Flemish Red (F.red) | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Flemish Red (F.red)Flemish Red (F.red)

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flemish-style red ale starts off with a light caramel sweetness that gives way to a quenching sourness and effervescent mouthfeel.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 49
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i liked this one quite a lot, a different take on the style. almost none of the vinegar side sour in it, much more funk than anything else, but its also thick and sort of sweet, with a curious finish. murky brick red in color with a nice off white head, it looks the part for sure. the nose on it has a little pucker, but more woody weirdness than acidity. the flavor is complex, showing the best of the red malts, the wood barrels, and dried fruit notes ranging from cherry to cranberry. the finish is what makes this different i think, instead of thinning body and climaxing acidity, it sort of mellows on the sour front, moves into a sweet nutty profile, and the weight of the body sets in, its thick beer. its cool and different in the style, i get almond and even coconut in there late, and the decent carbonation barley cuts the density. a pleasing beverage, nice and low in abv, and really unique in the way it concludes.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing. 2010 vintage.

Pours a dark chestnut brown/ruby red color with plum edges and a half finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring.  Good retention with spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet, slightly funky aroma with very subtle acetic vinegar, earthy oak and funky bugs.  Not solvent like however with vinous dark fruit sweetness complimenting the funk, barrel and acidity.  Hints of sour cherry, grape and plum with a decent roasted malt backbone underneath.  

On the fuller end of medium body with tart acidity and slight acetic vinegar followed by sweet vinous fruit and slightly roasted dark malt.  Some dryness, possibly from the oak, meshes with acetic acid, earthy funk and dry, bretty bugs.  The acidity and funk are countered by dark fruit sweetness and subtle malt flavors.  Hints of raspberry, sour cherry, grape and plum compliment the acetic quality while providing some needed balance to the dry oak and musty funk.  Nicely balanced with good sourness and subtle funk.  Easy to drink with little to no harshness.  I haven't had this beer fresh but it has held up nicely and is better than some of the other reviews indicate.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I believe this was a pour from a bottle at the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to West Chester event. Hard to be sure given the pour methods.

Pours a moderate brown color with a touch of rusty red. Decent retention and a bit of a collar as it goes down.

The nose carries smooth bread and light caramel underneath a bit of combined lactic and acetic acid. Tart of cherry there as well. Flavor is similar. It's a bit too light and lacking complexity, but is otherwise quite smooth. While the acidity is a bit underwhelming, the resulting smoothness makes it quite drinkable.

Medium body. Low-ish carbonation level. Overall, a nice attempt at the style, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kyle for this one.

A: pulpy juice like appearance, some murkiness, no head whatsoever, lifeless

S: oaky vinegar up front with hints of tart cherries in the back, not much depth here

T: starts off with a flash of tartness which quickly becomes sweet cherry, a bit of vinegar mixed in, not quite puckering, not quite sweet

MF: thin body, exceptionally low carbonation for the style

O: this Flanders red sits in a limbo between puckering tartness and fruity sweetness, the result is rather mild and falls short of many other in the style

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Photo of yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Maple Shade's Barrels, Bourbon and Bugs Event (2011 and 2012, review is amalgamation of notes from both events).

Pours a dark, murky amber red with a thin quickly dissipating foamy off white head. Strong, potent aroma of cherries, vinegar, oak, mild brett, dark fruit and slight funk. Tart cherry throughout the flavor, with an oak presence in the front of the palate and dry, vinegar sourness through the finish with some vanilla. Slightly thicker than expected, with light carbonation. Not a great Flanders, but a pleasant treat that shows up on tap at Iron Hill more often than their other sours or BA experiments.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased from the Iron Hill Wilmington Restaurant right after the New Year. Poured this one into my Lost Abbey snifter.

A: Pours a dark ruby red clear color. Basically no head. Off white ring forms around the outside of the glass. Good bottle carbonation. Nice conditioning. Not a lot of lacing. Swirl gets you more head but still not tons. Not the prettiest Flemish Red.

