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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%


Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The sixth edition of the De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration Series is our first blended beer. Legendary brewer, Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog joins Dirk Naudts at De Proef to create this unique bottle conditioned beer. Flanders Fred is a blend of Flanders-sourced lambic with a collaboratively-brewed version of the famous Hair of the Dog Fred.

The result is a deep golden ale topped with a creamy off white head. The nose is complex with notes of lemon, pine, tropical fruits and spice. The palate is rich and layered with toffee, apricot and almond, balanced by some green apple, a hoppy bitterness and barnyard funk.

Please enjoy Flanders Fred with food and friends. This beer should pair very well with many cheeses, roasted vegetables and grilled meats. We believe this bottle will continue to evolve beautifully over the next few years, adding a subtle blending of the flavors.

Cheers from Portland and Flanders!
Alan & Dirk

(Beer added by: mwilbur on 07-08-2012)
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Cloudy orange-amber with little head to speak of. Interesting aroma...tart funkiness coating toffee-like malts, fruit, cherries, and earthy must. I coax up some acetic notes with a deep sniff. Flavor is tart, again with a solid malt presence for balance. Caramel, cherries, spicy wood, berries, vanilla, slightly phenolic on the back end. Body leans towards the fuller side of medium, and finishes dry and tart. This started out seeming like it was going to be more of a slow-sipper, but became dangerously drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 15:13:32 | More by wedge
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AgentMunky

California

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass.

Golden orange. Light light head.

Smell is incredible. Bright fruit. Tart and funky. Lambic. Deep and complex.

Mmmm. Beautiful balsamic vinegar. Light fruit. Vaguely briney. The aftertaste is...wheaty? Lightly dry and vivacious. Mouthfeel is sparkling, clean, and mineraly.

Great sour. Highly recommended. God bless Hair of the Dog and the bartender at Grape & Grain who gave me this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:36:09 | More by AgentMunky
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/16/12; split with PDXHops.

The color is a hazy sunset of an amber brown; with a medium depth, the appearance is pleasant. The head is fluffy - over an inch tall. The foam drops to a thin layer and a patch of bubbles. Sporadic blotches of lace turn to a solid wall of tightly grouped bubbles.

Fermented apple aromas jump out of the glass though it doesn't smell boozy. Vinous overtones. After a few minutes plush, fluffy grains emerge. It's all woven together with hints of grassiness. Over time the focus shifts toward the grain aromas and mild sweet tones.

The aroma belies the tartness of the beer (at least on the first several sips). It seems like something of a lactic twinge. Ripe, light fruits. As with the nose, the malt backdrop is robust yet unobtrusive - toasted grains and lightly buttered bread. It almost seems like pilsner malt. Hints of damp funkiness on the finish.

Medium body with a moderate, fluffy carbonation. The sourness gives the semi-slick body a puckering feel.

I like this just fine. It's probably a good idea to start cold and observe how it changes as the temperature rises. For my personal preferences, I like it better as it warms up. An interesting and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:25:39 | More by Ryan011235
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, cherry, cranberry, pear, grape, herbal, clove, pepper, oak, candi sugar, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with funk and moderate malts; and good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, pear, grape, herbal, clove, caramel, candi sugar, oak, funk, vinegar, toast, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, herbal, clove, pepper, candi sugar, oak, funk, vinegar, toast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate funk; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent blended Flanders Red style! All around awesome balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy esters with malt; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 04:17:07 | More by superspak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle shared by the Ottawa tasting group

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish amber colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread/grains, vinegar, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains and vinegar. There is also some tart citrus flavour and a touch of caramel. It ends with a tart aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty enjoyable stuff. I could actually drink a fair amount of this, which is surprising given the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:33:38 | More by spinrsx
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged offering into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a slight off-white froth that is 2 fingers strong and quite silky looking. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish froth back to the surface.

