Mr. Chipper
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #3,999
4.13 | pDev: 7.75%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Mr. ChipperMr. Chipper
Notes: Traditional Flanders-style red ale aged for 2.5 years in red wine barrels.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 198 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEER88 from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice oak smell and taste. Light cherry on the back end. Funk and tart are dominate. Feel is light and the flavors are gine fast. Overall not bad I would buy again!

Sep 24, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

these guys do these barrel aged sours so well, and for all the stouts and hoppy beers we all love from them, these are the ones i really am the most impressed by. a long aged red wine barrel flanders red, and its real well done. the wood is so strong on it that it almost covers up the vinegar aspect of the bacterial sourness that normally defines the style, but instead, its lots of wine tannins and funk, i think a way more complex beer than we are used to in the style, built perfectly for these barrels, and not at all over the top in any way. cherries, raspberries, raisins, cedar wood even, toasted bread, wet oak, strong red wine and some cranberry even, its intensely earthy and woody, compelling to say the least, still a lot of sourness, but some funk too, its just great. more carbonation than anticipated for such an old beer, i love how mature it is all around. notes of cola and cherry as it finishes, sour and wood heavy, like what we are used to but way more of it, and so mellow feeling, yum! these are the beers that set westbrook apart for me! cool to have it on tap!

May 07, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown-hued red color with a white crown but no other head to speak of.

Great, tart aroma with strong oak. Very light red wine behind hints at some depth. Maybe cherry? Maybe vanilla?

Very tart taste, again with heavy oak and again with light red wine. A little burn on the backend then a wine-like finish.

Medium bodied, modestly creamy, with with a little prickly bite in the feel.

Pretty solid.

Apr 24, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westbrook Mr. Chipper
750mL bottle into a wine glass
Bottle on: 7/22/16

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a small light tan head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4

S: Aroma is dart, sweet, dark fruits like fog and plum, lots of vinous notes. Oak and a tart, lactic acidity. 4.25

T: Taste is dark fruits, dark Malts, pretty big bitterness, tons of oak, moderate tartness. 4

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher en debut appropriate, drinkability is good. 4

O: Overall a good beer, nothing ridiculous but very enjoyable. The cost is a bit prohibitive, but it's still worth trying. 4

Mar 12, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing, though.

S: A nice aroma of vinous elements, a sour quality, cherries, and light oak.

T: Tasted of a bit of oak, a lot of cherries, a definite sour quality (very apparent), light malt notes, a slightly vinegary quality, some other fruits (raspberries), and a bit of yeast. A very solid flavor that's quite sour, fruity and likable. A vibrant and sweet kind of taste.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a lively, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better American versions of a Flanders Red Ale. Definitely drinkable.

Nov 16, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An 8oz pore at the brewery on 10.20.16. 2016 Release

L - Amber red, with not much head and no lacing

S - Sour deliciousness.

T - Sour, Wine, tart. Excellent

F - medium body and carbonation

O - excellent brew!

Oct 20, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml with Lisa at home into two El Cat tulips. Bought at CBC for $16ish+tax (can't recall). Bottled on 7/22/16, so over 3 years old. Age doesn't show. It's really well in line with the Oud Bruin/Flemish Red tradition - it actually straddles it with the sweetness of Bruin and sourness of Red. Good stuff .
4.21 in December 2015

Dec 05, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is brownish Amber with red highlights with little to no head.

Aroma is funky red wine.

Taste is much more candy sweetness than sourness like a light red wine.

Not sure if it's a traditional Flanders but it's a great beer.

Sep 21, 2015
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smweir from South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/4/13, opened 5/18/15. Really nice tartness, but well balanced. Mouthfeel almost perfect. Mine had very little head at all, not sure why. Really enjoyable flanders. So glad I was able to wait this long to open it. I wish I had purchased 2 or 3 when I had the chance.

May 19, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/4/13 enjoyed 5/10/15

Appearance: Opaque red-brown, thin persistent beige cap.

Aroma: Medium intensity sour cherry and oak.

Flavor: Medium plus acidity, nice sherry-esque oxidation. Stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium+ carbonation, touch of residual sugar, still refreshing.

