On tap at Ambulance, blended mixed culture sour ale (with sedate 12% ABV) coalesces tart oaken cherry Flemish red ale to date-dried Flemish brown ale with great success. Lightly acidic green grape tannins and piquant raspberry wisps seep into dried fruited pleasantry.
On tap at Abominable Snowfest (aged two years in French oak barrels), heavily acidic sour ale ain’t for the faint of heart but will delight all brettanomyces punks. Oaken cherry tartness heightens vinous yellow grape tannins, sharp lemon-juiced Italian vinaigrette pungency and sour red raspberry pucker over leathery horse-blanketed acridity.
Seemly ‘Flanders meets Chicago’ collaboration between America’s Two Brothers and Belgian’s Urthel Brewery places up-front hard cider sharpness next to Flemish-styled cherry sourness. Beet-sugared cranberry tartness seeps into funky fungi-molded wildflower yeast midst while tart hard-candied green apple backdrop fortifies lemon-dried white grape piquancy and dehydrated orange lull.
Complex flaxen-hazed pale ale with explosive carbonation and whimsy 9% alcohol flow evokes expressive wild yeast perfuming. Initial lemony orange-bruised mandarin orange zest spreads across floral-herbal breadth, bitter juniper snip, and leathery dry-corked horse blanket waft. Tropical pineapple-mango-peach-cherry medley turns sour at crowded midst. Orange marmalade, dried fig, sharp cider, and ginger-clove-eucalyptus nuance enliven vanilla malting to mineral-grained bottom.
Rich burgundy-like 8.5% alcohol-fueled puffy-headed brown ale clusters buttery whiskey-dabbed caramel sweetness alongside sour-doughed floral-hopped nosing, pouring like a root beer float (leaving yeast sediment in its wake). Tart apple dances on tongue before exquisite barleywine influence adds further depth and complexity.
Crisp golden pale ale celebrates regional Flanders breweries with complex yeast strain, mild citric bittering, and herbaceous wisp. Sharp carbolic perk enlivens cork-y quirk, spry lemony grapefruit tang, tropical papaya-kiwi tease, and lavender-backed chamomile-spearmint-eucalyptus frolic. Fruity adjuncts further sweetened by butterscotch and banana bread illusions.
Brewed specifically for Philadelphia’s terrific Monk’s Cafe, indelible russet ruby Flanders Oud Bruin plies vinous green-yellow-red grape tannins to lactic-soured oaken vanilla insistence, allowing puckered lemon-dried apple, cranberry, and cherry tartness to reach fruition over leathery horseblanket acridity. Tertiary white peach, banana and raspberry melee begets dry sherry finish of debonair moderation.