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Portsmouth Flanders Red - MaudePortsmouth Flanders Red - Maude

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 69
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bitterbill
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of my friend Yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

A light hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a deep brownish red with about an inch of foam.

The smell is tart and sweet with notes of black cherries, apple or at least apple vinegar, a light nose of funk, and some oaky character. A very interesting nose overall and not something I'm used to.

The taste brings sweet and tart fruity notes...again, black cherries, some plum, green apples which rfeally intensify when I swish the beer in my mouth. Wow. It sure does get tart doing that!! There's also a mustiness about it that shows up near the finish with the finish itself being mostly very tart apples. Very interesting but I have mixed feelings about this all comes together.

This is fairly light bodied with lowish carbonation and....the foam, let me put it this way, now you see it, now you don't. A magician couldn't pull off an act any better.

Drinkability? No alcohol to worry about here but I find the green apple tartness a bit much after some time sipping. Kind of reminds me of a cider?! Hey, I hear you laughing.;^) Still, a pretty good beer overall...

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle just back from the giftshop.

Pours clear mahogany with a ruby hue. A one inch head of off-white sunk slowly and revealed some spotted lacework and mixed whisps on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with tart, soured tropical fruits. Apricot, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and melons. Some juicy malt steps ahead but is quickly shelled by the funky fruit. One of the most unique fruit profiles I've ever smelled. Sun-spoiled fruits with body odor.

Medium bodied with a dry, quenching, puckering mouthfeel.

Soured, almost spoiled fruits start the palate along with acidic malt and a minerally crispness. Appleskins, pineapple rhind, cherry pits, lemon seeds, and rotting grapefruit.

Finishes with a peppery, almost abrasive profile on the throat along with puckering jowels and soured, funky fruit.

Quite funky for a beer with no bugs. The sour mashing really adds a distinct character. Loads of soured fruits with a decent balance of malt.
It will be interesting to see where this one goes in the cellar.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a garnet infused amber with a small, but frothy head that leaves a nice bit of lacing in my Rodenbach tulip

Smell: Smells like a crushed Sweet Tart, with oaky undertones

Taste: Opens with a sweet and tart flavor that grows increasingly fruity and sour by mid-palate; sour cherry to the extreme; after the swallow, the sourness abates a bit, allowing the woody flavors and sweet undertones to shine through

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: While a bit fruitier and less complex than some of the better known Flanders Reds, this is an enjoyable example of the style that is rarely brewed on this side of the pond

Thanks, DrDogbeer, for the opportunity

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/1/2010 at the brewpub, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart cherries, Belgian yeast, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste very sour up front as you would expect with the flavor of tart cherries. There's a light but complementary Belgian yeast breadiness, a thin malt character and a very mild hops presence. While all 3 are exactly where they should be for the style the balance didn't seem to be quite there. The after-taste is likewise sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you're at the brewpub and in the mood for a sour beer, but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown/red color (more brown than red) with a decent tan head that disappears very quickly. Sour, fruity aroma. Sweet fruit taste up front, with a sour blast following. You can really feel this in your salivary glands. Nice dry finish, easy to drink.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks tittymcj for this nice extra. Large capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Amber red in color, off white head, poor retention and lacing.
Aroma is vinegary, and quite faint.
Light bodied, refreshing, with some vinegary notes, a little tartness and sourness.
Nice and refreshing, but well below the style standards.
Portsmouth does RIS better than it does Flanders red :)

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Photo of joe1510
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Portsmouth's Flander's Red comes courtesy of the man himself, Kegatron. Thanks Heath! This take on a Flander's Red from the fellows at Portsmouth shows off a rusty red body that glows ruby when backlit. The body is surprisingly clear which adds to the pleasing aesthetics. A tightly bubbled dirty white head reaches a height of one finger on the pour but quickly fizzles to absolutely nothing. A few carbonation bubbles here and there will bring the hint of a head but it dissipates before it can accumulate. The lack of head is a disappointment.

