Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by Vancoubeer:
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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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 243 ratings.