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Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This is the version imported to the US.

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Photo of CudOfCow
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split this beer with my buddy last night. 2005 Edition.

The smell after opening the bottle was strong and fantastic almost like a wine cork doused in apple cider vinegar!

It pours slightly cloudy orangy-red and has a foamy bubbly head.

Tastes very crisp, tart and appley, it has a really nice slightly bubbly carbonation feel. We both agreed this tasted a lot more like a gueze than flemish sour balsemic vinegar taste. It smells so good!

The taste does not linger for long at all, which is a good thing. It is sharp and tart, leaves your mouth watering, and then dissapears right away, almost phantom. I'd love to try this on a hot summer day.

There is a very slight amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which is quite bitter, Vitamins!

The only thing that could be improved is the bottle, it does not do the beer justice.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber From Batch #11 2009 (bottle #1087), poured in September, 2010.

My guy at Argonaut turned me onto this little number one night when I came in for a bomber of New Belgium's La Folie. The $20 price-point is a bit staggering ... but well worth it.

L: Murky, Red, Muddish. Little head. Beautiful.

S: Musty, bloody, sour, earthy.

T: At least 6 layers. This beer just goes. Blast of sweet hops and carmel up front, fades in stages through earthiness to a gorgeous sour finish. Lingers ...

F: Perfect for a sour ale.

D: Amazing. Seriously. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stealth
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #12 from 2010, bottle #1775

Nice typical flanders red dark ruby pour with a pillowy, quickly dissipating cream head. Strong lacing throughout the drink. The aroma has a nice tart fruit smell. Some funkiness in there from the yeasts. Lots of fruit in the taste, and very refreshing. Not super tart or sour, but has enough sourness to make this a real nice 'starter' for someone wanting to try the Flanders Red style. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp. A nice moderate bit of dryness.

This is a real nice, very well balanced sour.

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Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff in an evening of sampling some classic sour ales. This one poured with a nice off white fine head and some lace. Color is a copper amber. Aroma is floral, berry, yeast, malt. Flavor is similar and rich. Body is full and round. Body is outstanding and so is carbonation. Finish is like the flavor. Lots of character yet easy drinking, pleasant. A masterpiece. Perhaps a session for sipping.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage, shared with Bobby8405 during the 2010 NFL Draft.

A - It pours a tannic ruby-chestnut hue, very translucent, with a small amount of oak sediment, and a thin persistent cap of tan foam with slight spotty-streaky lacing.

S - Smells pretty pungently sour, with lots of wood in the nose adding a fruity sweetness.

T - This beer is fantastic; it tastes like a classic Flanders Red. Sweet woody and earthy notes are balanced by bright acetic fruit tones and rounded out by a tart lactic sourness that asserts itself on the finish. Very well-balanced, and at four years old, it tastes like it is in peak condition.

M - Velvety smooth, and medium-light-bodied, with a gentle effervescence.

D - This is a superb brew, especially at this age. I have had fresher samples, two years old, and they are not quite on this level yet.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #16 vintage 2012 bottle 4549.

A deep garnet red in the glass with a classic dark brown mahogany color, even a dark orange towards the lip of the glass. Not much head, what is is about a light tan one finger head, but it's creamy and the puck always sticks around. Pretty solid.

This is a real interesting nose. Great woody and oak aromatics, splinters and hints of beef jerky. Earthy soil bent. Tart mild malt qualities, and soft vanilla like sweetness. Incredible aroma, hints somewhere between creme brulee and sharp clove like cinnamon. Wow, incredibly impressive and complex. Wonderful stuff.

Palate just sings. Mouthfeel is creamy with a hint of light body and easy coating malts. Minimal tartness but a good mix of astringency lime quality and a chewy strangely pine hop in here somewhere. Malty mix of mild sour cherry quality and light vanilla. Unlike any other Flanders style I've ever had.

This beer needs it's own category. Truly a unique and wonderful creation.

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Photo of peabody
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a flat ruby dark red with some blackness added in for good measure. Looks like a crystal clear cup of tea.
Mellow fruit and pear and mango.
Smell is sour fruit and grape skin. Alcohol is the next aroma.
Taste is sour apple and red raspberry. Supberb wine flavor with lots of sour oak and touches of cherry.
Mouthfeel is kind of plain. The lack of effervescents make this a slow go. Still a good beer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, purchased at Belmont Station in Portland. Little sticker at the top says
Batch #8
Bottle 3351

THis suckers from Italy. An Italian Flanders Red? Yes indeed! Keep em coming!

