SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Chris for sharing this brew!
A- Light foggy cherry wood body. CLoudiness is dynamic. Pours with a 1 finger foamy white head which leaves some lacing behind in the glass.
S- Nose is wonderful, complexc, and balanced. I pick up notes of cherry, grape, light tartness, and light oak. Overall impression is soft, slightly fruity and slightly dry.
T- A good amount of sour cherry, dusty oak, and a hint of acidic tartness upfront. Finish is dry, slightly dusty, and metallic with a light presence of alcohol in the back.
M- Light to medium weight body that is slightly thin with soft carbonation.
D- This is a decent Flanders Red overall-but cedrtainly not the best in the world. Its not very sour but is slightly acidic and dry. The only turn-off about this brew really is the slightly metallic presence in the flavor. Above average-decent brew overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-29-2010 02:58:26
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle courtesy beerlando. This one pours a cloudy, deep red color with a thin film of off white foam at the head. Not much lace to speak of. The aroma shows notes of slightly acetic cherries over a base of caramel malt and grain to go with some funky old oak, and earthy brett. There is a touch of vinous character there. The flavor follows with some tart grape skins and sour cherries over the cereal grain malt base. The earthy brett and soured oak push through as well, but the papery component seems to over take everything. I was hoping for more of the red wine complexity. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated that leads to a slightly tart cherry finish. Decent sour overall.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled November 2010
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark plum-red color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright cranberry hue when held up to the light. The beer smells tart up front, but then picks up a strawberry jam like note to it towards the finish; interesting I thought there might perhaps be some fruit used in the brewing of this beer, but I wasn’t expecting strawberry. Though I expect this is a note picked up from something other than actual strawberries. Other notes of spicy oak, some light woody notes, a touch of buttery oak character as well as a general berry character that I associate with a fruity red wine. Funkiness plays a fairly significant supporting role in the aroma, contributing notes of musty damp clay, a ripe cheesy note, perhaps just a wisp of baby puke, some muskiness and even a wisp of rotting vegetal character at times. If you really dig around in the finish a toasty grain character starts to come out. At times the nose can really smell like a slightly molding, quite musty, plank of wood. The aroma is quite complex and I am really enjoying contemplating the nose of this beer.
Fairly dry tasting up front, but it picks up a hint of sweetness as it moves across the tongue. The beer really reminds me a lot of an oaky red wine; notes of black currents, bright berries, a touch of strawberry and the tartness here (dominantly lactic in character) also makes me think of wine. The oak contributes a light astringency and tannic bite to the finish that lingers on the palate. There is also a nice level of oak spiciness to this beer that also lingers on the tongue and it is not overly noticeable. The entire oak presence is actually done quite well here, it is not so much that it overwhelms the other flavors found here and I like that it doesn’t accentuate the hot alcohol as so many an oaked beer can be. This has a nice level of carbonation to it, definitely not on the aggressive side, but there is enough of a substantial prickle to support the medium-leaning body that has some viscosity to it as it lingers on the palate. This is definitely a sipping beer though, as the oak, tartness and complexity make it a beer to be experienced in smaller sips (at least for me, though I could see myself drinking this fairly quickly if I was distracted by engaging conversation, so perhaps this is a nicely versatile beer). A touch of toasted grain character adds some complexity towards the finish. At times there is a spicy, not quite burnt, curing plastic like phenolic note to the finish that is neither persistent nor strong enough to get annoying. The flavor has a nice buttery note to it at times and there is a definite, though soft, mustiness to the flavor as well as a hint of muskiness. There is a hint of residual crystal malt and toastiness here in the flavor (which is likely much reduced from the base beer) that helps to add additional complexity and interest.
It is quite interesting how wine like this beer is (definitely red wine too), the nose has a touch more malt focus than the flavor, but even it is really evocative of a fruity, oak aged red wine. My second pour sees me noticing a melding of buttery oak and slightly overly ripe, funky cheese character in the aroma. I really like the lactic acidity that is here, it is not as aggressive as would be found in a traditional Lambic, but it plays a really nice off-setting role in this beer. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer; it has quite a bit of complexity to it as the red wine character, the oak-barrel notes, the tart / funky fermentation character and the supporting malt character all work together quite well. I feel like I should be more critical of this beer for some reason, but it is so well integrated, so complex and it drinks so well that I can’t help but really, really enjoy the experience. This is one that should age very well, I really wish I had a case of this slumbering in the cellar.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma:Sour, nothing else in the smell.
Appearance:Reddish brown in color, not a whole lot of head.
Taste:This one is not that impressive, it’s got some low-grade sourness, but it also has some sweetness. There is lemon sourness that shows up in the foretaste, but it leaves very quickly and is gone by the aftertaste.
Palate:Medium body, good carbonation.
Overall:I was a little disappointed in this beer, I was hoping for more complex sour flavors.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy red amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of wild yeast, some toffee sweetness, cherry, wood, and vanilla. Taste of tart cherries, some lacto, brett, and a sour finish.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of funkiness, cherries, dark fruits. Tastes of fruitiness, tart cherries, some funk, and woodiness.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of tart, funky and barnyard notes, tart cherries. Flavor again was funky and sour, musty and fruity.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Get the toolbox out when you open this bottle. It took a few of us several attempts to get the cork out.
A: The pour is a hazy reddish-copper color with just about no head.
S: A strong vinegar/acetic note right off the bat with lots of wood and sour cherries. There are some notes of red grapes/wine and some underlying sweet malts, too.
T: This is pretty sour with most of the tartness coming from the vinegar. The fruit character is not quite as pronounced as in the nose and consists of cherries, for the most part. Some tannic oak and mild wine notes round this one out.
M: The body is medium, maybe a little on the thin side, with a pretty low level of carbonation--I would have preferred a bit more.
D: My main complaint with this beer was that the flavor was not quite as good as the aroma, but such is life. Pretty enjoyable either way.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… RBSG/MBGSF 2010… Murky mahogany ale with little to no head. The acidic and acetic nose presents notes of sour cherries, sharp cheese and red wine vinegar. God, I love funk. Medium to full-bodied with tickling carbonation. The tart, earthy flavor offers sour cherries and moderate woody bitterness. Finishes tangy and dry.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye). Pours a murky deep amber with white fizzy head. Aroma has tartness and apple. Flavor has some very light tartness, some funk and a bit of earthy notes. Mouth feel is light, a bit watery, with some fizzy carbonation. Overall, I would like to try this again.