Canus Invertus - Cherry
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Canus Invertus - CherryCanus Invertus - Cherry
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #55
Ranked #16,725
3.9 | pDev: 14.36%
Friday at 10:32 PM
Aug 25, 2019
Very Good
Canus Invertus - CherryCanus Invertus - Cherry
Notes: A tart Flemish-style red ale brewed with cherries.
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Ratings by ChrisMon02:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

Dark ruby color with a small pink head that recedes quickly leaving no head.

Vinegar, tannins and cherry on the nose and palate. No burn when swallowed.

Low, prickly carbonation.

A really enjoyable sour from 3 Floyds. Pricey but worth it. Recommended.

Oct 26, 2020
More User Ratings:
3.74 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Friday at 10:32 PM
4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana on Dec 11, 2021
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Dark reddish orange, thin layer of foam that rises and recedes quickly, no lace. Looks like a red wine in the glass in lower light.

Acidic cherry aroma, some light vinegar sharpness as it warms.

Sharp cherry vinegar, very sour and puckering, nearly brutally so. Dry finish, fleeting cherry taste obliterated by acetic acid. Medium bodied, low carb. Overall this really doesn’t have the finesse of Flemish Reds, just brutally sour like AWA’s were a decade ago.

Nov 26, 2021
4.12 by Meddwol from Michigan on Nov 14, 2021
3.62 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Nov 03, 2021
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3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by Dirtforker

I'm not fond of sours; I don't drink them anymore. However I do enjoy Flemish ales and lighter sours. This one advertises as 'slightly tart' but it annihilated my taste buds and produced an epic burn in my abdomen. It is practically undrinkable for me. As others have said it's much more like a wild ale/sour than a Flemish-style.

Oct 31, 2021
3.91 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Oct 11, 2021
4.08 by Budlum from Maryland on Jul 22, 2021
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3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: super sour, vinegar, tart cherries, big acidic coating on tongue. Cherry liqueur nose. Deep Red/Ruby color hue, clear, white foam head some delicate lace. Medium to med/full body. Sour heads will love this beer, I found too acidic to drink a whole glass. 7 IBUs

Jun 20, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

Thanks to Ovaltine in NBS BIF #13:, poured into a Surley glass for the same fine gentleman

L: deep brownish to red faint little lacing head faded fast minor haze
S:not a sour bomb faint some deep brown bread like malt, light cherries (blind might not pick up) ends with a light tang
T: just a the right level of sour deep malt notes figs ish
M: full medium carb

O: I really enjoyed this and great sipper, I have bee tasting a bunch of Kriek;s and it was fun to see the Flemish red with cherries and how they compared, this was little more full with a bigger malt back bone and acid to support.

Jun 19, 2021
3.94 by Zaphog from Michigan on Jun 04, 2021
4.08 by cd34 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 9/20/20, had 10/20/20.

Pours a brownish red color, mostly clear, with a half inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Smells a little sour and tart. Aromas of cherries, malt, oak, some brown sugar, some red wine, light caramel and vinegar. The flavor shows a good amount of sourness and light tartness, with a low level of acidity. Flavors of cherries, malt, oak, some caramel, light red wine and cranberries, light brown sugar. Tastes a little peppery. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

Definitely cherry forward, but it works well for this. Pretty on point for the style. Lots of good aromas and flavors. Very enjoyable.

Nov 17, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - dark dark dark red with a slight head, looks thick
Smell - very tart cherry smell
Taste - tart cherry
Feel - pretty full body with a medium light carb
Overall - really tart cherry but pretty good

Nov 10, 2020
4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Oct 27, 2020
3.99 by prototypic from Ohio on Oct 18, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Fizzy head quickly fades; perfectly in line with the style. Body is a deep reddish-brown.

Nose is fairly classic Flemish red, perhaps a touch less sour, and a bit sweeter from the cherries. Vinegar, oak, tannins, and cherries, along with just a touch of caramel.

Bitingly sour and tart on the palate; immediately puckering up front, and it doesn't let off. The cherries are a nice complement. Mostly vinegar and tannins, along with lovely cherry notes. Doesn't have the depth or funkiness of a more traditional Flemish red ale, but has plenty of punch.

Oct 18, 2020
4.19 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Oct 04, 2020
4 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Oct 01, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a reddish tinged brown with a soapy tan head that flees the premises pretty much immediately. Tart cherry aromas on the nose and especially on the taste, but not cloyingly so. Very refreshing on a warm summer day.

Jul 17, 2020
4 by drstalker from Illinois on May 04, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Foggy burnt red with a short but fluffy off-white head that settles to a thin blanket that's thicker around the edges.

An airy froth delivers flavors of cherry cola with buttery white wine and white oak before coming to a sticky yet dry finish that brings out black pepper, but also Kool-Aid!

This is a lot better than many of the half-assed attempts at playful sours coming out these days, but it's quite a teeter-totter, and is just too sour.

Jan 21, 2020
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1.3/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by ComputerGhost from West Virginia


Jan 05, 2020
4.68 by Wasted_Youth from Indiana on Dec 29, 2019
4 by Warren2621 from Indiana on Dec 29, 2019
4.24 by nwhittin from Indiana on Dec 02, 2019
4.1 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Taking the highly traditional, highly classic Flanders styled red ale and completely turning it on its head, Three Floyds Brewing puts their unique American spin on the style for an update to a taste of history.

Rusty maroon in its pour, the moderately frothy Canus Invertus (Cherry) shares a cherry rich scent through its broken foam and teases the nose with promises of strong red wine, cider, oak and a piquant tingle of tartness. A suggestion of cherry pastries come to mind with the first sip along with hard candy, taffy and a general toasted savory flavor.

As the flavors develop, the taste of black cherry intensifies and quickly leads the pack of flavors past a cidery taste of red apple, rhubarb and cranberry and into the world of burgundy wine. As its moderate sweetness recedes, its tartness is strong of lime, lemon and sour grape. Shy of the balsamic character of traditional Flemish ale, a cleaner, sharper and more peppery acidic bite grips the late palate.

Medium bodied and much more simplified than the toastier, nuttier and more oaken flavors of the classics, This cherry red ale leads down a cherry heavy finish with a prickle of acetone in a medium length and warming aftertaste. Canus Invertus in its cherry form has much more in common with a generic American Wild Ale than it does Flanders Red Ale.

Oct 24, 2019
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Oct 20, 2019
4.24 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Sep 22, 2019
4.25 by aasher from Indiana on Sep 11, 2019
Canus Invertus - Cherry from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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