Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red | DESTIHL Brewery

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red
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Brewed by:
DESTIHL Brewery
Illinois, United States
destihlbrewery.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
Ratings:
482
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of BKotch
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shivtim
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of caahare
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DamienArk
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mister56
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very drinkable, yet the sweetness gets overwhelming after about six of these.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dustin22martin
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nikki_Lahmon
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of heddar33
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of americancontrarian
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of phantomanboy
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaverCS
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +13.1%
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.

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Photo of johnlatona
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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