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Yearling | Eagle Rock Brewery

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Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yearling is Eagle Rock’s take on a Flanders Red sour ale that sees the inside of wine barrels for a year to develop it’s tartness and oaky flavors. Brewed in celebration of the anniversary of Eagle Rock Brewery.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 57
Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head. Dark, red-ish brown color. Cherry, brown sugar, caramel, gingerbread in smell. Taste is similar to some Cascade sours (e.g., the kriek), albeit less sour and maybe a little less full-bodied. Generally enjoyable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A color that straddles the line between flanders red and oud bruin, light brown head on it, decent retention, impressive lace even. Aroma was plenty of brown malt giving way to its darker color, and you get the usual dark cherry oak sourness.

Plenty sour, ample brown malt base, tad bit of oak grape tannin red wine vibe going on. Some toffee and mild sweetness. The base comes out more than the tartness in the mouthfeel. Could use more amped up fruit and sourness, the palate gets used to it and the malt and wood start to take over and become more prominent as the beer goes on.

Middle of the pack 2nd tier flanders. Good stuff.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002.

Absolutely delicious. It is a fruity bouquet on the nose with an elegantly sour and refreshing taste. Cherry and oak flavors that last for days. Exotic fruit flavors layer throughout.

This is not your typical american sour bomb. Its delicate, its drinkable, and its sweet. Not bone dry like most sour bombs It still has residual sweetness that makes this treat adult candy.

It is a must try if you really appreciate the finer sours and are not just looking for a twisted one dimensional sour bomb.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep orange. It's the last of the bottle, so no surprise. Small white head.

Smell - A bit of vinegar. Quite a bit of oak. Some fruits, like cherries.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Woody. Still retains its maltiness. Vinegar sourness lingers throughout the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Quite sour. Medium body.

Overall - A little intense, but tasty.

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Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice deep burnt orange with a good amount of haze and barely any head.

Smell. Woody and lactic sour, some cherries and a touch of caramel.

Taste. Again, woody with a touch of vanilla and some nice funk, some vinegar and sour cherry, a bit of caramel and maybe a little sour green apple.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, low fine carbonation.

Overall. Really nice for the style. Not as sweet, and a little more sour than most. Diggin' it in this socal heat.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Boneyard Bistro, Sherman Oaks, CA

A: The beer is hazy light red in color. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour cherries and balsamic vinegar are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has much more sourness with flavors of sour cherries and oak with notes of balsamic vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite tart and sour for the style—I found it to be rather enjoyable and pleasant to sip.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but quite sour and acidic, especially in the flavors.

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Photo of rawfish
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky rust colored with barely any head. No retention or lacing left on the glass. Like cherry juice.

Tart cherry, lemon juice, plums, white wine, vinegar, slight oak and funkiness. Bit of solvent cleaner as well mingling amongst the complex pleasant tartness.

Brown sugar malt, slightly bready before tart cherry, red grape skins, orange peel bitterness and a flash of vinegar sour. Some oak and wine barrel in the flavor but mostly complex tartness. Acidity is bracing and well integrated.

Medium body with adequate carbonation. Tart then drying. Brings out the oak character nicely.

Impressive Flander's Red from Eagle Rock. Very well integrated despite the age and while not as clean and tightly crafted as some others from the style it is just as complex and enjoyable as any.

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Photo of kevanb
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, poured into an Eagle Rock snifter.

The beer pours a deep amber, burgundy color, hazy complexion with a slight khaki head that vanishes immediately and leaves no film or lace behind. The aroma is nice, lots of wine barrel character, tart cherry, red grape, oak, funk, and light vinegar. It's complex for sure, the wine qualities are really nice and while it doesn't dominate the beer, the subtleties it brings are really great. The flavors wonderfully integrated, lots of tart cherry, earthy oak, vinous red grape, a little caramel, mild vinegar and a hint of funkiness in there. I'm really surprised how well this is tasting for being so young. The mouthfeel is nice, lots of lively carbonation, but very smooth, the finish has a nice amount of zip without being abrasive or too uncomfortable and the finish is just lightly dry.

Verdict: A really surprising Flanders Red from Eagle Rock. I was a bit skeptical of some of their previous sours, mostly done in stainless, but since they've been oak and wine barrel aging their wild beers, they are really starting to hit the nail on the head. Certainly one of the better interpretations of the style to come out of America. A real sleeper beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker flanders, brown and red, nice bheige head on it, with decent lacing throughout the life of this beer. Aroma stayed away from vinegar, was just a nice brown malt and sour excursion.

Sourness stayed up on the tongue, mild sweetness, but more brown malt, wood and wine like tannin feel to it. Could use some more sour. Toffee. Improvements would be a little cherry in the mouthfeel, more sourness, slightly more carbonation.

Drank this at sourfest at beachwood bbq.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Reddish brown with hues of orange. Spotty lace is left on the glass. The nose feautred some balsalmic, caramel, and sweet tart notes. Its taste is quite acidic, which helps lessen the sweetness of the beer. Orange zest, tart, light brushes of caramel, all done is a way that makes the beer pleasant sweet and sour. Turns out to be a very nice surprise by Eagle Rock; too bad it's just an anniversary ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours burgundy with a light white head, good lace.

S: Interesting nose of morello cherry jam and a hint of cheese and assorted funk, makes me wonder what this will be like.

T: Acetic in a good way. Balanced acidity with a lot of cherry skin, hint of cranberry, red malt flavours. Hint of vanilla and maple.

M: Medium strong acidity, medium-bodied, a smooth easy drinking beer for the amount of acid it contains.

O: This is my first ever from Eagle Rock. I'm impressed and want to try more from them. Just wish they weren't 40 miles away.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Library Ale House. Served in a tulip.

Opaque bole liquid with a thick soapy raft of papaya whip foam. Pasty pearling lacing; excellent retention.

Vinuous with Fruity Pebbles and pure acidic aromatics (hints of vomit amidst the more appealing aromas).

Mineral-forward, robust, red-wine vinegar, cherry skins, and a touch of toffee on the palate. No real barrel flavor - tartness fades quickly. Finishes with a touch of cocoa.

Decent domestic rendition of the style - though not distinguished among its peers.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: Pours the suspected dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: This isn't a terribly fragrant beer. A decent amount of vinegar sourness along with a little bit of sweet, caramel malts. There are minimal fruit notes of cherries and potentially raisins.

T: The cherry stands out a bit more on the tongue. Nice sour cherry and fruits, and a moderate acetic character. A little bit sweet from the toffee/caramel malts. There is just a hint of grassy funk in there, too.

M: On the thin side of medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A decent attempt at a sour, but some fine tuning will be needed.

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Photo of Beezee
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery 3rd Anniversary bash. Served in a taster glass.

Appearance- Dark red with little/no head

Smell -Vinegar and sweet fruit

Taste/Mouthfeel -Very tart -seemed more tart for a Flanders Red (I've had 6 different versions of this style). Perfect balance of sour vinegar and sweet fruits. Not too sweet and very sessionable. Medium carbonation. Tickled the tastebuds!

Overall -One of the best beers I had that day (and that says a lot). A great example of the Flanders Red style. This brewery has a lot of solid beers to look out for!

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Photo of GuruDel
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped at the Bruery 3rd Anniversary at 12:30.

Pours a mirky red with minimal to no head.

Smell was amazing, sour vinegar, red wine and fruit

taste was amazingly tart, vinegar and finished dry with a fruit taste

Mouthfeel was perfect, dry on the finish.

Overall, I would love to have this in a bottle, truely amazing, one of the best beers at the Bruery Anniversary part.

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Yearling from Eagle Rock Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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