Pours a cloudy orange red with some thin off-white lacing into my Church Brew Works tulip glass.

Aroma is sour fruity tartness. Underripe grapes, apples, and classic yeasty flanders acidic funk.

The initial taste is always sour, no matter how many sips I take. To slowly sip it causes the sourness to subside and balance into a nice apple cider sweetness. The finish is sharp and dry, again with fruity crisp apples, grapes, and cherries. Good musty and woody as it warms up.

I had this with some white-wine clam sauce over pasta, and it was utterly complimentary. This brews great stand alone too.

It nails the style, and tastes great. The fact that it's from Italy makes it even more the appealing brew. A real treat!

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Photo of Pencible
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Perhaps my first Italian beer, this poured a muddy mahogany with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like a blend of cabernet grapes, oak, apple cider and mulled spices, and some citrus hops. It tasted like leathery and oaky malt, tart grape/wine hops, and spicy apple cider. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting tart aftertaste. Overall this was half beer, half wine, and all delicious. It had a great, unique flavor that was intricate, clean and drinkable.

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Photo of trodersark
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle was from Batch #10 in 2009. Poured from a 750ML Bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown, almost looked a bit unfiltered, when held to the light looked like an amber red.

Smell: Like previously stated, the smell was extremely complex. Definitely able to smell the brett, and the sour tart cherries. Exceptional smell. A little funky, but nothing out of the norm for a sour.

Taste: Pretty Sour, but not overly sour. You can definitely taste the fruit in there. Quite tangy. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent enough, not flat at all.

Drinkability: At 8%, I could drink this entire bottle very comfortably. Easy to drink.

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Photo of BabaJohn
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a special ale. Bottled in 2005, Barrique poured a deep, cloudy and unfiltered red / brown (like dark raspberries), into a small wine glass. After a vigorous pour a half inch of smooth head formed and some gorgeous lacing remained as the glass emptied. A wonderful presentation all in all. Sour grape and wine-like aromas predominated with an accent of sweet malt. After the initial sour shock on the taste buds, this Panil turned out to be quite well balanced, with enough malt presence and even some tasty hop bitterness in the far background. Very subtle taste; a connoisseur’s beer. A distinctly red wine-like mouth feel and flavor predominates. I found it to be extremely drinkable and I highly recommend it as a choice for pairing with food. It was absolutely perfect with the porterhouse steak I just ate. One of the best I’ve had in recent months.

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Photo of chadspivey
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to guezelover for sharing this.

A: Dark copper color, nice head.

S: Tart, musty, oak notes.

T: very nice and tart, but not too tart. Green apple and sour cherry.

M: Stinging in a good way.

D: I like this a lot and could drink a lot of it.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wally for bringing this treat over last night!

Batch 12 (2010), Bottle # 2251

Pours a cloudy plum-red that gets consistently darker with each pour. A thin, white, head rests on top and leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Looks quite nice for a Flanders Red.

Oaky, fruity and a bit earthy on the nose. Light, sweet, acidity mixed with wet hay, apples, cherries and red grapes. Light funk lingers as well. One of the best Flanders aromas I've nosed.

Smooth, creamy, cherry and grape with light acidic tartness. Vanilla and oak barrel throughout. The sourness profile is well executed, adding a nice level of fruit acidity without coming across like some version of vinegar. I really like this. The cognac barrels have done nice things to this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light, well-integrated, sourness. Great body.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. I'm typically not a huge fan of Flanders, but this one is done very well. Exceptionally smooth throughout. Right up there with the Rodenbach offerings. I could drink this all day. I highly recommend picking up a bottle if you see it.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from my self appointed flemish week. This was a extremely well balanced bit of cherry, bitter wood cognac, earth and tart. The pour was as expected, with a nice bright head that doesn't stick around for the whole glass but has some retention. Nose is one dimensional tart cherry, some sweet malt but not as bready as expected. Palate is balanced with tart that is back with black fruit and red wine. The finish is a bitter kick of cognac and herbal rosemary. Mild tobacco bitter and an untraceble abv.

had it again... vintage 2005 bottle in the summer of 2011... a exceptional flemish red. intense wet saddle leather saltiness... tart of balsamic vinegar, cherries, tobacco and tannins that i've only come across in wine. excellent.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flute

looks like: A quick explanation would be that it looks like a very dark rose champagne with a little less pink. Beautiful cascading bubbles and just a bit of head around the edges of the flute, translucent amber/cherry in color.

smells like: Aromas of green apples, raspberries and white grapes. Not unlike a dry champagne on the nose.

