Chestnut brown pour with a better than anticipated head on the aggressive pour. JesterKing classes this a ‘Barrel Aged Sour Red’. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and aged on oak barrels.
Some mid-level ethanoic acid on the nose amongst some organic wafts of hay.
The initial tastes offer some barrel notes that I am not keen on and don’t need. Luckily the light vinegar sourness is enough to counteract this fairly quickly, and even about a quarter of the way down the bottle, the barrel elements becomes largely an afterthought.
Never very acidic, the beer offers a persistent dry character that is undeniable. Even some tannin like elements, too.
Oddly, as we get further down the bottle the barrel notes make a re-appearance.
A bit of a muddle here for me. Not quite a barrel aged beer (good), not quite a Flanders Red (bad) and nowhere near memorable enough for the $18 price tag (predictable). As the beer warms we get to a really quite a bland beer. Lacks depth and becomes no more than slightly acidic.
Odd. Why not JUST a Flanders Red? Why barrels?
Flanders Red, 7.3% ABV, OG 1.060, FG1.004, 16 IBU’s.