a flanders red aged in bourbon barrels, an unusual combination for one, and also i think the first beer i have seen from cellar west in bourbon, i may have forgotten one, but i dont think so. this is really neat beer, quite a bit more sour and less overtly bretty and mature in that way than a lot of their beers, but i appreciate them mixing up the fermentation profile, they were starting to have a real similarity between them. this is auburn in color without a lot of head from the bottle and some obvious viscosity, more substantial than many of their others. aroma of bacterial sourness, red wine vinegar, corny and vanilla sweetness from the forward whiskey, and notes of cherry, raisin, and alcohol, quite unique and mouthwatering for sure. surprisingly fruity in the flavor, red cherry, currant, and things like dates and figs come in, lots of malt support too, and some sweetness to balance the flemish sourness. there is some nice hearty oak on this, and i like it being a bit bigger than many in this style, its better for the bourbon, which is at first curious with the acidity on the finish, but it really grows on me as i sip it. interesting depth of flavor here, very wintery and complex, they did a good job with this. i wish it had a little more carbonation or just a little less acidity, its a lot when it warms up, and could use a little shot of life from the bubbles, but aside from that, i think this is a cool twist on a classic style, and something outside of what i have come to expect from these guys in terms of the fermentation profile. well done.