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Reviews: 1,588 | Ratings: 4,473

#9 ranked Flanders Red Ale | 6.20% ABV

Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Notes: Year-round availibility. Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.
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Photo of WickedBeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from BevMo in Woodland Hills.
Poured into a chalice. Recently seen a lot of hype surrounding this beer as being one of the best of its style. Looking forward to trying it!

Look: Pours a deep brownish red, nearly no head of foam.
Smell: really nice combination of balsamic, sour cherries, and oak. Really nice balance.
Taste: Again, getting those notes of balsamic vinegar, but with the much sweeter fruit notes of grape and cherry to balance it out. The vinegar acidity lingers in the finish.
Feel: Seltzery carbonation, crisp, thin body. Even getting a slight vinegar burn in the back.

A great Flemish style ale, a good uniqueness from other beers of the same style. You would think that the prominent balsamic would be a turn off, but balanced with a fruitiness and notes of oak that really evens this great beer out.

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Photo of Squire
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive reddish brown color with small white cap.

Scent of tart cherries on a base of roasted malt. A noticeable tartness seems to rise up and cover all else.

Taste is a beautifully complex melange of tart, sour cherry, green apple and roasted malt on an oak base. This is another one that introduces with a burst of flavors that remain consistent through the finish then exiting gracefully in the aftertaste.tart
Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A Flanders Red blended from young and old (18 months) ales that have been aged in oak barrels. This process produces a complex brew that is surprisingly fresh tasting.


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Photo of car2052
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tulip.

A: Deep garnet, effervescent, 1/2 head.
S: Grape, vinegar, candy, plum.
T: Sweet upfront, with fruity apple and grape coming through, followed by a slight vinegary tartness.
M: Light to medium.
O: Never really experienced this style but im glad i did.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish color with an off white head. Very strong malt vinegar scent on the pour. Taste was not of vinegar. Notes of cherry finished with the oak made this very drinkable and slightly tart on the tongue. Very good once I was used to the scent on each sip.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She pours a gentle deep dark amber/red close to a brown color and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head. There is a light lacing that clings slightly here and there but slides into the body for the most part. The smell has an extremely well balance between sweet sugary cherries and light apples to light sour notes. The tartness is there as well. There is a light vinegar aspect that adds into the aroma but doesn’t appear to be off at all as it just seems to assist in the balancing of it all. The taste is very balanced once again between the sweetness to the sourness to the tartness blending beautifully all the way through. Light sticky sweet cherry-like aftertaste with a somewhat sweet dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium on the body for me with a decent effort to want to be sessionable. I think this one could be fairly sessionable, though I will say that the carbonation is extremely smooth - there isn’t any harshness to take my tongue for granted. Remember, she’s a lady not a beast. Overall, I would love to have for a date again and would definitely would like to have again with its respected food. She’s just an all around incredibly awesome Flanders Red Ale.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter. best before "2019-03-02", consumed jun 16 '17. brownish red. gentle nose of perfumey floral vanilla, toasted oak, vinegar, and some dark cherry. taste follows the nose, and is noticeably sweet. tartness is mild to moderate. tame carbonation. a stellar flanders red

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Photo of Cramshawbar
1.68/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I really wanted to like this. I have tried sour Belgian before and found it awful. It's a personal taste thing. This one is clearly more balanced than the other was (can't remember the name, but it doesn't matter) but not enough. The tart cherry is so overwhelming that it actually makes me shiver. Way too sour to enjoy. As soon as I'll finish this, I will need something sweet, so I shall have a glass of Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port.

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Photo of rypkr
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exp. 06/2018

Deep ruby to mahogany hued. Frothy and fizzy head.

Smells like straight apple cider vinegar. I'm not terrible versed in flanders red ales but this does not smell appetizing.

Wow. Taste is unreal and I spoke too soon. Tart cherries, oak, vanilla, fruity pebbles. It's so sweet and so tart at the same time I'm blown away.

Mouthfeel is so big for a 6% beer. It's heavily, heavily carbonated and explodes with flavor into every crevice of the mouth.

Overall, this is one of the better beers I've had in some time. Appreciably more enjoyable than many on the "top 250".

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Photo of Reef
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says best by 2018-3-3.

