WiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #98
Ranked #21,062
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Illinois, United States
Very Good
WiLD Sour Series: Flanders RedWiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red
Notes: 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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Act25 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Applaud the sours in a can. Getting popular in 2020, these guys were early.
It may be me but I think the water is "soft" and prefer a harder more mineral base.
a) Perfect color, not much head or lace.
s) Cherry, yeast, sour, cough drop.
t) All the above, plus some vinegar/metallic notes, slathered in dark sweet rye bread. Fruit late fall orchard.
f) Odd finish, still a bit too sweet for me, lovely in a blend with an ale.
o) Bravo for this series worth trying / drying them all!

Jun 23, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 3/16/20

It is certainly interesting to see a Flanders style beer readily available like this, so it gets point for that alone. I could see this being someone’s first foray into sours

Pours a reddish copper with a finger of tan head that fades fast, no lacing

Very jammy in the aroma, with big notes of raspberry, strawberry, and plum, with supporting notes of vinegat and honey

This one shifts in flavor compared to the aroma. I still get heavy and tart raspberry, but it’s more so a dry pear character backed with light malt, cherry, and lemon. Quite tart almost to the point of being overwhelming

The tartness is amplified further by some hefty carbonation, though it makes for a refreshing beer, especially in combination with a light/medium body. This finishes slightly sticky and a tad funky

Is this a superior Flanders? Nahh. But it is definitely something accessible and refreshing, so I’m glad to have picked it up

May 22, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red chestnut with 1.5 finger light tan head. Clear lactic acidity on the nose, warm malt, cherry, lemon, toast, caramel, prune, slightly vinous with a hint of funk. Highly tart but not quite sour with a medium light body.

Feb 29, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Stamped date on can bottom is '07/16/18'.
Reddish amber colored body, which is clear. Quick thin finger of off white head, which disappears and leaves a few rising bubbles at the ring. No lacing.
Aroma is acidic, with cherry, green apple and grape.
Taste is certainly tart but not over puckering. Cherry candy mixes in, with caramel malt coming in towards the end. Finish is dry, similar to a red wine.
Medium mouth feel, with a touch of syrup. Okay carbonation.
A dandy sour with elements of red wine, cherry candy, vinegar, and slightly darker malt. Expresses more as the beer warms.

Dec 12, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Deep reddish color with a white head that dissolves rather quickly. Smells of cherries and a hint of funk. Flavor is like a cherry candy but not too sweet and a sour hit that seems to be just the right amount. I found this flavorful, not too sour and easy to drink.

Nov 16, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned date of 11/21/18, so about 7 months old.

Looks very nice initially, deep Auburn with hints of ruby body. Initial small off white head which quickly dissipates to nothing, hence no lacing.

Aroma is mix of cherries and candy.

Nice tasting drink, especially as it warms. Cherry flavors, a pleasant warm, and the sour factor isn't overly powerful.

Mouth between medium and full, finish of sour cherry.

Overall, a Flanders in a can works very nicely. Sour, fruity, warm, but no high abv. Nice one Destihl.

Jul 05, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 2/12/15 @ the Yarchives.

Drank straight from the can; no visual cues.

Cherry candy & mild honey nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sweet cherry, candle wax & honeyed grain flavors up front; faint tartness on the finish.

Mild flavors but very enjoyable.

Mar 24, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Third Avenue Alehouse, NYC.
Pours a clear light amber color. A moderate foamy head dissipates and retains well as a soft looking film.
Tart aromas dominate the nose. Notes of sour cherries, wild berries, green grape, lime and unsweetened yogurt. The malt aromas evoke sourdough bread.
Oh man this is sour! The taste is acidic, notes of lactose, dry cider, white vinegar and vinous green grape. Flavors of lemon, lime, cherry, wild berries, grapefruit zest, dry cider and green apple. There is a small hint of candied fruit sweetness, however, overall the tartness runs the show.
Medium bodied, crisp, tart, vinous and a biting carbonation that softens up midway. The finish is bone dry and extremely puckering in its acidity.
If you don’t like sours, stay away. If you do, this brew offers a great deal of complexity in its different layers of tartness. I liked it.

