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Portsmouth Flanders Red - MaudePortsmouth Flanders Red - Maude

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Flemish style soured mash, medium-bodied red ale is lactic, tart and delicious. It is traditionally blended with at least year old gueuze and fruits.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.41/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep copper with a minimal head. Slight lacing, but nothing great.

Aroma is...interesting. Not nearly as sour as some Flanders although still manages to smell like straight vinegar at times. A little too malty with a funk characteristic that is not to style.

Again a bit maltier than expected. Acetone finish with some cherry acidity. Not very good.

Light to medium bodied with lower carb than the usual.

Taste like a bad homebrew experiment. Not sure why this was willingly released.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a muddled, cloudy, opaque reddish-brown color with no trace of head whatsoever. A subtle nose, with tart cherry highlights. The beer has a tangy, sour backbone of white grape and cherry, with a slight roasting overall. The aftertaste is puckering bitter, with a subtle tartness. A dry, astringent finish at the end. More mild than other Flanders style brews. Decent, and would make a good starter for someone new to the world of sours.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.39/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, another Portsmouth beer! Oh wait, they made one overhyped limited release beer (that's not nearly as good as it's supposed to be) and all their other beers are supposed to be good? But they all suck! But this will be different! Of course it will! It will be different because MasterSki brought it and MasterSki never tries to give me bad beer. He also never tries to give me winter warmers.

A - Orangish copper colored beer that has a little bit of a head and leaves some moderate lacing around.

S - Smell is just a bad combination of vinegar, chemicals, and rotting garbage. If it was more potent it would be gag inducing. It its current form, it's merely just disgusting. I've smelled worse, but this is pretty gross.

T - I don't think it tastes as bad as it smells, but you have to be careful not to breath in through your nose as you're drinking this. Cherry flavor somehow makes the metallic vinegar taste worse. Yuck.

M - Lower carbonation, lighter bodied.

O - Pretty bad beer, although don't think I hated it as much as everyone else who was drinking it. That said, won't drink it again.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks (not really) to Masterski for bringing this one along. Also, thanks (not really) to Kan for having this on his wants, thus making Alex bring the bottle to the tasting. Poured into Cantillon tulip/snifter thingy.

A - Pours a rusty copper, very clear and watery, thin collar, some bubbles here and there on top. Looks like Koolaid, pretty much.

S - Huge off-putting metallic note upon first sniff, corn, fake cherries, and oak. Woah, that's not good...the metallic and fake cherries are really the main points of the nose, which is bad.

T - Lots of metallic/vinegar notes, like licking the bottom of an empty metal pool that had some cherry Koolaid spilled on the bottom. Yeah, not good.

M - Light, watery, no carbonation, dry finish.

O - Metallic, fake, and cherry Koolaid. That's pretty much how I'd sum this one up. Don't try it, even if your buddy has it on his wants and another friend brings it. Bad bad tick.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one. I've been saving it to share with Kan, as I saw it on his wants list. Comes highly recommended by largadeer too. Served in a HopCat tulip.

A - Slow gusher. Pours to a quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin ring and a few wispy bubbles, leaving no lace. Transparent reddish-orange.

S - Corn chips, nail polish remover, light vomit, and some faint cherries. As it warms up there is out-of-control acetobacter and vinegar.

T - Very strange in that it tastes nothing like it smells, but it is equally unpleasant. Strange mineral quality, rust, and some light tart cherries.

M - Watery, thin, low carbonation. Finishes somewhat sticky. The listed 4.5% alcohol explains a lot.

D - Wow! This was terrible. Upon perusing some of the other reviews it seems there is somewhat extreme batch variation. Unfortunately my experience was largely in line with reviews by Tayner, Cedromar, and PEBKAC. I'd consider trying again on-tap at the brewpub, but another bottle would frighten me.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for this as a nice extra.

A- Pours a deep amber with some brownish hues in there as well. There isn't any haze to it and there was just a wisp of lacing. No lacing left behind on the glass.

S- I pick up a good amount of sweet malts and some slight cherry. I also pick up some cheerios and a slight wet cardboard/ brown paper bag. Weird but it works.

T- Some tart cherry plays right along side with the nice malt, adding some sweetness to it as well. This has a nice pucker to it but overly so.

M- Medium bodied that has a crisp, sour bite to it. A nice dry finish begs for another drink.

D- I could probably finish off the whole growler of this in a sitting and not have to worry about palate fatigue. Good flavors and a decent sour kick make this a solid offering. Not as good as some of it's Belgian counterparts but still a good interpretation.

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Photo of andrewinski1
1.99/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice brown color with a reddish tint that's only noticeable when held up to the light. The head is very thin and consists of concentrated bubbles that are off white. I remember having this on tap last year and it was a much brighter red.

The aroma is very funky and earthy. Lots of dirt, a bit of vomit. Band aid. Not very good; it's a bit too powerful and too close to reality for me.

