Craftwork 'Red Bonnet' - Flanders Red Ale
Flanders Red ales are a classic 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 Sour Cherry usually has a hazy ruby hue from a complex grain bill, barrel aging in a Waitaki pinot noir barrel, and from the fruit maceration. The unique multiple yeast strains impart a lactic sourness, and hop bitterness is replaced by a puckering tartness. This beer has been aged for one to two years in oak, and has then been blended with a younger batch, prior to bottling. The beer is then racked off onto Sour Cherries grown locally at Maheno by the Newlands family. The cherries add tart stone fruit complexity, with almond, sweet vanilla and coconut flavours from the memory of the cherry stones. The character of this beer will become more complex and sour over time. Unlike some of the Belgian originals, our beer is not pasteurised, nor back sweetened. Ideal for cellar aging.