May 11, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a tawny color with a modest head that lingers for a while and leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity tones of cherry, strawberry and raspberry with hints of oak and tartness

Taste: Cherry and berry fruit tones open the profile, bringing both sweetness as well as tartness; some oak develops, in the middle, and balances the flavors through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: A really nice Flanders from the folks in Charleston; hope this makes a return at some point as I hate to say Goodbye, Mr. Chipper

Mar 17, 2015
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DanforthPewter from New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not very familiar with Flanders Red style so take w a grain of salt.
Bottled on 11/04/13 and poured into a tulip glass. Pours brown to me(I'm color blind) simply. Good head, dissipating fast. Decent lacing and good retention.
S: this is where my virginity comes into play. This beer stinks like no other beer I've had. Vegetables and woody and nutty. If i were blindfolded I probably wouldn't drink it though.
T: Slightly tart, perfect amount of carbonation, wine barrel aging comes through just enough to leave you wanting that next sip.
F: Carbonation makes it feel light on tongue as it dances around. Finishes clean while lingering pleasantly.
O: Good intro to the style I think. I was expecting more or a sour tart beer. Nose threw me off but I enjoyed it.

Jan 02, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on 11/4/13.

Pours a murky dark honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Jul 05, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich 1 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is stringy and patchy with great stick. Very nice.

Nose is tart strawberry and raspberry puree with a bit of woodiness in the back. Dense but surprisingly mellow.

Opens tart cherry and other red fruit. Slight touch of vinegar mixed with oak in the middle. Vinous. Great balance between sweet and sour. Tartness builds towards the end but integrates well with a big fruit and barrel presence at the finish. Accented aftertaste. Not too vinegary or acidic. Real smooth.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly but smooth in the mouth and goes down filmy and easy. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Very drinkable.

This beer delivers all the flavor of the style without the harsh acidity. Really nice and one of my favorites in the category.

Jun 28, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We crack the ever glorious 750mL, pouring a brew of deep brawny burgundy into our glasses. It puts forth a respectable two finger tall head of tightly packed sandpaper colored snow-foam, and this retains like a champion, eventually drawing sagging sheets of lacing circumferentially. Haze is impenetrable, but no real sediment is noted. Carbonation is imperceptible. The aroma, at first whiff, is one of the sourest smelling beers to grace our nostrils to date. This does eventually fade, or you acclimate to it, but it was nicely surprising nonetheless. Regardless, you can pick up macerated strawberries and cantaloupe from across the room. These sit atop a bed of maple bacon meatiness, lemon sourness, sassafras rootiness, gritty red and amber grain, oaky red wine twinge, wet moss, intense tartness of wild yeast/lactobacillus, chemical phenols, vinyl plastics, label glue adhesive, and slivered nickel and aluminum. With warmth comes milky lactic sourness, rose hips, buttery spiced curry gravy, and gelatin dustiness. Our first impression on the sip is that it is not nearly as sour or tart as the nose would initially suggest, but rather it is more of the malt bill and plant-like fruitiness that take a foothold in this gaping opportunity. The taste begins with citric lemony sourness and puckering tannic oaked woodiness, with support from aluminum, cedar mulch, twine, rubber cement, big funky tartness of cranberry and strawberry, and lacto-fermented sourness. The middle comes to a peak with hints of toasty coconut shavings, mossy slick oiliness, soured grapey red wine, oxidized rustiness, mineral water, warm amber graininess, and continued citric sourness and puck, of lemons seed and rind. The end shows continued coconut flesh and husk, vinyl plastics, bittering metallic punch, candied grape soda sweetness, basement mustiness of dried oak, cement dust, dried straw with mild barnyard funk, toasty pale and caramel maltiness, and distant melty toffee sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of heavy red wine oaky tartness, curious floral hop rumbles, cinnamon and potpourri, baked tamale ties, soured lemon pulp, sawdust, kumquat and red apple fruitiness, sugary sweet amber grain, vanilla bean coolness, aloe, and lettuce leafy wateriness. The body is softly medium, and the carbonation is on the lighter end. Each sip shows decent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, but is a bit watery on the uptake. The mouth is left prickled, puckered, and soured with wet chalky dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back rather easily.

Overall, the best thing about Mr. Chipper is his aroma. From that first smell you are almost taken aback a bit in all of its souring glory. It does, again, fade, especially with warmth, and this allows for more of an even-keeled malt bill to come through. This tartness is also lost a bit through the taste. Perhaps the beer spent too much time aging in barrels, so much so that the oak and grain base replace a lot of that aromatic tartness, as it doesn’t remain through the duration of the sip. The grain takes over, and, if you’re a purist, detracts from the inherent sourness of the yeast. The wine is also a touch lost, but does shine through especially well in the end with its juiciness, but is generally present throughout, tagging alongside the oak. Otherwise the brew drinks beautifully and disappears quickly if you let it. This is a solid introduction for us into the state of South Carolina.

