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Arbor Brewing Flamboyant Wild Red AleArbor Brewing Flamboyant Wild Red Ale

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cpetrone84 on 06-21-2010

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750 ml bottle. 2011
Glass: Snifter
From: Plum Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $15

Appearance: brownish red and slightly cloudy. one finger of head that fades slowly to a lacing on the top and sides

Smell: sour fruit. a slight barnyard funk and a touch of oak. sour fruit is most dominate the others are more muted

Taste: Sour fruit, a barnyard funk that isn't overpowering and finishes with notes of oak. nicely balanced flavors

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sticky and dry. high carbonation

Overall: pretty good beer. I like the balance of the oak and barnyard funk. glad i tried it and another hit for me from arbor brewing company

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is oak with some tartness and some dark fruit. The flavor is tart cherries, leather, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel malt and red wine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle.

A- Pours a super hazy deep reddish color with hints of brown the further away it is from you. Two finger tan head shows medium retention. Big web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Vinegar funky aroma in the front of the aroma. Hint's of oak and a cider like notes come through next in the beer. There is a nice funky aroma which is mostly barnyard and horse blanket. A light grainy aroma in the middle to ending. Light citrus notes in the ending as well. The interesting part to me is the light toasted aroma to it. Ending has a sour cherry note to it.

T- Lemon citus mixing with a white vinegar note in the front of the beer. There is a apple cider vinegar flavor that comes in next with hints of oak. Horseblanket and barnyard funk come in next but nothing over the top at all. Bready middle of the beer from the malts. Lightly soured cherries in the ending with hints of alcohol. Not as muti-dimensional as the aroma but still a flavorful beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Funk, vinegar, light alcohol, and hint of cherry left on the palate. Aftertaste is heavier alcohol, vinegar, bready malts, and soured cherries. High alcohol drying left on the palate. Flavors were well balanced for the beer. No off flavors were present at all.

D- This was a very drinkable beer. While having funk and sourness it wasn't over the top and drinking one bottle would be easy to do. The ABV on this beer was there in the taste but nothing over the top like some of these beers.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at Al's. I picked this one up from Plum Market in Ann Arbor.

A: The Flemish red has a rich cuprous brown hue that betrays reddish highlights throughout. A finger of head is fast to disappear.

S: The nose is sharply acetic, fresh with vinegar and funk. Oak and sour cherries add a nice flourish. The acetic scents are quite strong.

T: The sharp twang of the nose isn't as sharp taste-wise. Acetic flavors, sour and tart, linger around but they aren't stinging. The sourness has cherry flavors, a sweet and sour combination that brings out more of the vinegar. Wood lingers throughout, adding depth to the ale. Vinegar lingers but it isn't overpowering.

M: The mouthfeel has a decent zip to it, sweet and sour and back again. Much like Divette, Arbor Brewing is cooking up some interesting wild ales these days.

D: While I'm no Flemish red fan, this one has a nice nose. The tart sourness continues into the taste but it isn't as vinegary there. A pleasant surprise.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bushbeer75
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz corked and caged green bottle [note: label says 12 oz - a typo]

2011 Vintage

Flamboyant Wild Red Ale poured a reddish brown/mahogany hue producing the slightest of heads that dissipated almost immediately to a broken ring of bubbles circling my snifter. The nose is mildly acidic dominated by sour cherries. The taste matches the nose with a stronger acidic [vinegar] flavor of sour and tart cherries that lingers. Medium-bodied with a complex palate that has sharp acidity and dryness. A light almost prickly sensation on the palate is noted. This ale drinks almost wine like.

Flamboyant Wild Red is my first tasting of the Flanders Red Ale style. Well, I am not sure this style is for me. I am not a fan of the acidic, sour and tart flavors that the style is noted for. If you are a fan of the style it is worth a try if you can find it on the shelves.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of loganburgh
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjcoy06
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours slightly hazy deep red, never quite reaching brown. beautiful ruby and garnet flares when held to light. just a few scant bubbles resulting from an aggressive pour. few spots of lace.

aroma is great. malt vinegar. lemon. bit of cider vinegar. big horse blanket and leather funk. hint of alcohol. white bread and cracker. hint of grain. bit of butterscotch. sour cherry. nice funky profile so far.

taste is nice. lemon. malt vinegar. bit of cider vinegar. leather and horse blanket. white bread and cracker. hint of alcohol. hint of cherry. a little more one-dimensional than the aroma. it fills out a little more as it warms, but still seems just a little flat.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. pretty much non-existent carbonation. nice brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is pretty good. loved the smell. falls a bit flat in the taste, losing a bit of its depth. i think even a little carbonation would do wonders for it. looks like the carbonation is mixed in other reviews, so i'll see if i can find another and re-evaluate.

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle (despite the label mistakenly claiming 12 oz. - label collectors snatch this up while you can!). Bought and drank 5/10.

"Brewed and bottled by Arbor Brewing Company-Corner Brewery, Ypsilanti, MI." No info listed on their website, so I called the Corner Brewery and they told me it was aged in a merlot barrel and there was only one barrel made.

Poured a hazy, reddish-brown hue with a moderately-endowed tan-colored head that deflated as fast as Fergus (the protagonist in The Crying Game) upon discovering that his date Dil is not a female...

Emitted a bouquet of sweet, sour and barnyard notes. Flavor was like that of a flat Big Rock ChopHouse "Red Rocks" Flanders Red and had some JP funk, plenty of oak character and a wobbly malt backbone that was definitely there, but lacked rigidity due to the relatively low carbonation.

Still, it left a tangy, light, prickly sensation in the finish and aftertaste and was decent enough to buy multiples of. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation; however, this might have potential to re-carbonate in the bottle given the small yeast dose in the bottle base.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Derek for sending me a bottle of this one recently.

Get the toolbox out when you open this bottle. It took a few of us several attempts to get the cork out.

A: The pour is a hazy reddish-copper color with just about no head.

S: A strong vinegar/acetic note right off the bat with lots of wood and sour cherries. There are some notes of red grapes/wine and some underlying sweet malts, too.

T: This is pretty sour with most of the tartness coming from the vinegar. The fruit character is not quite as pronounced as in the nose and consists of cherries, for the most part. Some tannic oak and mild wine notes round this one out.

M: The body is medium, maybe a little on the thin side, with a pretty low level of carbonation--I would have preferred a bit more.

D: My main complaint with this beer was that the flavor was not quite as good as the aroma, but such is life. Pretty enjoyable either way.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RayOhioFelton
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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