Cellar 3: Flanders Drive
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #24
Ranked #4,401
4.12 | pDev: 8.25%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: Flanders Drive is the result of intense Brewmaster contemplation. Built on a canvas of structured malts, the sourness develops during extended aging in wood barrels lending to the beer’s depth and complexity. Heady top notes of tart cherry and dark fruit mingle with rich, subtle malt in the background for a truly satisfying sour ale.
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cosmicevan from New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle gifted to me by the brewery after I had an infected silva stout. this one has just been taking up.space so popped it alongside a few others like that. thus was the star of the pack being pretty drinkable.

nice Flanders flavoring in an accessible package that is not overly plasticy. tart cherry is not too tart, bourbon is very subtle and complimentary to the whole... fairly refreshing actually. nice one.

Nov 27, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With one foot in Belgium and the other in Kentucky, the worlds of Flemish red ale and bourbon barrel aging are arranged in a marriage that brings the best out of both.

Flanders Drive pours a rusty brownish red with a short but confident sandy froth. Its succulent and tantalizing scent billows over with dark cherry, balsamic, oak and vinous red wine. Once on the the tongue, its malty taste is resolute with dark fruit, taffy and toasted nuttiness.

The taste simply blossoms on the middle palate as the fruits of cherry, plum, date and fig play delicately on the tongue. A follow-up of cider, dry red wine, and balsamic offer its savory satisfaction with a robust, nearly chocolaty tangy. What's left is a highly acidic finish with the odd allure of acetone, oak, vanilla and coconut.

With its taste coming to a close, the beer's medium-light body retains enough of a malty heft to highlight the beer's brazen acidity and its vinegar-like charm. Lightly bittered and softly boozy, it's culminating taste is quick with fruit and wine in a medium-length afterglow.

May 20, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled at a tasting. Dark ruby pour with a small tan head. Smells of cherries, rosé wine, vanilla and bourbon. Tastes like vinegar, vanilla, macerated cherries and bourbon barrel. Excellent.

Mar 26, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color with light brown head. Aroma has tart fruits, balsamic vinegar and bourbon. Taste is really sour, acetic, astringent with nice bourbon and caramel in the background. Body is light, dry and astringent with a good amount of carbonation. Really nice, complex taste.

Mar 19, 2016
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rawfish from California

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Garnet opaque pour, nets little head or retention. No lacing left of the glass, attractive cherry cola color on the edges.

Oh this is gonna be sour! There is a cloud of acetic acid aroma hanging about two inches over the liquid layer, past that you can actually begin to smell more nuances. Attic funk and oak immediately are picked out but I also get wine, bourbon, leather and shoe closet.

Solid malt backbone with appreciable sweetness, good blend with a pomegranate and cranberry fruity forefront, the oak and wine take hold about halfway through the drink and the finish is nice, vinegar and woody dry. Notes of leather, strawberry jam, vanilla and sharpies. As expected, very sour as well.

The amount of acid in this makes my stomach churn and my head buzz but it has good balance. Sweetness takes on the oak drying and tartness while there is a drinkable body and carbonation.

Easily the best offering by Cellar 3 I have had, kinda bashes you over the head with the acidity of it all but there are enough complexities that you want to dive in to explore.

Mar 08, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have loved this whole cellar 3 series, but this might be my least favorite beer in it. still excellent and delicious, but with some flaws in my opinion. its weird to put a flanders type in a bourbon barrel i think, ive always thought that. the bright fruity acid and vinegar properties with the sweet vanilla and booze of the bourbon, it just doesnt always add up right, and im not sure it does here. i also think this is way overly acidic. almost taste sour mashed and sour fermented, both. there is so much lactic acidity in this that it hurts my teeth and my belly, and its unflattering to the other flavors, not least of which is the bourbon. cool dark fruit thing, and a cranberry type pucker as well, pithy and raw, and carbonation is on point for a beer like this. i go back and forth between liking and disliking it with each sip. at times too much acid, at times too much bourbon, at times not enough body, at times just right. constantly in flux. a little goes a long way here, and its worth trying, especially for the "no beer is too sour for me" machismo cats out there, but for me this was in need of a little fine tuning.

