Open Spaces
Side Project Brewing

Open SpacesOpen Spaces
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #11
Ranked #3,199
4.31 | pDev: 6.26%
Mar 28, 2023
Feb 23, 2017
The Flanders Red has been one of my favorite styles since the start of my affection for sour beer. More than 4 years ago, I took a slightly different approach to this traditional beer by barrel fermenting it with our local microflora in Missouri Chambourcin Barrels. The result is our most precise interpretation of a sour style to date. Loads of cherry, dark fruit, a vibrant acidity and a very well-rounded almond-oak presence define this beer that was aged for 46 months in oak and bottle conditioned for 4 months before release.

Blend #2 was fermented and aged in new-to-us, mature red wine oak barrels for 4 to 6 years and then bottle conditioned for 5 months before being released.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of WickedBeer
Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Blend #2.

The nose on this is fantastic; spiced black cherries, raspberry, fig jam, & hibiscus. The palate punches with sour cherry, balsamic, drying oak, and hints of baking spices. Definitely enjoy warmer; lots of complexity, but way too sour/acidic when cold.
Mar 28, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 15, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Dec 08, 2022
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

May 25, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by MTKATL from Georgia

May 21, 2019
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 750mL bottle into a SP stemmed bulb glass. pours a light chestnut brown with three fingers of sandy brown foam. grape must, black cherry, oak, chocolate and even hints of caramel. taste follows with a slightly dry, oaky finish. full mouthfeel. not super carbonated yet it foamed up quite a bit on a pretty gentle pour. fairly tart and acidic but milder at room temp with all the flavors popping. it’s a slow sipper for sure but it’s very good and you can tell a lot when into making it, even if it isn’t everyone’s favorite style.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by countrypeddler8 from Illinois

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by FreshZ from Missouri

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by PhilHarmstead from New Jersey

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by IrishColonial from Texas

Sep 13, 2017
Rated: 4.62 by TboneRN from Minnesota

May 27, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by whitenads from Michigan

May 15, 2017
Photo of Stevedore
Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle, blend 1, served in a Side Project snifter. Pours a medium reddish body, slight orange hue, one finger white head, good carbonation, short retention and no lacing. Smell is heavy vinegar acidity mixed in with sweet caramel and clean malt sweetness. It's sour, and then sweet. I like it. Flavour is a bracing, heavy vinegar acidity that transitions to a sweet caramel and tapioca flavour, with oak throughout. The barrel shows up to play. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, substantial, good carbonation with a fairly heavy acidity on the finish. Basically, this beer is sour and then sweet. It's an interesting dichotomy.
May 01, 2017
Rated: 4.58 by drmcleod10 from Missouri

Apr 26, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by jaydoc from Kansas

Apr 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Apr 16, 2017
Photo of gibgink
Reviewed by gibgink from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours more on the reddish side, with a very strong acidic presence on the nose. Did I say acidic? I think my tongue got heartburn when it hit my mouth. Now I personally have a hard time with sours, because I have a bad heartburn reaction to the acidity, and I could not have very much of this brew. Some might find it a turn off, and others might find it enticing. So at the end of the day this beer rates pretty low on my SP scale, but for the acidity reason.

I did a little research on my own, and I think this is probably the same beer that Cory used for Unlabeled batch 2(that beer being blended and more tolerable to my heartburn reaction).
Apr 13, 2017
Open Spaces from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 24 ratings