Nouveau Rouge
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #7,417
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
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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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JamFuel from Sweden

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Head disappears but has big time legs. Aroma is faint but taste is huge. Stinging sour then cherries and raspberries then a sweet finish. Nicely balanced oak astringency. Great beer.

May 14, 2015
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RocketFrogDavid from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Have had this beer a few times, and was really impressed overall. The sour hits you right in the back of the throat where it should, good lacto. To me this is just a really great example of a Flemish Red, price point is a bit up there, but it's a worthy treat.

Apr 21, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to larryi86 for this. 'Greatly appreciated.
Tart, funky, sweet, fruit, cask, vanilla.
One of the loudest heads I've ever heard. Noisy!. Tan and settled out in less than 1 minute to nothing, really, just the new bubble rising on the edges, and it's still making noise.
Slightly cloudy darker red, actually going to brown.
Flavor is similarly complex and seems to hold a bit of carbonic bite. Never had a sour lay on my tongue quite like this one before - it seems to be combination of the wood and a really tart/sour/astringent taste. It's not unpleasant, just really different and unexpected. Maybe its just some unexpected bittering. Moderate acidic character and it enhances the fruit nicely. All other flavors noted in the aroma are here too.
Moderate to light feel. Plenty of carbonation.
I'll admit I'm still working on understanding and appreciating the differences between the various sour styles. I'm not sure how much blending has gone on in this beer as there are qualities that make it seem more fresh than not. OTOH not all of it seems that way. The lingering flavor seems unique to this beer. I think I like it.

Feb 01, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for sharing this one! It was a favorite.

Dark reddish brown color with an initial thin layer of tan foam. Dissipated quickly to a still glassy surface.

Wet barrel aroma, vanilla, acidic berries.

Flavors of apple butter, cranberry, vanilla, a dry oaky aftertaste.
Creamy smooth feel, tart crabapple acidity, tannic cherry skins. Even level of carb, drying finish. Very well integrated, not overly sour, perfect for a Flanders lover.

Nov 30, 2014
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Jono0284 from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance a copper brown with a reddish hue. Poured with a quarter inch head that quickly dissipated.
Aromas of brown sugar and tart fruit with slight hints of vanilla.
Tastes true to its style - sweetness is quickly cut by the lactic sourness.
Mouthfeel - medium body and well coating. Good carbonation and a medium length finish.
Overall a solid beer and one that is great to see from evolution. For the price not sure I would do again.

Mar 23, 2014
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; this is my first beer of this style, and my first sour in general.
Pours earthy brown, slight reddish hues. Translucent and hazy, with no head at all, hard as I tried. Smells of sharp alcohol and tannin mixed with vanilla and oak, as well as some sweet/tart cherry. Overall, sort of like a sweet worcestershire sauce in a way. Taste is sweet and fruity at first, but moving quickly into sour cherry and a bite of tannins. The oak smooths everything over, and vanilla tinges the whole flavor. Reminds me of a dry red wine. The only thing missing from this one (even to my untrained-in-sours palate) is more carbonation; this poured, and tasted, utterly flat. Some lively carbonation, even a small amount, would really make this brew awesome.
Overall, this style is something entirely new to me, but after my first one, I'm hungry for more. It's rauchbiers all over again...

Aug 11, 2013
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It looks flat and is a dingy reddish brown color. There's almost no head but the little head that exists is composed of huge thin bubbles, like dish soap.

It has a really nice nose on it. Juicy sweet cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet tea. It smells very sweet with not much tart.

The cherries and vanilla are front and center. Acidic and tannic tart qualities cut the sweet side of it. The finish is an herbal tea-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel is the only knock, in my opinion. It's thin and flat. I don't need much carbonation for this style, but it's almost non-existant.

It's does really well for the style in the aroma and flavor category. With a little more carbonation it could have been much better. The price tag is still a little outrageous, though.

Jun 17, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, March 2013
Founders Doom glass

A: Pours murky brownish red. Basically flat. There is a little bit, but that is the breaks with bottle conditioning. Maybe a little more time would help it come up a bit. Little collar of slightly off white. Some tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Balsamic vinegar. Some tart cherry. Some vinous. Definitely smell the oak. Some vanilla.

T: Up front you get a little prickle of tartness. Some sour cherry pie filling character. Carbonation would help. Mid palate, some oak and vanilla enter in. Tannic dryness. Dry close.

M: Medium bodied because of low carbonation.

May 08, 2013
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear bright red with an orange tint and and two finger off white head, second pour was hazy.

S- Tart apples, sour, oak, some vanilla, cherries, brett.

T- Apples, sour cherries, brett, vanilla, oak, slightly sweet, some earthy spices, well balanced, very tasty.

M- Amazing, silky smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A great sour from Evolution and very well balanced. I really hope I am able to find another bottle. The best beer I have had from Evolution.

Apr 08, 2013
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lackenhauser from Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy chestnut brown. Decent hiss when opened but pours very still with no head and no lacing. Apple and somewhat cidery aroma. Brett. Wonderful tart and somewhat sour flavors. Nice balance with the oak. Faint dried cherry flavors. The mouthfeel is really great-very smooth and almsot creamy. I was really expecting something a lot thinner. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Once again my local brewery kicks butt!

Apr 07, 2013
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Being a huge fan of Flanders' Reds I have been hearing about/looking forward to Evo's for quite a while. I have also hoped it would be good, but with essentially no prior Evo tarts/sours was unsure. Ok now that that is out of the way. Wow! Double wow!
Tasted in large snifter at cool cellar temp (50-55 degrees F).
This is more than the real deal. It has the classic nose of a upscale matured red where the oak and malts blend with a hint of sweet and sour.It has a full ripe fruity aroma married with the mustiness of the yeast. It's a delightful sensory experience. If I weren't in such a hurry to taste it, I could probably spend some more time just rolling it in my snifter and drawing in the's that good.
The taste is even better. I don't know if this is blended, but the complexity of the taste reminds you of a well balanced blend of old and new batches. There is restrained vanilla and dried fruit with the expected earthy tartness. But as you sample it...slowly... it subtlely rises with a depth of sour cherries. The balance of the flavors is expert...just expert.
Ok..are ypu ready? The best is the mouth feel. So many reds have various wonderful tastes, but so often tend to be very thin and astringent. You expect it, and don't give it any thought. This beer has the dryness, but is carried with a medium/medium full malty mouth feel that is in a word "velvet". The beer has a gentle smoothness that carries all the flavors so easily around the mouth and tongue. It has a character that really defines this brew and solidly separates it from others. Sometimes you drive a car and you get that road feel and comfort that tells you you have a luxury car. That's what's happening here. No bumps no bruises...just an incredibly smooth ride.
There is little head and little lacing, but frankly...who cares? That's not what we're looking for in this style. It is a beer that the Belgians would envy.
I admitedly love this brewery, but was not prepared for this. You will not find a more enjoyable and rewarding Flanders red-style beer.

Apr 06, 2013
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THECPJ from Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the EVo tasting room in a bottle no bottle take out.

Appearance: copper orange red in color with minimal head

Smell: apple cider, vinegar, brett, pedio, vanilla, tannins, oak

Taste: cidery, oak, vanilla, tart, sour,

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, smooth with an aftertaste tang / sour bite

Overall: a very nice flanders red. Id like to have a couple of bottles to sit on but that looks like it's not going to happen :(


Apr 03, 2013
Nouveau Rouge from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 111 ratings