This is a selection that, if you find it, should absolutely not be missed. It starts with Rodenbach's Vintage Ale, which is macerated with cranberries, raspberries and sour cherries for six months and then refermented in bottle. The result is a stunning, complex and remarkably balanced beer. A gorgeous ruby-mahogany color, with a light head that falls fast, it leads with vibrant scents of fresh whole cherry and berry that are accented by waves of oak and sour fruit. The palate is forward in flavor, yet surprisingly smooth and refined, with medium carbonation and refreshing sour acidity that balance the ripe red-fruit characteristics. The elegant finish boasts notes of dried cherry, raspberry, cocoa and wood that linger long. It's not over-the-top in any one trait, and is a beer that exemplifies how poised and well-composed a fruited Flanders ale can be. Latis LLC.
Flanders Red Ale
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).