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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Flander’s Style Red Ale: Aged in Wine and Port barrels. In friendship with Will Meyers from Cambridge Brewing Company. Brewed in April of 2011. 375ml

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
6th August 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton as always for the HF lifeline. Hazy red - brown beer, tidy cream coloured head. Palate is light and softish. Light fine carbonation. Light Flemish sourness with a woody geueze vibe. Very light oak that seems to be keeping the sourness in check. Light and semi dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11061) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2013
12.7oz bottle shared by markwise @Chris’ for Tampa Wkly Gathering-thin tan-dk copper with red. A-sour med fruit, some med malt. T-sour med fruit, some vinegar, med malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s I’m London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Thanks mom for grabbing this one. Pours mostly clear ruby-amber with a tight, creamy beige head. The aroma holds lots of tangy berries, ripe cherries, some wet wood. Light to medium sweet flavor with mildly tangy berries, a bit of bread, cherries, plums, hints of pepper. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish, more wet wood, tangy berries, cherries, cranberries, subtle funk, some raspberry. Lovely stuff. Starts slow but finishes strong. Great depth and balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Reddish brown pour. The flavor of this was a bit surprising. It was like a really good Flanders red but watery. Not what I expected. Nice nose and good flavors, just watered down a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle... Hazy brown pour with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a swirl of vanilla, cherries, leather and mild, woody funk. Light to medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is fruity and tart – sour cherries – but also presents a gentle notes of malty caramel and tannic, bread crust bitterness. Lengthy, tart, caramel finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
> Well balanced, slightly sweet red berry forward dark sour

[ Bottle ][ 375mL ][ oteyj ][ Tasting ][ Snifter Tulip ][ 5.28.14 ]
>> Thank you James! Awesome bottle. Clear red amber pour with wispy, tan foam. Nose is cranberry, sharp mixed berries, Merlot grape, lemonade. Taste is slightly sweet, nice berry mix, dusty cranberry bread, lightly bitter, good sugar remains to balance out the sourness. Citric level is not too high. Definitely not an all out margarita mix salt overload, no acetic. This is one of the few sour reds I’ve had where more than a few sips isn’t overpowering. This one could essentially have all to yourself without getting acid reflux. I think this one really deserves some credit for getting the sugar balance right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s Farwell Tasting, big thanks to Leighton for more HF goodness, 06/08/13. Hazed mahogony brown with a thin light beige covering. Nose is tarte grape skins, tangy orchard fruit, earthy, raisensm soured green apple. Taste comprises brandy soaked apples, woody, farmy, tarte dark fruits, sour notes, light fruit balsam. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, dry tarte fruit finish. Great sour red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Earthy, vinous and leathery, this Flanders-style Red knows how to captivate the tastebuds while making them relax due to a frothy and airy mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-This is more effervescent than any Flemish-style Red I’ve ever had. Yet this ’Saison-level’ carbonation works beautifully with the tartness and fruitiness.
-Acidity is certainly present, but never detracts from the rest of the brew’s complexity.
-I was expecting a somewhat leaner mouthfeel.
-The rusticity created is compelling.
-The oak barrels give a hint of added character while never detracting from the other ingredients at play.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s farewell tasting, big thanks to Leighton! It pours deep red-brown with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, wood, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark fruit, red berry, jam and candy floss. The taste is tart, earthy, damp wood, sherbet, lemon, pleasant tartness, granny smith apple, vinous, red berry, light alcohol warmth and jam. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Damn tasty and well-balanced. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5917) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is very complex, bringing out lots of wine and port notes, lightly sweetened and fairly soured dark fruits, and a big of balsamic vinegar. Flavour is very dry and tart, with red wines dominating, followed by a touch of port, dry tart dark red fruits, and light vinegary notes. Carbonation is solid, without being overdone. Finishes on notes of dry red wine and light vinegar. Excellent beer.

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