S: Balsamic vinegar, dark cherries, and mild funk. Smells clean. Might be a bit cold.

T: This is eh.... It no Rodenbach that's for sure. You get some of that funk on the tip of the tongue, but then it just dies. Kind of disappointing. Mellows too much in the center when you want more tartness. The close is nice with some of that cherry hints.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth with balsamic touches.

O: I think that I'd have to go B- on this one. Compared to others in the style that I have had (not a lot, but the good ones) this doesn't stack up. Good stab though. Love the local brewery and the majority of their brews.

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Photo of Florida9
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rather cloudy reddish brown in color. Forms a smallish light tan head. No lacing.

S: Smells woody with grainy malts and a slight sourness.

T: Starts off with a light sourness, a little caramel malts, and some faint lemon. Then things go south and this beer just tastes dirty. Literally tastes of dirt and earth all mixed with a old dirty sourness.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation and virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: While I will admit I'm not an expert on the style, I have had a few Flemish Reds and, IMO, this one does not make the mark. The sourness is simultaneously subdued and not substantial enough while being mildly offensive and dirty tasting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

According to the silver-marker scrawl on the label, this is bottle #37 (of question mark), and it's dated 9/25/10. There's more, but I can't make it out. Anyway, the stuff inside pours a mostly clear russet-garnet topped by a short-lived finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, light vinegar, light pomegranate, brown sugar, and a backbone of sweet caramel. The taste holds notes of light caramel, light cranberry, tart malt vinegar, light tomato, and a touch of Swiss cheese. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a pretty solid Flemish red and a nice drinker as well.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sourbatchkid and Oglmcdgl for opening up this one.

Opens with a light red almost maroon look in color and a very thin topping of off white close to tan colored head with small spots of streaking on the glass.

Smells like that Rodenbach but this one is all about the wood and tart fruits. I don't get alot of Vinegar in the nose which Im thankful for, time may have played a factor here. Alot of granny smith apples with wood and some sweetness from the oak, a touch of vanilla. Vinious and pungent.

This is a standout in the style and the pinnacle as far as im concerned. I think I like itfor the lower amount of sweetness and vinegar which kills it for me in all Flanders. Those are still there but under alot of fruit with apple and pear, wood and vanilla. This is more to my liking.

Feel is pretty much thin, it may have lost some luster since it's been sitting for so long, but I think time has done this alot of good. A great balance of tart and sweet in that order. Comes off as a tart vinious treat that does not resemble beer but we do know that this is indeed great beer. A nice rush of carb as well, this is certainly not dead.

This is one I could have a field day with. Now if they would release it annually, than i'll be sitting pretty.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep ruddy ruby color, with a finger of foamy, light mocha head. This retains with a rich ring around the out edges of the glass and some thin wisps of froth along the middle, throwing up a rich cascade that quickly descends into some light spotty lacing. The aroma has a deep cherry tartness to it, with some outlying greenness from the barrel and funk. Sweet sugars and a dab of vanilla sit underneath. There is a touch of light warmth coming out as well.

The taste has that same bold cherry tartness to it the whole way through. This is surrounded on the edges by sugary sweetness and light notes of earth and fruity Brett flavors. This is a bit acidic on the backend, combining with the barrel to really parch the mouth out with a lingering sticky dryness (that sees a good bit of cherry as well). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy and maybe even a touch viscous feel to the carbonation. This firms up a bit more on the tongue, the longer it sits in the mouth, but this ultimately has a moderate sleek chewiness to it in the mouth.

While this was certainly an easy drinking and approachable take on a Flemish Red, it seemed like the depth of flavor that they were shooting for with this just seemed to struggle to come out at times. This was maybe a bit too rich with the fruity tartness, which helped cover up some of the little nuances that I think would have taken this to the next level. Still, this is a good one to introduce the style to somebody with.

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Photo of orangesol
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Iron Hill Lancaster Sour event. This was the "mystery" beer.

A – Pours deep, dark, red with little to no head at all leaving no lacing at all to speak of.

