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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2009

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by mbrandon2w:
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 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 tigg924
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, chestnut brown in color,

Smell: very faint: sour mix and fruit

Taste: sour mix, berries, vinegar, and cherries

Mouthfeel: clean, semi-sour, light bodied and medium carbonation

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. A very nice mid-level sour that is more complex than others I have had in the style. Amazing.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was very generously sent to me as an extra by rhinos00 after he picked up some bottles for me at the Jackie O's release party. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent dark cherry brown out of the bottle with about a half finger of white head that dies back almost immediately to nothing. Some mild beading as I drink.

Smell- Oddly, not a whole lot going on here. I picked up a very small amount of lactic tartness, maybe a whiff of cherry-like fruitiness, and that was about it. Disappointing in its lack of presence.

Taste- Unfortunately, only marginally better than the nose. Very watery tasting, with a mild tartness, some tart dark fruits, a little bit of iron, and some soda bread. Would be decent flavors if not so watered-down tasting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel leans a touch towards thin but not bad for the style. Unfortunately, I find this to be far to watery primarily due to the lack of assertive flavor and nose. Doesn't really make me want to keep drinking more.

Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to try this and it was a very generous extra. However, on the whole I find it to be a not terribly offensive but poor example of the style.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
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 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 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 jsilva
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of hoppymcgee
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.41/5  rDev -31.9%
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 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 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 deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the shining star at KtG Day and decided to bring back a growler of it.

Pours a hazy red copper color, decent head but fades fast, not too much lacing.

Smell has a nice tart/funk to it with some cherry presence.

Taste starts off with a strong kick of sour (almost Cantillon strength) but mellow off quickly, still quite acidic, for as low as the strength is this beer packs quite the taste punch, carbonation is low but is more than adequate.

I easily enjoyed this more than KtG, which is why I'm glad I bought a growler when I had the chance.

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Photo of gameface23
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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 BearsOnAcid
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I kind of stumbled on this today not knowing it had been put on tap this morning. So I was very happy to see it on the menu.

It was served to me with a spongey white head that quickly vanished. It looked pretty authentic as I swished around this maroon colored liquid.

The smell was a bit sour with some cherries and granny smith apples. It's not funky or wild really. Pretty tame but shows some depth.

The taste was mildly sour. I'm a sourhead so I would put this right in the middle. It reminded me of a toned down version of La Folie. There's tart cherries and a different aftertaste than I would expect. It kind of tasted like plain white rice. It wasn't a bad thing, just not expected.

Mouthfeel was a little watery which is fine for me when drinking a sour. The mild intensity of this sour makes that a little more noticeable. I like that I can swish it around and not be overpowered by anything. It's definitely something to enjoy.

Drinkability is key to this drink. It's one of the most sessionable sours I've had that still tastes good. It's not extreme and you could easily finish a growler yourself.

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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 phingdong
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a white birch glass. The beer is a ruddy deep mahogany red with hazy orange glowing edges. There is a thin fizzy white cap over the beer, but there is a very strange cluster of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. The bubbles thin as they climb the sides of the glass.

The smell is very subdued, almost faint. There are some tart cherries, some vinegar sour notes and maybe some soft grape skins way down deep.

The taste is much more bold than the smell. The tart vinegar, sweet/sharp cherries and grape skins hit with a nice sour blast, but not too sour. The hit there peak and are brought back by a nice sugared candy sweetness. the sweet flavors are brief, but very necessary, before the sharp lemon zest and tart cherries come back. The beer finishes on a nice dry sour note.

The mouthfeel is light, the beer is more carbonated than others of the style, but the increased carbonation adds to the flavor profile nicely. The beer is low alcohol with very balanced flavors and a nice dry finish. This is a beer that I order several pints of when sitting at the bar, and I won't have a problem finishing this bomber.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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 nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of AgentZero
2.39/5  rDev -32.5%
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 Wisconsinality
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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 skipjack17
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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