WiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red
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WiLD Sour Series: Flanders RedWiLD Sour Series: Flanders Red
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Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #100
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,258
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.27%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
561
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DESTIHL Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  14
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy red with a tiny white head that's quick to dissipate. Amazing funky, fruity aroma with sour cherries most prevalent. Not tart and tangy enough for my taste, though, and too light bodied. It's not bad, but doesn't hold up to the classics.

Mar 29, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Nov 18, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Feb 07, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -23%
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.

Aug 02, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Mar 06, 2016
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Feb 17, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Apr 20, 2015
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Thoroughbred88 from Illinois

2.06/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

Jan 13, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

May 29, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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
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tdmccarthy from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 21, 2014
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rsquared59 from Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 10, 2016
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 07, 2018
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Stillmakingnoise from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 18, 2015
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StlHopHead77 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 20, 2015
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Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 23, 2015
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 31, 2019
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Premo88 from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(best by 12/16/16)

L: clear red ... red-brown, dark orange ... pushes up 1 1/2-inch head of beige foam, no sticking or lacing but it keeps a good collar and some skin

S: cranberries, toasted cranberries, dried apricots

T: sour ... real sour, lots of lemon, an earthy/musty flavor, slight fingernail polish

F: well-carbonated, light-to-midweight, plenty full

O: great sour fix with a fantastic nose ... has lots of the toasted cranberry aroma I associate with the style; flavor is super sour that opens up a little over time and allows some sweeter notes to peek in ... but this is sour first and foremost. (and a sour in a can! bonus points)

May 16, 2016
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Halfbrother83 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy rusty penny taste... a decent shot, but not something I'll revisit.

Mar 17, 2015
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kscaldef from Oregon

2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has a really earthy bitter flavor. Did not care for this at all.

Mar 22, 2015
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gobuccos from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 18, 2015
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MrJolly from Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2015
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robgutie from Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened one can as part of a group tasting (6 people) and this was pretty much a universal drain pour for the group. The 3 remaining cans ended up as out of region trade extras.

Apr 27, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 10, 2016
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lloydboss from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 561 ratings