Nouveau Rouge
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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From:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
86
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 24, 2020
Added:
Apr 03, 2013
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  21
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Nouveau Rouge is an aging project 10 years in the making, paying tribute to the sour ales of Flanders. This method of blending and aging creates a complex, tart and earthy ale with notes of vanilla and tannin imparted from the oak barreling process. With each year the solera evolves building upon it's award winning character.
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Rated: 4.21 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottlepour at Brookland Pint in D.C.

Pours a reddish brown with a little bit of pink foam.

Smell is tart with some sweetness and notes of cherry and vinegar.

Taste is sweet and sour with lots of cherries and cherry pits, along with some hints of vinegar and some funk.

Mouthfeel is medium with bright carbonation.

Overall,a very tasty and balanced sour, with just the right balance of sweetness.
Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into a tulip. It is a very dark amber color with a fizzy dirty white head. Tart cherries, sour apple, vanilla, malt and oak. Starts off semi sweet then blasts with tart cherries and sour plums. I can taste the vanilla and oak within the malty liquid. Finishes with a lingering tart sourness. Not sour, but a nice sweet and very tart combination. A real treat to quaff. Carbonation gives the beer a fizzy, bubbly quality. Drinkable, and refreshing. Reminds me of New Glarus Enigma.
Aug 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by pda22 from California

Mar 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by bluehende from Delaware

Mar 17, 2017
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Reviewed by AndrewMichael from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle at the holiday bottle share on 12-28. This was Nouveau Rouge 5. L: Reddish. S: Tart esthers. T: Sour, 7/8 out of 10 on my personal sour scale. F: Medium. O: Top notch sour.
Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.32 by Lucular from Maryland

Oct 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Sep 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by stakem from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by ThreeBeersWalkedIn from Maryland

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.82 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jul 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by Budlum from Maryland

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I tried this bottle chilled in a goblet

the color is a translucent shade of deep burgundy with small off white head with fine bead. The smell is fruity with subtle sour smell from the yeast. The texture is tart and funky with moderate carbonation with mild sweetness and alcohol with a semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with a nice fruity almost tart berry-like flavor with subtle toast element in the malt with a funky earthy accent in the yeast with a nice dry yet sour finish. Overall I enjoyed this I would not hesitate to try it again
Jun 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ckollias from Maryland

May 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by LJTate from Pennsylvania

May 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by Brew33 from Ohio

Jan 31, 2016
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours hazy, reddish-brown in color, with minimal head and carbonation. Taste is sour mix, light stone fruit, and oak. Really tasty Flanders red. I will pick this up again.
Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - A limited medium khaki colored froth quickly fades away leaving zero lacing in its wake... The color is a mix of ruby red and light brown... A bit of lacing leaks in around the edges of the glass... Sleek and smooth looking.... A stray carbonation bubbles rises here and there... Produces a nice "sweat" on the outside of the glass...

S - Tart cherries... Vinegar... Vanilla... Light oak notes... Some faint raspberry notes... A bit musky with a touch of funkiness...

T - The notes alluded to on the palate take a slight back seat as the tannin like qualities rise to the forefront on the palate... Next comes the cherries and oak... The vinegar and tart sourness is somewhat limited...

M - Light to medium bodied... A bit puckering... Limited carbonation... Goes down easily sip after sip... The deep finish produces a distinct slightly abrassive chalkiness...

D - Overall a very nice Flanders Red Ale... Not overly complex, but rather simple straight-forward and quite accessible... Overall it's a bit less than the sum of its parts, but it's still a nice job my Evolution...
Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by BcOneSeven from Michigan

Dec 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by therubicon from Delaware

Dec 13, 2015
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The beer pours fairly thin with a cola like carbonation that gives it a fizzy, short lived head. I would describe it as very Dr Pepper like. It is mostly brown, with a reddish hue.

The aroma is very sour and acidic with some oak, apples, berries, and red grapes. Smells like an apple cider getting it on with a sweet red wine.

