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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Stony Brook Red Ale

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Adams
Stony Brook Red Ale

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
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.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy & Sour & Tart
Aroma Aroma: honeyed sour cherries, lemon-berry vinaigrette, cherry cobbler, and pickle relish
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of green apple skin, dark raisin bread, nut skin, and cocoa
Bitterness Bitterness: Faint
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Reuben Sandwich, Aged Cheddar, Fontina
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely approachable, tart Flanders Red with fine flavor and balance.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

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