The aroma includes noted of pear and apple and other faintly indistinguishable fruity aspects. A bit like cider at times and an acedic smelling touch with a biscuit grain backing that comes out a bit.

The taste is tart and lemony blending to a bit of apple cider. The bready grain backing is present like the nose suggests along with a bit of an unwelcomed addition of minerals and fruity alcohol tang.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not horrible but a little lackluster and not really what I was expecting. It is neither fred nor a flanders in the traditional sense but seemingly caught somewhere half-assed between the 2. I am glad I have another bottle of this to revisit sometime but admittedly I am in no hurry to have this again...yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 13:20:43 | More by stakem
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750ml/1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

The liquid poured a cloudy, ruddy, rusty color and was topped by a frothy, light tan, two-finger crown. Outstanding head retention and fantastic lacing. Thick, drippy blankets coated the entire glass.

Lots of interesting things happening in the nose. I definitely could not peg the style, which made sense since this is a blend of two vastly different beers. A Belgian-like yeast quality was apparent. Some sweet cherry notes came through as well. Hints of raspberries. Slightly tart and funky. Somewhat lemony. As the beer warmed, the Flanders Red character came forth. More cherry and distinct oaky/barrel notes. Touch of balsamic vinegar. A subtle, brown sugar-like sweetness was also noticeable.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. It was much sharper and more simplistic. The unblended lambic character dominated. There was a touch of sweetness on the front end before the bitter lemon rind notes took over. Unpleasantly tart and acidic. Belgian yeast notes were apparent. Touch of barrel and funk. Grapefruit pith. Grassy hops appeared on the finish. Bitter lemon rind carried over as well.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was super soft and fluffy. Slick, creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a crisp, moderate effervescence.

I really enjoyed the nose on this beer, along with the mouthfeel, but the flavor profile was just too bitter and acidic for my liking. This reminded me of an amped up, American hopped Berliner Weisse that lacked any notion of subtlety. Perhaps this beer was better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 12:44:45 | More by Damian
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with half a finger of white head that leaves some bands of lace.

Smell. Sweet ripe sour cherries, old dank wood, peach and pineapple, and some nice sweet funky hay.

Taste. Pineapple and cherries, funky damp wood, lemon rind and some bitter grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Wow, if this is a Belgian strong pale, it's the best I've had. Seems like a cross of several styles to me but one thing's certain, it's a damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:33:20 | More by Rutager
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to sonicalligator for sending me this one! The color is amber/orange. There is a bit of haze. There is a nice foamy half inch head.

The aroma has some hint of tart cherry. There is a tiny hint of mustiness.

The taste is dry, which caught me a little off guard considering the larger body on this for a wild ale. That is perhaps due to the high carbonation. There is a nice slightly lemony aftertaste.

This is a very good wild. It's dry, crisp, and refreshing. It doesn't stand above the rest, but it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:45:34 | More by andrewinski1
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Brewed March, 2012, best by 11/04/2014 on cork
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Flanders Fred is a delicious collaboration between two skilled brewers, producing a sour Flanders-inspired ale that has strong fruit, malt, and oak influences. Perhaps fresh, the hops mentioned on the label would stand out, and while interesting, I'm not sure how this would influence my appreciation of the beer. As it is, I would purchase another bottle for enjoyment sometime in the not-too-distant future, though the price of a 750ml bottle is somewhat high (~$12). Probably best for fall enjoyment due to the tart fruit, oak, and leaf tannin flavors.

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam with average retention (slightly over a minute), falling to a 0.2cm cap of white foam atop the body. The lacing that remains is excellent, a large number of small dots of foam coat the inside of the glass, resembling a dot-matrix print or pointilist painting. Each sip also renews this effect for repeated entertainment. Body is a deep, hazy (50-60% opaque) copper orange-brown color, with light bringing out dried apricot orange hues. Carbonation is visible rising along the sides of the glass, somewhat plentiful and aggressive.

