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Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red

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Illinois, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders Red is an acidic, sour ale with an initial impression of tart cherries and sour candy that dissipates into a complex palate displaying both a sharp lactic sourness with a backbone of caramel and biscuit malt profiles and minimal hop character. The dry, wine-like finish accentuates the complex malt profile and bright fruit notes showcased in this brilliant red colored hybrid of a modern Flanders and a German-style sour.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light mahogany color with nice red undertones. 1 finger of quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is of lactic acid, some tart cherry, and raspberry.

Taste is moderately sour with a mild red wine character. Relatively thin with a dry finish. Not very complex.

Overall, this beer is average. I wouldn't buy it again. Genetically sour with some red wine notes; it's a good beer cleanser. I see it pairing well with tenderloin carpaccio and a watercress salad. It gets a 73/100.

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Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the series. I use it to break up the big dark beers I tend towards this time of year, and I find myself taking home a four pack on a regular basis. One of the less sour and more complex installments in the Wild Sour series.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip
Sell by 2/1/17

A- pours a deep ruby-amber color with a creamy off-white head that has great retention

S- smells of tart cherry, biscuit malt, balsamic vinegar, lacto tartness, lemon peel & a hint of caramel

T- fruity and tart up front with sour cherry and a touch of raspberry. Puckering lacto tartness brings in flavor of balsamic vinegar, lemon peel and more cherry. Clean finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to anfiamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- strong tartness throughout but remains drinkable. A good start beer for the style, but not nearly as complex as the original breweries that made the style famous

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip
Appearance: wonderfully bright, a dark crimson-copper color. The head is a vigorous 1-finger light tan, which has impressive retention, especially for being a sour.
Aroma: a perfect balance of Elmer’s glue and fresh blackberries – maybe a little raspberry too. You can detect the acidity in the nose, and you know this will be tart.
Flavor: it hits you in the face immediately: this beer is tart! This might be one of the more tart beers I’ve tried – bordering on melt the enamel from your teeth. It is not harsh, however. Bring tums if you intend to drink a few.
Mouthfeel: just right for the style. If the shoe fits….
Overall: enjoyable. A good example of the style. I paid $10.49 for a 6-pk, which is inexpensive by comparison to standard bomber prices. I will buy this again, or at least try Destihl’s other styles.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this series a lot. These are good beers to take to a friends bbq to introduce people to sour styles of beer. The tartness is pretty subtle so it's good for beginners.

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Photo of drtth
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark reddish brown color with a 3/4" light tan foamy head that visibly recedes to thin patches of foam and a small ring around the glass. Sipping creates small patches of foam that soon mostly slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas seem to be a mix of vinegar and tart cherries.. There's a touch of caramel malt in there but it is in the background, although it does become more prominent as the beer warms a bit more.

The flavors show off a strong sourness that almost conceals the sweetness and flavors from the malt. Also there is a some vinegar character here, blended in with the cherries.

The mouthfeel seems on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly with the light, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sourness/tartness starts to recede allowing the cherries show a bit more along with the caramel from the malt that comes out to play. Then the sweetness begins to quickly fade as the sourness moves to the back of the palate and starts creating some dryness. However the vinegar character seems to go on and on in the finish.

While I'm pleased to have tried this beer I'll probably not be buying it again. It is fairly complex, but for me the tart/sour/vinegar is prominent enough that I don't have much desire to repeat it. Also if you're considering trying this beer, I'd say it's one where serving temperature is fairly critical in that when on the chilly side what mostly shows is the sour/vinegar/tartness. It needs to be warmer than "just out of the fridge" temperature for the other things to show properly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky mahogany in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly stronger than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/red wine, vinegar, and tart cherries with a moderate to strong amount of sourness to the aroma.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit + caramel malts with a hint of dark malts and a touch of caramel sweetness. This is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong amounts of lacto sourness with moderate flavors of tart cherries. There are light to moderate flavors of vinous/red wine and vinegar in the finish. There is a lingering aggressive sourness in this beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Definitely one of the most puckering tart/sour beers that I have consumed in a long time and while being enjoyable, I could not have more than one of these in a single session. Nice complexity to the flavors and aromas.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/28/16

