Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by mwilbur:
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A blended beer of Fred from Hair of the Dog (brewed at De Proef in March 2012) and Flemish lambic from Bockor Brewery. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark and hazy golden hue with a 2 inch creamy white fluffy-bubbly head. Tremendous retention that lasts, and lasts, and lasts...(the high carbonation continues to feed and perpetuate the head) Beautiful thick lacing.
S: Fresh melon, mild pepper, tart lambic notes, sweet citrus, belgian yeast spice, with some pine hop notes in the background. Complex, yet wonderfully balanced.
T: Wow! Mildly tart lambic only modestly overshadows pine and citrus hops (the lambic tastes like 51% of the blend even though Fred was). Sweet and fresh fruit (especially berries and cherries) quickly follows the initial tart burst. Hint of melon and green apple. In the background you'll find toasted malt and pine resin. The lambic hits up front and Fred takes over the end of the taste progression with stronger malt and hop notes. Truly a 2-in-1 brew. With warming, Fred's hop notes come more to the forefront.
M: Initially tart, quickly turns toward sweet (fruit), then settles down to a smoother (malt) feel, and finishes mildly dry and bitter (hops). Mild barnyard funk in the finish too. Medium body. Very mild and actually refreshing alcohol throughout (seems to augment and aerate the fresh fruit notes). An almost wine-like quality to the feel as well.
D: Another amazing collaboration brew! It's astonishing how there is a distinct split between the two blended beers with the lambic dominating the initial experience and Fred taking over the finish. A nice refreshing summer beer. Seek it out!
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2012 04:16:56 | More by mwilbur
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.