Vintage oak-aged Flanders Red Ale (2012 – Barrel #170) flaunts leathery cherry-raspberry tartness at the fore as vinous green grape souring, oaken vanilla tannins and fungi-like saccharomyces yeast sugaring merge alongside dry sherry licks. At the complex finish, sour cherry abundance gains acidic balsamic vinegaring to contrast less prominent caramelized red malting.
On tap at End Of Elm, rustic oak-dried sour ale (posing as a lactobacillus-affected Flanders red) tosses macerated cranberry, raspberry and cherry skins at vinous lemon-limed green grape pungency above musty earthen barnyard acridity. Oaken vanilla phenols seep into piquant red-fruited wining, sharp cider subsidy and balsamic vinegaring. Tertiary lingonberry, boysenberry and red currant illusions fortify sharply sour-candied cherry, raspberry and cranberry adjuncts at berry-wined finish.