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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Flanders style ale aged in oak with fresh cherries and blueberries. This lambic style beer is aged two years in oak cabernet barrels with fresh cherries and blueberries. Batches are carefully blended for a dark burgundy-colored ale that is tart with a warm, sweet finish.

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3.6
anders37 (27226) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2017
Draft @ Sour Sunday 2017, Berkeley, CA. Pours a hazy deep red color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour woody berry aroma. Fruity sour tart woody funky berry flavor. Has a fruity woody sour funky berry finish.

3.6
Ernest (7860) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle (Oct 25, 2016 bottling).

Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark amber.

Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of oak, black cherry, marmalade, blackberry.

Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.

Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.

Another solid entry from Tahoe Mtn...still perhaps a bit short of 4+ territory, but quite authentic, which is hard to find in this country. Nice beer.

4.4
bytemesis (9327) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear reddish mahogany, small tan head, a bit bubbly, decent lacing. Aroma is loads of vinous wood, berries, bourbon, dusty, hint of acetone. Flavor is light tart, woody, berries, red wine, vanilla, light funk. Super smooth and balanced. Medium body. Soft mouthfeel. This beer is a winner.

3.8
GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
Cloudy brown with a light beige head. Aroma is cherry, blueberry, subtle herbal notes. Light bodied, sour on the palate with a lightly dry finish. Taste is sour cherry, blueberry.

3.8
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2016
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Cherry, sour, herbal and fruit aromas. Sweet and tart, cherries, and sour tones.

4.1
jredmond (8769) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle from CraftShack shared with Paul. Pours a deep purple red body with off white head and spotty lacing. Nose is reminiscent of some sort of Russian River Consecration/Supplication blend. Great mouthfeel, perfect for the style - light acidic, zippy and tart showcasing great flavors of blueberry pie and sour cherries. I can’t remember the last time I thoroughly enjoyed a Flemish style sour, but this was fantastic.

3.7
jtclockwork (17353) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle - pours muddy brown tan head - nose and taste of oak, sour caramel, dark fruit and soured wood - med body

3.6
SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2015
one of the last bottles of the night .. . red wood, cereal, cherry pit, and mild bright leather .. soft mouth, easy twinkle finish .. robbery, good stuff all around, balanced .. . .
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3.7
FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2015
A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a deep, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-red / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a ripe berry and lactic acidity to it; floral cherries, blueberry notes, a touch of balsamic vinegar, as well as a lightly toasted, brown malt character and a solid toasted nutty note. There is a certain chalkiness to the fruit / malt / acidity mix here, and there is a toasted, woody, oak note and a bit of barrel spice. All in all the aroma is quite vinous in character. As my palate adjusts to this beer the oak character becomes much more prominent with lots of spicy, woody aromatic notes.



Soft and creamy up front, but there is a bit of zippy, effervescent carbonation that helps to balance this. Tart, with lactic notes as well as other acid flavors; is the latter just the fruit character, or is there a touch of something else, it does not have the spice / bite of acetic. Floral fruit flavors remind me of carnation scented cherries, and there is a rounded berry character here from the blueberries. The beer has a light astringency to it, I can’t tell if this is from fruit skins, oak, or some combination of both. The body of this beer has a soft texture to it that just coats the palate, it remains fairly light though, and with the light acidity here makes for a quaffable sour beer. There is a soft Sherry like note here, some nutty aged malt notes, and a substantial oaked-red-wine flavor; the latter deeply influences this beer in a supporting role sort of way.



This is a really nice example of a Flanders Red with additional fruit character; it comes off as being very red-wine influenced. The label, and likely brewer seems quite confused on the difference between a Lambic and a Flanders Sour, but even ignorance can produce a good beer from time to time.

4.5
hopwine (678) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Nose is cherries, tart/lacto, funk. Flavor is same plus blueberry skin, black currant, heavy oak, raspberry, light vinegar. Very tannic, dry.


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