Nouveau Rouge | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
evolutioncraftbrewing.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by THECPJ on 04-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,235
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
108
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
22
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 23
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 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 Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3.29/5: Decent, but doesn't seem intricately balanced

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Photo of grover37
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 RocketFrogDavid
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Wajja
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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 cj8311
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Nouveau Rouge from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 108 ratings