Small Batch Series No. 6: Flanders Red Ale | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 6: Flanders Red AleSmall Batch Series No. 6: Flanders Red Ale
Small Batch Series No. 6: Flanders Red AleSmall Batch Series No. 6: Flanders Red Ale

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 62
Photo of Justin8mypants
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle in a trade from @Brogen13. Bottle marked 7/1/13.

Poured a murky brown, slight head dissipating quickly into nothing.

Pronounced aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, honey, cherry, and slight lemony sourness.

A lot of the Bourbon/Oak come through in the taste along with the lemony sourness. Mild cherry flavor on the sides of the tongue and a nice refreshing sour finish.

The body could be a bit thicker. Also the carbonation is quite low.

Overall, very refreshing but has a very satisfying warmth between the oakiness and 8% abv. I would totally drink this again, not sure why a fairly low rating. The only problem I could see is the low carbonation. Not sure if that is from the style or the age. Even with such slight carbonation I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of kmatlack
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a chimay goblet.

A- Rusty bottle cap under thick black wax, pour relatively boring. Deep red color, muddled up, foggy, little bubbles. Boring, honestly...but an interesting color.

S- Big Caramel on the nose, vanilla, oaky, funky, red wine, malty, green apple peels, nose is definitely nice.

T- initial burst of sweetness and vanillin followed by tartness. Mid palette is oak and sour apple. Huge lingering oak and vanilla on the back end. Despite my shitty rating, there is quite a bit of complexity on this one. It is sweet, but dry, which is obviously conflicting but somehow comes together here.

M- doesn't look like it, but there is plenty of carb here. Nice and prickly. Medium mouthfeel, drinkable But not crushable due to the 8% abv.

O- This was a surprisingly good beer. I know ranger creek has had some issues with these small batch beers, mostly infection issues if memory serves me right. Figure you can't go wrong with something that is already supposed to be sour right? Glad I did.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 7-2 -2013

A thick/rich looking non-transparrent medium earthy brown. Any head to speak of relatively white/off white in color and quickly dissipating

Tart fruit, banana, red apple, almost has a red wine nose

Very tart, light mouthfeel and easy drinking. Slight alcohol note, fruit, cherries, figs, yeast, sherry that ends with a slightly tart and aged fruit finish.

This beer has a wild and interesting blend of tart fruit and ale characters, it is light yet slammed with flavor . The sour elements aren’t over the top but rather add dynamic and are surprisingly refreshing. Batch No. 6 won the 2013 Bronze at the World Beer Championships and for good reason.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly better than the ratings would lead you to believe although a touch of oxidization from the bottle 7/2013. Overall a deep mahogany pour with a dark fruit tangy smell with a hint of oxidization. Taste follows the nose on the dark fruit side, touch of cherry raspberry and oak. Bit of leather in the taste . Feel is fairly easy to drink me nice depth

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a murky copper with hues of red and a thin amount of light brown head. Nose is dark fruits, hint of dry oak, acetic acid, and light musk, slightly moldy bread. Taste is bready with a light mold to it, some dark berry fruits, leathery brett and faintly acetic finish. Soft carbonation on a medium body with a fuzzy feel.

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Photo of spham
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a slim pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with almost no head.
S: Definitely the smell of a red flanders, but
T: Very earthy sour from the lactobacillus strain (along with the brett and pedio). A decent red flanders, but with more complex flavors with the extra yeast and ferm time.
M: A little chewiness from the tart elements, with a lingering sour.
O: A very different beer, but I did enjoy it and appreciate what ranger creek is doing here. Look forward to aging the other 3 bottles to see what cellaring/aging will do.

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Photo of tastyville
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

what is wrong with you! this one apparently is understated. i think the halo and pitchfork effect is taking place- that is, others rate it poorly and others feel they should probably rate it poorly also. get real! i traded a Russian RIver Consecration for this for the amazing hospitality that was shown to me at Craft & Growler in Dallas, TX. I am not regretting it one bit as I drink it now and am watching Futurama. Again- get real!

Not a whole lot of red going on. It's more brown than red but then again I'm colorblind (ha!). Not a whole lot of head that sticks around, just a bit of a ring as it gets lower on my Cigar City snifter. Kind of underwhelming as far as looks go. It gets made up for with aroma. Smells rich, bretty and smoky- very enticing! Flavor does not disappoint, despite being a bit thin. There is a slight off flavor of butterscotch, though, but I do enjoy a tiny bit. Toffee, brett, a bit of barrel, caramel comes through. It's very, very tasty!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Ranger Creek folks have been steadily impressing me more and more and have really done some outstanding brewing and distilling.

This one is a Sour, which is my least favorite of all beer styles. So I am reviewing it based on what I understand the style to be and ignoring my personal preference.

This one pours a nice cloudy umber in color with little to no head and therefore no lacing. As can be expected with a sour the beer is lacking in effervescence. The color is beautiful and rich.

The nose is cherries, sour dough, figs, coriander, yeast and hints of alcohol.

the moutfeel is a lot more watery than I was expecting based on the appearance and the nose. While it is watery it does not take away from the surprising quality of the beer.

As far as sours go I really like this one and would definitely drink it again

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

August 2013 release. 12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed-over (black wax) pressure cap and no-nonsense Ranger Creek label art acquired at a local bottle shop for $8.99 USD and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've found Ranger Creek to be one of the better breweries in Texas during the very short time I've lived here. Bottled 07/01/13. Reviewed as a Flanders Red Ale because it identifies as such quite clearly on Ranger Creek's website. "Blend of 18 month and 24 month barrels."

