Road trips are a great way to find new beers because every state gets different breweries in their distribution area. While at a friend’s wedding in Virginia I stumbled across this beer and couldn’t wait to open it. Its a Flanders Red which is one of my favorite styles. Flanders Red’s are typically lightly to heavily sour with flavors that range from vinegar (trust me, in a good way) to cherry and chocolate. Let’s see how this one measures up.
Its a dirty plum color with hints of crimson and brown. There is a white ring of head around the beer and very little lacing. It smells like tart cherries and oak. There is a hint of malt sweetness, but it is still relatively tart. Unlike some Flanders Reds I have had before this one isn’t overly vinegary. There is a lot of cherry flavor through coming as the beer warms up a bit as well. The beer is medium in terms of sweet and sour. There is some oak flavors and a hint of apple cider. In the end, this tastes pretty true to the style and I enjoyed drinking it. The lively carbonation makes this beer very refreshing and it would be great on a summer evening. If you like cherries this may be perfect introductory sour beer. Boy am I glad we stopped into the beer store in Richmond and found this new-to-me beer. I’m even more glad I still have a second bottle to enjoy again!