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.

Added by GuruDel on 05-30-2011

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by kevanb:
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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -10.2%
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 JasonFromLA
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Beezee
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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 +10.9%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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 richloma
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Intlpostman
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 LakerLeith
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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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4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rodosman
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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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Yearling from Eagle Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 58 ratings