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Great Dane Brewing

Great Dane Brewing
Ned’s Red Flemish Style Red Ale

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

Great Dane Brewing
Ned’s Red Flemish Style Red Ale

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
Mahogany color. Vegetal, sourish aromas and flavors of roasted brussels sprouts with berries and lardons, spinach salad, and sourdough toast points with a supple, tart, effervescent, sour medium body and a tingling, odd, medium-length finish evoking notes of spiced sour apples, cranberry kefir, artichoke and watercress, and nettles finish. Too many off vegetal notes and excessive bitterness on the finish holds this sour ale back.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Funky
Aroma Aroma: roasted Brussels sprouts with berries and lardons, spinach salad, and sourdough toast points
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of spiced sour apples, cranberry kefir, artichoke and watercress, and nettles
Bitterness Bitterness: Faint
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Duck Breast With Cherry Reduction, Rabbit Confit, Fontina
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Too many off vegetal notes and excessive bitterness on the finish holds this sour ale back.

The Producer

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

The Producer
357 Price Place
Madison, WI 53705
USA
1 608-661-9400

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.

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Flanders Style Red Ale