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94 Rating: pFriem Flanders-Style Red Ale by pFriem Family Brewers

January, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
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.