Moaten | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Nickls on 07-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of PhineasGage
1/5  rDev -67.8%

Photo of jrallen34
1.38/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a light brown with a piss pour head that doesn't rise half a finger and is gone even quicker. The lacing is watery.

The aroma is weak and unpleasing. It has a sour hop smell. No vinegar or crazy tartness.

The taste is really bland. The sourness you expect is not there and instead you get some kid of weird aftertaste.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
1.67/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$7.49 from Discount in Milwaukee. What an absolute waste of money...

A: copper colored, decent head
S: mild nose, sweeter and cloying with no tartness nor oak aging, where's the Flanders Red qualities?
T: wow, this has got to be one of the most disappointing beers I've had in quite some time, oxidized, mild flavor that is mostly watery with no tartness
M: watery and thin
O: what a HUGE disappointment, how could something like this be so wrong?

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.74/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A. Popping the cork made the wimpiest little sad excuse of a 'pop' I have *EVER* heard come from a cork-and-caged bottle. Not a very promising beginning. Pours into a stemware glass a burgundy-brown with little to no foaming action. As predicted by the saddest de-corking in the world, the carbonation has been shot. I will say this, at least they got the color right. But that's about it for appearance.
S. A very very very very brief initial spurt of sour vinegar smell upon opening the bottle disintegrates into the void nigh instantly never to be detected again. After that, I might as well be trying to smell water. More danger flags go up in my mind. "This will not end well." The only reason I don't rate the smell (Hahahaha, WHAT smell?) all the way down to 1.0 is because, well at least it doesn't stink like an infected bottle.
T. Weak. Weak watery (I mean watery like your typical adjunct lager) thin tannic oak notes that are barely perceptible. A vague sense of...some kind of disappearing malt is somewhere in the vicinity but damned if I can pick up on enough of it to characterize it very well.
M. This is the strongest aspect of this beer, and that is a very sad statement indeed, because even the body is thin and watery on my tongue. Bleah. This isn't a drainpour, but you may as well drink water or a "light beer".

I hate to beat a dead horse with an overused Internet Meme, but nothing quite fits as well as : "Son, I am disappoint."

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Photo of AleWatcher
2/5  rDev -35.7%

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2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of jsh420
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours a very light redish brown with a 1 finger head that fades fast

smells watery - cherries and some wheat?

tstaste - ? i guess this is a flanders red because the label says so? - but to me it tases like a light hefe with cherries???

mouthfeel is thin watery - the cabonation was right though

drinikability is low - price is too high and the flavor sucks

this beer = epic fail

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a clear cola colored brown liquied with red edges and light tan dense head.

S-the nose is light, very metallic, a watery toasted bread and caramel malt backbone and some light fruity notes.

T-caramel up front, light toasted biscuit, syrupy dark fruit, cherries and plums, lots of phenolic metal in the back.

M-smooth and syrupy, low carbonation, lacking balance.

D-not very tasty, very little sourness or acidity at all, its like a crappy old ale.

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Photo of oline73
2.19/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red/amber color with a layer of off white head. Some lacing remains after the pour.

Smell: There is a sour note in the smell, but I'm picking up more sweet fruit. It kind of smells like mildly sour apple juice.

Taste: This beer is hardly sour at all. There is a very mild acidic taste, but it is not the dominant taste. There is some sweet dark fruit, think brown sugar, cherries, and raisins. I pick up some oak as well. Overall I think the taste is watery and not nearly sour enough.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit think and although it feels like this beer wants to have a dry finish, it never gets there. It could use some more carbonation as well.

Drinkability: This beer is too watery and not very sour at all. I definitely won't be going back for another bottle.

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Photo of jefferz5000
2.19/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Popping the cork yielded silence. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip, this concoction is a weird light mauve color, sorta purplish brown. Looks watered down. Really not enticing at all.

Aroma is weak, with a bit of sweetness, perhaps some faint apple cider vinegar. I'm really having to try hard to get much out of it.

Taste follows the nose, but somehow to an even weaker extent. This is just not very tasty. A weird, slightly bitter tartness and not much else. I can put my finger on any particularly recognizable flavor.

Mouthfeel is probably the best thing about this beer, as it's not necessarily offensive.

Overall, I don't think I'll have much from this bottle. My brother agrees, it's not worth consuming more than the initial small pours we gave ourselves.

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Photo of mothman
2.19/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into weyerbacher tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a clear dark ruby red.

Aroma: Cherry concentrate comes to mind instantly. Smells like a fruit punch. A very light amount of oak and spice. Sweet with no sourness.

