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Charlton Rouge | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Brewed by:
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in red wine barrels

Added by Jason on 09-04-2012

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 29
Photo of irrevjim
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle into a teku (really liking the teku)
look; dark, slightly brighter than amber hue, sort of chocolate cherryish amber. tiny fluffy head that disappears quickly, lots of large carbonation bubbles that also disappear quickly and tiny ones that remain
smell; tart cherry, cherry wood, cherry tobacco, cider vinegar
taste; sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, sweet, maraschino-like middle and sour cherry/balsamic again at the finish
feel; smooth, there's carbonation but it feels a little flat, not lower carbonation but conspicuously flat, just a little. medium bodied but slightly watery finish
overall; i think the flavors are well balanced and the beer is enjoyable, could fuss about how it feels a little unfinished, i've had better, pricier examples of this style from flanders, and jolly pumpkin la roja is a great domestic bastardization of this style, i'd enjoy one again, may or may not buy one again

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Photo of jbertsch
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle was 15 months old. Barrel 2.

Poured into a tulip.

Ruby red/amber in appearance with a little fizzy head that faded quickly.

Aroma gave off a little tartness, touch of vinegar and cherry.

The flavor starts off fine with a little cranberry-like tartness up front. But that quickly fades to almost nothing. There's a lack of complexity and malt behind the initial tartness that makes the beer taste boring and lackluster.

Mouthfeel has below average carbonation that's just too minimal, even for a flanders red - a style that I normally accept lower carbonation as fine.

I drain-poured this. There's nothing specifically bad or off-putting about it. It's just so bland and boring that I don't want to waste my time or caloric intake with it...especially when I have plenty of better beers in the cellar and fridge. Idle Hands is 0 for 2 with me. I may just have to nix them from my purchase considerations...a shame because I like supporting local beers that are worth the money.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark reddish brown. Thin tan head.

S-The aroma is rather soft. There is a light tartness. Slight wooden notes. Sour cherries. Caramel too.

T-Lactic sourness, cherries and caramel maltiness. Oak comes through a bit.

M-Smooth feel. Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-A decent Flanders. Has some cool stuff going on but it leaves more to be desired.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really not getting the hate on this one. Most recent batch of this is my favorite, but even previous batches were solid but not exceptional Flanders reds. Newest version is deeply fruity and has a very nice tartness without being very vinegary. Mouthfeel is way behind rodenbach, but saying this is behind rodenbach isn't exactly a fair comparison. All in all, very flavorful and one of the better domestic examples of the style I've had.

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Photo of harrymel
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Barrel 1, 30APR13

Pours a murky brown with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells of wood, cherries, lactic acidity, a little hint of grain and some balsamic. Flavor is tame: grain, sweet malts, light tartness, some cherries, a bit of grain and oak. Medium bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. I think the nose is nice, but the rest leaves a bit to be desired.

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Charlton Rouge from Idle Hands Craft Ales
3.44 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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