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Flanders Red Ale
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3.84 | pDev: 7.81%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by Lucular:
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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. Oak, leather, sour cherry, vanilla, red wine, and a light crackery malt flavor combine in this Flanders Red Ale. The 8% abv is well-hidden. Slightly sweeter than I would prefer, but otherwise solid.

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Photo of AMCPhD
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shade1951
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I was expecting something different since this was advertised as a sour. It is tart. It does taste of dark fruit with a blend of sweet and sour. It just didn’t appeal to me.

It pours a nice dark amber. Carbonation is medium. Smell is funky sweetness. Not bad, just not anything special.

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Photo of Budlum
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad Imperial Flanders Red. Semi Tart with cherry and Dark fruits with a smooth easy to crush body. Price was a bit expensive to enjoy more often but it was a decent beer overall.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clear dark reddish amber colored beer with reddish highlights pours out in to a Duvel glass with 1 1/4” a light tan creamy head that recedes fairly soon to a small ring around the glass and a small thin irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving little or no lacing on the sides of the glass. Early on sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing most of which those soon slide back down to the liquid. By midway through the beer there is no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are filled with fruit that includes some tart cherries and dark fruits such as raisins and plums. There’s also a bit of oak, leather and toasted malt in the background.

The flavors are similar to what is expected from the nose but is more intense than expected. There are the dark fruits, including some raisin, the tart cherries upfront and both against a background of toasted malt and light sweetness. In addition there’s some vanilla and oak from the barrel. The alcohol is hidden here so there’s no bite whatsoever. The slight tartness and a touch of acidity remain in the background and are well controlled by the malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied and almost creamy with only some light finely bubbled carbonation. The finish is fairly long and begins as all the flavors begin to slowly fade with the tartness disappearing into some light, fruity malt sweetness at during the semi-dry ending.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable and enjoyable example of the Flanders Red. The tartness is definitely in the background allowing the fruit, malt flavors to remain centerstage. While this version seems a bit less complex in its aroma/flavor profile that some other Flanders Reds I’ve tried, I’ll probably be picking up a few more of these to see how well they age. Be interesting to see if the sweetness recedes a bit. Worth a try if you find it.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 8 ratings