Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale

Illinois
United States
Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale, Moody Tongue
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Good things come to those who wait. Traditional Flanders Red Ales often showcase blends of two worlds- young and mature- and the difficulty lies in finding the right balance. Our Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale showcases our blend of a young Flanders Red Ale with that aged for 24 months in American Oak barrels resulting in a ruby red beer which greets the drinker with aromatics of Sangiovese grapes and American Oak alongside flavors of tart cherry and rhubarb. Enjoy this traditional Flemish beer with dishes like beef bourguignon or braised rabbit with prunes or pour this into a few glasses to share with friends and family.

Profile

ABV: 
6.7%
Hops: 
Saaz
Malts: 
Vienna, Caramel, Red Wheat
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Oak Barrel Aged Flanders Red Ale by Moody Tongue Brewing Co. was judged as a Flanders Red Ale (23B). Notes of acetic acid linger on a bed of cherry fruit with hints of wood and leather. The acidity is restrained, but unmistakable. The color is a dark copper-garnet, very clear with just a faint head on the glass’s edge that is off-white. The flavor is acidic and fruity expressing both good development of the wild yeast character and a rich pie-cherry fruit. The malt is not overworked, and a good malt sweetness balances the acidity nicely. I would characterize the malt and acidity as being very much complimentary. The body is medium with acidity and carbonation adding a bite in the finish that makes the overall mouthfeel sharp as it passes over the palate. There is a touch of warmth from alcohol in the finish as well. Overall, this is an exceptional Flanders Red Ale that manages to be sour, but not overly sour; malty enough to lend balance and sweetness to the tartness of the ferment; and fruity enough, with just a touch of wood character, to lend complexity and nuance to this wonderful beer. I would highly recommend finding a bottle as this beer expresses the tradition of the Flanders Red as well as any I have had in Belgium or elsewhere.