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Flanders Drive | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Flanders DriveFlanders Drive

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 11-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 82
Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this in trade with Jvillefan earlier this year... Thanks a bunch Michael, this was REALLY well done.

Looks like a light cola on the pour... tan head with spotty lacing.

Nose is pretty proper... balanced acetic/fruity notes... dark cherries and plum.. bourbon is there but shows as more of a vanilla presence.

If you subtract the barrel presence, this is a better Flanders Red than many of the Continental versions that limp to our local shelves. Again very fruity with the expected acetic/tannic wine notes... fermented out sweet cherries with underripe plums. The barrels add an all encompassing vanilla character..

A residual sweetness adds to the body... good bubbles lead to a bit of a burpy burn for me.

This is a winner... Damn happy I was able to try it... Thanks a bunch Michael... You are a fantastic trader.


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Photo of charlzm
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on December 31st, 2012. Thanks to Mr. Clark for sharing!

Poured at refrigerator temperature (too cold!) into La Trappe chalice. Fail on two fronts!!!

Anyway, beer pours from the bottle a ruddy reddish-brown with a tan head about two fingers tall. Head settles down fairly quickly to a thin skin of foam.

A Flanders red is supposed to be tart and fruity, and this one conforms to style. Sour cherries supported by a subtle base of caramel malt. Some mild vinegar and oak notes. Didn't smell or taste bourbon as others have noticed, but I will admit that the beer was served too cold and drunk so quickly due to its deliciousness that it probably just never had a chance to come out.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, helped along by a goodly amount of carbonation.

I liked this as much as a Rodenbach Grand Cru, and that's saying something.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Lightly tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed dark ruby body.

S - The use of bourbon barrels for a Flanders-style beer is intriguing, and the whiskey certain cuts a wide swath through the flavor profile. A mixture of oak and lactic sourness follow, with light caramel malt and a hint of savory balsamic vinegar in the periphery.

T - The taste is a bit more acidic, with a mixture of lemon tartness and cherry vinaigrette. Bourbon shows up in the finish along with a dollop of wet oak barrel. There are hints of tobacco and dill as well.

M - Medium body with pleasant carbonation. Quite dry and oaky, although it finishes fairly clean. Minimal alcohol presence helps this go down smoothly and acidity is fairly restrained as well.

D - The bourbon is an interesting twist on the style and while it adds depth I'm not 100% it totally works for. That being said, it isn't overdone and lets the base beer shine through sufficiently. I'd drink this again, but I don't think I'd seek it out actively. Could definitely get through the entire 375ml with no troubles.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First sour I've had from Green Flash. Surprisingly very nicely done.

Appearance: Pours a tawny color with slight haze. A dense two finger head forms, lasting for a few minutes before settling down to a film.

Smell: Plenty of acidity and oak. Whiffs of tart cherry and balsamic vinegar pop out, though this leans toward cleaner lactic sour notes. Bourbon undertones appear as the beer warms, which work nicely with the cherry and dark vinegar aromas. Thankfully there's little sweetness, just a touch of dark malt.

Palate: Big sour cherry notes up front, supported by substantial oak tannins. Bourbon lends a hint of sweetness to an otherwise pretty dry beer. The body is nice, big and silky with a strong finish. Great acidity that leans toward lacto, though there's enough aceto to give it that signature Flemish sour character. Sourness drops off fast in the finish, leading into gentle tannins and dark malt.

Overall: Not a style I generally care for, but this is very well done. The balance between barrel, sourness and malt is nearly perfect.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1650th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Split with GuruDel

App- A darker brown color. In the glass it looks like the bottle color. Ive said that a few times with a beer, but this nailed it. The head on this one was a light tan with a good cling and a nice topping to the beer. A good dense center with some ruby edges.

Smell- This was a very nice smelling beer. A bit fresh and could use some time to sit for a bit to become more integrated. The flanders aroma is there with a good bit of tart and acid and then tempered by the bourbon barrels. Smells like a smaller version of Boxers revenge from JK

Taste- I enjoyed this beer while standing around BS'ing with Vince. I was grilling some burgers and the beer hit the spot. This was a nice base flanders with some good acid and tart and a bit of a dryness behind it. The bourbon adds a layer of booze and complexity to it.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a good medium bubbly carbonation with a good bit of bourbon and oak behind it. The dryness comes in and adds a bit of a soft prickly flavor to it.

Drink- Thanks Vince. I wasnt able to make it to SD for this one. Very flavorful barrel aged sour. I would like to sit on a bottle for a while. Hopefully I can find one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Flanders Drive from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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