Ah, Monday is upon us once again, and to help make this day more bearable I came back from the store today with some very different ales than usual. I must look past strong dark Belgians and on to new frontiers! The latest being sour ales. Today’s beer is a Belgian, but not a Strong Dark ale, goodness no! This is what they call a Flemish Red Ale, and basically it means it’s gonna be one sour beer.. There’s something special about red ales, whether Flemish or Irish IMAO. This one especially has some bragging rights, it won the Gold in the 2006 World Beer Championship! I love drinking award-winners…well alright, I just love drinking. The bottle did really catch my eye at the store though, very refined looking. Let’s see how the inside looks.
Ah, a red ale indeed! This ruby-brown colored sweetheart is know as “The Burgundies of Belgium” and I can definitely see why. It’s a very rich dark red that is not usually seen in beers that I frequent, it looks very promising. Honestly, I’m just happy to be drinking a red ale again, I think next time I’m going to get some Scottish and Irish brews. Well, let’s see what she smells like.
Wow, now the smell itself is pretty complex. It’s immediately sweet then sour, it’s like a damn warhead I tell ya. You remember that candy right? Ultra sour but then sweet in the middle if you make it through the pain. Man, those were huge when I was a kid! I digress… I smell a very tart apple, this is gonna be nonstop trip to flavortown baby! Let’s get on with it then…
Mmm, the initial flavor is very light and sweet, this is where you can taste the apple full force, or perhaps it’s cherry. Whatever it is, it’s fruity as hell. Now, the beauty of this brew is that the sweet flavor is quickly subdued by the tartness. I’m pretty damn happy about that because I really can’t take overly sweet drinks. The only thing I like extra sweet is a woman, and I mean that in a non-sexual way I promise. Ah, my mind’s wandering again let me take another sip. Ok, what’s amazing is the tartness and bite become very smooth and leave a slightly sour malty aftertaste that goes perfectly with this beer. It’s gotta be the one of the best aftertastes I have experienced. It’s nice to have a sour beer that’s not overwhelmingly sour for once!
Overall, this is a damn fine beer. While it’s not as heavy in body as my usual lineup, it’s something that is just as potent flavor wise. It’s true, I love a beauty with a strong full body, but sometimes it’s nice to feel a lighter body on your tongue. That is as long as the flavor is not lacking, and this girl certainly has that in spades.
Until next beer this is Brian G signing out.