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Style: Flanders Red Ale
Style Information
The Flanders Red Ale is a Belgian-style sour ale similar to the Flanders Brown Ale (or Oud Bruin). The style is highlighted by a strong sour aroma and taste and minimal hop presence. Much like the Flanders Brown Ale, this style also gets a long period of aging of a year or more. Aging for this style is often done in oak barrels, lending a further acid character to the style. Quite often, an aged batch is blended with a younger batch to balance the sour notes.

The color should be dark red to brown, with a notable clarity. The aroma has strong fruit smells, like citrus, sour cherries and dark fruits. There should also be notes of vanilla from the oak aging, and sometimes has chocolate and malt notes as well. The sourness of the style should be apparent in the aroma. The taste follows the smell closely, with strong fruit flavors dominating along with the sourness and acidity. The feel should be medium bodied, with the acidity standing out. ABV should range from 4.6% to 6.5%. IBUs should be low, ranging from 10 to 25.

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Top Consumed Flanders Red Ale
1. Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge by Brouwerij Bockor N.V.51
2. Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.27
3. Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier by Brouwerij Verhaeghe9
4. Duchesse De Bourgogne by Brouwerij Verhaeghe9
5. Bacchus by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.7
6. Michael by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company6
7. Flanders Red by Portsmouth Brewery6
8. Exodus by Central Waters Brewing Company6
9. Gilgamesh by Upland Brewing Company5
10. Rodenbach Classic (Red) by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.4

Top Reviews Flanders Red Ale
 BeerAvg Score
1. NBB Love by New Belgium Brewing Inc.92
2. Vin de Cereale by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.88
3. Funky Foeder Cherry by Russian River Brewing Company86
4. Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.85
5. Duchesse De Bourgogne by Brouwerij Verhaeghe81
6. Rodenbach Classic (Red) by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.80
7. Rodenbach Caractère Rouge by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.80
8. Thumbprint Flanders Sour Red Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company80
9. Lips Of Faith - Sour Brown Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc.78
10. Verhaeghe Echte Kriek / Echte Kriekenbier by Brouwerij Verhaeghe78