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Nouveau Rouge | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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 brentk56
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ZEB89
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

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

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Eziel
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.89/5  rDev +21%
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 scent...it'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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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