Jan 21, 2016
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured lightly hazed red-brown, little head (which is OK for the style)

Fantastic aroma, with a little yeast funk, vanilla, cherry, and a hint of dank oak

Very tart flavor, lemon, plum, and sour cherry top notes, with a hint of leather. Oak, toffee, vanilla and just a hint of bourbon lurking at the back.

Wonderful astringency, surprisingly lively carbonation level given the small head.

Well put together Flanders red that represents the key stylistic points well, with some nice subtle deviations from the norm with the barrel notes. Complex enough that I would probably recommend it for folks already somewhat familiar with the style. It would be fun to put this in a blind taste test among some of the big names, I suspect it would make a fine showing, as someone mentioned below.

Dec 14, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish body with minimal head and lace. Aroma is tart fruits, mostly tart cherry (that's probably all I am accustomed to picking up) and has a touch of woodiness in the aroma. Light bodied beer that balances sweet and sour aspects and at times reminded me of a framboise (which is raspberry, I know). Tart, not too puckering fruits like cherries and grapes (beer had a slightly vinous quality thanks to barrel aging, in my opinion), not too boozy but a little sweetness from both bourbon barrels and fruits. Not boozy at all and just enough malt presence to keep beer from being overly sour/tart.

Nov 05, 2015
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a blinded tasting comparing this + Oude Tart + the big 3 tradition Belgian varieties. This was my second favorite of the day. There is a slight burnt note that doesnt quite fit, otherwise this was hugely successful

Oct 26, 2015
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Flemish red . Spot on tartness. BBA really complemented the dark fruit, wild yeasts and astringent sour quality of the beer. Bourbon and oak seemed to bring pleasant accents not distractions. Remarkably smooth and gentle.

Oct 23, 2015
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rhartogsq from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this one. have had it on tap, and most recently the bottle. Think of it as a slightly cheaper and less palate fatiguing Cascade San Royale....which is also excellent. The barrel, fruit and tartness are great. I think @jovial_Libations review nails the flavor in his review below.

Oct 06, 2015
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Jovial_Libations from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 ml bottled on 04/30/15 into a tulip. Pours a dark reddish brown color with adequate carbonation. Initial impressions are a

S- Tart cherries, vinegar,
T - , tart, acidic, cherry, green apple, aong with the uber funk "blue cheese' like brett flavors and some of the bourbon oak barrel make for a very interesting combination to say the least.
F - Perhaps a bit too acidic and funky but well crafted.
O- Extreme funky, complex beer that reminds me of Supplication and despite all the aging needs some time to breathe. Even after so, its not for everybody and $18 per 750ml bottle, pricey.

Sep 24, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, off-white film for a head.

Smells of tart cherry, apple, and wine grapes. Additionally lots of bretty sourness.

Tastes of strong bretty sourness, cherries, and mild oak bitterness.

Medium body with stinging carbonation.

Pretty decent American sour ale, very sour actually. Taste could stand to have more dimensions to it. Not going to be a hit unless you really like sours, but if you do it's very worth trying.

Sep 21, 2015
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Can_has_beer from Texas

2.46/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Terrible. Ethyl acetate and acetic acid on the nose. First sip has a smooth mouthfeel, with dark cherrywood flavors, but on the back end comes the solvent-like finish. This was poured out. Not good.

Sep 06, 2015
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whoever said this drinks like a 10%er wasn't kidding. Everything was great up the the aftertaste. Not picking up any barrel. The alcohol burns. Still....very tart and enjoyable. Worth trying once but not worth the price tag.

Sep 04, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown pour, tan collar. Love the bourbon barrel influence on the nose: molasses, brown sugar, and booze undergird the tart cherry, vanilla, oak, balsamic, and various dried dark fruits. Wonderful. Taste is not nearly as complex, more like cherries soaked in bourbon and toasty oak, which don't get me wrong is great. Feel is different, it is new world but it makes those influences feel like they belong. Great take here

Aug 21, 2015
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish red with little to no head.

