Nouveau Rouge | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by THECPJ on 04-03-2013

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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...

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Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Wajja
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zp6167a
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of pda22
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billyshears
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of kpteabo
4/5  rDev -1%

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Nouveau Rouge from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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