The nose on this beer is incredibly unique, not necessarily something you'd find in most Flander's reds, but mouthwatering none the less. The smell has a nice funkiness along with some tartness. Cobwebs and mustiness start things off and linger around while both a rhubarb tartness and sweetness play a strong role. I'm keeping my nose in the glass and keep getting some barnyard tendencies which is surprising to me because I'm almost positive this beer was brewed without the help of any bugs. As this beer nears room temp it takes on a very vinous character that's the icing on the cake.

The nose doesn't quite live up to the aroma but it would be tough in this circumstance. Cobwebs and dust play a clear role in the overall flavor but manage to stay in the back as an accompaniment. Vinous red grapes roll through from front to back while a mild lactic tartness tickles the tastebuds briefly. The rhubarb doesn't transfer over into the flavor but there's a mild sweetness on the backend that's reminiscent of cherries but seems a little too muddled to know for sure. Every now and then a squeeze of lime juice and salt pop up on the swallow. Again, the flavor is very unique and interesting.

The mouthfeel is right on. The body is down the middle of the road but has a light feel with the active carbonation. There's a touch of silkiness that fits well with the lighter feeling body, touch of tartness, and a drying on the swallow.

I find a good Flander's red is one of the easiest most refreshing styles to drink and while this isn't quite an authentic red it sure as hell is easy drinking. Light, refreshing and slightly tart keep the glass tipping often.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this treat of a Flander's red. The nose is excellent! I would love to read a little about what went into this brew. Thanks for the bottle Heath, it was goodness!

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at Pete's spring cellar thing.

Pours out an amber muddy red into my glass Yard's mug. Very little lace.

Aroma is stinky sweat, slightly metallic, & a little fruit compost.

Vinegar taste, but big caramel. Iron & tomato. Rotten cherries. Big earthy/woody finish. Quietly tart. Can you tell I'm reading from notes?

Carbonation was small & quiet. Not a lot of acidity. A little grainy. Sour aspect is moderate.

It could use some work. Not really a flanders. Just an awkward sour brown as it stands.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yet another beer brought back by rhinos00 in his adventure to KtG day! thanks buddy!

a - mahogany brown with ruby red highlights, little as beer is poured but dissipates into nothing. Brilliant clarity.

s - mostly acetic, with some light notes of caramel and toast. some funkiness, leather and tobacco.

t - acetic upfront but with some caramel lingering in the background. I get a faint toasty note and some flavors reminiscent of leather, tobacco and funk.

m - light, crisp and dry, a light sweetness adds to the mouthfeel but never interferes with the bright sparkly carbonation or heavily attenuated finish.

d - the beer is no doubt slightly above average. Every counterpart comes together to make one hell of a drinkable brew. My mind runs off as i write this review and i think of a lazy summer afternoon drinking pints of this while sitting off near the riverfront. This beer could definitely be exceptional given the right time and place.

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Photo of DIM
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy mahogany color with ruby highlights. It poured with a thin, short lived tan head.

s: Okay, no bugs and no barrels, but this smells pretty damn good. Plenty of prickly, musty, red wine vinegar.

t: I didn't expect to after reading these reviews, but I liked this one a lot. It might lack the depth of Rodenbach, but this is tart and refreshing. Nice effort from Portsmouth.

m: I wish the carbonation had been a bit more active.

