. Thin, bone white head quickly skims and fades. White collar rings the sides and hangs around for a little.

Smells like Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger + floral, cherry and raspberry ginger ale. Tastes mirrors the aroma but with a complimentary sour. Rather than have a puckering sweet clash with the inherent sour of a Flanders, the Red Zinger tea flavor lies flat and goes astray of the sour and leaves the beer less complex and vivacious than I would like.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap@ Armsby Abbey.

A: Big fluffy 2 finger fluffy head fades slowly, with a bright glowing dark semi clear reddish maroon color.

N: Pretty complex, starts with tart fruit, a little raspberry, strawberry, boisonberry, etc. I then pick up some nice malts, and a little earthiness. Next up is a slight yeast funk, which isn't really barnyard but funky nonetheless. Finally is the oak and vanilla, def there especially as it warms, and i havent even sipped it yet.

T: Tart! Some young berry flavor with lots of tart and tangy fruit. Berry like rasp, straw, boison, etc again. Again with a touch of malts and touch of yeasty funk. Then more oak and vanilla, again more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes with more tart fruit, still some berry but less so now. The funk and dry rustic yeasty flavor almost barnyard is a lot more on the finish. Oak is there slightly but much less. It has a nice dry finish with the tart flavors giving way to the dry rustic funk aspect.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a red, cherry apple cider color with minimal head retention and little lacing. On the other hand, the nose is pretty outrageous, with noticeable cherry, hawaiian punch and some underly sour funkiness. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except the sour component dominates. However, there is enough fruit to keep it from getting out of hand, and the beer finishes with almost a cherry cough drop flavor.
The beer is fairly well carbonated, which tends to give it a seltzer like flavor component as well. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though this 5% abv. beer delivers plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, though the sour flavor makes drinking this beer fairly slow going.

Not exactly my cup of tea, but an impressive beer nonetheless from Smuttynose.

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Photo of doof116
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at max's on my way to the maryland deathfest. Pouring a clear crimson with a thin white head that recedes to a ring rather quick, this looks solid. The nose is rather meh. With a cola-like sweetness some vanilla and some cherry, this is average. The palate is a lot better, with a big cherry tartness and fruity vanilla. Almost dr pepper like, this is decent. Rather artificial. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this dries up on the finish leaving some vanilla and cherry. Decent.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful red color with a 1/2" white/pinkish head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice tart fruit aroma. It screams sour raspberries and a mild yeast tartness. The taste is decent as well. Again, I'm getting an excellent fruit flavor with a mild/aggressive sourness in the finish. It goes down easy, but finishes a bit watery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking sour ale. I love the fruit character, but it seems a bit watered down, which in turn affects the drinkability. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear red with a finger of foamy white head and some thin lacing.

The smell is sour raspberries with a bit of a slight sugary flavor. Some vanilla flavor in the background.

The taste was really sour with an acidy flavor that stays for a short while before it goes away. Some slight bitterness is hidden in the background and you wouild miss it if you weren't looking for it. Raspberry flavors throughout this beer.

The feel of this beer is light but pretty tart which was a bit of a shock when first sipping this beer. This is pretty drinkable for such a sour beer and is great for a beer that seems to be out of the ordinary for me. Crisp and clean, a fun beer to try.

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Photo of Errto
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 4/26/10. Reviewed from notes:

Pours a bright red into the glass. Just a little foam in the head which dissipates quickly, in a crisp bubblyish almost un-beer-like sort of way. It smells like raspberries, pretty much exactly. The taste, perhaps unsurprisingly, is basically more raspberry - not the annoying syrupy sort of raspberry but definitely raspberry. Oh, and bitingly sour, like almost mind-numbingly sour. Mouthfeel is on the light side, just a little sticky sweetness and plenty of carbonation.

Overall, I'd say that this is not the most complex sour beer out there - what you see is what you get pretty much. But if you're looking for refreshing tartness with the flavor of fresh raspberries, this might be the beer for you.

