WiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red
DESTIHL Brewery

WiLD Sour Series: Flanders RedWiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red
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From:
DESTIHL Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #62
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,065
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
479
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 16, 2022
Added:
Mar 20, 2014
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  93
SCORE
86
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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Rated: 4.14 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a nice amber orange-red with plentiful khaki head that disappears quickly. Smell is sour, slightly fruity. Taste is fairly tart, slightly sweet, with the sourness building after it goes down. Berry-cherry type flavors with some malt. No bitterness, thin to medium body and a nice bubbly feel. Pretty good beer
Jul 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by samEBC from Belgium

Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by JTuomi from Finland

Apr 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jan 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by hester7 from Texas

Jan 23, 2022
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Rated by I_like_bugles

1.7/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Aftertaste of stale shoes and moldy rasberries.
Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Mavigo from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Snifter. Pours a copper red, that is clear with almost no head and lacing. Aroma is citrusy, cherry, obvously tart and sour. Taste of course is acerbic, a strong, biting, stinging sour. Medium carbonation gives a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, it's an interesting sour red ale.
Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by 10Crumra from Texas

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Decent but nothing extraordinary. Just kind of an average sour for me, definitely nothing to write home about. If it was there at a party or something id drink it again but i would not go seeking it out. Overall its just an "ok" sour. Light amber red color with a little head that disappears quickly. Smell like maybe a bing cherry or something to that effect, not easy to distinguish. Tastes pretty sour at first but has a dry sweetness towards the end. Medium-light carbonation makes it a little better.
Jul 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
It may not have been brewed in Flanders, but by looks, it could pass. It's got that brownish red hues, or is it reddish brown? This one has no lasting head. What it has is a solid malty sour aroma, almost like a good balsamic vinegar, promising. It tastes more malty than sour, but it's not bad. There's a nice connection between carbonation and sourness going on here. But overall, it's a little light in taste and overall mouthfeel than the best in this style. Nonetheless, thumbs up to another in the Wild Sour series.
Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear deep red appearance with an average size beige head and modest lacing. The aroma lets you know it's a sour from an arms length away. Beneath that there are cherries, plums and spices. Taste is a solid sour as opposed to tart, yeasty and fruity but not in a hoppy way. Malts add depth while staying in the background. Sharp, dry, acidic aftertaste.
May 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz can purchased off the shelf as a 4-pack for approximately $11.99. Canned on 07/11/2019, so this is 20 months old.

Look: Has a deep, reddish amber color with near clarity. There was a tan colored head on the pour, but it dissipated to nothing.

Smell: Smells like tart cherry juice, raspberries, slightly medicinal. Smells a bit musty and oxidized, but not concerned.

Taste: Much more acidic than I expected. It's entirely possible that it has not aged well; I don't remember how this compares with when I first tasted it upon purchase. It has also been a while since I had a Flanders Red Ale so my palate probably needs some readjustment. Regardless, I like it. Up front, it's fruity and has notes of caramel malt sweetness not unlike a brown ale. Then the strong acidity comes through quickly, and leaves a mouth-puckering dry and tannic finish.

Feel: The mouthfeel is medium. Has good carbonation.

Overall: I think that this is a nice Flanders Red ale. Nice carbonation, sour, and delicious.
Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
2/7/21 - I don't have much experience with sour beers, but I haven't cared much for the few I've had. Dark clear copper; no head at all; Smells OK, not strong; Mouthfeel is weak, almost flat. That's turnoff for me; Flavor is interesting, sour but with a hint of sweetness, not too sour. Overall, it's not bad, but It might be awhile before I try another sour.
Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pour is deep ruby red, clear, with a nice off white head that is excellent for the style. fantastic retention
nose is a mix of tart acidity and caramel, toffee malts
taste follows. tart, lemon, lemon rind acidity supported by a toffee / caramel malt character. some red wine character on the finish
finishes dry with a lingering dry, wine like character.
Jan 27, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
DESTIHL Brewery "WiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red"
12 fl. oz. can, canned on 09/16/20 and sampled on 12/01/20
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've been holding of on trying this for fear that it'll be disappointing. I just can't see how they could make a decent version of a Flanders red but we'll see. I'm consciously trying to clear my mind and put that preconceived notion aside. OK... well it smelled pretty good pouring it, and it's got a nice very deep copper / almost brown colored body to it. The light tan head rose up quickly with a lot of fizzing (it sounded like I'd poured a can of soda) but it dropped before I could even get to this point, and I type pretty quickly. There's certainly the suggestion of acidity in the aroma, and a bit of caramel. There's a little bit of fruit to it (cherry, plum) as well, but not much, and no oaky woodiness at all. On to the flavor... it's quite thin, both in flavor and body. That's probably at least partially why the head immediately dropped. It's quite sour upon first sip, and the only thing I really get from it otherwise is a light bit of caramelish malt and hint of cherry. Ahhh, there's a very light suggestion of chocolate floating somewhere in the background as well. I feel like they've done an OK job with the malt, but it's not quite there; it's just not rich enough. So I'm just going to go out and say it right now, I was not wrong about this. As a Flanders red it falters (I've judged home-brewed versions that were far better than this), and simply as a sour beer it's lacking as well. Quite often when I review a beer that doesn't quite make it stylistically I turn the tables and look at it from a hedonistic point of view (I learned that from Michael Jackson, because as he noted, until recently it was never about trying to replicate a style). With that said I don't really feel any need to go on. If you're familiar with the Flanders red style avoid this unless you just want to give it a shot, and if you're a fan of sour beers and think that maybe you'll still like it I suggest you try a single can before investing in a 6-pack.
Review #7,094
Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Nov 26, 2020
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very dark ruby red with a slightly tan head that dissipates quickly. It has a strawberry/cherry sour "red" smell to it with a musty funk to it as well. The taste is sour up front and it's followed by that same red fruity flavor with a very crisp and fry finish. It's sour and acidic but not toe curl inducing. As stated before it has a very crisp and fry finish and drinks more than easily. Overall not bad at all and definitely one of the better brews from my hometown.
Nov 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.86 by MJSFS from Florida

Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a ruby amber with a two finger cream head. Little lacing. Nose of funky - sour cherry cider. Light cherry and malt with a hint of sour lemonade on the finish. Feels a bit thin and with light carbonation. Overall, I am not sure I would buy this. (This is a leftover from guest at a get together a couple of weeks ago.)
Oct 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by fairdeels from Maryland

Oct 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.64 by mmmbeerNY from New York

Aug 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours hazy chestnut/garnet with modest head but decent lacing.

Aromas of apple cider, cherry, apple cider vinegar, and zesty yeast.

Very limited caramel malt sweetness is surrounded with ample sour cherry, sour apple, and dry white wine. Not quite malic-acidic, but about as acidic a brew as I've had recently. A bit out of balance.

Medium bodied, it delivers a nice crisp drinkable take.

Too sour, even for the name and the style. But still a decent brew.
Jul 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by jstern from California

Jul 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.69 by mcrawford from Michigan

Jul 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jun 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.9 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

May 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Apr 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.86 by RV109106 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Feb 26, 2020
WiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 580 ratings