d: Thanks joepais for this treat. The process might not be genuine, but the heartburn sure is.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me this one as an extra, you know who you are. I have loved everything that has come out of Portsmouth, and a Flanders, that is just right up my alley. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 05/19/2009.
What an interesting pour. Rich red in color and cloudy with a ruby/garnet look to it. No head at all, nothing, lifeless and still. Intimidating one could say. Then I go in for the smell and I am knocked back. Sour, apple vinegar with hints of citrus bouncing around it as well. So amazingly complex. Grapes, and plums, lots of fruit notes and a granny smith apple or two all coming up into the air. Carried over very well in to the first sip, as it was biting tart through and through. Really lip puckering sour that took a second to get used to, but once you did, look out. Bright lemon and orange notes then lit it up. Very light, very bright flavor that was soo complex and wonderfully done. Smooth, gentle, not overly carbonated, but amazingly drinkable.
Overall this was easily one of the better versions of the style I have had recently. Really very light and very tart, just amazing. This one should get some more hype.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from the brewpub into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. This fizzles down pretty quickly, leaving a still surface with just a bit of foam around the edges, which flares up a tad and leaves some viscous oils and spotty lacing back. The aroma is oaky smelling and tart, with just a touch of souring vinegar to it. A deep fruity tang of tropical fruits and cherries is present, as is a waft of floral notes and a bit of sugar.

The taste is strong up front with the sweet tang of fruit, bread, and light candy, before settling into an intense mix of drying tartness and tannic oak notes. This lingers long with a tart and crisp dryness that just puckers the mouth a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower carbonation and viscous feel to it, but I'm also picking up an underlying slick crackle of crispness that helps bring out the tart notes a bit more.

This is quite a unique style and I'm glad to see an American brewpub tackle it. The intense tartness and viscous feel held this back a bit for me but that's more style related than anything. Solid stuff here.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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 mbrandon2w
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours more brown than red. Ruby red with gold highlights when held to the light. Some haze.
Smells is funky, sourness and lightly fruity (peach, lemon).
Taste is moderately sour, tart, with a very dry finish. Sweet fruit flavors high behind the sourness. The flavor is good, but somewhat one-dimensional. Not as complex as a traditional flanders red (but, I'm sure that's because this wasn't brewed in the traditional way).
Mouthfeel is solid. Smooth and lightly sweet with the sourness at the end balancing it nicely.
This is going down quickly.

Overall, tastes like a tweaked version of their Oud Bruin from last year, which to me was much more sour and less drinkable (though I did like it). Good beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared at the Brick Store with the usual suspects.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin tan head that recedes immediately and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is interesting for the style and is fairly acidic with vinegar. It's got some brown sugar in the background as well.

The taste isn't quite as good and has a metallic sourness that didn't taste quite right. There's a bit of sweetness and plenty of fruity esters.

The mouthfeel is very vinous and dry in the finish. Slight tart with the aforementioned metallic twang.

This was an interesting beer but not my favorite. The metallic taste really limits the drinkability.

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Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on 2/28/10. Served in my Allagash chalice at 49 degrees. Poured a semi-translucent plum color with a loose quarter inch cap that dissipates into nothing - no lacing. The sides of the glass were coated with clusters of tiny bubbles all along the sides. Nose reveals sour cherries, a little bit of wood and a corky/earthy character (weird for a capped beer). Taste consistent with nose; quite a bit of acidity in the mix, but tartness comes across as somewhat watered down. Also a faint, but strange residual aftertaste - somewhere between bready and wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with a lively carbonation level and an astringency that starts at the tongue, stimulating the salivary glands along the cheeks and culminating in a residual burn at the back of the throat. Really nice flanders red. I had it on draft and didn't get the weird aftertaste - nonetheless, a solid example of the style.

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Photo of tayner
2.23/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

poured a brown with ruby edges.. rough pour gave a tan head that dissipated quickly for such a low abv...

smell was off.. smelled sort of like rotten fruit.. not sour fruit, but rotten.

Taste was very odd.. up front there was slight twang, but this was followed by an awful aftertaste, like butter covered rotten fruit. Not at all pleasant.

The mouthfeel was decent, could have been a tad more carbonated, but then again, I couldnt keep it in my mouth that long.

This one was a drain pour for me. Sadly, I have a second bottle that I will never drink, and I will feel bad if I send it as an extra.. although who knows, someone else might like it.

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Portsmouth Flanders Red - Maude from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 69 ratings