pFriem Flanders-Style Red Ale

Oregon
United States
pFriem Flanders Red by pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Ratings 
2 Reviews
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

pFriem Flanders Red is a tribute to the Burgundies of Belgium, the red ales that once captivated the country. Each glass is rich with notes of cherry, hints of passionfruit and a Pinot-like flavor that comes from the eighteen months it spent in an oak barrel. Take one sip, savor the tart finish and you’ll understand how one beer could charm a country.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Hallertau Tradition
Malts: 
Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner, Cara Munich, Cara Aroma, Carafa III
Judges Review 
Susan Ruud's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer was judged as a Flanders Red Ale BJCP 2015 Category 23B.  It initially poured as a beautiful red color, clear and leaving a picturesque white lacing around the glass.  The visuals alone made me want to take a sip.  The aroma was very pleasant giving Belgian phenolics and citrus, pear and cherry esters along with a very faint spicy, floral hop character.  It had a very smooth mouthfeel and a slightly tart dry finish.  All of this was tied together nicely with very pleasant soft alcohol,

I can envision drinking this beer somewhere in the Flemish countryside while dining on mussels or duck The acidity of this beer would pair well with almost any fatty meat or if you don't care for meat then any dish that had a heavy cream sauce would be wonderful.  Only thing better would be sharing the entire experience with great friends.

Pat Mulloy's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

It smells like red wine, balsamic vinegar, a teenage boy’s clothes closet, fruit skin, with traces of tobacco, vanilla and coconut. This beer is judged as a BJCP 23B (Flanders Red Ale). In the glass the beer hisses like a snake with streams of bubbles racing surface ward. It pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown. A ½” white cap slowly recedes and then rebuilds itself. Lightly sweet red wine and fruit flavors meld with balsamic while a light butter touch gives the malt a pie crust character that balances very well with the mild tartness. Oak tannins pop out at the end adding dimension and drying things out. The malt character is slightly restrained which allows the yeast’s fruit character to shine. The brewer’s choice and handling of the Brett is why you want this beer. For several minutes after drinking this your mouth tastes and feels like you have eaten a tart cherry pie.