Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red | DESTIHL Brewery

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red
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3.8/5
Very Good
501 Ratings
Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DESTIHL Brewery
Illinois, United States
destihl.com

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.

Added by larbush on 03-20-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,745
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
501
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer appears reddish brown when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light it is clear dark red and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of cherries with a moderate amount of sourness, hints of oak, and a slight bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, very tart and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Flanders Red Ale has a nice amount of tartness and pleasant aromas and flavors of sour cherries. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an Cigar City El Catador teku glass.

A: Moderately hazy - but quite translucent - reddish brown or brownish red. Forms a two-finger off-white head that doesn't last for too long. Quite a bit of visible carbonation at first, but this fades away quickly.

S: Sour cherries, lemony citric acid. Lightly toasted malts, lactic tartness. A very mild acetic component on the nose. Decent, though not a huge nose for a Flanders Red, nor a particularly complex one. Minimal if any Lactobacillus funk.

T: Tart cherries and lemony sour. A mix of lactic, malic, and milder acetic acid (heaviest on the lactic) that manages to be both feet and vomitous stomach acid. Lightly toasted biscuity malts. More citric and lactic sourness and dryness at and after the swallow.

M: A fairly light body, with average carbonation sensation and low alcohol.

O: Not a particularly good Flanders Red, and I think my least favorite of this Wild Sour Series. The sourness is wrong, the vinous aspect is lacking, and the acidity leans away from the implication of tart fruit a bit. It’s not awful, but I wouldn’t likely drink it again.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tart, fruity, sour with a unique sharpness (from the wood maybe?) herbally wood quality are all in the aroma. Very fizzy and loud tan head over a very clear brown red body.
Quite light in body and initial presentation, but still very complex with fruit (including cherry) and wood. Drying and tart on the finish. Not pushing the astringency, which is night, but a sourness that gets my salivary glands going some.
Body seems a little thin and carbonation is a little too high for my tastes.
This was pleasing enough and enjoyable enough. Not top notch but acceptable certainly.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel tulip

L: Clear ruby copper pour. Thin fizzy white head... falls fast with a scant rim of lacing.

S: Tart fruit... vinegar and cooking cherry.

T/F: Biscuity malts in the background. Tart and acidic... mild pucker. Unripened fruit and baking cherries. Slight vinegar... a bit astringent. Mildly sweet fruit towards the finish. Aggressively carbonated.

O: A reasonably good sour... not on the level of a Rodenbach for the style, but solid enough. One I'd have again but wouldn't specifically seek out.

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Photo of Psychocuda
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly tart as the name suggests, mild on hops, noticeable make finish but sour dominates

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Photo of JD_Kaplan
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpopovich
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eman17
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shivtim
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber in color with in a fingernail of beige around half of the rim and covering a quarter of the center. I smell tart cherries and lactic acid. I'm tasting extremely tart cherries, lactic acid, and sweet tarts. There's also some light malt in the mix. The mouth is bone dry and heavily carbonated.

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Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can ("canned on 01/13/17") poured into a Riedel Vinun Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Clear, garnet brown with a brief but attractive head of frothy off white foam; minimal lace.

Smell: Sweet and sour cocktail cherries with tart lactic notes and undertones of sweeter malt.

Taste: Initial hint of cherry cough candies gives way to red wine vinegar and sweeter biscuit and caramel malt that maintain relative balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pleasantly tart and refreshing; not as complex is it could be, but drinkable.

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 501 ratings