The fellow next to me at the bar suggested that it didn't taste much like a Flemish Red to him - not sure why exactly, but I agree that it's probably closer to that than anything else.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of seplo
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TK5150
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Novare's Smuttfest 2010.

A- Pours a beautiful ruby red with a slightly pink off-white head.

S- Smells somewhat artificial, but still great. Lots of raspberry juice and malt. Only a hint of sourness on the nose.

T- Tart, sour raspberries with a light malty backbone. Not complex at all, but still quite satisfying.

M- Thin, and watery at times, even for a sour.

D- I had no problem putting down my glass of this. Quite enjoyable as a summer session sour.

I would drink this beer again if available.

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Photo of djrn2
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Harpoon Leviathan goblet.

A: Clear, brilliant, bright red body with a finger of fluffy pink head that is rather fleeting; it settles into a ring at first, but by the time I'm halfway through the glass there are no bubbles to be seen whatsoever - no head, no ring, no lace, no nothing. The amazing color is worth the price of admission, though.

S: Highly acidic nose of sour raspberries, as well as some cherry and vanilla sweetness (the latter being from the oak). Very fruity.

T: Big raspberries up front, with a wave of acidic tartness through the middle and some oak + lacto on the fairly sweet finish. More purely raspberry than I expect from a Flanders Red, but it's very tasty nonetheless.

M: Some definite heft to the body, with a slowly burgeoning dose of soft carbonation. Excellent.

D: Good level of tartness, if a tad sweeter than I was looking for. Not bad, but not great.

Notes: Very cool beer to see @ Prime 16 - I assume it's part of Smutty's "Short Batch" series of one-offs. It has a gorgeous color and terrific fruit presence, but the latter just isn't what I look for in the style it's claiming to be; this is just way too sweet and sticky for a Flanders Red. If it gets bottled I'll check it out again, and would be especially interested to see what would happen if it were bottle conditioned with Brett for a few months. Serious potential here.


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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

coined as a flemish red. A nose of a malty cherry and mild grassy raspberry. The palate is a brisk fruit and tart. Nice malt vanilla with a grass mineral but the subtle sweet of the fruit is well place. Very jean quality that makes it indistinguishable in character between a flemish red and a wild. Malt leads me to think is more flemish though. But the grass speaks the other side of the spectrum.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brickstore Pub, Atlanta.

A- Pours a beautiful ruby red, crystal clear. Pink (yes, pink) head is really a sight to behold. Good laceing.
S- Raspberries. Very earthy raspberry fruitness, minor hints of barnyard if you strain, but the berries take center stage.
T- Tart raspberry flavors immediately hit your tongue, but it's not overpoweringly sweet.
M- Spritzy, thin, yet very dry. A little bit more body would have gone a long way.
D- Medium to high. I'm not sure I could do more than one or two glasses due to how dry the beer was, but the flavors are spot-on and I would easily order this again (if I ever see it again).

Overall - Not sure if I'd really call this one a flanders red. More of an american wild with fruit (rasperries). Regardless, If you can get past the dryness of it you'll be pleasantly rewarded.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz sample pour at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. According to Smuttynose Brewers Notes this is Short Batch Series #9, a lactic ale aged on raspberries and oak and was kegged 3/30/10.

A beautiful pinkish red and clear with some think pink head. Nose is kind of strange. Every other smell is different. First it's a little too funky and vanilla/oak influenced, then it's beautiful sour raspberries, then it's earthy and smelly like black compost, then back to raspberries with seeds. Odd, but mostly good.

The palate is crisp and tart, but enough sweetness and malt balance things out leaving it well balanced. Flavors of heavily toasted oak that's been used previously, raspberries with seeds in during maceration (nuttiness when pits/seeds break down) and some amber malt. Tasty and refreshing but funky enough to be interesting and not just a "fruited beer."

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Smuttynose Short Batch #9 - Rouge D'Shire from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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