Le Fût
8 Wired Brewing Co.

Le FûtLe Fût
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Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.62%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
21
From:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
 
New Zealand
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Le FûtLe Fût
Notes: 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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VoxRationis from New York

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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kitch from Hong Kong

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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JHouse11 from California

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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!
Cheers

Oct 05, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, 2013 vintage - fairly sexy label, with the simple French name for barrel-aging. Nice.

This beer pours a clear, dark rusted red-brick amber colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves but a few specks of thought bubble lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sour red cherry (in a Pinot Noir vein), lemon, and raspberry fruit, Old World oak (laid-back vanilla, wet wood, and a mild mustiness), subtle bready caramel malt, a tame earthy funkiness, and some minor leafy and floral hop bitterness. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a lessened red berry tartness (though the cherry still dominates), chewy wooden barrel notes - vanilla, yeast, and musty staves - overripe lemons, and a further downplayed earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is kind of low-key in its hard to get worked up about frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually kind of smooth, with a wee airy creaminess kicking in well after takeoff. It finishes off-dry, the varied berry and red wine fruitiness shacking up with the malt and barrel notes for the night.

Overall, a decent swing at rendering a proper Flanders Red Ale - French wood, and lots of it, for a long time, and an apparently deft blending hand make for an enjoyable sipper. Worthy of checking out for any and/or all of those reasons.

Apr 01, 2016
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eric5bellies from Australia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark, clear rust colour. The head dissipates quickly as expected.

S - Strong oak aromas and malt with a little candied sweetness.

T - Wow, very impressed. The sourness is right there with vinous, oak sweet balance. The authenticity is impressive.

M - Medium carbonation and light to medium body

O - Great authentic Flemish Red

Mar 17, 2016
Le Fût from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 21 ratings