Craftwork Red Bonnet (500ml Bottle)
Unfiltered, unpasteurised, bottle conditioned unsweeted in the trad manner for full flavour. Barrel aged. Flanders Red ale is a style of sour ale, traditionally brewed in the Flemish speaking province of west Flanders. It is a regional curiosity that has survived the pressures of modern tastes. Red Bonnet has a beautiful rosy hue from a complex grain bill, and from aging in a Waitaki pinot noir barrel. The unique multiple yeast strains impart a lactic sourness, as a hop bitterness is replaced by a mouth puckering tartness. It has an intense fruity aroma with vanilla tannins. This beer has been aged for 1 year in oak, and has been blended with a younger batch, prior to bottling. The character of this beer will become more complex and sour over time. Pucker up, clear your mind and taste Red Bonnet.
The sour red/brown beers of Flanders can be considered as two different styles, or two ends of a single style continuum, depending on how you choose to view the issue. They are a clearly–defined sour ale subtype, one with strong historical traditions. Their character blends rich malt with tartness, and usually some fruity character as well. Oak aging is common in the traditional production of the style and therefore is often evident in the character. Many examples are also aged on fruit. At the red end of the style, the classic is Rodenbach at the brown end it is Liefmans, and there are several very good examples in between.