Mar 23, 2014
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/4/2013

A - Poured more of a brown color with ruby hues and a minimal light khaki head.

S - The aroma is of tart cherries, oak, light vinegar and an edge of acidity.

T - Tart cherries at first, may'be a bit of green apple. Has a sweetness to it that really balances out the tartness. The red wine comes through at the end with tannins and oak.

M - Light to medium bodied with a low carbonation.

O - It's a great take on the style. Not top tier, but enjoyable to drink.

Mar 03, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mike d for the share at a local morrisons bottle share. Brew poured a deep rich ruby brown nose isnstandard cherry flanders with a bit of a sharpness that creates an off edge of sour egg. Tadte is a bit more well rounded and classic to style and less sharp and funky than the nose suggested. Leaves a soft aftertaste. Ithe bottle wasnt finished at the bottle share so i corked it and took it home and honestly tastes better on the 2nd day! Not a bad brew but far from the best for e style. Nice cool finish.

Feb 28, 2014
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UnderPressure from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown and clear with a decent off-white head, which fades to a fizzy ring. Great lacing.

Very tart aroma. Dark fruit. Cherries, raisins. Fantastic aroma. I'm excited to taste this one.

Sour, tart flavor. But, not as much as the aroma lets on. I was expecting a really strong tart flavor that fills up your mouth. But, it was actually a little empty compared to my expectations based on the aroma. I hate to say it, but it's actually a little bit watery in the taste.

Thin bodied mouthfeel with an overall slightly dry finish. It's actually on the sweet side compared to most sours. It doesn't have that dry, dry everlasting finish that most of the really great sours have. Nice carbonation.

I love flanders reds. This one is no exception. I think the flavor was a little dull, and you don't get that really really dry sour finish. But, it was really good anyway and I'm glad I tried it.

Feb 22, 2014
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Kendo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy reddish-brown with a small off-white head on top. Some splotchy lace left on the glass.

S: Sweet-tarts. Apple sour candy. Red wine. Wood.

T: Tart candy - sweet-tarts or now and laters come to mind. Apple brandy. Red wine is definitely noted. Tannic wood at the finish. Modest musty-ness. Finishes with a good tartness.

M: Light to medium in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: I generally don't like sour beers, but I can appreciate this one. Splitting the 750 ml is more than enough for me, but unlike some other sours I've had in the past, I'm not choking this one down and reaching for the drain-pour. I suppose that's a backhanded compliment if there ever was one, but for a style that's a bit difficult for me, I'm OK with this.

Feb 15, 2014
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured a deep ruby reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, cherry, vinegar, funk, and acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, wood, vinegar, sour, tart, fruit, cherry, and oakiness. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The notes on the nose were quite complex for the style without being overly invasive as some others from this style can tend to be. The flavor was actually quite good with all of the enjoyable notes from the nose only turned up a bit. You definitely know what style this one falls in to upon the first sip. If you don't like sours, avoid this one like your life depends on it. But if you enjoy them, specifically Flanders Reds, get off your ass and find a way to track this one down!

Feb 12, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. 11/4/13 bottling date.

pours a murky brown color with a slight head. smell is typical of a flanders..yeasty cherries..taste remains true with the muted cherry taste . slight sourness. good. not exceptional. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall a good flanders. not as good as some Belgium ones. but recommended

Feb 10, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish deep amber. Nice off white head. Medium collar and some surface wisps.

Smell - Red wine is strong. Acetic and musty. Some caramel way in the back, but it doesn't smell sweet at all.

Taste - It isn't all that sour, but I like it. More caramel and a bucket of red wine. Oak. Fruity sourness.

Mouthfeel - Low sourness. Medium body. Not sweet, but it isn't completely dried out.

Overall - The red wine elevates this a lot. People in my tasting group didn't think it was sour enough, but I thought it was good.

Feb 04, 2014
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hoodoyoubelongto from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty Flanders Red aged for 2.5 years in red wine barrels. Picked up a bomber at the brewery this afternoon as part of Westbrook's third anniversary. Pours a nice tannish red/brown. Smell is somewhat musty/leather. Pours with nice head and ample lacing. Taste is tart though rich with a smooth aftertaste. Beer is reminiscent of the also excellent Angry Old TIme and Grumpy Old Time released earlier this fall. All in all a nice representation of the style and a welcome addition to the Westrbook line.

Dec 20, 2013
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