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

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 35
Gots: 59 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: mwilbur on 07-08-2012)
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

Liquered_up, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of ndak
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Truly an amazing experience. Poured into a tulip glass and first tried it cold. When cold the lambic hits you on the front of the tongue. Sourness similar to that of Suplication. When it warms to right above room temperature the lambic hits the middle of the tongue and the Fred aspect of the beer appears on the finish with a nice smooth carmel dryness.

Like a fine cigar this beer is complex and is great when served cold and as it warms. Two different experiences that are equally as good.

ndak, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy amber liquid with 1/8" cream coloured head.

S: Apricots, honey, grass, barnyard funk, peaches and lemons.

T: As it smells with apricots, honey, barnyard funk, grass, peaches and lemons. Very refreshing.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of foamy fine carbonation.

O: Probably the best of the style I have had yet. Incredibly tasty and refreshing.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of 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!

mwilbur, Jul 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful nose on the beer; I sat deeply inhaling for a moment before taking a sip. Definitely prominent sour and fruit aromas. Foamy, white head retained well. It was a deep golden color; a pleasure to look at in a Belgian-style glass.

At lunch time, this was a delicious beer to enjoy while the sun shone (outside). It was refreshing and crisp despite it's somewhat elevated strength. Very pleasing sour notes, though not intensely sour.

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start off, this review will be biased based on the fact that I love Fred from HOTD, and I love a good lambic (which this is).

A: Pours a frothy white head of tiny bubbles, some light spidering on the edges of the glass. The body color is a light flanders brown, light and relatively transparent which clearly should be the case with a lambic added.

S: Aroma is a great bouquet of lactic acid from the lambic mixed with a light Flanders oude brune aroma. There is a lot of sweetness of course too due to being blended with Fred which is extremely heavy and sweet.

T: Where the smell left off, just about every aspect of this beer is delicious. Take one part old ale, mix with one part Fred and mix with a flanders yeast strain to make more interesting? Brilliant ! Cherry brune flavors, a light lambic taste with funk, a tiny bit of barnyard and brett. Light lemon and tropical fruit punch flavors. Some light oak, mostly old barrel taste that is not overpowering and really serves to mellow this beer out more than anything else with a nice bland Old wood barrel flavor.

M: Medium carbonation and a perfect body. Not watery at all, and not thick as a flanders ale should be. The best of both worlds with an old ale mixed with a light wild ale.

O: Overall this is clearly a winner. Thanks to BrewsoBrewco for sending this my way, greatly appreciated and a nice beer to have on a night where I clearly needed this escape.

alpinebryant, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of 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.

Vancoubeer, Dec 25, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of tart lactic sourness, sweet caramel malts, funky yeasts, farmhouse smells, vanilla, oak, some light spices, a hint of dark fruit and a bit of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some tart lactic sourness, some light spice, some vanilla, and a bit of dark fruit. Through the middle, the oak comes through with some funky yeast flavors, a bit more yeast spice, farmhouse flavors, a bit of wheat, and some more bready malts. The finish is a mix of lightly tart and sour yeast flavors, a bit of funk, some sweet bready and grainy malts, oak, vanilla, a bit of dark fruit, spices, and brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, tart, funky, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super complex with lots of different flavors mixing together, but the overall beer is excellently balanced.

ngeunit1, Oct 21, 2012
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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.