Cellar 3: Flanders Drive
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Cellar 3:  Flanders DriveCellar 3:  Flanders Drive
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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,833
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.25%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
173
From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  31
Gots
  30
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Cellar 3:  Flanders DriveCellar 3:  Flanders Drive
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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Reviews by Dbrulet:
Photo of Dbrulet
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of Evan
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!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
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.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
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.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGray
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Flash09
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McMatt7
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tylertut
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cellar 3: Flanders Drive from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 173 ratings