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Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 49
Photo of harrymel
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2008, Batch #10
Bottle 93

Cherry brown with etched light tan foam. Smells like stilton cheese, oak, some pie cherry, really not taking much on the nose here personally. As it warms, it kinda reminds me of cherry jolly rancher smell. Flavor is lightly tart with rich acetic character, lightly sweet and a good bit of oak. Thin with light, ticklish carb and a dry finish. Overall the beer is really drinkable, as it warms, it is really inviting as a beverage, makes me wish I were sitting in a lush leather chair at fireside.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this very generous extra. Batch 10, 2008 bottle, bottle number 1525.

Appearance – Pours a hazy, dark brown (though slight reddish hues are observed when held up to the light). About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a regular pour, which dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Heavy cherries and malt, oak, vinegar, lactic acid.

Taste – Immediate reaction is vinegar and the lactic sourness. Thankfully the lactic is a bit more prevalent than the vinegar. Earthy must, oak, cherries, slight funk. Also get a slightly disturbing metallic flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, light carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – One of the better Flanders I’ve had. Sadly, the more I have this style the more I realize I don’t particularly like it. With the beer having heavier funk and oak, and it being less sweet than other Flanders, it makes this an enjoyable beer overall. Glad I was able to try this!

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Photo of claytong
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 vintage

appearance - quite a bit of sediment at the end of the bottle, a deep dark cherry red. opaque, decent head and decent lacing

smell - red wine, sour currants, oak, figs, leather

taste - much the same with the currants being in between sour and sweet...this beer needs time to air out. was getting some iron at first but that dissipates after 20 minutes or so.

mouthfeel - sticky, decent carbonation after all. interesting body. sugary

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Batch 10, bottle 652. Pours a clear copper color with a collared white head. Not too much different than the regular version but just a little "cleaner". Cherry, light sour, and some mild oak. Littler sour fruit notes. Some alcohol notes come through on this one. Overall, more mellow than the regular version. Not too bad.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass, Batch #10 Riserva 2008, Bottle #299

A - Beer pours with a reddish hue colored body; opaque; not much head, that disappeared rather quickly; no lacing

S - Sour, soft vinegar scent; some sour fruits like green apple; barely any noticeable malt; leather; champagne

T - Slightly tart; sour vinegar wash; semi-fruit back-end, but the beer mostly carries a brut, dry, champagne taste; as the beer warms, a shift to white wine and oaky leather really becomes present in the beer

M - Thin body; tart and sour feel stays on the tongue for a while; tart hangover

D - Enjoyable in slow sips before a meal or with a nice cheese; develops some unique flavor characteristics as it warms up; a must try for those sour beer lovers

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Organic, unfiltered natural prunce juice brown. Murky, very creamy head.

S - Tart and tangy nose with a vinegar like sour quality. Dry oak notes detected as well.

T - So dry and tart! A dry oak body with a solid peat-like dry side. Oak casks thrown in the dry profile. Mild bitter-sweet fruit skin, and some subtle dry fruit skin sweetness.

M - Drying the palate, and tingling the tongue. Tart, smokey aftertaste.

O - Quality sour brew, nice take on the FRA, with this one one the smokey, dry, sour side.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #1944.

A - Medium brown beer with some reddish notes. Little bit of off-white head that had moderate retention and left some stick on the sides.

S - Some lactic notes as well as cherries, malt, oak, healthy dose of cognac. Some funk and vinegar.

T - The lactic sourness is pretty prevelant as well as the vinegar. Lots of oak and cognac, with some musty cherries and funk. Good stuff.

M - Smooth, a little jammy, medium bodied, dry finish, soft carbonation.

O - I like this beer as an easy drinker with some unique flavors. Would do it again, other than it is quite pricey.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a dark reddish-brown with a good amount of carbonation, and a small whitish head that receded to a wispy layer. Aroma of sour cherries, red wine and brandy, with some grassy notes. Tart taste of cherries and grapes up front, with a sense of spices present. Malty base, with caramel noticeable, and a very woody quality, almost earthy, with a touch of barnyard funk. Medium mouthfeel, pretty strong, and a nice drink.

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Photo of crusian
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10 riserva 2008 bottle #2109 from sioux falls... brought back by my awesome girlfriend.
Always wondered why there are not more reviews for this beer. Bought one for the light whale BIF in Portland... and just got a few bottles in Sioux falls... 8 reviews seems waay too low.

Anyway, pours a nice dark amber color with about a finger of head.
Nose has some interesting granny smith Apple/cherry notes that are sublime.
Taste seems on par with a lot of other sours I have had recently. It is becoming harder to impress me lately. It is good, don't get me wrong... just seems average as of late. The one thing that does seem to stand out is that it is not hugely sour... typically this would detract from the rating, but while it is not as sour, and I love sour... the more sour the better, it seems well balanced, which I have not really come across in a sour.
Nice oak presence... with just the right amount of sour. This is the most balanced sour I have ever had. the finish leaves no sour behind, while the front assaults the sour taste buds. very impressive.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. drank out of my duvel tulip. my buddy was nice enough to share this with me.

A- this one pours a dark red colored body with a brown tint to it. there is an very loud finger of tan colored head that violently fizzes away to no more than crown. little to no lacing gets left behind.

S- the first thing i notice about the nose is red wine vinegar. after that come some cherries and barnyard funk.

T- the taste starts out with a large amount of lactic sourness and bright cherries. there is a little bit of sweetness that attempts to balance, but falls short. the funk i could smell comes through musty and earthy. there is a healthy dose of oak in the taste also. this is much sour than sweet.

