Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale
Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red AleOak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
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3.87 | pDev: 5.68%
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red AleOak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale
Notes: We’re pleased to announce the release of our Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale! This beer showcases our blend of a young Flanders Red aged for 24 months in American Oak barrels, resulting in a beer which greets the drinker with aromatics of sangiovese grapes and American Oak alongside flavors of tart cherry and rhubarb.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Released May 2018; drank 10/2/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy lace.

Dark cherry, balsamic vinegar & oak notes in the nose.

Cherry & balsamic vinegar flavors up front; mild oak notes on the finish.

A bit too acidic for me, but drinkable.

Oct 03, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear dark garnet red in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate chestnut brown + mahogany + ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted + caramel malts with minimal amounts of caramel sweetness underneath moderate to strong aromas of tart cherries, vinegar, vinous/red wine, and oak.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted + caramel malts with minimal amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of vinegar, vinous/red wine, and oak. Moderate to strong flavors of tart cherries and moderate amounts of tannins. Overall the beer is slightly stronger than moderately tart/sour and that sourness linger well through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of soft carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Drinks relatively easily for a style that is not always the easiest to drink with well hidden alcohol and enough tartness/sourness but not overpowering. Enjoyable.

Jul 08, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish red with surprisingly a thumb sized light tan head that falls slowly for the style.

Aroma is sweet malts underneath a big tart cherry that pops out quickly. Other fruit notes underneath more venous then cherry and some light vinegar notes hints of woody oak to round it out.

Taste is like the nose except not much malt sweetness that appeared after first pouring it. Nice tart cherries, grapes and rhubarb dominate. Finish is lingering tart fruits woody oak, vinegar notes, tannin and earthy hints. Not bad not as complex as one would think for 2 years in some oak barrels.

Mouthfeel is medium with peppy carbonation that was expected.

Overall not a bad attempt at a style that doesn't get much love in the states.

Jul 03, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown tone, good clarity. Initial finger of foam quickly fizzles away to nothing. Zero lacing, with rapidly rising carb trails visible in the glass.

Aroma is slightly toasty, some berry fruit leather, sort of musty.

Bitter and sharply sour, the bitterness lingers a little too long into the aftertaste. Carb level is a touch high, and it feels over-attenuated like seltzer. Fleeting sour grape note that gets obscured by the bitterness. Sour grainy aftertaste. Kind of disjointed, all the elements don’t really integrate. It doesn’t really align with the traditional hallmarks of the style, it's a bit rough around the edges.

Overall, not as balanced or seamless as it could be, it's a bit unsatisfying, especially for the price.

Jun 23, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Catch phrases make all the difference when wooing a customer to make a beer purchase. Since any proper flanders style red ale is infered to be oak barrel aged, the brewers of Moody Tongue use it an an enticing phrase when giving their Belgian red ale a name.

Rusty brown and with a hazy maroon appearance, Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale builds a cream and slightly arid appearance, Just off of rocky in its foam character, the bubbles draw in the nose with a savory red wine, cherry, oak, balsamic and cidery scent. A caramelized grain flavor carries strong cola influence along with the sweetness of cherry cobbler, rhubarb pie and hard candy.

More stubborn than usual for the style, the red ale holds onto the bulk of its sweetness and creamy maltiness deep into the middle palate and gives the cherry flavors a candied, jammy and pie filling flavor. The acidity that mounts toward the end offsets some sweetness and fruitiness, but uses its cidery, winey and balsamic character to add complexity to the malt and cherry before trending moderately spicy with hops, pectin and tannin.

Medium full on the palate, the richer cola-like flaovrs are a soothing character to the strong bordeaux wine flavors that would ultimately pull the balance to the winey side of taste. A medium long, toasty, nutty and almost chocolaty flavor comes with a malty-dry, semi crisp, semi clean after palate.

May 21, 2019
Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale from Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 7 ratings