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BJCP 2015 Guideline

European Sour Ale Flanders Red Ale

BJCP 23B

BJCP 2015 23B Flanders Red Ale example
23B - Flanders Red Ale

 

Overall Impression

A sour, fruity, red wine-like Belgian-style ale with interesting supportive malt flavors and fruit complexity. The dry finish and tannin completes the mental image of a fine red wine.

Comments

Long aging and blending of young and well-aged beer often occurs, adding to the smoothness and complexity, though the aged product is sometimes released as a connoisseur's beer. Known as the Burgundy of Belgium, it is more wine-like than any other beer style. The reddish color is a product of the malt although an extended, less-than-rolling portion of the boil may help add an attractive Burgundy hue. Aging will also darken the beer. The Flanders red is more acetic (but never vinegar-like) and the fruity flavors more reminiscent of a red wine than an Oud Bruin. Can have an apparent attenuation of up to 98%.

Commercial Examples

Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Rodenbach Klassiek, Vichtenaar Flemish Ale

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VITAL

  • OG:  1048 - 1057
  • FG:  1002 - 1012
  • ABV: 4.6 - 6.5
  • IBU: 10 - 25
  • SRM: 10 - 16
BJCP 2015 23B - Flanders Red Ale Commercial Example
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