It is super tart, mouth puckering sour up front. I feel like I got roundhoused by Chuck Norris wearing Jolly Rancher shoes that were used to smash grapes for wine. After I acclimated to it, the rest of the flavors are wonderful. A cranapple/cherry/raspberry fruit boquet along with a musty yeast, some oak, apple cider vinegar, and some subtle bitterness.

The body is a little thin and the carbonation seems a tad high, but I do like that the yeast strain does not seem to overpower it. Otherwise, it is a little astringent, but not from the alcohol.

I am still very new to the style, but this seems to be an excellent representation.
Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Nov 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.19 by AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Nov 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by zp6167a from District of Columbia

Oct 18, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Bottling No. 4

Appearance: Pours a murky cider brown with a head that fritters away like soda; some dots of lacing linger but this looks like a cider more than a beer

Smell: I am having a hard time getting the cider idea out of my mind as this smells like apple cider, with cherry tones (both sweet and sour) and vanilla

Taste: Acetic vinegar tones, at the outset with building sour cherry tones that add a lactic element; in the mid-palate, the sweeter side of the beer emerges, bringing a vanilla aspect, too; the finish adds the apple cider flavor, to some extent; acetic sourness wraps it all up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and quite flabby

Overall: Reading through the reviews, it is clear that this beer has had some carbonation issues, with many reports of poor carbonation levels, though some are having a different experience; clearly, there is some variability batch to batch but, having had more than a few Flanders Reds, I would put this among the weaker examples of the style I have tasted

Thanks, larryi86, for the opportunity
Sep 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured From the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle No. 4

Murky brown, a little bit of snapping carbonation out of the bottle as well, but dissolving to nothing on top fairly quickly. Body color is quite cloudy, with a little bit of red hue, and just a tinge of noticeable linear streams of carbonation. Kind of a dirty swampy look on top as well. Not horrible but not a great looking brew.

Really nice nose and aroma. Oaky thickness and a good amount of tart acid. Hints of cherry fruit, a bit of lemon sourness, and even some vanilla slightly. Very strong acidic component tends to dominate. Some really nice wooden tones to this as well, almost like sweet cedar too. Very nice.

Palate manages a bit of unfortunate weak body, but flavors and quality still come out nicely controlled and pronounced. Tart middle notes of sour cherry and milk chocolate. Soft tannins and acid finish, with an excellent controlled sweetness of caramel and soft malt. Palate unfortunately just comes out a little flat, very low carbonation, but does not stop the flavors from reaching or getting to your tastebuds.

A pretty solid Flanders take, has a bit of missing body and a look that just doesn't quite get it into the upper tier, but definitely lots of good drink here.
Sep 19, 2015
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Reddish coloured body without a head. Edgy sourness yet still much drinkable. Slightly better than average for this style. Gene's bottle tasting. Well crafted.
Sep 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Sep 08, 2015
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tan ring atop a reddish brown body. Wet oak, vanilla, lacto, and subtle earth in smell and taste play off the wonderful sour cherry that just sings on the palate. Add in accents of balsamic, red and black currant, and a touch of bright lemon juice. Vibrant and bright with the appropriate sourness and acidity, drinks very easy. Amazing new world approach that just comes across so pure and true
Sep 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.07 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Aug 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.4 by gobuccos from Ohio

Aug 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2015
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Reviewed by richj1970 from Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter. No visible bottle date.

A: Pours reddish brown with one finger head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Sour cherries, vinegar, and some earthy funk.

T: Dried fruits, sour cherries, and some charred oak.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Finish is tart and crisp.

O: Really nice sour. I have a love / hate relationship with the style, but this is a good one.
Jul 20, 2015
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Rated by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Blend no. 4. This is, simply, a world class Flanders. Great balance between sour acidity and barrel notes.
Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

May 26, 2015
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Reviewed by stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Mahogany in color, not much of a head, just a thin ring of tan bubbles. Aroma is tart and funky, dried fruit, sour cherries, a dash of earthiness. Flavor is much of the same, with a huge tart rush about half way through the taste. Really potent sour tartness. Some earthy oak throughout, but the tartness is huge. Feel is tart, effervescent, prickly carbonation and a lingering sting. If you like sours, this one is really sour.
May 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.48 by Eziel from Ohio

May 23, 2015
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