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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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Photo of fear025
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma:Sour, nothing else in the smell.

Appearance:Reddish brown in color, not a whole lot of head.

Taste:This one is not that impressive, it's got some low-grade sourness, but it also has some sweetness. There is lemon sourness that shows up in the foretaste, but it leaves very quickly and is gone by the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability:I was a little disappointed in this beer, I was hoping for more complex sour flavors.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy copper reddish color with an off white dense creamy head.

S-the nose is a little light, lots of earthy tones, sawdust, notes of tart red grapes, merlot, cherries, and a faint touch of acetone with acetic acid in the back.

T-grainy earth, notes of sawdust up front, tart cherries, tred grapes, balsamic vinegar, notes of acetone, but faint, with a ton of acetic acid.

M-soft but a little grainy, medium to light body, enough carbonation but i would have liked to see more.

D-pretty tasty and improves as it warms. notes of metallic phenol in the back when it was first served but faded. balanced, not bad.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris for sharing this brew!

A- Light foggy cherry wood body. CLoudiness is dynamic. Pours with a 1 finger foamy white head which leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is wonderful, complexc, and balanced. I pick up notes of cherry, grape, light tartness, and light oak. Overall impression is soft, slightly fruity and slightly dry.

T- A good amount of sour cherry, dusty oak, and a hint of acidic tartness upfront. Finish is dry, slightly dusty, and metallic with a light presence of alcohol in the back.

M- Light to medium weight body that is slightly thin with soft carbonation.

D- This is a decent Flanders Red overall-but cedrtainly not the best in the world. Its not very sour but is slightly acidic and dry. The only turn-off about this brew really is the slightly metallic presence in the flavor. Above average-decent brew overall.

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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jale
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first batch of this, which was aged in merlot barrels.

A: Pours a light mahagony with little head.

S: Barnyard sourness and slight vinegar. Just a hint of wine like aroma.

T: Merlot wine upfront followed by some nice barnyard funkiness. Slight vinegar tartness but not overdone.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: I'm a wine drinker also, so I enjoy the merlot flavors in this. Would drink another.

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