About Flanders Style Red Ale

About Flanders Style Red Ale
Flanders style red ales are deep red to reddish-brown in color and range in alcohol from 5-6.5%. These beers are defined by a complex fruitiness ranging from cherries to apples to oranges and a bracing acidic sourness. This defining sourness is a result of having been aged for years in well-used large wooden tuns allowing bacterial interaction with the beer and imparting a sharp ’sour’ character. Hops do not play much of a role in the overall flavor profile of these beers. Similar to Flanders style brown ales, these beers are a result of careful blending of aged beers to achieve the desired flavor profile. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Duchesse de Bourgogne, Rodenbach and Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge.

Top Picks for Flanders Style Red Ale

Rodenbach Brewery Rodenbach Belgian Red Ale
97 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of ripe cassis, eucalyptus, beeswax, anise, barnyard, and marinated beets with a round, racy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, very complex, very long thyme, oregano, dried cranberry, chocolate brittle, and oak finish. A fabulously complex Flanders-style Red Ale that will please the connoisseur’s palate; stylish and deeply satisfying.
Rodenbach Brewery Rodenbach Grand Cru
96 points
Reddish mahogany color. Complex aromas of salami, blueberry pancake, balsamic vinaigrette, sundried tomato, and arugula and bib lettuces with a silky, tart, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long pomegranate glaze, mace, ripe strawberry and feta, fig, and meyer lemon spritz finish. A very appetizing and balanced Flanders-style ale that will delight enthusiastic diners.
Upland Brewing "Cauldron" Sour Ale
94 points
Nearly opaque medium walnut color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry ginger cake, zucchini-raspberry bread, roasted chestnuts, and sassafras float with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with touches of berry and green apple skins, sourdough toast, and spiced kumquats and cranberries finish. A vibrantly delicious sour ale with a wonderful dash of spice.
Branchline Brewing Company Old Three Hundred Red Ale
93 points
Opaque bronze color. Lively, curious, mature umami aromas of coconut aminos, molasses cake, brown butter dried apples, beef, and mushrooms, and forest floor with a satiny, puckering, petillant, sweet medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length grass, roasted root vegetables, and sherry vinegar finish. A very savory and sour, almost condiment-like beer with tons of umami richness for the table.
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red Ale
92 points
Minutely hazy burnt sienna color. Attractive, sourish aromas and flavors of honeyed sour cherries, lemon-berry vinaigrette, cherry cobbler, and pickle relish with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish displaying shades of green apple skin, dark raisin bread, nut skin, and cocoa finish. A nicely approachable, tart Flanders Red with fine flavor and balance.
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red
92 points
Brilliant reddish mahogany color. Lively, meaty, sour peppery malty aromas and flavors of cherry cider vinaigrette, sourdough toast, reduced lemon, and light molasses on nuts with an even, tart, bubbly, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of raspberry and apricot chutney, mint tea, honeyed nuts, and earth finish. A clean, complex sour beer with a lots of versatility.
August Schell Brewing Co. Solar Evolution Flanders Red Style Ale
91 points
Ruby color. Interesting aromas of peppercorns, cedar pencil shavings, and cocoa with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long kumquat, cranberry vinaigrette, marinated hearts of palm, and fireplace ash finish. An interesting mash-up of bright sour and toasty wood and earth notes will make this a fun beer for the table.
Rodenbach Brewery Rodenbach Classic
90 points
Dull bronze color. Aromas of white balsamic vinaigrette on lettuces with sourdough croutons and dried apple with a supple, lively, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length honeyed mulberries and quince and starfruit finish. A mellow sour ale with a very traditional style and effortless drinkability.
Brasserie Schoune De Rode Vlaanderen
87 points
Cloudy copper color. Lively, fruity, funky sour tropical aromas and flavors of lemon and apple vinaigrettes, sourdough bread, pickled peach, and acetone with a silky, racy, finely carbonated, cloying light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of spiced citrus, pickled melon, grass, and gauze finish. A tart, mouthwatering sour ale that will pair nicely.
Two Roads Brewing Company Philsamic Flanders Red Ale
87 points
Hazy sunburst color. Lively, sour aromas and flavors of sourdough, cider vinaigrette on greens, and sour cherry with a supple, puckering, effervescent, sourish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of arugula, lemon bread, and baked green apple finish. A pleasant sour red ale.