Brewer's Art Scarlet Fever | The Brewer's Art

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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stirgy on 11-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewers Art Brew Pub.

Poured a medium orangish color with just a trace of a head. Aromas of some citrus, a little toasty and somewhat earthy. Tastes of some fruitiness and a litte earthy. Sour finish.

Notes from and tasted on : 9/25/04.

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Photo of marburg
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the style. Translucent brown-ish red with little to no head gives only a light hint of sour fruit or cherries in the nose. More woody and woodsy than anything, there's a lot of barrel (presumably they had to age this somewhere for at least a little while unless they just added some essence or woodchips to it) to the aroma.

Starts a little thin and ends a little bitter, especially before acclimating oneself to it. Not quite as fruity and robust as most Flemish reds, this has some toasted white bread, woodchips, and cherry pit in the flavor, and the sourness isn't quite lactic or edgy enough for my liking, allowing some plant-like hops to emerge in the finish. If this had just a bit more sweet fruit up front, just a bit more tartness in the finish, and just a bit more body overall, it'd be a hell of a beer. As it is, it's a unique, worthwhile take on the style but not nearly as enjoyable as some of its progenitors/inspiration.

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Photo of Dithyramb
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Excitedly, I almost ran over to the cask during the real ale fest at the Wharf Rat. I've been going to Brewer's Art on and off for years, and I couldn't believe that they had a beer that I had never sampled before.

Half of my 10 oz. sampling mug was filled with a lushious looking, red candy colored brew. A very clingy ring of lacing stuck to the side.

Tarty fruit flavors on the nose.

Just before drinking the beer, I read the description provided. It was explained to be ultra malty with no hops to speak of. Given the other hop choices available that day, I was expecting a nice sippin brew. I didn't notice, "addition of lactic acid after fermentation." The lactic acid blew me away and caused an almost gag reflex. None of the malt backbone could be discerned. Several members gave me nasty looks, as they saw me dumping it in the cistern...

I'll have to try it again if available at the brewhouse on tap, I was very let down...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewpub. Far from being an Oud Bruin, the Scarlet Fever is an interesting soured beer with a basis in aromatic malt. It's an unusual beer, but I complement its creativity (and I enjoyed it). Its crimson-tinted, light chestnut body rests gently beneath a creamy head of off-white foam that drops shortly to a wide collar and leaves little lace. The nose is lightly toasty, woody, earthy (mushroom) with some mild tartness lingering in the background. It's light-bodied with a subtly crisp carbonation that lends a caress to the tongue. The flavor is tart over malt (earthy, toasty malt) and it's powdery dry with a tartness in the mouth.It finishes quite dry and fairly short with some residual earthy and mineral-like malt that lingers gently. And although it has a low-alcohol content, I was told around 3.4%, it's drinkability is somewhat limited as it's toasty and aromatic malt character starts to come forward after more than one serving. Still, an interesting beer that you should try now because I don't think they're going to brew it again.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap at the Grey Lodge, this sour cherry beer poured out a very deep ruby red color and was topped with a very rich white head of foam. Very intriguing aroma and flavor. There’s a sweet and sourness here that leans towards the sour. Fruity and refreshing, with an almost puckering sourness at the end. A light, very enjoyable and unique beer.

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Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 5 ratings