Monday, June 3rd 2013
Stupid Sexy Flanders
(Sun King Brewery)
Stupid Sexy Flanders. If you're trying to figure out the story behind the name, here you go. This is one of five special releases the brewery has put out so far in their King's Reserve Series. The packaging for these beers is in Ball Corporation's 16 oz. AlumiTek™ resealable aluminum bottles. The design, similiar to the way the brewery designed their multi-style 16 oz. cans, provides a space on the reverse for a sticker signifying the beer inside. Sun King continues to be a leader, and an innovator, when it comes to canned craft beer.
From the Sun King site:
"Our traditional Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin is fermented with wild yeasts, Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, which impart tart cherry flavors to glance the malt sweetness."
Here we go...
Pour – dark auburn in appearance with some reddish hues and a thin stark white head on top.
Aroma – sour with tart cherry and some funk. Hints of vanilla and cream. Complex aromas for sure. The sourness really stands out, sort of like a cherry vinegar.
Taste – tart and sour right away on the tongue. On the puckering side, followed by some complex vanilla notes. Very smooth on the palate with some noticeable funkiness coming into play as this warms. Prolongued sweetness in the finish with a tart and tangy sour cherry flavor that is slightly acidic and leaves the tongue just a tad bit dry. Lots to experience with a beer like this. Drink it slow and take it all in!
Overall – Stupid Sexy Flanders is a great example of the Flanders Oud Bruin style. For the uninitiated this will be a test of your palate and your appreciation for unique styles of beer. For those already familiar with the flavors this style has to offer, you're in for a treat. The tartness and the sweet and sour combination of this complex Belgian-style beer is both refreshing, as well as a true testament to the versatility of today's American craft brewers.
Notes - Oud Bruin translates from the Dutch/Flemish to Old Brown. The name itself is a reference to the prolongued aging the beer tradtiionally goes through, sometimes for up to a year. This is traditionally followed by a secondary fermenation and more aging. This aging is what allows for the characteristically sour notes to develop - from residual yeast and bacterias. Oud Bruins are closely related to the Flemish (of Flanders) Red Ales, with a key difference being the use of oak when aging the red ales.
Posted by Russ
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