Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2017
From a can straight from Illinois, thanks SterV for the tick! Initially high, beige-ish pale yellow, but loosely structured head, yet fizzing away like the head on a glass of coke and eventually vanishing altogether; hazy peachy amberish colour with ruddy hue. Aroma of blue plum juice, maracuja, redcurrant berries, lime juice, hay, old brown paper, caramel, honey, bread crust, nutmeg, soap. Lively fruity onset, lots of passionfruit and redcurrant, lime juice-like acidity but very mellow, medium carbo, smooth and slick mouthfeel; simple lactic tartness somewhat dries a caramelly sweet, even bit honeyish and lightly bready maltiness; the crisp sweetish-and-sour fruit flavours linger a bit as well as a certain soapiness and caramelliness while hop bitterness goes by as good as unnoticeably. Simplified, very accessible, non-wood-aged, probably kettle soured, 'basic' interpretation of an 'oud bruin', somewhat akin to New Belgium's La Folie but simpler, thinner and without the depth of barreling. That said, it does have that mellow, caramelly and bready malt sweetness positioned against the sourness, which remains altogether soft and superficial, but not in a bad way. Nothing too ambitious going on here, but well-balanced, crisp, clean and pleasant enough to drink. jc1762 (1651) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Can into a snifter showing lightly filtered very dark dried caramel brownish orange with sparse lightly tanned foam.
The nose shows a yuzu forwardness with very subtle notes of cinnamon.
The palate is highly carbonated and light bodied. Lightly tart but highly acetic with flavors of dry citric orange with a strong ginger-like spiciness until the finish. DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2017
Can, at Purple Pig. Deep red-orange with a brief off white head. Acetic sourness and light cherry nose. The palate has pronounced sour berry character, a bit juicy, with lactic and acetic sourness. Missing some deeper complexity, but a pleasure to drink. Very good. wlajwl (7201) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2017
Aroma is sour fruit, malts and a hint of vinegar. The flavor is fruit/berries, malts, slight sugar and a long mix of tart/sour and sweetness in the finish. tmoreau (4734) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2017
On tap at the brewery, and dispensed to a tall stemmed, teku glass, showing a cloudy, light orangey amber color, with quickly diminishing action to the modest layer of off white foam, as well as the light spots of lacing. The nose was tart, juicy, pit fruit and berries, subtle malt, with a touch of candy sweetness. A bit less than medium bodied, the taste was similar, tart to sour, with some spritz to the carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. A tasty but light Flanders Red.
ryanfolty (2655) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2016
December 27, 2016 - on tap at NW. Getting dark in here, but looks to be pinkish, maybe light orange. Aroma was very tart. Taste started out sour apple, but quickly sweetened and was nicely balanced. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2016
From tap room. Not sure if this is a different beer, label says Swankey Smack but it says bottle 142/292 and 5.9%? I really wanted to like this, but maybe I got an off bottle? Thin, very woody, musty, flat and a pinching tartness. Serving: Bottle nota (47) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2016
Brownish-red out of the tap. Very tart; grapefruit, lemon. Fresh rain in a barnyard. Backed with some woodiness and a medium body. crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Draft. Lightly hazed pour, lighter on the tartness, rich malt body, some vinousness, decent.