Tastes like: Pleasant sourness across the board. A bit of lactic sourness, a bit of funky woody notes, even sourness that returns the thoughts of grapes, apples and sour berries. This beer is absolutely delicious.

Feels like: Quite dry, bubbly and medium in body, this beer reminds me of drinking a nice champagne. It's quite nice.

Well hot-damn! Those Italians made something that I actually like (kidding the Italians make lots of stuff I like :) This beer is tasty, approachable, sour and overall just delicious. I would suggest this beer to anyone who says they don't like beer but claims to like champagne. It's just a great thing really.

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Photo of IronMickey
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a 2009 oak-aged bottle I picked up last year in KC

A: Cloudy, copper-amber. solid carbonation; more fizz than foam. little head, maybe half a finger, but it stays. Don't have much to compare it to (maybe Duchese?) but it's inviting.

S: Tough to describe Complex. Dark fruit-- plums, cherries, even some pears. Tart-- lots of tart, singes the nose a bit. Also some vanilla, some wine, and some oak.

T: Same as the smell but heavier on the tart and pear. Sweet initially but sours up quick. A very complex beer-- I wish I had paired it with a dessert but I didn't want to contaminate my palate during the review.

M: Carbonated heavily, big bubbles. Leaves a sweetness that turns into a tongue-puckering sour. I really love this carbonation-- makes the beer feel great in the mouth.

D: Smooth. Complicated, but very smooth. Again, I love the carbonation and the tartness. Excellent beer-- very unusual.

I corked the bottle with maybe 5oz left to try with a dessert tonight. I don't know how it will hold up over 20ish hours with the top off, but I'm willing to risk it to pair it with some sweets.

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Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about the Italian beers for a while now and when I was recently in whole foods on Manhattan's Upper West Side, there was quite a selection. Barleywines, stouts and this very good beer. It says red sour ale and that's exactly what it is and, in my opinion as good as any sour ale i've had.

Dark Red color, excellent sour flavor and aroma. This is an excellent beer! I would almost rate it as high as a good gueze.

The only problem is that it's a little expensive.

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Photo of Naugros
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007, Batch Number 8, bottle #1827.

A nice plum color, bordering on brown. A nice head rose at first and after sitting becomes a spotty foam on top. The carbonation rises through the foam and causes those spots that burst through.

Yep, that smells like a sour ale. A little fruity a little vinegary, very musty/funky. If this had any more fruit smell I'd think it was a kriek.

Sour cherry flavors abound and one would think there were Morellos in the recipe, but there aren't. The sourness is just about perfect and is carries to you with the oak. Fitting since the barrels are what "infects" the beer. The malts display as earthiness and delivers sweetness without being cloying. The finish is woody and dry and leaves behind a very pleasant sour aftertaste. At some point, the aftertaste starts bringing an impression of the skin of granny smith apples. Tell me I'm wrong.

The carbonation level is spot on for the style and the alcohol only makes its presence known in the finish, which is dry, sour and doesn't overstay. But my taste buds wish it would and prompt the salivation glands to continue to flow until I give them more. I had no problem killing the whole 750ml by myself and I could have had another.

I have a habit of trying the top beer in a style or grouping with the first one I get. The first kriek I ever drank was Cantillon and everything else paled in comparison. I may have done it again with Italian craft beers. This is my first and if this isn't the best then what is yet to come should be magnifico! Oh how I wish had some prosciutto and mozzarella to go with this.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this, it was during a tasting that featured quite a few much more aggressive sours, so I decided to hold off on reviewing until I was able to try a glass on its own. Here we go:

Poured into a tall goblet. Has a semi-cloudy brown appearance; not quite crystal clear, but not murky either. No particulate matter noted. Foam isn't crazy-high, but does retain well.

The beer smells exactly as I would expect - lot of balsamic, and wood. A little rotting apple, cola, root beer as it warms. But mostly balsamic. Not sharply balsamic - it doesn't "smell sour" like a Cantillon lambic; it merely smells "tart." Minor plastic-y notes.

