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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Mercator"

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.3%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Mercator"

Category: Flanders Style Red Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 6.3%
Minutely hazy copper color. Delicate, fruity aromas of peach yogurt, green apple chutney, sourdough nut bread, and hint of glue and horsehair brush with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk lemon juice, kiwi, and green apple and nectarine skins finish. A very tart and racy sour ale.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp, light & sour & tart
Aroma Aroma: peach yogurt, green apple chutney, sourdough nut bread, and hint of glue and horsehair brush
Taste Flavor: lemon juice, kiwi, and green apple and nectarine skins
Bitterness Bitterness: Faint
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Hearts of Palm Salad, Grilled Asparagus, Fontina
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tart and racy sour ale.

The Producer

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

The Producer
4465 Manchester Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110
USA
1 314-222-0143

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