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.

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Variant Brewing Company Matters of the Subconscious Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Flanders Style Red Ale
97 points
A barrel-aged Flanders Red that will delight both beer and wine drinkers alike thanks to its tart cherry and tannin character; a real stunner.
Awards: 2023 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - 2023 Best Flanders Style Red Ale