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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
Reviews by charlzm:
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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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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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