News From Nowhere
Modern Times Beer

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
4.3 | pDev: 6.28%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: New from Nowhere is our red wine barrel-aged Flanders Red. The aroma is bright with cherries, vanilla, & funk. The flavor starts out with raspberry, strawberry, and oak, quickly followed by a puckering sourness, and a long, red fruit-drenched finish. A bit lighter in body & tarter than Empty Hats, News From Nowhere is intense while offering a nuanced array of flavors.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 85 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours brown in color with a ruby hue, one-finger foamy off-white head with short retention. Smells of acidic vinegar, dark cherries, brown sugar, woody oak, hint of vanilla. Tastes of tart dark cherries, followed by acidic vinegar, brown sugar, strawberry and oak. Medium body with moderate-low carbonation that continues into the finish.

Dec 31, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Aroma: Vanilla, cherries.
Taste: Sour in the front and little bit sharp. Red-fruits, cherries, raspberry come after and finish with oak.
Mouthfeel: Strong bubbles feeling and turn into dryness.

Overall: It's a cool beer with complex flavor. It's easy to fine fruits, vanilla, oak flavor.

Dec 30, 2019
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rand from California

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip

Mahogany colored beer, thin, little visible carb, no head.

Strong, sweetened berries at the front of the bouquet. The added boysenberries smell like strawberries against the rest of the brew. Light lactic acid and a touch of funk round things out.

Tart, juicy berries anchor the flavors. Not as funky as the nose, as a veritable avalanche of unripe berry essence squeezes out subtleties and nuances. Alcohol warms toward the end, finishes crisp and sour. Light mouthfeel leaves little residuals between sips.

Jun 08, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours a light reddish-brown with moderate head and lacing. Smell and flavor are funky and quite sour with vanilla, cherry, and lots of sherry. Slightly boozy (this vintage comes in at 9% abv).

Nov 08, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a dark reddish color with white bubbles aggressively crowning the top of the glass.

Smell - Cherries are fresh in the nose, with hints of the sour yet to come.

Taste - Fresh cherries come at the front, but are quite acidic. The barrel aging is only hinted by the oakiness. The sourness drives out the sweetness, making for a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The bubbles are not only visible, but they are action packed in the mouth. This leads to the sense of dryness.

Overall - This does not even touch the best Flanders ales.

Jul 16, 2018
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Moderate cherries, dark fruit, lightly sweet, with light funk, faint vanilla and oak.

A: Orange/red color, clear, with an off-white, dense, head that has great retention.

T: Cherry, dark fruit flavors, followed by a moderate sourness with a hint of acetone that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is lightly acidic, but pleasing.

O: Solid; the beer has a great balance of components, but could be even better with a bit cleaner sourness.

Nov 26, 2017
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floyd_pugman from California

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose of cherry, vanilla, and funk, just like the brewery's description says. Taste is much the same for me, with an excellent balance between flavors, and between sweet and sour characteristics. Dangerously easy to drink. Balsamic vinegar notes are there but muted, and complement the beer. It's an impressive drink, although I wouldn't say it's any bargain at the $30 price point; while I am happy to have tried it, I won't chase it in the future.

Jul 23, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Darker reddish, clear body, one finger white head that dies down quickly, quite placid, no collar, no lacing.

S- Tart lactic acid, lots of oak, mild funk, plenty of vinegar, slightly sweet caramel backbone. Nice complexity.

F- This is quite tart, perhaps 7/10 on the spectrum of acidity. A bit of vinegar, caramel, plenty of oak, mustiness, mild funk. Nice complexity to this; it's quite tart as expected for an AWA.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and tart, easy to drink, lower in carb but sufficiently so. Tart vinegar and stone fruit on the finish.

O- Pretty dang good Flanders Red, fits the style as I expect it. For the price point, it's a bit much but it shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a very good sour ale.

Apr 08, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice amber red color with a short white head and good lacing

Smell: Sour and tart, not really a vinegar smell, but there is a bit of fruitiness to it, like cherries and vanilla. Some good noticeable sourness to it

Taste: More sour and tartness up front, there is some oak hints to it, as well as fruitiness, though different fruit than on the nose. Raspberries, strawberries, loads of flavor. Very complex and rewarding, while being sour but not puckering

Feel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: An amazing beer, just happened to find it on the bottle menu and thought it sounded wonderful. And it really is wonderful. Sour without being hard to drink, something I would love to drink a ton of. I know this will be the only time I get to drink this, and that is disappointing, because I would gladly buy bottles for home. Within reason of price, of course.

Feb 27, 2015
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