Flemish Red
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Flanders Red Ale
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews by ColForbinBC:
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a flute; bottled November 2011

Pours a dark red with a brownish tint. A small amount of bubbles form over top of the liquid and fade quickly. Some swirling reveals more, but they too quickly fade.

The nose is highly acetic with large amounts dark cherries, oak, cabernet, vinegar, vanilla, and sea salt.

Whoa. This is a sour delivery vehicle. Huge acetic notes and waves of balsamic vinegar pound the palate. Vanilla and dark cherries add a little sweetness before wine notes and sea salt come through. The finish is a tart, slightly sweet, mixture of cherries, oak, and vinegar.

Good amount of carbonation, medium body. Dry, tart finish.

This is a fine Flemish and exceeded my expectations by far. Highly drinkable, while still packing a serious sour punch. Well-attenuated flavors too.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Dock Street for their 4th Anniversary party. This is a Flemish Red that has spent 2.5 years in a cab barrel.

Flemish Red came to me in a 10oz tulip shaped glass with the liquid looking ruby red, blood stained color. Some tan/brown bubbles on tap making half a cap, small sticks.

Smell is quite fruity and full of oak. The cab influence is there with some wood and balsamic vinegar coming out with warming. Blackberry and some apple.

This is quite tart with some acidity. Right up front there is a big mix of fruit including blackberries, some plum and apple, currant flavor. Mixing in the middle is the oak/wood which is sharp and large from. Ending with a smidge of balsamic flavor which is A OK with me, the less the better.

Feel is pretty much approaching medium. Body is a bit bigger than your average Belgian, and seeing the alcohol being 6.75%, i can see why. Quite tart and the acidity is at a nice level, yet not burning. Carbed up well, lots of bubbles.

Really glad I got to try this, for the style it's spot on with not alot of vinegar but a TON of flavor. Good to sip on or drink up quick as you please. I could drink more of this in a hurry. Word is that they are bottling this soon.

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Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of 2011(aged in cab barrels) with 2 friends. The pour is rosey, medium white head. The aroma is strong and full of vinegar, cherry undertones. Very acidic and very sour. The flavors are right on, acetic acid, cherry, plesant(mouth puckering) tartness, lingering finish. The beer is too acidic for me, carbonation is spot on. A very good beer, just too acidic for me to enjoy, an observation my friends shared.

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Photo of stakem
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a matching Dock Street cervoise. The brew appears a hazed mahogany color with almost no head. What does appear is a collection of bubbles thats quick to fade. Some orange to yellow is seen around the edges.

The aromatics are fruity yet bacterial in character with a scent of cherry. It smells acidic before a sip is even taken along with a backing of vinegar. Minor cheese elements and funk emerge as it warms up.

The taste includes a bit of vinegar coupled with fruity cherry. Some alcohol esters come off mildly medicinal. A mild alcohol burn is exaggerated in the aftertaste by the acedic nature of the brew. As it goes beyond ideal temperature a mineral to plastic note comes out in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew that is pretty much flat and lifeless in the feel. It is acedic and interesting at times but overall left me wishing it had more to offer. There are worse out there in the style but this isnt something I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of t8s8l8
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- A dark ruby red almost a dark red amber. It was appeared very brown until I found some good lighting (it can get dark in Dock Street). No head retention at all not even a rim of foam, I would have thought I ordered a wine.

aroma- I got a strong vinegary perfume with some woodsy notes as well not sure if it was from the barrel or the yeast. No hop aroma in this one.

Taste- first sip was a pucker fest. This think is very tart, it’s not like some others were you feel like your eating a sour patch kid. Deep sweet fruits, over ripped plums. A nice complexity, of tart sourness and slight maltyness. Unlike the flat appearance there was a descent amount of carbonation. A tartness front a thick sweetness in the middle but finished pretty dry.

Overall- a very enjoyable sour, great with the flammenkuche. Would of hoped for a better head retention and a little more carbonation. I asked one of the bartenders if he could give some information on the sour (yeast strain, malt bill…) but he had no clue.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the bottle release party. Pours an opaque red-tinted brown, with a very small head that dissipates almost immediately. Minimal lacing. Seems about right for the style.

Aroma is right on too; sour cherries; oak; vinous, cabarnet-notes; vinegar and overall tart acidity. Flavor is pretty close to the nose as well; nails the style head on; present but not overwhelming vinegar, wine-like vinous fruit and tannins, oaky; ample tart and sour cherry flavor.

Carbonation is medium but lively enough; medium-light bodied. Crisp, fairly clean, dry, refreshing. Lingering pucker and acidity; got a fair amount of reflux on the drive home! I felt this one was dead on for the style, as good as any I’ve tried and also very similar to the best and top-ranked examples.

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Photo of harrymel
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2011, aged in Cab Sauv barrels.

Pours a lovely rusty red on brown ale with just a loose noose of light mucoid bubbles. Smells acetic and woody with good notes of cherry and ink which sweetens the nose. Quite tart with plenty of oak and some bitterness and vanilla hints. The beer has quite low carbonation resulting in a syrupy mouthfeel. I'm a little sad about that, but not too bad, this is less noticeable as the beer warms. Overall a really nice beer. Should probably be done in 12oz bottles. I was interested to see how the cab barrels contributed, I can't say I felt much influence here.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this both on draft and from the bottle. Loved it both ways but I prefer the draft version's tounge melting effect. Review based on draft notes.

Poured a reddish-brown to a house tulip, Head faded quickly. Smell screams of sour.. Vinegar, funk, oak, and sour cherries. Taste brings a lot of expected funk and vinegar, some caramel malts and cherries. Of course there is a touch of oak and vanilla barrel quality mixed in nicely. Nice puckering mouthfeel.

Glad I grabbed a couple bottles of this to drink in the future. Very impressed with Dock Street's attempt and hope to see other sour beer experiments come along In the future

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Sweffin
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flemish Red from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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