Aroma is sweetish and toffee-like, but with a notable influence of Brettanomyces-influenced tartness, dry leaf tannins, oak, and sour cherry and raspberry. The beer is a definite blend of a Flanders-style beer and another, lighter ale, though the hop character mentioned on the label (lemon, pine, and tropical fruits, really?) has definitely faded by this point, slightly over one year since it's bottling. Still, a very pleasant aroma that reminds me more of a good Flemish sour than any American hybrid ale.

The overall flavor of the beer is of a pleasantly sour Flemish ale that expresses cherry, raspberry, green apple, oak, dried leaf-like tannins, and toffee in pleasant proportion. Opens with sweet toffee-like flavors that are tempered by slightly acidic tartness, sour cherry and raspberry flavors, and dried leaf tannins. Mid-palate is of a sourish Brettanomyces strain that contributes mild acid and woodsy characters, with intensified sour cherry, raspberry, and green apple flavors, some oak, slight savory (the herb). Back of palate finds intensified sweetness and tartness with raspberry-cherry esters, somewhat like the similarly named US candy, but also complex oak, herbal, and bitter characters. Aftertaste is of sweetish toffee tempered by Flemish ale characters of Brettanomyces (tart cherries/raspberries/green apples), and leaflike tannins.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a feel that is slightly fizzy at first, then calming to a gentle, rolling and filling foam. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering upon the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:55:55 | More by falloutsnow
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head; nice squiggly patterns of lace are left behind

Smell: Tart lacto with berry yogurt from De Proef that is buttressed by the strong toffee base from the Fred

Taste: Fred faces forward, on the front, end with the toffee and Belgian yeast strain; by mid-palate, however, the lacto, berry and green apple flavors start to balance and then overcome the caramel; in the finish, there is a strong sense of vanilla and oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I like both of the base beers I am tasting but I am struggling with the blend; still, a very interesting effort, but the vanilla and the sour flavors don't mesh for me

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:41:38 | More by brentk56
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in March 2012 and reviewed in February 2013. Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is very pretty. It's clear coppery gold with just a touch of haze, some nice effervescence, and a nice frothy head with nice clumpy lacing. The nose tells me this beer has some nice acidity. I get vinous notes of apples and white wine.

The beer has a medium body, a firm feel, and lip-smacking acidity. Nice crisp refreshing notes of sour green apples, lemon, herbal tea, and a faint sweetness all meld together into a very drinkable beverage. There is a nice vanilla oakiness at mid-palate that carries through the finish. The acidity makes this beer very appetizing.

Overall, a very well-crafted and enjoyable beer. Listed here (for now) as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but really more like a Flemish Red Ale with a few of the same flavors as a Belgian Tripel. Very glad I picked this up. Perfect sipper on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:57:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at the Green Lady, served in a 12 oz. Jacobins tulip.

Copper orange color, a layer of soft white foam on top that leaves behind an unbroken crown of lacing in the glass. Surface texture is creamy and smooth. Nice color with a bit of haze to it.

Tart apple aroma, lightly acetic cider notes. Pleasant but restrained wild funk.

Fruity tart flavors, light acids and dry minerality in the finish. Crisp and effervescent, smooth and medium bodied. Overall a pleasant hybrid wild ale, somewhat mellow and restrained, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 19:24:18 | More by emerge077
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spoony

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour resulted in three-plus fingers of rocky, light-tan foam. The brew is slightly cloudy and copper/amber in color.

S-The smell is a nice earthy, funky, musty mixture of tart grapes, green apples, and vinegar. There is nothing overwhelmingly sour, but enough to keep you interested.

T-The taste tracks the smell nicely. I detect a lightly funky, vinous mixture of grapes, apples, and apricot. Again, it is a mild tartness, not a true sour flavor. Some nice, light malts in the background.

M-The carbonation is minimal, which leads to a slick, watery feel. However, the lingering foam head gives a nice punch of body.