Mahogany with a scant beige head. Sheets of lacing. Large continent of head floating on the surface. Opaque but no sediments or floaters.
Strong fruity aroma, malty soy undertones.
Explosion of stone fruit, fig, cola, secondary sweetness and barely discernible funk. So much to unwrap.
Decadent rich mouthfeel. This much body from a 6% ABV? Amazing.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark golden brown without a lot of carbonation. Nose blew me away. A good amount of funk, citrus peel, sour, dark fruit, raisin. Taste is incredible. Follows the nose to some extent, but I was surprised by how sweet the first taste was. Really incredible. Well balanced sweetness and funk. A bit of sour, but quite subtle. Very refreshing. This is really amazing. Mouthfeel is great. Laces the mouth nicely.

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Photo of akolb
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with a vibrant head. Aroma has red wine, cola, vinegar, caramelized sugar, cranberries, earthiness, and apple juice. Taste has sweetness up front that fades into moderate tartness. Sour cherries, caramel, granny smith apples, and wine. Effervescent, prickly carbonation. A deeply complex, exceptionally well-balanced sour.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dusty bottle on the bottom shelf at the local liquor store with a best before date of 2016-09-01.

Apple cider and apple cider vinegar immediately after prying off the cap and pouring it. Very clear dark mahogany with ruby tints, until the very last cloudy drop. Tan head, half inch thick, slowly dissipating. Very tight bubbles and lacing.
Very effervescent and enthusiastic aromas even from a distance. Cherries, malted barley and wort with no hops, tart cranberries, cola-like aromas. Very light oak.
Sour, tart, sweet fruits. Cherry, cranberry, apricot, maple syrup or honey. Some lemon or grapefruit, white or rosé wine. Some woody vanilla flavors in the back. The apple cider vinegar (acetic acid) flavors have come forward while its been transforming on the shelf, but it really adds to everything here instead of being a bad thing as it would in almost any other beer.
Lighter mouthfeel with smooth carbonation that keeps it feeling lively and refreshing. Sweeter body but tart and dry in the end which leaves me salivating after every gulp.

I ended up loving this beer, apple skin, cherries, vinegar, cola, everything. After this I've been keeping an eye out for a fresh bottle to compare them. An extremely curious and outstanding beer.

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Photo of Bshipman8993
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks dark amber almost cola like. very little head but the lacing that sticks around for a bit.
smells like grapes, figs, and candies sugars. s it warms the smells come out more and you can get some cherry smell.
tastes very grape, plum, and stone fruit forward. as it warms it gets better with some black cherry smell. Almost like a carbonated sweet plum/grape wine. Maybe some black cherry in there. Makes me wonder if the oak casks they age this in is old wine barrels.
feel is very full bodies. much like a full sweet wine. not too dry but has that full mouth feel. does not have the strong nasal after taste that I like but has a little. I wish it had a bit more malt taste to it but the fruity flavors are great so it isn't a big deal.
Overall a very good beer. I'm not sure I've every had anything quite like it. If you aged an abbey ale in wine barrels I imagine you could get something that tasted like this. it is remarkable good yet strangely unique.

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Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle dark ruby with slight head. Smells of apple cider vinegar, grape and mustiness. Taste opens up into grape and sour apple being dominant and some cranberry and vinegar throughout. Also something darker in there- plum maybe? Feel is reminiscent of red wine but with some carbonation. The longer this sits in the glass and warms it seems the more it opens up and becomes more balanced.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Dark reddish brown, almost black, with reddish brown highlights. A thin foamy beige head quickly fizzles away into a thin ring, but splotchy lacing is left behind.

S: Black cherries, plums, dates, figs, raisins, burnt sugar, salted caramel, prunes, molasses, red wine vinegar, oak.

T: Immense candied plums and figs, with sour cherries and raisins. There's a molasses sweetness and salted caramel savoriness carrying through to a tart sour cherry finish. Astringent like crab apples and cranberries, yet with a buttery, butterscotch sweetness balancing it perfectly. There's an immense depth of barnyard funk and buttery, vanilla oak character. It comes across like a huge brandy or red wine with tart fruits and oak.

F: Medium-bodied, oily and smooth, with a nice carbonation pushing it along.

O: This isn't so much a beer as a sensory experience. This is one of the most complex and delicious beers I've ever had.

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Photo of GreasyBuddha
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeast funk, champagne grapes, cherries, granny smith tart and a good sour with some caramel. Cabrenet sauvignon, I'm guessing oak barrels. Clean, crisp granny smith that's been in the fridge texture. All round up with a hit of nutmeg.

