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Fred Flanders From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Fred Flanders From The Wood
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fred Flanders is our regular Fred fermented with a variety of yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus in American oak barrels for 3 years.
Draft only at this time.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 06-04-2010)
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Reviews by Smurf2055:
Photo of Smurf2055
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dec 2011

Poured into a globe at Brouwer’s Cafe for the Big Wood event, 2008 version.

Pours a murky hazel with very little carbonation or head.

Smells like honey and straw, slight caramel.

Taste was very unique, very balanced honey, earthy, wood, slightly bitter.

Palate was mild with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a unique experience, not sure I’ve tried anything like this before. It’s drinkable but not something I would go head over heals to try again.

Smurf2055, Apr 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

williamjbauer, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers, 2008 vintage

"Fermented with a blend of special yeasts and bacteria, instead of the yeast I normally use to ferment Fred. This Beer is barrel aged for 30 months, in French and American oak."

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - cloudy brown-amber body, dirty off-white film

smell: honey, booze, funky yeast, bourbon, wood

taste: truly bizarre stuff - an old ale at heart gutted and stuffed with funky yeast and bacteria - honey, funky farmhouse yeast, bourbon, oak, subtle tartness, liqeur, candied sugars. Really strange stuff - i'll try anything from HOTD

mouthfeel: smooth and strong, light tartness and a funky twist

overall: worth the shot - pretty innovative stuff

dirtylou, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

joh04587, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ford0626, Mar 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Boozecamel, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of KDawg
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice head.

The bourbon barrel does dominate with some tones of oranges and citrus tones.

Fuller feel, but doesn't really show much tartness as the bourbon influence kinda kills that. There are notes of bourbon and oranges mostly.

A good beer that was a probably a good idea. The bourbon influence is pretty dominate and seems to hide the sour qualities.

KDawg, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Mahlik
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into HotD tulip.

A- Pours murky reddish brown with a bubbly thin white head. Head dissipates quickly to leave a thin crown around the glass. Almost no lacing. Pretty standard appearance for the From the Wood beers.

S- Tart fruits, subtle sugars and a touch of vinegar. The aroma is surround by this sour acidity. The From the Wood aspect really leaves its mark on this beer. A nice oaky/wood aroma with strong vanilla and bourbon notes.

T- The tart fruit and acidic sourness hit the palate first. But the oaky bourbon and vanilla quickly come in to smooth it out. I do get a vinous quality from the taste. Not sure if it's just a cherry flavor or if some wine-like flavors pop out.

M- Full body with light carbonation. The alcohol is present. It starts boozy but finishes smooth. But still, I would not enjoy more than 1 or 2 because you'll be drunk on your ass.

O- Excellent beer. But HotD rarely misses IMO. The flanders part of this beer is not as pronounced as the fred from the wood part. But I think everything works in unison. Again, a must try from HotD.

Mahlik, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

RocketChimp, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room.
from notes.

Pours a burnt-orange brown color with a very thin, off-white head.

The aroma is of oaky vanilla, with bourbon and a very light acidity along with some fruit notes.
I develops a very nice leathery quality as it warms.

The taste is of more bourbon-oak with a smokey, leathery finish. There are only trace amounts of acidic tartness.

It has a medium body, with light carbonation.

Another wonderful beer from Hair of the Dog. I am very glad I had the chance to give this a try and is something I would definitely get again, given the opportunity.

vkv822, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a burnt orange mixed with red color with minimal head on top.. Perhaps just a thin ring.

S: Quite a bit of oak on the nose, more than you might expect. Certainly a bit of vinegar and some malt as well.

T: There is an interesting flavor combination here. The Flanders/sour aspect is mostly acetic in nature and there is some tart citrus (grapefruit?) as well. Plenty of oak and a bit of vanilla, and a trace bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. Actually quite a nice mouthfeel.

D: Really easy to drink and one that I'm glad to have tried--especially as I'll likely never have a chance to try it again.

womencantsail, Jun 04, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mantissa, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room at HOTD.

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a streaks of dark red throughout. A thin light tan head forms that quickly forms rings around the edges.

S - I didn't pick up a ton of strong scents here, but some nice oaky/woody scents, some old fruit, and some tartness.

T - Sweet old fruit, cherry, woody-oak, finishes with some yummy carmel favors.

D - Lower carbonation, pretty sweet.

O - I liked this, but I couldn't drink very much more due to the sweetness. However, very highly reccommended.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, this one is actually a blend of Fred Flanders and Michael. In the interest of keeping the listings clean, I'm adding my review here since this beer is clearly a work in progress.

Mildly hazy brownish red with a fantastic, dense, creamy head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a phenomenal Flemish red. The nose is great (better than Michael, which I had a couple of hours later), with a rich, fruity red wine sourness with an undercurrent of complex sweetness. Honey, brown sugar, a little bourbon are present, along with a refreshing red wine vinegar character. The palate opens mildly boozy with a blend of red wine sweetness and Michael's sourness amplified. Mild acetic acid, mild sourness, some barrel tannins and red wine are present. Medium-full in body, medium-light in carbonation, this beer finishes with red wine, acetic acid and a mild funk. Solid stuff.

DefenCorps, Aug 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

artoolemomo, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of jminsc76
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged in American Oak - Golden Special Ale Fermented with Brett

Drank while on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich. Pours a slight amount of head atop a murky brown body. Not quite golden anymore, but plenty of carbonation as I tilt the glass, and it's a got a lot of the bubbly.

Aromas are incredibly intense, with a strength that goes through the nostrils and right into the sinuses (as a casual *whiff* demonstrates). Can't describe the individual components but overall it's very, very pleasant.

The palate has no idea which direction to head on this one. There is so much here it's not even funny. The funkiness of the red, with the brett, and the deep, dark fruits such as figs, branded cherry, oak, tannins from barrel...so much going on here, so different, and so delicious. A gift that keeps on giving.

A thin mouthfeel, with some tingliness from the carbonation. Seemingly becomes medium-bodied as it warms, or at least as I swish it.

Overall, this is really funky good. Almost like drinking a barleywine with brett, with the sour flanders aspect coming through barely 'nil. I like it though, and would drink this again, though two in the same sitting would not be recommended.

jminsc76, Jul 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

orangesol, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BrokenStones, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

anteater, Nov 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

CelticAleMan, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ithinkimasofa, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with virtually no head and no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: vinegar oaky aromas with hints of acidic citrus, slight sweet malts, and funk wiith vanilla barrel charateristics.

T: smooth sweet vinegar oaky flavors up front that also showchase slight roastiness, funky barrel notes, little brett, and a hint od acidic citrus to load up the palate.

M: medium slick body with low amount of carbonation that had a sweet mild tart finish.

D: the style is labeled a barleywine but the name says flanders. In my opinion it leans more towards a well drinkable flanders. The beer was not too sweet or sour and was glad I got the chance to try this rare treat.

Gobzilla, Jun 12, 2010
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Fred Flanders From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.