O-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It is complex and vinous enough for the sour/lambic fan in me, but not a complete acid bomb, so it drinks a bit easier than some of the more traditional sour/lambics. In some ways, it reminded of New Belgium Le Terroir, which is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:46:37 | More by spoony
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured int tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 1/17/13.

Appearance: straw yellow bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Little bit of everything in the nose. A fruity tart note seems to dominate. A touch of hop and a light malt profile. Maybe a hint of vinegar.

Taste: Moderately tart green apples, lemons, and peaches. I detect a hint of light funk. Grassy hops. The tartness is the most lingering quality of the beer. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer almost light bodied beer. Moderate carbonation levels. Crisp and brilliant carbonation in the beer with nice sour mash qualities imbodied in the beer. Drinks really effortlessly, not a hint of the 7.5% abv.

Overall: it reminds me of a little more aggressive version of berlinner weiss that is also fruity. Really unique beer here with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 19:18:00 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Off white cap and collar. Small bubbled lacing, looks cool.

Very crisp on the nose. Tarty fruitiness.

Follows the nose with the fruity tartness. Peachy/apricot funk. Doesn't drink it's 7.5%abv, lower.

Above average carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Loving the tartness, almost perfect for drinkability purposes. Thanks a ton 4DAloveofSTOUT.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:35:39 | More by Duff27
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

total oddball and not at all familiar. pours hazy copper to light red in color with an inch or so of persistent off white foam. the nose is almost like a sour, smell some funky yeast, brett maybe, and a lot of red malt, very appetizing. the flavor starts off nice enough, not really sour at all, but yeasty, spicy, and enjoyable. then something weird happens though, the beer just sort of runs out of flavor midway through. like, right where the flavors should be climaxing, they disappear. it just sort of creams out, there is no finish at all, its just gone before its swallowed. never had that happen before, and it prolongs a little bit once it comes up to room temperature, but where is the back end of this beer?! fine feel, a little thicker and sweeter from the red malt addition, and the carbonation is great. very alive. it does have a bit of a funny belly though, and sort of sits weird in me, churning the stomach around a little. sort of vinegary in there, not breaking down real well. in any event, this was a letdown for me. overpriced and esteemed beyond the reality. passable though, just not sensational.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:58:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at 16 Tons

A- Poured a murky amber color with an off-white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace

S- Big funky green apple. barnyard funk, and vinegar notes in the aroma

T- Big funky green apple and apple juice notes, vinegar, lactic sweetness, barnyard funk, and nail polish astrigency. Interesting mix of sour and bitter in the flavor profile.

M- Effervescent, very dry, high carbonation, lots of lactic acid and sourness

O- Some really nice flavors, but it did not quite mesh for me. The mix of sourness and bitterness helped cut one another, but was not totally pleasant. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 06:14:36 | More by Hoptometrist
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy amber with a fleshy peach glow. Microbubble lace spotting. Looks nice.

Tart apricot and green apple nose with lemon, straw, and unripe berry sourness. Excellently tart nose.

Lightly sour flavors of apricot, cherry, lemon zest, apple, quince, and mushroom funk. Big, poignant flavor. Fruity and tart with citrusy elements thrown in. Some malt wheatiness that gets slowly steamrolled by finishing vinegar tartness. Amazing beer.

Nice and bubbly to flicker over the tongue and trap little flavor bursts in the pockets of the mouth. The alcohol can only try to catch up to you, because this drinks like a dream.

