taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Red/brown with a good off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, like cherries. Malty taste - like an earthy toast. The finish is quite bitter with what seems like brett character in it (but not a lot) and then the feel of alcohol on your tongue. I’m actually a little disappointed, but in looking at the ratings, I’m guessing this one just doesn’t do it for me personally. randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
750ml bottle.Pours a deep red with a foamy/creamy white/red head.Nose is Brett with some yeast and cherry.Taste is really interesting with notes ranging from Brett,sour cherry,hops and rye.Really interesting blend of flavors that is quite enjoyable.Hope Terrapin starts kicking out more strange off beat brews like this! SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 10, 2010
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
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. I actually thought I’d 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. It’s a mean-looking beer, cloudy reddish brown with minimal carbonation. Extremely sharp nose, almost harshly boozy with a woody tang. Good thing they’ve 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 it’s way to harsh and boozy right now, with not even much going on in terms of an enjoyable, hoppy strong ale. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
bottle, pulpy orange color with a sour grapefruit and horsey aroma, flavors of sour fruit, caramel, some hops
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
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 (15094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2010
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 (11170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle… Cloudy burnt orange/rusty ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Good retention. Malty, oaken nose – 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 is… a double/imperial red ale. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
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...I’m 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 (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Green’s on Ponce. An American Strong Ale, what the fuck? I’m completely shocked by the style. At least I’m 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. I’m 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 we’re really lacking here is the brett. Maybe it’s a bit too "green". This is good, but I’m sure it will develop well over time.