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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 256
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 4.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 57 | FT: 7
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mwilbur on 07-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Reviews by Vancoubeer:
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4.65/5  rDev +11%
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. (2,007 characters)

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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. (681 characters)

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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

overall: strong stuff (631 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (1,958 characters)

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