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88 Rating: pFriem Flanders Red by pFriem Family Brewers

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
4 / 6
38 / 40
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.


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