Taste: I am having a hard time believing this is a flanders. It tastes more like a cherry ale brewed with cherry concentrate and not fresh cherries. Some warming spices show with a touch of oak. Not sour at all.

Mouthfeel: A bit crisp and sweet. Medium amount of carbonation with a lighter body. Ends dry with more cherry flavors.

Overall, if this is a flanders it is not very good. No sourness, no tartness, no funk. It tastes like a cherry fruit beer. It is drinkable in that sense, but not in the sense of being a flanders.

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-Dark ruby. Big tan head. Fairly clear

S-Metalic. Wet Hay. No hops. Medicinal. Some toast.

T-Toasty malts. Munichy. Saccarine sweet. Not at all sour. Not even like an oud bruin with sweet sour. Just nothing. Maybe a little skittle flavor from some lacto but not much.

M- Medium bodied. A little tanic but ok. Medium carbonation.

D-While I wouldn't call this beer awful, it definetly isn't a (according to the label) oak-aged sour flemish style red ale. The fake sweetness/wortiness is already getting on my nerves (4 sips in).

Shame, I love most 2 brothers and urthel beers.

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Photo of Gotti311
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of kbutler1
2.26/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish brown clear color with minimal head of big bubbles that collars around the rim of the glass. Sweet over ripe notes in the nose with very minimal if any sour or tart aromas. The taste is not very good to put it straight forward. There is zero sour or tart tastes just over ripe cherry taste with some minimal sweetness. I don't pick up any of the oak barrels. Probably one of the worst sours I have had in a long time. Medium/light mouthfeel. Drinkable and maybe better passable as a fruit beer but as a sour it is a failure.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sad face...or should I say, sad faces.

A small but motley group sat watching football, playing euchre, drinking beer, and generally having a good time. A bottle of Moaten entered the scene. "Interesting," said one of the young men. "I'm excited to try this," said another. Eagerly the crowd gathered round and the bottle of Moaten allowed itself to be poured freely.

"This smells like band aids," someone remarked. "Is this a diaper beer?" another questioned. Happy revelry went south and once happy faces turned sour, but not in the good-Flanders-tart/sour sort of way. "This is a Flanders?" someone cried. "It's just not right," another chimed.

Mild cherry, next to no tartness, diaper, rubber band, and band aid mesh together.

"Let's not speak of this again," someone said. Well said, someone, well said.

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep ruby color with a small head and uneven ring of lacing.

Scent of dry oak, ash, apples and sugar. Not particularly appealing and unbalanced.

Taste of caramel, bland malts, and oak. Tastes somewhat like apple juice, not good.

It was somewhat of a chore to finish this.

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Photo of Stigs
2.34/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7oz corked-bottle...served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with about a half inch of frothy light tan foam...sitting atop a clear, dark ruby/brownish/purpley colored beer. very minor active bubbling. eventually settles to a thin layer of film and bubbly ring around the outside.

S - lots of minerals, grain here. only a slight twinge of cherries, vanilla, soap. just a tiny hint of sourness that mostly gets lost in everything else.

T - odd. a bit funky, not typical Belgian yeast funk but more cheese or mold like. some vanilla like sweetness, joined by a bit of cherries, vinegar. on a scale of 1-10, sour/tartness is about a 2. dominated by a bland bread malt bed. ive had this one before and can remember it being a bit better.

M - slightly creamy and medium bodied...kind of chalky. carbonation is on the lighter side.

D - not good. struggling to make it halfway through the bottle. just uninteresting, bland, and weird. hopefully my drain likes this better than i do.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.34/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze glass.

Pours a deep garnet red with a two fingered white head that drops very quickly, leaving a wisp of foam and some light lacing.

Aromas of dark cherries, some lactic sourness. But any aroma is very faint.

Flavors of dark cherries, watered down, some lactic sourness. This is a flanders red that has been diluted down about three or four times. Not much flavor to stand out. Finish is short and unremarkable.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, some sour puckering.

Overall, this is a disappointment. The Ebel brothers got their sour training wheels on this beer. Let's all forget it and move on. I think I'll try Askew next.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a moderate reddish brown color with a thin light tan head and not much lacing. The nose brings cherries and a bit of earth as well as some light acetic and lactic notes. The taste is mild cherry, bread, hints of caramel, and a bit of sourness. Mouthfeel brings slight sourness and a bit of cream. Drinks okay, but really not a very good collaboration.

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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Moaten from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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