Smells of cherries, cranberries, vanilla, and red wine vinegar.

Taste is similar to the smell, tart cherries and cranberries with a mouth puckering sourness reminiscent of red wine vinegar. I don't get a lot of bourbon or the barrel in this beer but I did just drink a BCBS so maybe those taste buds are a little saturated right now. There is a hint of vanilla. Very nice beer, one of the best Flanders Red Ales I've had.

A big shout out to Mike at Green Flash for sending this out to me.

Aug 09, 2015
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Evan from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was sent by Green Flash as an apology beer for Silva. Apology accepted! A tongue shredding Flanders Red that has been balanced out by the influence of the bourbon barrel, resulting in a delicious and complex beer. Reminiscent of a Love Child series brew. I will definitely buy bottles of this when I see it. Tasty stuff!

Aug 01, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/30/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, light bourbon, light red wine vinegar/leather, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, light bourbon, light red wine vinegar/leather, light musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, light vinegar/leather, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Flanders red ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. The bourbon barrel does add a some additional unique complexity; but the overall beer tasted very traditional to style. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 18, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tart cherries and cranberries up front with a strong finish of oak and bourbon on the finish. Great complex beer, better than silva stout. Enough nuances to keep you entertained throughout the bottle. Pricey but worth it.

Jul 13, 2015
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d3brewing from California

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We've all heard the joke, after Silva Stout of course Cellar 3 is going to brew a sour but this flanders is legit.
It is sour, more than I would like in a flanders, and I would like to smell and taste a little more fruit but it's still a real tasty beer. It hit the shelves in SD 6/12/15 and found it at my local bottle shop for $17 and it was worth it. If you see it try it.

Jun 16, 2015
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky amber color, and you immediately get hit with a strong tart aroma; the kind you feel in the back of your jaw. Taste is very tart at first, but settles in with deep bourbon notes. This beer tastes a lot bigger than it is. Feels more like a 10% wild ale. Tastes damn good, though.

Jun 09, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I don't normally associate Green Flash with either sours or waxed caps and this has to be one of the toughest wax jobs to remove I have ever encountered - way too thick; after removing the wax, the cap popped off silently but there was still a reasonable amount of carbonation that produced a bit of a modest tan head on top of the tawny brown liquid; the retention was not great but there was a viscous dotting of lace

Smell: Hints of Bourbon and vanilla are in the mix, but the lactic dark cherry tones make up most of the aroma; hints of chocolate, too

Taste: The sweeter caramel, chocolate and dark cherry tones arrive, up front, the combination producing a flavor reminiscent of cola; acetic tartness builds through the middle and subtle hints of Bourbon, oak and vanilla develop in the finish; lactic sourness in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: An interesting take on the Flanders Red style but I am not sure that Bourbon barrel treatment really works with the style; glad I tried it, though, as I was curious

Thanks, danwho, for the opportunity

Jan 10, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Brownish red. Small cream-colored collar.

Smell - Acetic and oaky. Vanilla. Caramel. I don't get much bourbon directly, but the vanilla and oak play nicely with the acidity.

Taste - Moderate acetic sourness. Caramel malts. Bourbon is much more prominent here, along with a nice vanilla and malty flavor lingering in the back.

Mouthfeel - I seldom say something isn't sour enough, but I think this could use a bit more. Well carbonated.

Overall - Smells great, but the flavors are a little tame.

Jun 15, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't think of Green Flash as a sour meister, but I am willing to give them a chance to show their skillz. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

The color and aroma are on the mark per style. Its color is like crimson with a slight orangish hue. The aroma is pleasant tart with an acidic cherry note to go with the tartness. There's is some slip-off when the beer is tasted, though as it stands is not a bad ale. It's modestly tart and doesn't overwhelm the taste sensors, not over the top nor is it the vibrant Flanders Red as some of the others.

Sep 14, 2013
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 174 ratings