Beer Review: Ned Flanders Red (AleCraft Brewery)

Beer Review: Ned Flanders Red (AleCraft Brewery)

Ned Flanders Red by AleCraft Brewery

AleCraft Brewery

Just a few days ago, on July 5th we drove down to Bel Air Maryland, an old hang out of mine when I was in high school. Back then, I was even nerdier than I am now (or… what I was into was just considered nerdier back then).

Myself, along with my friends Drew Scott and Rory Dibeler would travel down to Bel Air to play SW:CCG in tournaments ran by another of our friends – Tim Simon. For those interested – SW:CCG stands for “Star Wars Customizable Card Game”.


Ironically, this time I went down to do some drinking with Amy. (And yes, when we went down in the past, my buddies and I did some drinking. I recall one tournament where we took a tequila bottle and drank it while playing… needless to say I don’t think I won the tournament, nor do I remember how I even did in the tournament.)

This trip, which you can read here: “Bound for Bel Air – AleCraft Brewery and Independent Craft Brewing”.

So anyway, long story short – we came down to Bel Air Maryland to check out AleCraft Brewery and Independent Craft Brewing.

Grabbed a four pack of this – Ned Flanders Red – to take home. (How could I turn up the chance to grab a Simpsons themed beer to go?).

I made sure to take it with me to Ffej of July – 2022 – and share it with my buddies (Drew, Dave, Jason, Andy Parys, and several others). (You can check out our article about Ffej of July 2021 here.)

Beer Review

Beer: Ned Flanders Red
Brewery: AleCraft Brewery
Style: Sour – Flanders Red Ale
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 8
Untappd Description: A tart and malty Flanders Red Ale brewed with Roeselare bacteria and Hallertau hops.

Ned Flanders Red by AleCraft Brewery is a fantastic Flanders-style red ale that will leave any beer enthusiast impressed. This beer is a work of art, showcasing the expertise and creativity of AleCraft Brewery in Bel Air, Maryland.

The beer’s appearance is captivating, with a deep ruby-red color that entices the senses. The aroma is equally alluring, with notes of caramel, dark fruit, and oak that make the mouth water.

This color is the result of the beer’s malted barley, which has been roasted to produce a deep color and rich flavor profile. The use of dark malts in the brewing process creates a beer that is visually striking and sets the stage for the complex flavors that follow. The hue of this beer is reminiscent of a fine red wine, inviting the drinker to savor the beer slowly and appreciate the craftsmanship that went into its creation. Overall, the deep ruby-red color of Ned Flanders Red by AleCraft Brewery is an indication of the depth and complexity of the beer’s flavor profile and is sure to impress even the most discerning beer enthusiasts.

The aroma is complex and alluring, inviting the drinker to indulge in its delicious flavors. The beer’s scent is dominated by notes of dark fruit, including cherries, plums, and raisins, which blend together to create a sweet and fruity aroma. This fruity sweetness is balanced out by notes of oak, which give the beer a subtle earthiness and hint at the aging process that the beer underwent during production. The aroma is further enhanced by notes of caramel and toffee, which add a rich and indulgent sweetness to the beer.

Upon taking a deep breath, the drinker is immediately transported to the world of Flanders-style ales, with the beer’s aroma evoking images of cozy pubs and warm fires. The aroma is the perfect prelude to the beer’s rich and complex flavor profile, offering a tantalizing hint of the flavors that are to come. Overall, the aroma of Ned Flanders Red by AleCraft Brewery is a work of art in itself, showcasing the brewery’s expertise and dedication to creating a beer that is as delightful to smell as it is to drink.

Upon taking the first sip, the drinker is immediately captivated by the complex flavor profile. The beer offers a perfect balance between sweetness and sourness, with notes of cherries, plums, and other dark fruits creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

The mouthfeel is equally impressive, with a medium body and carbonation that offers a smooth drinking experience. The finish is long and lingers on the tongue, with the flavors continuing to develop as the beer warms.

The taste of the beer is a true delight for the taste buds, offering a complex and balanced flavor profile that is sure to impress any beer enthusiast. The beer is both sweet and sour, with a perfect balance between the two that is reminiscent of a fine red wine. The flavors of dark fruit, including cherries and plums, are the most prominent, adding a fruity sweetness to the beer that is perfectly complemented by the beer’s subtle earthiness, hints of oak, and notes of caramel and toffee. The sourness of the beer is also noteworthy, with a tanginess that is well-balanced and never overpowering. The flavors of the beer continue to develop as it warms, with the sweetness becoming more pronounced and the sourness fading into the background.

Its a complex and balanced flavor profile that offers a perfect combination of sweet and sour notes. The dark fruit flavors of cherries and plums provide a fruity sweetness that is complemented by the beer’s subtle earthiness, hints of oak, and notes of caramel and toffee. The sourness of the beer is well-balanced and never overpowering, adding a tanginess that balances the sweetness perfectly. The flavors of the beer continue to evolve as it warms, with the sweetness becoming more pronounced and the sourness fading into the background. The result is a beer that is both delicious and memorable, showcasing the brewery’s expertise and dedication to creating a high-quality Flanders-style red ale.

Overall, Ned Flanders Red by AleCraft Brewery is a standout example of a Flanders-style red ale, brewed with care and attention to detail. Its rich, complex flavor profile, captivating aroma, and smooth mouthfeel make this beer a must-try for any beer connoisseur.

My Untappd Rating: ***.75
Global Average Untappd Rating: 3.80 (as of 7.11.22)

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