Fred Flanders From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
Half pint on tap at Stuffed Sandwich for barrel aged beer month, 6/2/2010.
Pours pink/red and surprisingly clear for something both sour and from a barrel. How ever the pressure is dialed down so there is no head and also very little lacing.
Aroma is of fresh oak, malt, malt, some vinegar, more malt, and a hint of roast/char. Also a little booze.
Flavor is why I'd like to name this beer Balsamic Fred from the Wood. The Fred from the Wood is evident with tons of fresh oak and sweet maltiness and some bitterness. There is a strangely good quality about Fred that I've always liked that I chock up to the yeast. Then theres some vinegar and faint hints of funk.
Mouthfeel is heavy, too heavy for Flemmish but acceptable (and enjoyable) for a barleywine. Drinkable at 8 oz but if I had to choose I'd go for the Adam from the Wood.
06-04-2010 04:41:01 | More by t0rin0
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
06-04-2010 04:56:51 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -17.1%
This beer poured out as a bright golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. Not much lacing here or retention. The smell is very tart, it gives off lots of oak aromas with the bacteria screaming loudly here. The taste of the beer is completely different from the Fred from the Wood I had a while ago. It's very tart, lots of citric acid like flavors in this one. The malt is kind of hidden and there isn't much in the way of anything but the sourness. The mouthfeel is thin, decently carbonated and dry. Overall I expected this to be a lot more like the Fred from the Wood I had a long time ago but it was much thinner and all the heavy boozy sweetness was completely gone. A bit of a disappointment in my opinion here. I didn't think that the addition of Brett and other bacteria's would completely alter a beer like it did to this one.
11-24-2012 04:21:25 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-17-2011 00:38:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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
12-12-2011 02:27:36 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev -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.
08-08-2011 01:06:27 | More by DefenCorps
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Cloudy red colour with a tiny head. As expected for a sour.
Big slightly tart cherry aroma with notes of port and Pedro Ximenez sherry. Fantastic fruitiness and great balance.
Stunning flavour with a mildly tart cherry edge being added to the oaky, vinous flavour of Port. This is a truly unique beer and a stunner. Simply great with the wonderul blending of the great flavours of a Flanders Red and the rich, lush character of a Barleywine.
Full bodied with moderately-low carbonation. Good.
A really fantastic beer with an interesting interplay of sweetness, fruit, oak and tartness. Brilliant.
10-03-2011 23:31:50 | More by dgilks
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
06-12-2010 02:58:04 | More by Gobzilla
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
On-tap at HOTD Tasting Room good start to PIB weeknd 7.14.11.
3/4 finger faint tan head multitudinous streams of carbonation rising up sides of glass after initial pour, ended up disarming pretty quick, brownish amber with red highlights, minimal lacing, a bit of chill haze. Pretty funky nose, musty horse blanket, tobacco, not picking up much hops , a bit on the floral side . Taste is more fruity than regular Fred some cheryish/funky notes, mirroring the nose.
The Candi sugar ensures a bit of balance with the tart and sir notes, more tart than sour. Took on quite a bit of barrel notes, a bit of vanilla not much char. ABV well hidden, this has obviously been in the barrel a long time (three years) very smooth. Really drinkable and tasty. Funky Fred!
IMHO, Not sure ths classifies as an American Barleywine despite big initial hop bill, more of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale w/Brett-if that makes much sense.
07-14-2011 21:44:54 | More by jdense
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
on-tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room.
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.
07-17-2011 01:15:12 | More by vkv822
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
4oz sample poured into a mini tulip at the tasting room.
A: Caramel brown in color with a medium haze. A half finger tight white head that stuck around considering the ABV and left a good lacing.
S: Big bold bourbon and vanilla with tart citrus notes trying to bust through. Some caramel and Belgian notes lingering in the background.
T: Bourbon and vanilla consumes the palate. The vanilla really pushes the tart/sourness back and actually works well with it. Light oak, caramel, and clove. Alcohol and more vanilla in the finish.
M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky. Definitely an alcohol sting that coats the tongue and throat.
O: A very good beer. I would of liked the tartness to pop a little more and the bourbon to be a little more subdued. Don't know how much Alan has of this but it can only get better for years to come like most his beers.
01-19-2013 23:04:48 | More by doughanson78
3.64/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
04-01-2013 21:05:18 | More by Smurf2055
3.95/5 rDev -5%
On tap at the tasting room 02-24-12
A: Dark red shading towards brown. Minimal lacing, but great legs when I swirl the beer around the glass.
N: Oak and all it entails. Alcohol, cherry and grapes are also present. The nose doesn't exactly cause me to swoon, though.
T: Follows the nose with the sharp oakiness and a very strong cherry presence. Definitely some acetone/vinegar in here, but they're subtle. Still, this is a flanders red in name only; Flanders Fred is tart, but it's more of a hybrid of Fred From the Wood and the classic style.
M: Hearty like Fred. Seems my glass was better carbonated than a few of the previous tasters since I got a good prickly feeling.
O: This beer is truly all over the place, and it might be dependent on your mood as to how it'll strike you. I very much enjoyed the way it attacks the tongue, and I felt this glass was far better than the previous one I tried.
02-28-2012 19:44:05 | More by writerLJBerg
Fred Flanders From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.