argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with medium creamy tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, prune/raisin, alcohol. Taste is sour (even a bit burnt) cherry, and you want more, yes more!!! This beer is rich and very full-bodied.
thewolf (11161) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 33cl. Pours a hazy reddish brown with next-to-nothing head. Aroma is powerful, sour with dried fruits. Flavour is slightly smoky, with a nice balance of sourness and caramel - the end is slightly tart. Good example of the style.
Travlr (11138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby reddish brown, pale head. Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor of raisins, plums, sweet start and sour finish. Full mouth. Weird but fun.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle-pours huge overflowing, no, an "exuberant presentation" as joet says [ok, I read the thread on Arbor Brewing bottled beers]. Rocky/foamy tan head with red/brown color. Aroma is sour cherries/apples, spice, oak, medium malt, some antiseptic/astringent notes. Taste is very sweet/tart/fermented/sour cherries/apples, spice, oak, medium/dark malt, some antiseptic/acidic notes. Complex, finishes semidry and puckering. Interesting/occasional/sipping.
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 2007 re-rate: I didnít like this beer to begin with, but I knew it was special and have been tasting at least one bottle a year. Iím finally getting it, and really enjoyed a bottle last night. The flavour now feels like a wonderful refreshing sourness, and a powerful hop finish. Raised the score from 3.2 (high in aroma, low in flavour) to 3.8.
Original 2004 rating: Dark red brown beer with a small off-white head. Big, complex aroma with lemon, berries (especially cherry), vanilla and a hint of vinegar. The flavour is still rich and complex, but with far too much acid for my taste. And I get unpleasant memories of fruit juices gone off and naturally fermented. I guess I have finally found a beer style that isnít for me...
Rasmus40 (10999) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark brown with a reddish glow and a beige head. Aroma is sour - vinegar and cherry. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate sour. Finish is dry and acidic. 020311
chrisv10 (10981) - DENMARK - JUL 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Clear very deep red with mostly diminishing medium tan head. Flavour is vinegar, tart, sweet and salt.
bhensonb (10949) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle [from Marcus] (BB 24/08/08). Impressive aromas of cherry, oak, malt and likely other fruits. Sort of a ruby mahogany color with a tan head that ringed rapidly. Vinous, tart/sour (almost cooking) cherry, with vanilla, and fruit with an oak astringency tagging along. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. There is a strong wood character to go with the cherry. The tart/malt balance very well in the finish. Much more flavorful than the classic. Itís really a very tasty ale.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: map room, Chicago
dark amber, whispy head, sweet-n-sour malt aroma, dark amber, puckering sour malt flavor, semi sweet, very complex
clear dark brown, big tart cherry aroma, lots of tart flavor, very dry,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Grand Cru pours a dark brown color with reddish tint and an off-white head. The beer leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is very acetic, vinous, and tart. There is also a substantial malt aroma which provides a bit of balance to the nose.
T: This is what I think of when I hear "Flanders Red Ale". The taste is incredibly acetic and vinous. There are also great sour cherry and wood flavors, lending the beer a tannic quality.
M: The beer is rather full bodied with abundant carbonation and an astringency that can be a bit strong if youíre not really expecting it.
D: As previously mentioned, this beer is pretty much *the* example of a Flanders Red. Itís a really solid beer and a great one for wine drinkers like my cousin that I shared the bottle with.