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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Sour Ale - Flanders Red Ale

BJCP 17B

BJCP 2008 17B Flanders Red Ale style example
17B - Sour Ale / Flanders Red Ale

 

IMPRESSION

A complex, sour, red wine-like Belgian-style ale.

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 and the fruity flavors more reminiscent of a red wine than an Oud Bruin. Can have an apparent attenuation of up to 98%.

EXAMPLES

Rodenbach Klassiek, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Bellegems Bruin, Duchesse de Bourgogne, New Belgium La Folie, Petrus Oud Bruin, Southampton Flanders Red Ale, Verhaege Vichtenaar, Monk's Cafe Flanders Red Ale, New Glarus Enigma, Panil Barriquée, Mestreechs Aajt

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.048-1.057
FG: 1.002-1.012
IBU: 10-25
SRM: 10.0-16.0
ABV: 4.6-6.5%

BJCP 2008 17B Flanders Red Ale style example
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