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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
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man. If only all of this beer were as good as the fragrance advertises. I mean, it's still a good beer. But the nose on this thing just screams Flemish. The flavor is amazing. Vinegar sour tones are definitely there. I get minute vanilla hints once in a blue moon. The woody tones are interesting as well. And consistent. You know the type I mean (if you've had some experience with the style.) This seems a purists interpretation of the style. Carries all of the characteristics of the style that you would expect to find, but usually wouldn't, even in Belgian productions. A difficult style to pull off. And this one seems to be doing it right. The folks at Arbor Brewing should be proud of this one. Glad I got a chance to try it out.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of decadance
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing both 2010 and 2011 during Kalamazoo Beer Week at Central City TapHouse

A- Cloudy amber, minimal head 2010 looks less cloudy than 2011

S- 2010 smells more sour but 2011 has more fruit, and smells more of the barel.

T - 2011 has much more of a sweet fruit note till it turns sour. 2010, the fruit has faded and taken on a more acetyl flavor. 2011 is much more fruit forward, like sweet strawberries or peaches.

M - 2011 much more lively that 2010. 2011 is great

O - overall, excellent beer, think its better fresh, 2011 is better than 2010 imo, but 2010 is more sour.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF #5, bottle #4 from abraxel.

A-pours a hazy medium brown, very low carbonation.

S-Very appealing. Definitely a sour, nice bretty nose, some apple cider.

T-Very tasty. Moderate sourness, nice brown ale undertones, delicious.

M-medium dry, a bit puckery but not overly so.

O-a very good sour.


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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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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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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a lightly hazy dark orange red, a bit of brown away from the light, slightly murky, no head at all, a few bubbles stick to the sides of the glass but almost no carbonation to speak of.

Smell is neat, lightly funky and sour, very woody and fruity, cherries, a bit of balsamic and malt vinegar, alcohol, oak, a bit of vanilla and spice, almost a bourbon like caramel note, neat fruit and malt character in the nose.

Taste is similar, sweet and sour up front, some fruitiness, cherries and berries, light vinegar, red wine and a bit tannic, some oaky woodiness, a bit of butter, vanilla, biscuit, touch of alcohol and spice in the finish, sour fruit, caramel going down, pretty neat, very light citrus note right at the end.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to no carbonation. Maybe a bad cork, but the beer is pretty neat and very drinkable. Has some Flanders Red elements and a bit of American wild, pretty cool. Thanks Russ!

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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 Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled November 2010
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark plum-red color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright cranberry hue when held up to the light. The beer smells tart up front, but then picks up a strawberry jam like note to it towards the finish; interesting I thought there might perhaps be some fruit used in the brewing of this beer, but I wasn't expecting strawberry. Though I expect this is a note picked up from something other than actual strawberries. Other notes of spicy oak, some light woody notes, a touch of buttery oak character as well as a general berry character that I associate with a fruity red wine. Funkiness plays a fairly significant supporting role in the aroma, contributing notes of musty damp clay, a ripe cheesy note, perhaps just a wisp of baby puke, some muskiness and even a wisp of rotting vegetal character at times. If you really dig around in the finish a toasty grain character starts to come out. At times the nose can really smell like a slightly molding, quite musty, plank of wood. The aroma is quite complex and I am really enjoying contemplating the nose of this beer.

Fairly dry tasting up front, but it picks up a hint of sweetness as it moves across the tongue. The beer really reminds me a lot of an oaky red wine; notes of black currents, bright berries, a touch of strawberry and the tartness here (dominantly lactic in character) also makes me think of wine. The oak contributes a light astringency and tannic bite to the finish that lingers on the palate. There is also a nice level of oak spiciness to this beer that also lingers on the tongue and it is not overly noticeable. The entire oak presence is actually done quite well here, it is not so much that it overwhelms the other flavors found here and I like that it doesn't accentuate the hot alcohol as so many an oaked beer can be. This has a nice level of carbonation to it, definitely not on the aggressive side, but there is enough of a substantial prickle to support the medium-leaning body that has some viscosity to it as it lingers on the palate. This is definitely a sipping beer though, as the oak, tartness and complexity make it a beer to be experienced in smaller sips (at least for me, though I could see myself drinking this fairly quickly if I was distracted by engaging conversation, so perhaps this is a nicely versatile beer). A touch of toasted grain character adds some complexity towards the finish. At times there is a spicy, not quite burnt, curing plastic like phenolic note to the finish that is neither persistent nor strong enough to get annoying. The flavor has a nice buttery note to it at times and there is a definite, though soft, mustiness to the flavor as well as a hint of muskiness. There is a hint of residual crystal malt and toastiness here in the flavor (which is likely much reduced from the base beer) that helps to add additional complexity and interest.

It is quite interesting how wine like this beer is (definitely red wine too), the nose has a touch more malt focus than the flavor, but even it is really evocative of a fruity, oak aged red wine. My second pour sees me noticing a melding of buttery oak and slightly overly ripe, funky cheese character in the aroma. I really like the lactic acidity that is here, it is not as aggressive as would be found in a traditional Lambic, but it plays a really nice off-setting role in this beer. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer; it has quite a bit of complexity to it as the red wine character, the oak-barrel notes, the tart / funky fermentation character and the supporting malt character all work together quite well. I feel like I should be more critical of this beer for some reason, but it is so well integrated, so complex and it drinks so well that I can't help but really, really enjoy the experience. This is one that should age very well, I really wish I had a case of this slumbering in the cellar.

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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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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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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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Arbor Brewing Flamboyant Wild Red Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
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