Celebration of Flanders

 
OUD BRUIN & FLANDERS RED

Oud Bruin & Flanders Red are known as the Burgundies of Belgium. These styles of beer once ruled Flanders. They are brewed using large amounts of Munich and caramel malts with traditional brewing methods. The beer is aged in large wooden barrels, vats, and Foudres, then is inoculated with wild yeast and lactic acid-producing bacteria. The most important is the tradition of aging the red and brown ales in huge vats of unlined oak. The wood, which cannot be sterilized, is home to dozens of wild yeast and bacterial strains that consume the residual sugars in the beer. Over the course of its aging, which can last as long as two years, the beer takes on its characteristic acidity, along with oak flavors and color. Sherry and passion fruit notes develop and deepen as oxygen slowly seeps in through the wood. The individual barrels are blended together. The resulting blends are light-bodied and zesty, with complex fruity and earthy aromatics, malt caramel and sweetness balanced with refreshing acidity. The beer ends up as a wonderful blend of sweet and sour flavors.

Oud Bruins are full, rich, complex, jammy, yet still, light on the tongue. This East Flanders inspired beer is slightly stronger and more robust than its West Flanders neighbor; Flanders Red. 

FLANDERS BLONDE

Flanders Blonde is brewed and aged in the same tradition as Flanders Red and Oud Bruin. This elegant beer is brewed with Pilsner malt and highlights delicate flavors of French Oak. The French Oak barrels that the Flanders Blonde spends 18 months in had a first life housing high-quality Pinot Noir. Two rounds of Pinot Noir were aged in the barrel. The result is a well-rounded, bright, tart, and delicate beer. 

FLANDERS RED KRIEK
(pFriem will be releasing a Flanders Blonde Kriek in 2019)

Flanders Red Kriek is something to behold. Historically, every year, a few brave brewers would pick baskets full of cherries from trees near the brewery, and gently introduce them to the maturing Flanders Red. After nine months, they became one, and the beer was then blended off to perfection prior to bottling. The best examples are divine.

pFriem Flanders Red Kriek began with the arrival of our French Oak foudres from Bordeaux. We filled the first of the two vessels with our take on Flanders Red and a blend of microflora unique to the Flanders Region of Belgium. After nearly two years of graceful maturation, this elegant elixir was ready for blending and packaging. We then removed the beer from the foudre, and indeed, most of it was blended and packaged, but, (lucky for you), we didn’t package quite all of it on that day. Instead, we decided to use a small volume to fill freshly emptied Pinot Noir barrels from our friends at Domaine Serene winery. In these barrels it remained for an additional nine months of evolution before our Brewers, just like those of old, began picking cherries from the trees around the brewery. In total, we gathered a little more than 1,200 pounds of Royal Anne Cherries. Out of the barrels and onto the fruit went our Flanders Red, and there it remained for nine additional months before the two became one. The result, well over three years in the making, is resplendence made quaffable.