Pours an effervescent & then some, brown with a sliver of fast falling tan head. Not much lacing or head retention, a little viscosity

S: Slight sourness, leafy hops, sourness & sour cherry pick up once warm

T: Tart, sour cherry, dryness & woody hops up front. More tartness, cherry & a little raspberry, woodiness/oakyness/dryness as this warm. Finishes dry, tart, sour with a little raspberry vinegar

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, very dry

Drinks easy enough for the style, a decent take on the style

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: huge super sour tart, fermented berry, citrus, acidic, dry finish.
Noticeable, sour cherry yeast and fruit nose.
Deep ruby/copper red, clear, with a fast dissipating head.
Medium full body. 15 IBUs

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(best by 12/16/16)

L: clear red ... red-brown, dark orange ... pushes up 1 1/2-inch head of beige foam, no sticking or lacing but it keeps a good collar and some skin

S: cranberries, toasted cranberries, dried apricots

T: sour ... real sour, lots of lemon, an earthy/musty flavor, slight fingernail polish

F: well-carbonated, light-to-midweight, plenty full

O: great sour fix with a fantastic nose ... has lots of the toasted cranberry aroma I associate with the style; flavor is super sour that opens up a little over time and allows some sweeter notes to peek in ... but this is sour first and foremost. (and a sour in a can! bonus points)

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Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

A- Deep ruby. Head tan and bubbly, soda-like. Doesn't retain very well.

S- Black cherry, lacto tang (stings the nostrils), a sweet biscuity malt and a little brown sugar.

T- Dark fruits, cherry. Really sour. Which overshadows anything else it has to offer.

M- Body is medium. Tangy, with a dryish tart finish. Prepare to pucker up.

O- Really tangy/sour. Quite overwhelming, which takes away from the beer's other attributes.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. Oz. can
Served in a beer flute

This beer pours rust colored with copper highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan head that disappears quickly leaving virtually no lacing.

It has a definite sour smell. I get some apple cider vinegar and cherry.

It starts out with tart cherry flavor. I also get a little green apple. The finish is acidic and dry.

Medium mouthfeel

This was a smack in the mouth. It was definitely sour and acidic and dry. I'm not sure I would drink more than one at a sitting. If you want your mouth to pucker then give it a shot.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours dark brown-ruby with medium sized quickly dissipating head. The aroma offers up strong vinegar notes, tempered with cranberry and sour cherry. The flavor is dominated by the intense vinegar and fruit sourness, but there is a background of candied malt and stale, bitter bread. The mouthfeel is thin, fizzy, and unsubstantial. Overall this is a simple beer, like the rest of the WIld Sour Series, but I feel it falls flatter, as it is attempting a style where complexity is king. It is nice, but just not what a properly made example could be.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, grapes. Taste is sour, very dry, tart, somewhat wine like. Feels medium bodied and very sour in the mouth and overall, if you like extra sour and tart, give this beer a shot, but it wasn't to my liking.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A helluva lot better and more palatable than their raspberry sour; not as acidic or as cloyingly artificial, more alcohol content, and a wonderful malty, carmelly body.

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Photo of Resiferi
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not the most appealing sour in existence, to be honest.

Pours a flat looking, root-beerish color with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Looks very very thin and flat, though it doesn't really taste it.

Nose is one of the better parts of the beer for what it's worth. Dark, sour cherry and woody scents with not much complexity but appealing overall.

Taste is pretty much extremely sour. There is cherry for sure, but it doesn't make much of an impact. Taste is sour in a different way from other sours, not the pleasant pucker of love potion, more of a vinegary, off sour, like strong adobo, with a pretty strong acidic finish. Very little else to the taste than just mouth tensing sour, sadly. I like sour and sweet, but this doesn't present anything beyond a kick in the teeth.

