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

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

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by mwilbur on 07-08-2012

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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Hazy crimson with a small-moderate sized khaki colored head that stays around for nearly the duration of the drink down. This beer leaves irregular dots and webs of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Sweet aroma leading with toffee, some citrus, oak, very mild funk, and a bit of sour character. I anticipated more acidic sour notes.

The flavor isn't as sour as expected either, with good amounts of fruit-like sweetness leading the way, along with grass, mild vinegar, and a mild, funky earth character. Only moderately sour.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but I was hoping this would be better.

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750ml bottle, split, paired with pasteria luchesse chard pansotti and salsa di noci

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice - gorgeous pour, dark orange-amber body, a fluffy sticky white head that retains throughout

smell: lots of that belgian candi sugar sweetness that characterizes Fred, some nice tartness, pear, green apple skin

taste: a nice deviation of Fred - very sweet, belgian candi sugar, some tart funky yeast strains flowing throughout, green apple skin, tart pear, a touch of vinegar. lots of depth - pretty bold and funky

mouthfeel: medium-full body, moderate tartness, creamy finish

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flanders Fred pours a gold color. It’s crystal clear. No haze at all. Backlighting gives it a brighter gold look with just a hint of orange maybe. It’s capped with an off-white head that stands just under two fingers tall. Pretty impressive. It takes quite a while for it to disappear. Lacing was sticky and very thick as it trailed down the glass. Good lookin’ stuff!

At first blush, it simply smells very earthy, grainy, musky, and a bit funky. Yeah, it’s got a bit of that barnyard funkiness going on. I like it. Belgian yeast is easily noted and smells delicious. It’s very fruity. Lemon, light apple and pear, cherry, and subtle berry notes are all present. Smells rather deep and complex. It has a bit of vinegar-like scent. Spicy notes are secondary, but are present. Light clove, pepper, and cinnamon complement the other scents well. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is excellent! The fruity flavors hit first. Lemon, apple, pear, berries, and a bit of sour cherry combine to create a fantastic start. It’s definitely strong in the earthy, grainy, and musky department. To a lesser degree, it is a bit funky. It’s got just enough funkiness to really make things click. No more, no less. It is a bit sour and vinegary, but it’s far from mouth puckering. Light oak and spicy notes are present on the tail. The spices mostly taste like light cinnamon and pepper. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Finishes fruity, a little sour, and slightly funky.

Flanders Fred has a medium body that’s very soft and smooth. Carbonation is active, but isn’t distracting or buzzy in the least. This stuff goes down far too easy. I wish I had more than this 750.

I had no idea that this was a blend of (collaboratively brewed) Fred and a Flanders Red. Wow. I must say…it’s a tremendous combo! It’s really hard to find fault with it. It’s a delicious, complex beer that’s very strong in all respects. Definitely worth seeking out!

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Had on tap at Six Ten on their second year anniversary. Very complex Tasting. A little off on the sour side. Slight Funky notes. Lots of hop presence. Kind of hard to pinpoint this beers flavor profile. Not surprising since it has Fred blended with Belgium ale.

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