S – Smells of cherries, oak, vinegar, brett funk, dark fruits, and red wine from the barrel. The smell was good but a bit dull.

T - Plenty of sour cherries up front never really giving way throughout. Quite a bit red wine from the barrel mixes with some vanilla sweetness and bready yeast to round out the flavors. The finish is pretty dry. I liked this one quite a bit.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice overall feel between the fruit and funk, both lingering thru the finish.

O - I really enjoyed this one but it left me wanting a bit more. I think a bit of time in the bottle would do this one wonders. I hope to try this one again in the future.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tanger for sending this my way. Served in a pint glass at Wu & Dave's 5th Homebrew Party.

A - A quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin ring, with a few wisps on top and minimal lace. Murky ruby brown color.

S - Lactic sourness, cherries, and some light brett that imparts feet, overripe fruits, and some green funk. There's some mild malt character in the periphery.

T - Taste is much sweeter and malt-forward. Pie crust malts mingle with cherry juice, and oaky vanilla makes an appearance mid-palate. Strange astringent oak and herbal aftertaste that brings the taste down from the level of the aroma.

M - Surprisingly hefty medium body for a 6% brew. Medium-low carbonation imparts a bit of tingle, but is thankfully quite soft and pleasant. Finishes slightly dry and tannic.

D - It's a pretty enjoyable and easy-to-drink Flanders Red. There are some minor issues, particularly the aftertaste, but all-in-all it's an above-average take on the style. I'd rather have a La Folie, but that didn't prevent me from going for multiple refills of this one.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, Dark red colored body that is completely still and quite thick looking. No head at all.

The aroma has lots of cherry, some oak and good bit of vinegar.

The beer starts off with lots of both cherry and an acidic sourness. The cherry is probably the biggest flavor, and it is quite sweet and naturally fruity tasting. The sourness reminds me of a high grade red-wine vinaigrette. Speaking of wine, the barrel adds a lot of spiciness, and also a dryness that reminds me of red wine.

A little syrupy, but there is definitely more carbonation than I would expect from looking at it. Just a little bit puckering.

This is a pretty good Flanders Red. Fairly balanced with the barrel characteristics and cherries taking center stage.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 'mystery' beer served as part of the six barrel aged offerings that were on tap during the 'Make it Funky' event at Iron Hill Lancaster.

The Red comes out bloody red, I mean deep crimson with murky appearance and looks a bit like muddled cherry juice with no head or lace. The smell is highly vinous and tart with a deep oak presence with slight pie aroma from the brett and very mild bitter fruit note with slight floral ester and grape-like element with a bit of currant and juicy cherry w/ a slight hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is right on the money! Juicy! so ripe and tart, but not sour, w/ gentle oak and bretty earthy notes. The texture is moderately low in bitterness and w/ juicy tangy stone fruit acidity and bone dry finish.

The wonderful red fruit notes are up front in the taste with a bit of tangy cherry and just enough tart cranberry with slight acidic and gently spicy taste with moderately high vanilla from the oak able to blend with the belgian yeast and hops which are spot on. I really enjoyed this -so tasty and was one of the best of this style I have had next to Ommegang Rouge -Kudos Paul!

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Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruby-red pour with a very small head, no retention or lacing

Smell: tart cherries, vinegar, oak and some off-yeast notes of bandaids and plastic.

Tate: Tart cherries and berries followed by bandaids and other off-flavors, along with vanilla, oak and balsalmic vinegar

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, light carbonation

Overall: I was not a fan, this one needs some work.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a 75oml bottle on 3/28/11.

A - Poured a clear reddish orange liquid with some copper hues and virtually no head at all. What little head was present quickly diminished to nothingness.

S - Aroma combines cherries and wood with moderate sour notes, a slight band-aid character and a hint of vinegar.

T - Fred opens with a wash of sour cherries and tart fruit, giving the flavor a very citric, acidic character. Finishes quite tart with a hint of balsamic vinegar and medicinal notes.

M - Light bodied with fizzy carbonation and a slight syrupy texture. Finish is quite sour and provides ample pucker on the palate.

