Sunday, April 8, 2018

Destihl Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red

Fill date: 12/21/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23B Flanders Red Ale

AROMA: Moderately-strong sour/fruity aroma of cherry and currant. Slight sweet component akin to vanilla. Sourness is clean lactic. No hop or malt distinctiveness (none needed).

APPEARANCE: Hazy, deep reddish-brown hue (13-34 SRM). Small off-white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-high sourness throughout; though also quite tart with authentic black cherry and red currant flavors. Palette is noticeably acidic, but mostly clean. There is a subtle sangria-like flavor in the background which lingers briefly; otherwise aftertaste is quite clean. Despite complex malt grist, there is little malt distinctiveness or sweetness. Brew is fairly well-balanced despite no hop flavor nor obvious bitterness. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Best drank in sips. No overt alcohol presence and feels a bit lighter than its 6.1% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive brewing feat considering how well an American brewery was able to emulate this niche Belgian style. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

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