|Style||Flanders Red Ale|
Best Quote During Tasting
I can't not think of Ned Flanders when you say it.
|The vinous quality of this beer is strong. It's got big notes of sour cherry, cranberry, plum and red wine that blend with some subtle oak character and even a small bit of chocolate. The tartness of the beer is definitely present but it's not in your face and there's an underlying sweetness that I can't place the origin of.|
|The beer is a murky shade of ruby-brown with a sparkling beige head that starts big but recedes quickly. After just a minute, the beer is left with no foam at all.|
|The first thing to note is that the tartness is stronger here than the aroma. It's still not out of balance but it's bigger than the aroma leads you to believe. The cherry from the aroma is no longer there and the cranberry is still hanging around but in small doses. The big player here is the plum. It's easily perceptible with a vinous quality that adds complexity to bring it beyond the sour. As it warms up, the oak becomes brighter and there is a hint of leather that hits the back of your tongue as well.|
|The carbonation is medium+ and the body is medium. It's slightly acidic but not overly so and the beer sticks to your tongue like crazy.|
|Ah, yes. The "Flemish-Style Red Ale." AKA: Flanders Red. This style is old as heck but is recently gaining attention again as America goes through its sour renaissance. It's another beer that's got enough acidity to where drinking more than one or two would be a chore (this bottle would count as two) which is unfortunate because it is fun to drink. This would go well with a steak or even a fruity dessert so it's pretty versatile in that way, also. I wouldn't categorize this as an "intro" beer for sours but if you've got a red wine drinker looking to dip their toes in the craft beer waters, this might help them realize they like beer more than they thought.|