Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by Damian:
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-16-2013 12:44:45 | More by Damian
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3.78/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
09-06-2012 18:15:05 | More by ehammond1
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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
overall: strong stuff
08-31-2012 03:34:02 | More by dirtylou
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
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!
10-20-2012 02:43:11 | More by prototypic
Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.