magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle - pours a very dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Nose has a lot of caramel and wheat. Taste is mildly sour hops and then finishes cleanly. Palate is a bit thin. Overall, this is a bit disappointing for me, as it is rather one note (sour) and that’s it.
Zymurgeist2 (739) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown with garnet highlights. Disjointed aroma. Some dried fruit on the palate, but not much going on for a west Flanders. Slight sour throughout is too subtle for style. Sweet malt is in the background.
Scopey (4615) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home. It pours deep brown with a purplish hue and quickly dissipating thick beige head. The nose is oak, musty, dust, barnyard and a touch of vinegar. The taste is wood, dark fruit, plum skin, faint cherry, light tanginess, vinous aspect, pithy lemon and dull sweetness with a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Disappointing lack of any real sourness. Not bad, just rather forgettable.
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, bread, molasses), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of raisin, leather, and sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very dull/bland. There is some promise in the nose, but it’s so mild and limited that it’s impossible to get excited about it. Limp and nearly flavorless in the mouth. It comes off like an interesting beer that has simply been diluted.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I don’t think I’ve had a ’Flanders Red Ale’ before, but if this beer is representative, I can’t say I like the style. Brown beer with a hint of redness and minimal head. Sour cherry aroma and flavor. Dry acidic finish. Overall, seems fairly one-dimensional and lacking in complexity.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy brown in color, soft bubbly head, very sour flavors, bitter finish, a little too sour for my taste
Nate (3451) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet and sour aroma, malty with notes of caramel, but also some soy or vinegar tang. Fruity with some spice - bitter orange peels and cloves. Dark brown-red clear with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium-thick watery body with light-medium carbonation. Tangy and light malty sweet start. Fruity but muted. Medium acidity and papery, almost stale hops. Finish is light acidic and dull. After has some hops and light bitterness. Overall, kind of weak.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like dogfood. tastes decent. cloying finish (oddly). Not bad overall. brown colour.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chestnut colour with a beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a light tart note and hints of wood and yeast. Malty, light tart fruity flavor with a vague note of wood.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. Quite dry on the nose. Sour. Yeasty. Oak. Hint of sour cherry. Fizzy carbonation and a tad thin on the palate. Quite dry flavor profile. Just a tad sour and yeasty. Not nearly as complex and as rich as I like my sours. Fairly one dimensional.