Flanders-Style Red Ale
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #5,837
4.13 | pDev: 7.26%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Flanders-Style Red AleFlanders-Style Red Ale
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked and caged on 2-12-19, opened 1-17-21.
18 months in the barrel and close to 2 years in the bottle, nice pop upon uncorking.
1/4" off white head that fades quickly, down to a ring and island scenario.
Amber-golden with limited clarity and active carbonation visible. Light lacing.
Oak, red wine, sour cherry, and funk.
Sour, vinegary flash followed by red grape, wood, and a soft malt flavor that's unexpected.
Vinous quality intensifies midway through.
Soft and almost creamy mouthfeel is a bit of a surprise but welcome. Medium + carbonation.
Mild, pleasant sourness. Dry finish.

Jan 17, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish orange with fine, soapy head.

Smell is tart with a slight sweetness attached. Notes of cherries, raspberries, oak, vanilla and a bit of grass.

Taste is oaky and quite tart. Notes of cherries, raspberries, lime and hints of vanilla and funk. Not very acidic, but very well balanced. Hints of orange peel and a hint of bitterness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, with bright carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Flanders red, less acidic and intense than most, but very drinkable.

Jan 04, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Loyal Legion.

This is an excellent Flemish red, with a wonderful balance of red wine, red wine vinegar, vanilla and a cherry-like character. There's honey,a little lemon juice present. Sharp and sour on the palate with the piquant acetic note. Reminds me of the Ommegang Rouge.

Nov 19, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2018 vintage. Pour is an apple-cider look, but with a spurt of red wine notes, followed by an oak-ey note. A pleasantly tartness coupled with a modest effervescence makes for a very enjoyable experience. Sips come with a wine background and a base of grain or fruit. Not a trace of bittness. Very well made, delicious with subtle flavors coming forward as the ale warms slightly.

Aug 31, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: drops deep pinkish brown under a 1/2" creamy white blanket of foam with good retention

S: Red cherries, fruit, plums, hints of red wine and dark malts lead the aromas

T: Big, rich cherry flavors and a hint of berry dominate the sides with traces of butter that gives the malt a pie crust note up the middle

F: very creamy and mousse-like texture with low levels of astringency and a dry, prickly acidity

O: For several minutes after drinking your mouth tastes and feels like you have eaten a tart cherry pie

Mar 24, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. 2017 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear dark amber hue with a good one finger creamy white head that faded slowly to leave a nice dense, creamy blanket and light side lacing. Quite nice for the style.

S - Aromas of a flash of strawberries...definitely get some red berries. Some nice oaky tannins, very very light pinot notes. I do get a little metallic aroma though that comes and goes. Other than that nice light acidity, smells spot on for the style.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice barrel notes, oak, maybe a slight flash of vanilla. No red berries but nice light wine notes, good vinegar flavour but without the biting sourness. Good malt backbone without being sweet. Finish is a very gentle tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, slightly creamy finish, medium bodied, not flemmy at all.

O - Overall this was a very nicely done Flanders red. Excellent barrel notes. The fact that the finish isn't aggressively tart or more importantly flemmy is really impressive. Would love to have this again!

Serving Type: Bottle

Jan 17, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours Golden with very good carbonation. Nose is very bright - tart, sour, cherries, grapes, maybe a bit of orange peel. Earthy. Taste is fairly mellow. Not as dramatic as the nose. Was hoping for a bit more sour. Definitely tart with some bitterness on the back end. Can definitely sense the oak. Overall, a really nice offering.

Jun 12, 2017
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DallasK from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light brown with a foamy head that leaves considerable lacing and doesn't fade away. Smells funk, tart, oak, fruity. Taste is less sour than smell would suggest. Belgian yeast is aparent. Great beer. I wouldve enjoyed a bit more funk.

Feb 07, 2017
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andy712 from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's not a Rodenbach or Duchesse du Bourgone, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. It pours with a thin head and looks lighter than I expected, like a red tinted amber ale. There is a little bit of funk in the aroma, some oak and fruit. Taste is crisp and not quite as sour as Belgians. The oak comes through in the aftertaste. Nice balance to this beer.

Aug 22, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tart fruity sour. Hardly sweet at all, on the dry side. Plenty of carbonation. The wood barrel gives the taste some extra depth and complexity, as you would expect. Nicely done. I don't think it quite gets in to Rodenbach territory, but it's very good.

Apr 12, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 01/07/16. 375ml bottle.

Pours clear amber with a small fine head and a little slow, fine carbonation. Smell is very tart, a little grapey. Nice, but lacking something really distinct.

Taste is moderately tart and moderately sweet, very fruity, maybe a little cherry. Some red grape flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, and a little gritty. Overall, good beer, but not amazing.

Apr 10, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Handsome reddish amber brew with a big fine-grained foam in the Troubadour tulip. The aroma is tangy and fruity. Sudsy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. It makes me think of a rosé wine with a tart kicker.

Deeply fruity with cherry and grapey flavors. This is maybe more dry than Rodenbach, but it's in that style of tart fruity brews. I have to say it's the best I"ve had in the Flanders Red category. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at IGA Grocery in Seattle. Aged in Pinot Noir barrels and bottled 01. 08. 16.

Mar 30, 2016
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scottbham from Washington

4.96/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I can't say enough about this beer. I've had a few good aged sour beers made in the USA but this I think is tops. Pfriem makes amazingly balanced beers - sometimes to a fault (taste their stout or Rye IPA) - but the craft and patience to create a beer like this is so far to the end of the spectrum as to arouse suspicion of interplay, or intercontintal subversion.
I will not say that Josh Pfriem cannot craft a flanders of this quality on his own. I will bet he has some secret connection in Europe he won't divulge. This Flanders Red is both the biggest, rarest, most trustworthy brew I've tasted in many years. I've tried several bottles over two releases. They're so consistent and delicious.
Stonefruit, honey, oak, raspberry, peach spice, milled pepper, lemon. The complexity astounds me after an opening. 20 minutes in a glass reaps new rewards. If I can hold onto a bottle for more than a month I might know what this is like aged. Until then good drinking.

Mar 28, 2016
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautifully balanced beer. This smells and looks like pinot noir in the glass except with a lively carbonation. Tastes bounces back and forth between tart fruits, blended grapes, and an oakiness.

Feb 15, 2016
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draheim from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL (bottled 4/9/2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy dirty amber w/ a 1-finger beige head sustained by vigorous carbonation. Nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is tart and woody. True to style, smells similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru, which I consider a benchmark.

Taste is a blend of sour and fruity with a solid oak base. Sour cherries, lactic acid. Nice balance between sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, semi-dry. Lively carbonation.

Overall a really nice Flanders red.

Jul 18, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer with some nice up front fruit and wine flavor, with some nice tartness in the finish to balance the fruit. Doesn't compare to some of the better versions from Belgium (Rodenbach, Duchesse du Bourgone, etc.), this was still a decent effort, and a tasty beer from pFriem.

May 18, 2015
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