Would pair great with smoked pork, brisket, and charcoal BBQ chicken btw.

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Photo of dadplusbeer
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- dark cherry coke, light lacing, full and dark

S- acid, apple, cherry, malt notes

T- apple cider vinegar, malty sweetness riding that tart sour wave right in to a beautiful balance.

F- carbonation is strong, which cuts the sweet and the sour actually, really light and crisp

O- a really great beer. very impressed with the balance and overall quality. this is really a beer for a certain mood but truly a great one

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 4-pack at the store, I vaguely remembered trying a bottle of this beer a couple of years ago, and that I really liked it, so of course it was time to really review it.

Smell is apples, and sour smell to it, almost like apple cider but more funky. Taste is of course, apples then grapes, maybe cherries, and what I believe is vinegar(!) However, this is all very well balanced, not bitter at all, and has no hops taste at all.

Feel is very light, tart, dry with high carbonation, and leaves a slight pleasant fruit-based aftertaste. Overall beer is refreshing.

I am starting to believe that sour beers are not my thing after trying a few types, but having said that, I enjoyed this beer. I recommend anyone who enjoys any fruit-based beers to give this beer a try. I find this beer better than any Lambic or Gueuze I have tried to date.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne, 6% ABV, 11 IBU, style is Flanders Red. Pours medium viscosity and pale red, with nice foamy off-white persistent head. Nose is malty and cherry sweetness, and tartness. Taste is a smooth fruitiness, tart, sweet, with no discernible bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent. Revising my original review downward. Originally had it on tap and it was great, slightly tart. From a bottle it was quite sour, which I'm not a fan of.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First sour so don't judge

Pours deep red with a 2 finger head that quickly falls

Smell of vinegar, dark cherries, dark fruits

Taste sweet, way better than the smell, dark cherries, dark fruits,juicy, dry finish

This beer has deffinetly turned me on to sours! Delicious!

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Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Nice 2-finger head. Slightly hazy, and a deep copper/red colorf.

Strong vinegar. Slight fruit and caramel, but overpowered by the vinegar sour.

Slight bitterness at the first sip, then the balsamic vinegar becomes apparent. The vinegar fades quickly and it starts to go on the sweet side. Slight nutty flavors, wood/charred oak, sour fruit, and caramel. Dries out a bit and you are left with some oak and nut flavors. Very comples.

Medium bodied. Pretty much spot on.

I have had a few of these. This 375 ml bottle seemed to be of a lesser flavor quality than the 750 ml I had prior. Still a great beer, but I'm not sure why I liked the bigger bottle better. This totally justifies buying a bigger one. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, here we go... A Flanders Sour....I've had others and frankly, some of them are more sour in the vinegar sort of way, rather than a tart sour cherry sort of way. This one has a vinegary smell, so that's kind of off-putting...I'm not getting any cherries in the smell and only a hint of malts. It pours a nice brown/red color with very little head, and very little lacing. The taste? Well, i was surprised (in a good way). This has the flavor of sour cherries--in a big way. There is a little malty body there. But not much. Abundant sugars keep this sour from tasting like a bottle of fizzy wine vinegar. There is plenty of carbonation to add a zip at the end. If you're not into sweet tarts, or cranberry juice, or sour cherries, this one isn't for you. It really isn't my thing either--but for its style, it is one of the better Flemish style sours I've had... And the only one I could finish. If you like a fruity, sour ale, this is what you need to partake in.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown pour with a light amount of tan head. The aroma is cherry, sour, barrel, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a lot of fruit, soured with a good balance of barrel smoothing it out. Very interesting flavor with a lot going on in a wonderful overall beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown with cranberry highlights. Small frothy head.

Aromas of apple cider vinegar. Slight barrel, slight bandaid.

Flavor is just FULL of ripe cherries, wild berry, bright fleshy plum, with a lactic acid sourness and slight vinegar. Just, wow. Perfect up till the finish which veers off a little.

Feel is like a leathery wine. Just stays with you and that's OK by me.

Overall, may be picking up a bomber. This was tight.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown on the pour with about a third an inch of head. Smells of yeast, lemongrass and fermented fruit. Perhaps a touch of caramel in there as well. Tastes of sour green apple. A bit of a cranberry flavor in the finish. Texture is a little granular, like drinking pure apple juice. Overall, a tasty and distinct beer.

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