Flanders Red Ale (Belgian-Style Oud Bruin)

A style of sour ale brewed in West Flanders, Belgium. Most likely fermented with Lactobacillus, it has a sour character attributable to lactic acid. Long periods of aging are employed, a year or more, often in oak barrels. Red malt is used to give the beer its color and the matured beer is often blended with a younger batch before bottling to balance and round the character. Flanders red ales have a strong fruit flavor similar to the aroma, but more intense. Plum, prune, raisin and raspberry are the most common flavors. Flanders red ales are often described as the most wine-like of all beers.