Overall very disappointing, the packaging is appealing and approachable but the beer itself leaves a lot to be desired for the style. Would not recommend.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Destihl Wild Sour Flanders Red has a thin, off-white head (wide-brim glass), a mostly clear, red-brown appearance, with lots of suspended, powdery sediment, and some lazy bubble streams. No lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and sour candied bread (if such a thing exists), and the flavor is of very sour, tart malt, bread crust, some sweetness, no noticeable bitterness, and acidity. Mouthfeel is medium, and Flanders Red finishes tart, dry, and refreshing, actually.


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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep red body, slightly hazy, with red-tinged fizzy but long-lasting head. Smell is very sour cherry and raspberry; it sends a jolt of electricity to your salivary glands. Taste is slight vinegar and sour cherry. EXTREMELY sour cherry. Like liquid Warhead candy. Also sweet. The sourness is so overpowering it's hard to distinguish almost anything else going on. No gritty-teeth feeling, just tongue-searing acidity.
Sour BOMB. If this doesn't satisfy one's sour tooth I do not know what will. I enjoyed it despite being monotone, and can even do two in a row despite the stomach-turning sourness, but I wouldn't recommend this as a representative of this more delicate and nuanced style.

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Photo of Hearevil
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Wild makes me want more I rather enjoyed the tartness and mouth feel . Great Finish, with a wonderful palate of cranberries and tart fruits. I love this series of Sours/Gose. Get them asap. great job Destihl.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours reddish-brown from can. Enjoy by 12/16/16, so I think its pretty fresh. Couple fingers on the head, disappears completely. Smells sweet, like cherries.

First drink comes cold, pretty fresh out of the fridge and it's got me puckering. Like a sour cherry warhead. There's no real bitterness to it, and as I drink some more and let it warm up it still remains extremely sour.

I got this from a friend who couldn't get through a 4-pack, and I can't blame him. This is really hard to drink unless you're crazy about ultra sour notes. I love a good Flanders Red, but I think that label here is misleading.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is 1/4th inch and tan. Head retention and lacing were slightly above average.

Smell is of cherry syrup, balsamic vinegar. Light malts give out some sweetness. No hops or alcohol present.

Taste is highly acidic, tart cherries, lactic acid, and vinegar. Slight caramel malt counteracts the sourness. No hops detected, alcohol was very light.

Mouthfeel was very puckering with a medium light body. Head retention died quickly, leaving a less than desirable finish.

Overall this beer was pretty one note, Tart. Slight fruit esters gave off some different flavors but in the end it was all consumed by sourness.

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Photo of dav2080
1.93/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Stamp on can bottom said enjoy by 10/?/2016. Looked good, poured reddish with short lived head. Smelled tart, sour. Tasted like vinegar. I was sharing this with my son. We both thought it to be undrinkable. Down the drain it went.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark mahogany red, with a white fizzy head, and a little muddy color.

S: Some cherries, tart and sour, a little funk

T: Sour and tartness, some cherry. There is not a lot of depth of flavor here

F: Sourness coats the mouth and quite a bit of carbonation

O: Not a very complex sour, almost all sour and tart with other notes.

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Photo of rjd722
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep, murky crimson color with a red-tinted off-white head. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Tart cherries and yeast, not too much going on.

Taste: An acidic cherry with oaky qualities. Significant sour overtones, the sugar definitely reminds you of smarties.

Feel: Mild sour upfront and loads of wild yeast on the aftertaste.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had a fair number of Flanders Red ales, and this is--far and away--the most sour one I've encountered. Huge vinegar, sour taste and smell.

Colour is a cloudy dark brown/cola. Initial head dissipates very quickly. Smell is vinous, balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, tart, slightly milky, a bit of brown sugar/molasses and malt. Taste is much the same: tart, sour cherries, big vinegar/balsamic vinegar. Super sour cherries. Red wine. Milky after-taste. Sharp carbonation, light body.

I like it. BUT it's probably also my least favourite Flanders Red of the many I've tried. The sour is just *too* much, and it's an overwhelming vinegary sort of sourness that doesn't make for a supremely drinkable beer.

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