Jan 24, 2019
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured can into snifter. Lively beige head that fizzes away to nothing, not even a ring! Ruby-Amber color.
Sour cherry nose, with taste that follows. Slightly dry on the finish.

Sour heads will not be disappointed by the tart. It's not as fruity as some varieties from Flanders, and is pretty comparable to cherry flavored wild ales. This is the first of Destihl's Wild Sour series I've had, and I'll gladly try the others.

Jan 14, 2019
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mackthknife from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a single to try out. I'm a fan of fruity sours but this was a bit different. The tartness is there but more approachable than the average sour. Sweeter but with enough carbonation to give it some bite. Like a really good
black cherry soda in beer form. I'll definitely have it again.

Dec 02, 2018
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark leather, with slight amber tint and medium transparency. Foamy head with decent lacing. Unique smell of maltiness and tartiness. Flavor starts tart with dark cherry undertones and residual malty flavors. This is one of my favorite sours due to the look and collision of sours and malts. Probably not a fit with those who want a fruity sour, but I really like it’s unique coloring and flavor.

Oct 27, 2018
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Fitzy01 from Maine

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the look and taste hits the spot. I’m not a big sour guy but well done destihl!
This could very well be my favorite sour I’ve had.....the cherry candy taste with the sourness is spot on in my opinion. Kind of reminds me of wine, but sour.

Oct 21, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can with December 24th 2018 stamped on the bottom.

Looks to be a clear mahogany with a massive head of foam, sheets of lacing.

Loads of tart not sour cherries in the smell. Biscuit malt compliments. Slightly acetic aroma but more of a vinous character.

Vinous flavour rocks. Biscuit malt is a little more hidden than in the smell. Cherries are tart but there's a certain sweetness to them; could be the malt influence. Whatever, this is delicious.

Basically light bodied with gentle carbonation..until the finish where it gets a bit spritzy.

Super good. Thanks Jacob for the can!

Oct 07, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/20/18

Look- Opaque amber-tinted brown liquid with a 1 finger off-white head that receded to a thin ring after a few minutes

Smell- sort of a musty, mild, apple cider vinegar along with a slight bready note

Taste- getting that apple cider vinegar sourness up front, but it's quickly tempered by a sort of bready dryness that keeps the sourness in check

Feel- medium-light bodied and very dry finish

Overall- relatively simple and easy drinking flanders-style red ale with a nice dry sourness

Jul 23, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fee reddish brown pour with sight head. Barely perceptible tart cherry aroma. Taste is high carbonation, limited malt flavor, and pleasant puckering sour. Balance is a little on the light side.

Jul 20, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Jul 01, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Jun 26, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

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.

Jun 05, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Mar 16, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Jun 10, 2017
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HipCzech from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jun 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can to tulip, the appearance was a murky semi-dark red color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Sly messy lace.
The aroma carried some sweet to tart cherries into a delicate bready/biscuit/Belgian yeastiness. Light grassiness. Subtle citrus and a tickle of apple cider vinegar.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an edge of sour sliding in for a nice underscore. Aftertaste was quaint, somewhat sweet and an underscore of sour.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Low carbonation but I wasn't bothered by that. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, not many American brewers can actually come close to a Flemish styled brown ale, but Destihl can pull it off.

Jun 04, 2017
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NickTheGreat from Iowa

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L (4) - Nice dark ruby coloration with a dirty white head on top.
S (4.25) - Not a lot of aroma, but an interesting mixture of biscuity malt and harsh acidity. Pretty well balanced in this regard.
T (4.25) - Tastes quite sour! Once you get past that, you do get the maltiness that you'd expect.
F (3.5) - A little too harsh for my liking. Seemed to be carbed okay, but you can't help but 'notice' the sour, rather than complimenting the flavors.
O (4) - I'm not scared of any beer, high IBU, BA, sour, etc. But this is not for the faint of heart. It's good, but more of a straight sour than a Flanders.

Mar 13, 2017
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DaverCS from Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Feb 08, 2017
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AlexeiRoquentin from Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Jan 21, 2017
WiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 550 ratings