The start has a bit of sugar sweetness to it but it quickly descends into warhead territory. Just brutal sourness. Hmm. We'll see how many sips of this I can make it through.

The mouthfeel is alright I guess. It's admittedly difficult to think of it separately from the rest of the beer's characteristics. I am going to try to choke this one down.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my fist experience with a flanders red, so I have no basis to review it from, but here it goes

the beer pours a copper to reddish color with a thin white head. the smell is slightly tart blackberry or raspberry kind of. the taste is pretty good, its not a funky sour like with wild ales, its more of an acidic sour like somebody just squeezed a lemon into a glass of beer and handed it to you. the mouthfeel is a little puckering but not crazy sour. the drinkablility is high as there was nothing displeasing and I like lemon sourness.

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Photo of gameface23
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep copper, transparent with a light, fizzy head.

S: Raspberries.

T: Extremely sour/tart, like eating a raspberry that is no where near it's full ripeness or crab apples. There is also some toasty/bready notes.

M: Light and prickly.

D: I'm not crazy about this one.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, filled 2/3 with a nice small bubble head. Deep red color.

Very berry aroma with hints of tart in the nose.

I too got the raspberry taste along with a corn like tang similar to Ithaca's Brute. I like it, it's just a bit different.

This was a very drinkable flanders, not too sweet, not too tart, just right.

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Photo of muttyd
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby/copper pour with a thin fizzy white head. Funky, musty, fruity aroma. Green apples, sour raspberries, vinegar, and funky notes all combine into a big complex flavor. Very funky and sour finish. Flavor and aroma really open up as the beer warms up. Moderate carbonation with a dry clean finish. Had this both on tap and from a bottle. Truly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brew pub.

Dark maroon coffee brown color with a light fizzy head covering.

Nose light raspberry, light bright earthy twig aroma, bit of dry funk, some tart sour spoiled fruit, lots of fresh berry, bit of a lactic acid like aroma.

Taste starts fairly tart, light sour raspberry and other fruits I can't put my finger on, some creamy malts, bit of dry funk, touch of lactic acid, a light dry bready flavor too, little flemmy. Some light vinegar, fairly bitter, but not over the top. Finishes long flemmy, bit dry, bready light tart berry fruits, light vanilla creamy.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter body, with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, but not great, with some tart sour flavors, some light dry bready funk, and no real booze, so it goes down well.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap downstairs at the brewery. Served into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass.

Appearance: Crimson brown in color, with not much of a head. Definitely some nice carbonation.

Aroma: Tart granny smith apples and some light vinegar notes. Bright and sour.

Taste: Definitely hits with a big sour note upfront. Pretty straight forward, but I would not call itone dimensional. I'm getting tart green apples, a touch of vinegar, and a touch of tart cherries. Really nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with some really effervescent carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Even though the sour character here is really pronouced, I have no problem having a couple glasses of this. At this ABV, I could sip on this for a while.

Overall, a nice flanders red that is enjoyable and drinkable but not up there with the best of the style. Worth getting a couple glasses of though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a slight off-white head. The nose is a bit of oak along with cherry and some mild malt. Good acetic character and some definite sourness. The taste is cherries, oak, slight malt, as well as lactic and acetic sourness. Good feel and nice sour character. Drinks fairly well but is a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, a very fine head that leaves some broken lacing. Smells clean, coppery, tart. The taste is unusually toasty for the style, but I like it. Very sour, quite metallic, and even a bit dusty in the end. In short, quite like a Flanders Red. A bit tannic and puckery in the mouth, this is a little too sharp to be perfectly drinkable. Nice for a change, though.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big thanks to urwithdave for the share.

A - It pours a rusty hue of translucent umber. There is not much life in the glass, seemingly; certainly no head or obvious effervescence.

S - The smell is tart, acidic, acetic and lactic; I don't really get any fruity nuances or earthy barrel. So, it is basically a sour one-note type of thing going on here. Still, it is a good one-note.

T - The taste is also one-note... sour. There is not a whole lot to this besides a sort of vinegar-lactic cocktail of rustic description. The tart, puckering flavor is like a nondescript Warhead candy. Not much else to say.

M - The feel is flat and flaccid; it detracts from the brew.

D - This is a rustic brew, not terribly complex, but if you want a sour sour, this will do the trick...

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EnronCFO for the generous surprise beer gift!

Pours reddish brown with a light tan head that falls away to a tine ring right away.
Smells mild...slight vinegar, cherries take over from there.
Taste is more acidic than the nose would suggest and that's good. Sour cherries are there but a little more subdued than in the nose. A touch watery.
Nice and light bodies to go along with the 4.5% it makes it a good summer sipper which is what I'm doing on this 90 degree fourth of July. Active card with fine structure.