D - Not a bad Flanders Red here, though not one of my favorite bottle releases from Iron Hill. Still, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this retired beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed flute; bottled on 9/25/10, bottle #52 from the Maple Shade location

A ruby infused brown body with better clarity than I expected. The head rose two fingers and stood tall; Khaki in color with moderate lacing.

A mild cherry tartness, very clean oak, and balsamic notes. Nothing overly strong, subdued, but inviting.

Moderate tartness but nothing that makes me pucker. Balsamic with raspberries and cherries and fresh oak. There is a sugary sweetness that builds over time adding a nice little layer of complexity.

The carbonation was right on point. They had told us to wait a handful of months before drinking to let this guy carbonate, so I gave it its space. A light to medium body with a tart, dry finish.

Given the fact that this wasn't too puckering of a sour and the flavors were all on point, this was a fairly good drinking example of the style.

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 received from Hophead101 in the Blind Beers BIF. This one was poured into a tulip and reviewed blind.

Deep, dark burgundy, with notes of lighter orange-ish amber when held to the light. It's almost completely opaque. A fizzy half-finger head of light tan pops away to nothingness, leaving no ring or lace.

I was in the mood for a sour, and lo and behold! The nose reveals itself to be nicely tart. Cherries, balsamic vinegar, caramel, brown sugar. Nice.

Moderate tartness in the flavor. Raspberries, vinegar, a bit of brown sugar, lemon peel. Good balance.

Light carbonation amidst a nice velvety body just a shade under medium. The tartness never gets overbearing.

Easily drinkable. Good, bright flavors. It's not exceptional, and it tastes more like a Flanders Oud Bruin to me than a red, but it's balanced and pretty tasty.

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Photo of crusian
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm going out on a limb here and hoping this is the F.Red. so, this is a review for that, in case it is a different beer. Label says flemish red, but the name of the actual beer is F.Red.
Bottle from awesome girlfriend from Wilmington location. Expensive.
Pour with little head and what appears to be a very coke like appearance. Carbonation, color, etc. Not red.
Not much head on it either... a few Swirly to get more on the nose is an abysmal failure. Smell is a mild tartness, and a very clean smell. You know how water is idorless, but still retains a somewhat "clean" smell... this has it.
Taste is a bit vinegery, but definitely has that flanders red taste to it. Some nice tart cherry... but not much else. Disappointing. I think more carbonation would help the flavor profile... but as it is, there just isn't much to it. Easy to drink despite the complaints though.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the North Wales location. Not sure where it was brewed. Not sure if this entry refers to the "Flanders Red," as indicated on the Iron Hill menu. Pleasant, subdued aroma of oak, dark fruits, and cherries. Beautiful lacing. Nice balanced feel, alot of red wine, plums, and all that, a little balsamic vinegar, but not too much. Better than Rodenbach Grand Cru IMO in that regard. Soft and gentle, nice feel, good sour cherry tones, nice.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Peter for sharing this bottle from the West Chester, Pennsylvania location.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is oak, dark fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is semi-tart, cherries, oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made sour beer and another good one from Iron Hill.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Iron Hill, Belgium Comes to West Chester event. The beer poured a deep red color with a slight pink head. The nose had a sour funkiness to it, tart, good. The taste had a malty caramel character to it with a nice sour cherry tartness to round it out. The mouthfeel is nice and tart but not to the extent of the Belgian representations of this style. Overall a nice rendition of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a murky haze of reddish brown with a small white cap that fades out and leaves a gentle collar along the glass.
Smell is of a quasi-Flemish with some plastic phenols, hints of steak sauce, vinegar, and some sour funk. I get whiffs of those little, psychodelic colored, rubber-plastic bubbles that came in the tube that you could blow up through the straw as a kid. Remeber them?
Taste is about the same as the aroma with some caramel malt coming through.
Mouthfeel is funky with some tartness and that weird rubber beach ball stuff coming through. Not bad but not totally true to the style...albeit a difficult style to replicate in the states.

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Flemish Red (F.red) from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3.68 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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