Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by Damian:
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
More User Reviews:
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
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
Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.