Over all pleasant and easy drinking.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, again, to a great New Hampshire BA for making a local tasting that much more delicious.

Pours light golden in color with a good bit of carbonation.

Smells of granny smith apples with an especially tart kick. Nice sweet balance, too.

Tastes of Granny Smith and tartness up front with great depth. Finishes slightly metallic in a good way. The flavor sticks around with a little sweet fruit.

Good balance in the mouth. Nice body with just enough carbonation.

This was a very refreshing treat with great drinkability.

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Photo of urwithdave
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Grant for breaking this out at the 110k release.

A- pours amber brown in color with ruby highlights. No head at all. No lacing. Looks very flat.

A- smells of tart cherries and apples. There is a red wine vinegar also present.

T- a semi tart start with a some what acidic vinegar starting the show. The cherries and oak are present but in a very faint way. There are also hints of grannie smith apples.

M- nowhere near enough carbonation. Some acidity on the pallate but not nearly tart enough for me. A very weak finish.

D- just ok. I don't think I would ever seek this one out again, but I'm glad I was able to try it. We also had the Cascade Kriek that blew this out of the water.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Jeff and enjoyed over dinner.

Color is relatively clear brownish red and a hard pour produces a quickly fading foamy off white head. Aroma is tart cherries, yeasty, malty, vinegary and slightly oaky. As the beer warms the flavor turns from a slightly acidic sharp vinegar taste to a fairly sweet and mild tart vinegar. Medium bodied with light carbonation results in a lingering vinegar like taste. Occasionally there are moments of very enjoyable tart cherry and sour in the taste but most of the time it is a slightly off clash of vinegar flavors and not a great example of a flanders red.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance on this one is a beautiful ruby red that produces no head. If you read any of my reviews, I enjoy some head on my beers. Nice red rim of the brew with a ruby center.

The smell is sweet cranberry, which is also a character the taste has. It smells a bit tart with some berry notes. It also has a background of a heavier grain body.

The taste is really sweet and just a bit tart. It could be a lot more tart and a bit sour, but this is enjoyable because it has a nice cranberry tart flavor that made it drinkable. It is not a good representation of the style but refreshing in a way that some juices are.

The mouthfeel was a bit sweet and not tart enough. I don't feel like it expressed enough of the flavors that a good Flanders style has, but still had some good things to it. Good but not excellent.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michelle for sending me a couple bottles of this one!

A: The pour is amber in color with a slight cloudiness and a minimal white colored head.

S: The nose is quite heavy on the vinegar with some sour cherries and touch miner-ally.

T: The flavor has an interesting combination of bready malt, vinegar, sour cherries, and almost a metallic taste to it at times.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a bit of dryness on the finish.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, and that is probably a good thing. The flavor was decent for the most part, but that slight taint of metal was a bit off-putting. I don't know if I just got a bad bottle, however.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the pub the night before Kate the Great. E-mailed myself this review and forgot to post it.

Came in a tall tulip glass with very little head, mostly topped with a touch of foam. The beer was a cloudy reddish/amber color. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was tart and of cherries and green apples.

Flavor was great. (p.s. don't understand this only getting a B) Burst of tartness, then fruit with cherries and green apple making an appearance again. Then it took on this wonderful cracker/bread tone that I loved. The aftertaste is a wonderful combination of bread and cherry.

Of course, acidic, refreshing and fairly light body.

I just loved drinking this...

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled growler that was filled 6 days prior. The beer was brown with a hint of orange. There wasn't much head. The aroma was both sweet and sour. I picked up some cherry, musty yeast and sour funk. The taste is of sour cherries. Somewhere between a kriek lambic and a cough drop is the Flanders Red. I think I can taste a hint of sour apple in addition to the cherry flavors and maybe some pale/light malts. There is a puckering aftertaste, but also some sugar as well. I find it to be very tasty. It has a medium body and not much carbonation (this could be because of the age of the growler), There is a good lingering tingle from the sourness. I think it's incredibly drinkable for a sour beer. I don't think the puckering reaction will get old. I could drink a lot of this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Portsmouth Brewery -served in a tulip chilled.

A - A deep garnet, almost burgundy in the light w/ subtle light head which drops to nothing

S - Deeply funked aroma w/ fruity and mild sour notes

M - A moderately carbonated w/ juicy fruitiness and strong sour acidity w/ nice dry malt texture and finishes dry as well

T - The taste has a mild sweet tip and get juicy and sour quickly w/ a highly tart flavor similar to kumquat w/ sour cherry mix and mellow red grape-like sour notes w/ a gentle toasted malt and raw barley flavor. The flanders has a mild funkiness as it finishes w/ a bit of spice and high amount of acidity

D - I liked this but it still had plenty of yeast and some wierdness that wasn't pleasant and I am a fan of the style. I consider it good, but not my first choice in flemish reds - drinkable and pretty sour, fits the style w/ good fruity accents

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