Flanders red

The Flanders Red style is a type of tart, sour ale that is brewed in West Flanders, Belgium. This style can be characterized by its well-balanced acetic acid flavor. The strong sour character comes from the ale being fermented with organisms like Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Lactobacillus. This style of ale is brewed with many more microorganism...

The Flanders Red style is a type of tart, sour ale that is brewed in West Flanders, Belgium. This style can be characterized by its well-balanced acetic acid flavor. The strong sour character comes from the ale being fermented with organisms like Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Lactobacillus. This style of ale is brewed with many more microorganisms than traditional brewers yeast. Long aging periods in oak barrels for sometimes over a year or more is common. The enticing red hue comes from the use of colorful red malts and can vary from a burgundy red to a reddish-brown.

Flanders Red Ales have strong, tart fruity flavors. You’ll find the the same sugary sour fruit character in its aroma along with exquisite notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak. Typically, the types of fruit flavors you’ll experience are either plum, black cherry, raisin, or raspberry - possibly a combination of the four. This style should feature no hop bitterness, although tannins are common. If produced in a high-quality manner, a Flanders Red Ale should have excellent balance between the sour tart flavors and the sweet malty flavors. With a flavor complexity to truly marvel at, Flanders Red Ales are considered the style of beer that most resembles a fine wine.

Flanders Red Ales pair well with roast beef, fresh fruits, or all on their own as a dessert drink.


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