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cap comes off quite easily for a waxed cap, and there's no gushing once it's off.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of grey-white (ecru for the pretentious) colour. Retention is horrible - maybe 10 seconds - and too short for me to gauge the creaminess/thickness/frothiness. Tilting the glass, I can get some lacing but it doesn't stick.

Body colour is a dark murky auburn with brown hues. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. It's a bit weak looking for a Flanders Red, but I'm optimistic. It could use a glow or vibrance of some sort.

Sm: Wet cardboard, light vinegar, caramel, red wine notes, very light oak wood, and vague acetic cherry notes. I'd love more of the acetic cherry. Timid tartness and middle-of-the-road sourness. Yeast/bacteria wise, all I'm getting is lactobacillus - no lambicus or funky brettanomyces. The sourness seems too clean and clinical to have come from true spontaneous fermentation. The website claims this was brewed with figs; I look for them and struggle to find any.

A decent aroma of moderate strength. I'm hoping the flavour profile goes more towards the acetic/cherry/oak side and less towards the wet cardboard/vinegar side. In spite of its off-notes, the aroma is generally appealing. I'm optimistic.

As it warms, it develops and comes together a bit more, yielding a more approachable aroma with a more pronounced sherry-like red wine character.

T: Some of the wetcardboard is unfortunately present and sits alongside the disappointingly timid acetic notes. Tart cherry presence is also disappointingly timid. Biscuit malt, light vinegar. The oak is very buried and contributes little. Not finding any fig. Vague sherry-like red wine comes out as it warms and is most present right on the finish, leaving the drinker with a nicely fruity red wine aftertaste. The sourness is very middle of the road and is entirely lactobacillus-derived. No lambicus yeast or true bacteria/spontaneous fermentation here. I also don't find any funky brettanomyces yeast.

As it warms, I'm getting some more subtle fruit notes - raspberry, maybe even a touch of blueberry.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It could sure use more depth.

It's an inspired brew that falls short. It tries for complexity and subtlety - and admirably so - but never quite achieves a cohesive gestalt whole. It's obvious immediately that this is a blend, and not a very carefully executed one at that. The result is a pretty decently balanced and enjoyable brew, but it's not going to incite any double-takes.

No hop presence or alcohol is noticeable. The wet cardboard off-note does hold it back severely.

Mf: While it's acidic, the acidity is actually below average for a Flanders Red. Has a light bite in the third act. Mellow for a sour. Unrefreshing, but approachable. It's well carbonated; the bottle fermentation was a good decision. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but the texture seems far from custom-tailored specifically to suit the taste. It's not a soft feel, and has a light sharpness. It's a bit thin, actually. The coarseness/smoothness is off; it's not uniform and never quite feels right. The same can be said for the dryness/wetness; it's wet right up until the finish, whereupon it gets strangely dry.

Dr: It's a drinkable Flanders Red, but it falls short of its obvious ambitions. In spite of its flaws, it does have some good elements and shows long-term potential for their barrel aging; if they can master blending a bit more and commit more fully to the wild yeast, I can see superior beers on the horizon. This is a passable sour that will impress few; It's on the high side of average. I do think it's unfairly overpriced at $8.99 for such a small format and I definitely wouldn't buy it again.

Aging would absolutely help this beer, but I wouldn't push it past 3 years.

High C

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

Man, I haven't had any Ranger Creek since my trading days, but, luckily, some generous and genial Texans were present tonight and shared with me some Small Batch goodness. This stuff pours a kinda murky garnet-sienna topped by a short finger of relatively short-lived wan khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, lightly-toasted biscuit, mild vinegar, light oak, and a touch of Malbec. The taste pulls a slight 180, putting a stronger vinegar contingent on top, leaving the caramel-y sweetness to provide more of an accent, much like the Dude's rug, bringing the whole thing together and whatnot. And I feel it only necessary to note that the vinegar is quite tart here, and it almost seems to have been joined by a bit of tart blue raspberry, but that may just be a figment of my overactive brain at this point in the night. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky-ish finish. Overall, a very nice modern take on the Flanders red. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 7/3/13 into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark Brown Burgundy. Beige head is sizable while it is being poured, but gone by the time I'm done pouring. No lacing.

Smell: Oak, light cherry. Lots of tartness. Perhaps a hint of fig.

Taste: Very tart, lemony. Strong oak character, maybe too much. Perhaps a bit of Brett, but not overwhelming. Some alcohol too, but not too much. Little nuttiness in the finish. I wouldn't say this is my favorite example of the style, but the flavor is nice and strong.

Mouthfeel: Great feel here, I have to say. Very carbonated, which works well for the flavor.

Overall: This is a pretty good Flanders Red, but I've had better. Pick one up if you see it and like the style, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, personally.

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Photo of Radome
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in a 375 ml bottle with a crown cap sealed in wax; bought in San Antonio. Served into a goblet.

A - Color is a medium to dark brown with some red highlights. Beer is cloudy and murky, even when held up to light. Head is weak and quickly fades to a thin, tan ring around the rim of the glass.

S - Strong aromas of Brett. and sweet malt. Some alcohol, maybe sherry-like. In the background there is some smoke, dried tobacco and coconut. Smells are very complex and inviting.

T - The taste is dominated by sharp vinegar, horse-blanket and lemon. It is a classic aged, Brett.-soured ale. There are notes of coconut and mesquite smoke. Malt and hops don't really show themselves. Flavors are moderately complex.

M - Body is thin; alcohol is not obvious. Carbonation is very low. A moderate astringency that dries out the mouth. Just enough hops bitterness to keep the beer from tasting sweet.

O - A nice version of a Flanders Red, with interesting smoke and coconut. I think the body is lighter and the malt less prominent than in Belgian versions I've had.

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Small Batch Series No. 6: Flanders Red Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 62 ratings