This is a very solid, uncompromising, straight down the middle Flanders Red. All the hallmarks of the style are here - balsamic tartness, little woody vanilla and that tough to describe leathery "cellar" character, green apple that shows sweet, briefly, even some minor flowery hop bitterness. No one component overly assertive, great sweet/tart balance and complexity. Reviewing to style, I feel very justified in awarding a 5.0. You can find American interpretations of the style that take the sour further, but that's not what I feel this is trying to be - I think this is supposed to be an attempt at a traditional Flanders Red, and to that end, its flavor is outstanding.

Sharply bubbled, though perhaps not near as quenching as a Rodenbach.

I think I can say with pretty fair certainty that most appreciators of this style would not have trouble taking care of this 750 on their own. It's going down pretty easily for me.

Oh, by the way, this is an '09. Expensive, but I say worth the odd purchase every now and again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown/ deep amber color with a white head. In the aroma, sour dark cherries and white grape-ish. In the taste, small sour dark fruit, mostly cherry. A medium smooth and small sour mouthfeel and a dry sour fruitiness (cherry) in the aftetaste. Sour in the nose and in the aftertaste, yet not overly sour in the taste, and very wine-ish.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Batch #11, 2009. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a deep cranberry juice red with a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a lasting film.
S: Super funky funk on this one. Smells like a moldy mushrooms growing on a dirty diaper mixed with strong cheese, oak, and musty earth. Earthy mushrooms and musty earth dominate, but I get faint hints of tart red fruits beneath. Rich compost comes to mind.
T: Follows the nose with musty and dank notes of rich earth. More fruit comes through on the mouth than the nose lead on, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Cheese, mushrooms, cranberry, and raspberry come through nicely. Brown ale flavors of caramel malt and buttery nuts come through, as well as buttery oak. The finish is slightly tart with a twang of acid, and the aftertaste is mildy greasy and slick. Red berries linger long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body, fairly slick and greasy mouthfeel, low and fizzy carbonation.
O: Impressively complex. A good blend of tart red fruits, barrel aged mustiness, and sweet brown ale. Good to age, this could have lasted even longer. Cheers.

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Photo of bruachan
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch #9 from 2007. bottle #881

deep brownish red (looked a little pink while pouring). head wasn't opulent but is actually pretty good for a flanders

fantastic aroma: sour but thoroughly malty

mounting acetic character allows for appreciation of the fruity and malty elements before the tart kicks in. pear, cider. red flanders typically aren't the deepest of brews, presenting a major feature that we all love so, but this one defies ever so slightly

light and champaigny. refreshing. to be honest i can't really tell that it's oak-aged. perhaps oaky vanilla just doesn't adhere itself to this style, or perhaps i would notice if i had an unoaked batch to compare

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Photo of crotharagain
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent brown with a red tint, minimal foam.
Aroma has slight undertones of yeast and red wine.
Taste is superbly balanced, just the right amount of tartness.
Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation higher than I expected with the foam.
Overall, very very good.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005, 750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours deep ruby and clear with an inch-plus head of bone dense foam.
Retention is fairly remarkable for a sour. A solid skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, with a few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with soured cherries, acid-laced malt, tannic oak, and minerally stonefruit. A slightly jammy note pulls through along with tart appleskins.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tart mouthfeel. Drying and quenching.

Red fruits and clean acid start the palate as well as cherry pits, appleskins, and an oaky dryness.
An intense, wine-like vineousity steps forward and crushes what slight residual sweetness was found at the beginning.
Drying tannins and a woody earthiness follows through.

Finishes with lingering bright acid, cherry pits and drying, minerally tannins.

What a great beer. So damn drinkable with just enough acid and barely lactic. Just a brief hint of residuals up front adds a nice complexity to the bone-dry tannins in the finish.
Massively quenching.

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Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #9, 2007, bottle#860. the reviews for this beer are sort of all over the place. i love flanders style reds, and i rather love this interpretation. masterfully crafted, silky smooth, lightly carbonated, just the right amount of oak... a true delight. a lot of oak in the nose, which is on the slightly faint side, but the taste comes out nicely balanced with all the proper cherry, lemon, plum and sour vinegarish flavors of a great FRA. this was a real treat. bacon is the new vegetarian, 40 is the new 20, and italy is the new belgium.

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