Third and final beer of the Sour Tower Takeover tasting. Unreal good. Usually not a big fan of blended collaborations, but Flanders Fred is amazing. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 05:15:32 | More by thecheapies
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Vancoubeer

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my snifter from the Portland Cheers to Belgian beers festival midway. Did not tip the glass and the head I was expecting was not there and it disappeared. Besides that the rest of the appearance was what I expected. Kind of a hazy orangish color. Nice lacing on the glass with alcohol legs. Looks great but the lack of head is a concern. I once got a rubber cork in a Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black hole and it was somewhat flat and this had one. Hope this is not another oh man moment. On the nose, you get the lambic funk you would expect but there is also a sweetness mixed in there as well. Almost white wine like. Sour Apple peels mixed with citrus zest. The bottle has aged 9 months plus...depending on how long it was conditioned before going in the bottle. Not as much funk as I would have thought but perhaps 6 months more would let the bugs do their trick. I really like the smell. Its a good 4...nothing stellar but nothing normal. For the taste, its pretty sour but its more full on in the front end of the beer. It has the sweetness mixed in the sour. I have heard this smells more sour than it tastes and that is not the case here. Its full on sour. Not too sour. The sweet fruity flavors from the Fred make it pleasant. The notes I get is lemon, sour grape followed by sweet malts you would imagine from a belgian golden ale but the problem is that is very very light in the taste. This is very sour and I love it. There are some sours that I just can only handle a little. I want this. The mouth feel is very dry, very carbonated. Just as you would expect from a sour. Crispness to the mouthfeel makes this a great beverage to enjoy anytime of the year. Overall this is an amazing beer. I would not call this a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Its a sour beer / wild ale. No way I would call this a Belgian Pale. Yes its Belgian. Yes its pale, but below 8% and sour I would find this to be in a different category. this is great beer. I would love to try this a bit aged in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 07:24:45 | More by Vancoubeer
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks merc for sharing this bottle
the beer pours like an amber with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. The nose is slightly vinegary with some fruity sweetness that builds. The taste is like a flanders, but it's a lot sweeter. there is a touch of oak and yeast that help build up the beer's body. it has a creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel, with a bit of acidity towards the end. it's a strange concoction, but it pulls it off well. I'd try this again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:09:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-08 at TJ's pub in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration. Had this again on 2013-08-25 in Columbia, PA.

A - Moderately hazy orange with a 1/4-finger white head.

S - Tangerine, apricot, mild vinegar. Not very strong.

T - Wow. Big flavors of tangerine, lemon, mild roasted grain, grass, toffee, lambic funk, moderately bitter. Pretty sour (nice).

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial feel.

O - Really enjoyable flavor. Diggin' the sour flavor supported by a nice range of other flavors. When I had it again from the bottle in 2013 with my wife, we both enjoyed it quite a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 22:16:29 | More by Tucquan
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy amber liquid with 1/8" cream coloured head.

S: Apricots, honey, grass, barnyard funk, peaches and lemons.

T: As it smells with apricots, honey, barnyard funk, grass, peaches and lemons. Very refreshing.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of foamy fine carbonation.

O: Probably the best of the style I have had yet. Incredibly tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:39:34 | More by DaftCaskBC
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stem-tulip at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Reviewed from notes taken earlier this month.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and okay retention. Body colour is a hazy nontransparent tangerine. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Funky lactic yeast, bright fermented fruit, and pale malts. An above average aroma.

T: Nicely funky, even a touch tart on the climax. Pale clean malt foundation. Crisp. Fruity and balanced. Pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Luscious, full, clean, smooth, and wet. Good carbonation. Crisp. Tasty. Great mouthfeel.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. A surprise success from De Proef. A delightful brew.

High B-

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 00:54:38 | More by kojevergas
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/12 notes.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden0orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of lemons, tart fruity malts, tart green apples, vinegar, light dark fruits, some light funk, oak, earthy notes, and floral notes. Pretty nice and tart nose.

t - Tastes of lemons, tart fruits, vinegar, sweet apples and fruity malts, oak, earthy notes, dirt. A little sweeter than the nose. Good but I like the nose a little bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, and somewhat acidic.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer and glad I was able to try it. I like normal Fred better, even though these are much different beers. There is some nice tartness and vinegar to it, and some sweet fruit in the taste. Worth checking out, would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 15:46:02 | More by mdfb79
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