Le Fût
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Flanders Red Ale
4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
May 29, 2023
Mar 17, 2016
A complex, sour red ale brewed in the Flemish tradition and aged in French oak barrels for two years. Blended from 15 unique barrels to create the perfect combination of acidity and sweetness, funk and fruitiness.

We barrel aged our first beer in 2010. Since then we have built up what we believe is the largest barrel programme of any brewery in the Southern Hemisphere. Here we produce many different sour beers, some traditional, some not.

Søren Eriksen - Brewer
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Reviewed by tide from California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
(A 2013 bottle, I drink it at 2023.) The beer is ruby, crimson, dark rose color, beautiful appearance. The foam is half finger high, very fine, disappears quickly. The beer keeps bubbling like a sparking wine. It smells pleasantly fruity, shows red fruits noses, like tart cherry, raspberry, ripe strawberry, plum, rose water, rose wine, black currents, a hint of apple vinegar and white oak smells. It’s a very nice nose for a 10 years old Flanders red. It doesn’t strongly smell like vinegar like Rodenbach, it smells more fruity, have those nice floral rose water nose, and ultimately it smells a lot rose wine alike (which is Flanders red’s trait, “it’s wine! Wine of beer.”). The beer is lightly tart in mouth, still have tiny fizz, not very sharp, medium dry, shows some hint of sweetness and then the finish is bitter and dry. The beer is full of rose wine like flavors, it’s delicate like a sparking pinot noir, fruity wine grape, rose petal, hint of lavender, dried plum, tart cherry, dark cherry, tart apple aromas. There’s a big pinot noir sparking wine vibe in this beer. The ending has tobacco and distinguish NZ hops character, like juniper, hemp, Li Hing Mui (pickled dried plum). It’s not trying to mimic a dark colored red wine, it’s a floral rose wine, good flavor, elegant aromas. The hoppy ending is a diverge from the traditional Flanders red, but I think that enhanced the barrel characters, and the funk of this beer.
May 29, 2023
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; no production information.
A: Pours a clear, medium brown color with a garnet caste, minimal head formation (basically a rim) and essentially no lacing.
S: Tangy with strong lacto. Aromas of tart cherries, apple and berry, with cocoa and toffee emerging as it warms. Very inviting.
T: Tart but semisweet, with lots of cherry, less cocoa, and maybe a touch of cabernet or syrah. Vanilla, perhaps. Earthy. High acidity; little or no bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Tingling, lacto-acidity, but very rich.
O: Gorgeous olfactory and gustatory experience. Full disclosure, I adore well made sours. A sparkling wine competitor for even the most discerning palate, if there ever was one. Die noten woll smaken, die moet ze kraken. It shows and glad I got to try it.
Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by macrosmatic from Florida

Oct 27, 2018
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Ruby red with very little head to speak of. Acid, red wine and charred oak on the nose. Flavor is heavy on the grapes and wood with some mild balsamic vinegar acid quality. No hop character. Moderate body with a wine like texture on the tongue. Finishes watery. Descent.
Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A nice beer, if not quite as complex or possessing as much depth as those of the same style from the best producers in Belgium. Nice tart flavors, but a little light and slightly one dimensional. I enjoyed it, but it's not something for me to seek out again.
Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep red which is almost brown topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of tart cherries, some leather and oak with a little bit of caramel and toffee. Very nice aroma
T: Taste is tart cherry up front with some funky oak and must with some leather and more tart cherry. Swallow is some clean acidity with some more slight funk and hints of drying oak.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a very well done Flanders red with a decent amount of sourness and complexity. Definitely one to try if you are a fan of the style.
Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 500ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A clear copper red colour with a one finger light tanned head that dissipated quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Cherry, vinous red and white wine, oak and wet wood with a touch of balsamic.

Taste: Lightly sour, tart, cherry, raisins, oaky wood, vinous red wine, soft funk and a red wine vinegar plus pepper punch at the end.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I thought that there was less fruit and a more oaky vinous character than traditional Flanders Red Ales, but in this case, that was to be expected since it was aged in wine barrels. Enjoyable, I like it!
Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jan 03, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Dec 09, 2016
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Reviewed by JHouse11 from California

4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I had a bottle dated from 2013. First impression is it has an attractive, classy label with a nice red floral background. Pours a nice dark red-maroon with about a finger of head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma is glorious. It has an interesting wine characteristic that works perfectly. There is a bit of acetic acid as well, not over the top, but enough to know it's there. The beer has a medium-light body and a nice winey tannic taste and finish.
I think it's a solid Flanders Red and hope to try it again some time!
Oct 05, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2013 vintage, enjoyed on 09/12/2016.
Sep 13, 2016
Rated: 3 by GRG1313 from California

Sep 01, 2016
Rated: 3.09 by jwsipkins from California

Aug 24, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bold and bright, a taste of the Flemish takes a journey down under with a sour red flavor and a nice long oak-aged slumber. Wine or beer? The line blurs as 8 Wired's Le Fut touchnes the lips.

Tangy, bright and juicy to the nose, the beer's red wine influence is as strong in its dark ruby appearance as it is to its scent. Musty oak, vinous red wine, dark cherry and a swirl of balsamic teases the senses with acetic fruitiness and candied malts. Its taste is of hard candy, black cherry juice and robust red wine- and that's all before the brunt of sourness kicks in.

The pang of acidity and carbonation enliven the flavors on the middle palate as the malt sweetness slowly recedes and the sourness builds. Balsamic, lime, crabapple, under-ripened berry and sour red grape align on the tongue and a toasty, peanut flavor outlasts the candied sweetness. Oak, black pepper and a soft aura of funk waft above the senses en route to a semi-dry, succulent finish.

Medium-dry for Flanders red ale, the beer looses its carbonated punch and the finish falls slightly flat. Saved by the sheer acidity, the strong vinegar and wine action offers much culinary art, yet still lacking the creamy toast, almost-chocolate, and savory umami of more authentic varieties. But 8 Wired's rendition is clever and succinct and welcome on the palate anytime.
Aug 10, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by bobv from Vermont

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by JonnyBeers from Canada (BC)

Jul 07, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by mcthfg from Korea (South)

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Rwalford74 from Australia

May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 2013 vintage.

Pours a deep, hazy copper-red with a thin cap of light tan head that leaves eroded ocean cave lace as it recedes.

Smells of cherry juice, dry red wine, barrel wood, soft sweet malt, sour citrus zest, and soft funk.

Tastes of mildly tart cherries, lemonade, red wine, vinous oak and almost undetectable hops.

Feels gentle and frothy. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended, if you don't mind the price.
Apr 23, 2016
Le Fût from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 22 ratings