Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red | DESTIHL Brewery

Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red
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62%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 487 ratings
Wild Sour Series: Flanders RedWild Sour Series: Flanders Red
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#15,839
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
487
Liked:
302
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
12.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
83
Trade:
0
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Reviews by st9647v3:
Photo of st9647v3
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can in Ohio.
Hazy red-brown body with a weak tan head.
Over route soft fruits with a hint of vinegar in the nose.
Moderately high tartness. Hints of cherries, plums and other fruits.
Slightly challenging; mildly refreshing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like sweet and tart cherries, vinegar, caramel, and bready malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some plum, wood and a bit of brown sugar noticeable too. I think it's mostly tart with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is an enjoyable brew, certainly worth picking up if you've never had it before. $8.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

RJT

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The past few weeks have seen a reduction of the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody at the expense of The CANQuest (tm). It has also been at the expense of my beloved AIPAs and DIPAs in favor of flavors & styles that I generally eschew. Here we have just such a style & from a CAN! Will wonders never cease?

From the CAN: "Unfiltered Spontaneously Fermented Wild Sour Ale"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "Flanders Red is an acidic, sour ale with an initial impression of tart cherries and sour [CAN]dy that dissipates into a complex palate displaying both a sharp lactic sournes 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 interpretation of a Belgian-style Flanders. Cheers."

After Crack!ing the CAN open, I decided to go with a gentle pour as some CANs have a touch of age on them. I still produced a massive three-plus fingers of rocky, deep-tan/light brown head with great retention that produced sticky lacing when it slowly fell. Who is going to clean up this mess? Sniff or gaze? In doing the latter, I could not help but do the former. The smell coming off of it was unique, in my estimation. Let us come back to that. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose was redolent with sour cherries, oak & a vinousness that was hard for me to quantify. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like cherry Smarties, something that I have not thought of in years. I was overweight until I hit puberty and once I shed my weight, I began to eschew sweets altogether. That is NOT to suggest that there was anything sweet about this, though! It was sour, tart and everything in between. I stick with my earlier mention of oak-aged vinousness. I have had Zinfandel that was not as dry as this! Warming, and on the finish, I began to taste hints of caramel. It all had the effect of really cleansing my palate without making me think that I was suffering from acid reflux. I could drink another of these.

And now, my homage to John McCrae's famous poem: From Flanders CANs the Reds do flow. We are the dead CANs, row on row. Short days ago we were full & chilled & now we are Flanders unfilled.

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Photo of Thoroughbred88
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Flavor dies on the finish. Not oak-aged and no trace of any lacto. An authentic Flanders Red would have these characteristics.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, cranberry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, cider vinegar, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Can't really decipher the dating numbers on the bottom of the can.

L- Brownish red, slight chill haze but cleared up, two finger slightly off white head that dissipated quickly to nothing.

S- Some medium sour apple, light spiciness, a little cherry.

T- Good medium tartness, light spiciness, light medicinal note, sour apple, sour cherry, finish has some toasted malt and is pretty dry but the tartness gets you salivating.

F- Medium-light, good carbonation for the style.

O- A nice American version of a Flanders Red and a pleasant surprise. Many of the American versions I've had are too medicinal and not tart enough but this one is wonderfully balanced. A great beer for the price too.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, earth, dirt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, earth, and dirty fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there are some earth and dirt characteristics that detract from the drinkability for me.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours very hazy reddish amber with a big fizzy light tan head that quickly diminishes and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet pie cherries with some wood notes and tartness and a little funk.

The flavor is sweet cherries and caramel malts with tart vinegary sourness and some woody funk. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, a bit one dimensional with the sweet and tart cherries, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Rand0m
2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is like Michelob or Miller attempted to make a sour beer except failed and still canned it.
I suggest no one ever drink this swill. The only thing worse is their Gose which tastes like hot dog water. hahaha

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Photo of rsquared59
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It pours semi-clear brown with perhaps a red tint under a thin cream to tan foam collar. It is lively and tart with the rich caramel and biscuit malt flavors balancing the beer’s tartness to make for a refreshing drink.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tyleeis
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Does the trick . . . Good little sour. And it's served in a can, gotta like that.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 62% out of 100 with 487 ratings
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