M- the body here is on the light side, maybe as big as medium. the carbonation is low which really works here. the sourness seems to vary from mild to intense from sip to sip. the aftertaste is quite dry. there is little to no hint of the alcohol.

D- this is a pretty easy drinking 8% sour. the glass went down with ease, but i think that like $23 is a little much for this.

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Photo of nas5755
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my 100th review

A- A dark brown with reddish hues; a thin, bubbly head from a very aggressive pour with little lacing. Darker than I expected.

S- Sour, oak, dark malts with tart cherries and berries.

T- A very refined Flanders. Lactic sourness leads the foray with cherries and a light malt flavor add to this very clean beer followed by an acetic finish with oak and cognac. A very clean beer. This is like Rodenbach but more refined and more brilliant in depth of flavor.

M- Carbonation is light. A very smooth beer.

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer. The abv is hidden, the sour flavors are very refined and pleasant with nothing coming close to overwhelming or even dominant. This is easily the best Flanders Red that I have ever had. The Price tag is close to $20 but this is one of the few beers that are worth it. I mentioned fruit numerous times in the review and I do not believe that fruit was actually added.

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Photo of harryhood1
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing example of a Flanders Red. Very sour but so drinkable at 8%. Lots of fruit notes that combine nicely with the sourness.

Medium carbonation and great mouthfeel. Definitely picking up the oak as well.

Flat out amazing beer. Even though it's a little expensive, it's well worth it. I will pick this beer up every time I see it from now on. Great sour!

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Photo of JAXSON
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

'RISERVA' version - aged 15 months in Bordeaux casks instead of 3, or something. Pours a fairly clear deep brownish read with a nice soapy beige head. Nose is lovely - cherries, brett, wet wood, just a rich, lovely nose. Much softer and more delicate in the mouth than its younger counterpart. Very well integrated mouth of brett, wood, and wine, with a dose of mildly sour cherries and a tiny bit of aged balsamic. Soft carbonation, lush mouthfeel. Way better than the regular Panil primarily through the lack of acetone.

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Photo of beeragent
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #11. 2009

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown, forming a thin off-white head that quickly fades.

S - Green apple aroma with a hint of vinegar.

T - Malty flavor, like a brown ale, hits the palate first along with a strong fruitiness with a sharp sourness. The oak flavor comes through more in the finish before the sourness takes back over.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth (as smooth as a sour can be).

D - Great sour fruity flavor throughout with a full oak finish. Aroma is very inviting but a little more vinegar than wanted. Nice smooth and clean mouthfeel. Easy drinker.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike to bringing this by Alex's. Bottle served into a Bells tulip...Pours a medium brown with red, highlights not much different than the regular Panil, a finger of tan head holds pretty well...Aroma stats off surprisingly sweet, vanilla, cognac, fruit, then has a little oak...Taste is decent, the cognac comes through a ton more with a weird alcohol finish, rounded out with oak, dark fruits and vinegar.

I wasn't a huge Panil fan the first time, this dind't really improved anything to me, if anything brings out more cognac than I'd care for.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review moved from 'Sour Version' to here, under it's appropriate label. Original review from 4-26-10

Batch 10, Riserva 2008, bottle #369

Pours a dusky amber red, sitting quite a deep brown in the glass with reddish highlights. Strong khaki head foams up and ultimately fades to a very slim patchy head. Surprisingly decent lacing.

Smells wonderfully husky sour with a touch of cotton candy. Bright underripe strawberry and faint horse stall with fresh hay. Nice.

A hearty sour by taste with a tinge of herbs and minerals. Nice dose of funk over a tart semi-sweet dense background of strong berries and grain. Comes up with intermittent notes of caramel nearing cocoa that fades between flashes of sour. One of the deeper sours I've had, presenting more than just a bright face of bitter funk. Only complaint is that it's a bit watery here and there, not consistently so, but notable sporadically.

Feel is nice, medium with a prickly carbonation on the tongue, and a clingy film left on the palate that draws out more of the flavor depth as you go. Perhaps more clingy than I want overall, but not bad.

Density and fullness of flavor make it slightly less refreshing than many other sours, but for the flanders style, this one is a stand out as excellent. Easy to drink, but mildly filling. Excellent in funk and depth of character.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Shared with my wife after going out for a nice dinner at Green Zebra. 2008 Vintage - Batch #10, Bottle 81. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

"What sets the Riserva apart is the next step: fifteen months spent in cognac barrels from Bordeaux, compared to the Barriquée's three."

A - A fairly hard pour yields almost a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a partial cap & thin collar. Lots of fast-moving bubbles are visible and coat the sides of the glass. A few specks of lace are left behind. The body is a dark cherry red-brown that is transparent when held to the light.

S - Lactic and light acetic sourness, fruity funkiness, sour cherries and berries (even though I'm pretty sure there isn't actual fruit in here), and a surprisingly present malt backbone. There also notes of vanilla, spicy oak, and cognac.

T - The taste is significantly more sour, with red wine vinegar and obvious oak character. It does sweeten up a bit as it warms, but the acetic acid and sour fruit flavors are the big players here - less funk. No obvious alcohol. I was actually a little surprised by the listed 8%.

M - Zesty but soft carbonation. Body seems lighter than the listed ABV, but it's not thin either - more medium and refreshing. End sticky at first and then slightly tannic and dry.

D - This was pretty terrific stuff. If you like Rodenbach at all, then you'll dig this one. Very drinkable, as my wife and I killed a 750ml bottle with no troubles. Wish it weren't so dang expensive.

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