Arbor Flamboyant Wild Red Ale
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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The not-so-secret ingredient in our sour ales is our unique blend of wild yeasts, and microorganisms including brettanomyces, pediococcus, and lactobacillus which convert residual sugars left after fermentation to create a mildly acidic sour ale with an enticing sweet-tart balance on th enose and palate. Classic flanders red ale flavors and aromas with earthy, oakey notes and estery phenols laid over a rich malty base. After discovering sour beers during a trip to Belgium in 2003, we create our own micro-cellar in an old vault in the cellar at our brewpub in downtown Ann Arbor by inoculating 4 used wine barrels with our favorite Belgian gueuze. From this initial inocuation, we have developed a unique micro-bacterial environment that converts the residual sugars in our fully fermented beers into classic sour flanders red and brown flavors. This award-winning sour red ale is made by conditioning our Jackhammer Old Ale for a year in inoculated oak barrels before bottle or cask-conditioning for an additional three months. The result is a high-gravity, medium-bodied ale with a richly complex palate bursting with juicy sweet-tart fruit flavors with the perfect balance of acidity and dryness for a sophisticated brew that drinks like a fine wine. Pair with ginger stilton or other sharp or earthy cheeses, roasted meats and wild game. Or enjoy on its own as an aperitif.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Sucré, acidulé et vinaigré en harmonie...Rien d’extraordinaire mais bien balancé quand même.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackflag321 (640) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bomber pour to snifter. Red/brown with faint head. Aromatic. Sour, tart fruit on palate, slightly acidic--in a good way--on the finish. Overall, very nice. It went nicely with my steak and salad. I saw a comment on how tough it was to get the cork out and can confirm that. I used pliers to twist it and break its bond to the bottle before I worked it out by hand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle shared by a kind soul at PaulUnwin’s sour tasting. Pours a hazy orange-red with a white head. Nose is fruitiness with funk: vinegar, cheese, yeast, and tart berry, earthy funk and some cherry and berry. Medium in body and interesting overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
July 6, 2012 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs, mabel & tupalev. Green 750ml bottle c/o j&m. Ruby-amber with a creamy/rocky beige head. Aroma is sweet and floral, just a little funky, some sour cherry, quite yeasty (7+). Taste - waaaaay more sour cherry, lovely and acidic/tart, not sugary at all. Airy mouthfeel, but overly carbonated, dry and sour and a bit floral in the finish - simple and lovely - good sour fruit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2012 vintage. It is a horseradishy but sweet red ale. There is some sourness but not too much. Along the lines of a duchesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a hazy orange-amber with lots of little floaties and an average size creamy beige head. Aroma of tart berries, light spices, yeast and caramel malt. Flavour of tart fruit, spices, funky yeast and caramel malt. Medium bodied. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
2012-07-06. Hazy dark red-brown body, nice foamy beige head. 3+ Modest aroma, light funk and sour cherry. 7+ Flavour is modestly funky, sour cherry fruit, earthy cherry notes in the middle. Muted malt. 7+ Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Pretty decent, enjoyable but fairly simple. Bottle via trade with flandersned

Overheard: "She’s got lots of wrist strength."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate sweet and tart cherry, light cola, vanilla, and just a hint of vinegar. It pours a transparent copper with a soapy one finger orange tinged off-white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a soapy ring. Some light webbing is left on the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of lightly sweet cherry before quickly turning to more tart cherry. The finish has light-moderate sour lemon, light oak, faint vinegar, and a touch of vanilla. The lemon sourness and vanilla notes increase as it approaches room temperature. It’s a little thin and watery with minimal-light carbonation. Overall, it’s similar to Big Rock Chop House Maple Road Farmhouse Ale/Reserve Farmhouse Ale. A higher level of carbonation would probably really improve this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Shared by Dak. Pours a cloudy orange-red color with an off-white head. Aroma is wood and sour cherries mostly. Taste is sour, vinegary and a bit of sweetness. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
750ml ml bottle shared by jsprime. flat murky brownish red. lightly tart aroma. flavour of red berries and tons of oaky tannins. would have been drinakable with carbonation. drain pour as is. waste of $16.

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