SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. dark, muddy brownish red under a huge, foamy beige head. almond, oak, vanilla, peach aromas. flavor is the same with a mix of almond butter, vanilla, oak, peach syrup. medium-full bodied. low carbonation and quite milky-creamy actually. pretty heavy on the oak and almond flavors. not getting any rye notes.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tylerís, Durham. I actually thought Iíd been served the wrong beer for several minutes, as I could in no way imagine how this beer could be considered a Flanders Red as indicated on labels and in promo. Itís a mean-looking beer, cloudy reddish brown with minimal carbonation. Extremely sharp nose, almost harshly boozy with a woody tang. Good thing theyíve now relabeled it. It is, as Dustin from Terrapin explained to us, Rye Squared with Westmalle yeast and Proef yeast aged on wood forever. Makes a lot more sense to me, given how the beer actually tastes, but itís way to harsh and boozy right now, with not even much going on in terms of an enjoyable, hoppy strong ale.
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, pulpy orange color with a sour grapefruit and horsey aroma, flavors of sour fruit, caramel, some hops
Mora2000 (5162) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is vanilla, caramel malt and some very light tartness. The flavor is caramel malt and alcohol with some light tartness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. For a beer that says Imperial Flanders Red Ale on the label, I really expected more tartness.
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of barnyard, carmel, grapefruit, oak, vanilla, pine and light leather. Barnyard fades as the beer warms. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, carmel, barnyard, pine, grapefruit, light earthiness and light leather with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Cloudy burnt orange/rusty ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Good retention. Malty, oaken nose Ė big time raw white oak. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with jazzy carbonation. Big caramel and toffee malts; big, juicy American hops. Finishes bittersweet and tongue numbing. Not remotely a Flanders red as the label proclaims, but not remotely bad either. Quite good for what it isÖ a double/imperial red ale.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is reddish opaque amber with a fluffy slow fading light brown head...smell is strongly hoppy with lots of grapefruit some pine resin...then there is a slight subtle funk and sourness underneath...it is quite subtle...Iím not sure what to make of it...taste is strange as well... definitely an American Strong Ale...grapefruit and tons of resinous flavors...then the faint sour funk of cherry skin comes in...again it is just understated and I wish it was 25% stronger...that would knock this beer out of the park...finish is lingerly bitter...
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle from Greenís on Ponce. An American Strong Ale, what the fuck? Iím completely shocked by the style. At least Iím not rating it under the category of "Sour". Light brown/dark orange translucent appearance. Nice fluffy head that is slowly fading away. This beer has got my votes in the "looks" department. Lots of fruit popping through and hitting my nostrils. There is a shitload of pineapple hitting my nose. This smells like Hawaiian Punch. The rye shows up a little bit, but not enough to really even mention. Iím not smelling the wood or the brett, which is a major let down. It is pungent which is why it gets the points. Wood, and hints of the Big Hoppy Monster are there. It tastes much better than it smells. A little hot because of the alcohol. The oak is coming through in the form a citrus zing. Light pineapple is showing up and providing a somewhat fruity flavor. Nice lingering bitterness. All weíre really lacking here is the brett. Maybe itís a bit too "green". This is good, but Iím sure it will develop well over time.
ddemmingjr (638) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 Poured a creamy reddish brown with a big head that settles down to a ring along the glass. A floral resin with barnyard vegetation on the nose. Thereís plenty of complex notes in there. A distinctive flavor that is somewhat sour at first. A full body, lively carbonated beer that is one of the first beers I would characterize as sticky. A strong flavored, big beer to enjoy
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged from the Rare Beer Club. Murky ruby brown pour with a tall beige head. Odd aroma. Sour fruit, herbal hops, spicy notes, and sweet malt. Taste is big spicy and herbal hops, chewy malt, light tart fruit, and sweet malt. I agree with the first reviewer, this is not a sour beer at all and should be changed. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more strong spicy and herbal hops, light earthiness, ripe fruit, chewy malt and citrus.