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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 258
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 56 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of ndak
4.92/5  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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.92/5  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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazed, but bright gold color, full cap of dense prickly bubbles, great retention and lacing. Scent brings a wounderful bouquet of tart pitted fruit, citrus and mellon, backed by earthy, musty grain, hay and wood. Wonderfully uniquie and complex taste... all the great qualities of a tart lambic, fruity (citrus, mellon, cherry) and the malt (caramel, toffee) touches of an old ale. While its blended, the taste is about 75-80% lambic. Medium bodied, smooth and prickly at the same time, dry. Fantastic beer that shows how two styles very different in make up can be blended with great results.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, frothy, soapy, foamy, off-white head. Brew is foggy dark orange in color. Head remains stuck to the sides of the glass in chunks, ok lacing.

Lots of almond in the scent, some green apple, peach, and slight barn yard funk.

Slight refreshing tartness greats you with light (er) carbonation. No heat and perfect fruity sweetness; not sugary. Just like the label says, the flavors are layered. Malty toffee-ness buried by funky apple and lemony-peach.

Awesome brew, found on the recommendation from my local shop. I would highly recommended this one if it sounds AT ALL appealing.. Another great HotD collaboration.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into 668 tulip.

A: Clear caramel color with a full 3 inches of dense, pillowy, rocky off-white head. Great retention and overwhelming lace. Gorgeous brew.

S: Fascinating and hugely aromatic. Lactic and acetic funkiness wafts out initially, and a closer nosing yields complex graininess - rye, crystal, and aromatic malts provide roundness and depth. Toffee, balsamic vinegar, bread crust, and cherries all show up in roughly equal measure, giving the beer terrific complexity along with some serious weirdness. Not quite like anything I've smelled before, and I'm a fan.

T: Tart and fruity immediately, with intense husky maltiness following close behind. Toward the end the lactic acid asserts itself more fully with a nice lemony sourness, and then finally a profound bitterness on the finish. It really does taste like what it is, a lambic/barleywine blend, and neither aspect dominates the other. I love the lingering aftertaste, redolent of lemon, fruitcake, and floral hoppiness. Delicious craziness.

M: Smooth, lively medium-full body with ultra-creamy effervescence. Luscious and wonderful.

O: Amazing beer! I'm glad I bought two, as I can't wait to see how the malty sweetness and fruity tartness meld over time. Right now both aspects bounce off each other with energetic abandon, which is great - but I think it could change dramatically and get even better.


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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged (plastic cork), #6 in the series. From the name I expected a Flanders Red but that's not quite what this is. I actually liked this quite a bit more than any Flemish Reds I've had in the recent past. Apparently a version of Fred blended with a Flanders sour ale.

To start with this beer is gorgeous. It pours a clear copper color, really effervescent with lots of bubbles rising through the liquid. And a rocky head of foam that never quits.

This beer has an authentically Belgian aroma, sweet and lactic with all the malty depth you'd expect from Hair of the Dog. I'm reminded of some of the better Rodenbach creations, this has a LOT of promise.

The flavor follows through, I am really impressed with this beer. It starts with a tart bite and some sour fruit (cherry/plum), then turns to nice malty sweet and sour aftertaste. This is exactly as advertised, knowing the constituent beers in advance makes it very easy to peg the tastes in the blend. Excellent stuff, a perfect marriage.

Smooth body given all the carbonation, redolent. Outstanding really. I only saw one bottle of this on one shelf in Columbus, now I really wish I could easily find more. I'll be on the search for it.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy amber with a fleshy peach glow. Microbubble lace spotting. Looks nice.

Tart apricot and green apple nose with lemon, straw, and unripe berry sourness. Excellently tart nose.

Lightly sour flavors of apricot, cherry, lemon zest, apple, quince, and mushroom funk. Big, poignant flavor. Fruity and tart with citrusy elements thrown in. Some malt wheatiness that gets slowly steamrolled by finishing vinegar tartness. Amazing beer.

Nice and bubbly to flicker over the tongue and trap little flavor bursts in the pockets of the mouth. The alcohol can only try to catch up to you, because this drinks like a dream.

Third and final beer of the Sour Tower Takeover tasting. Unreal good. Usually not a big fan of blended collaborations, but Flanders Fred is amazing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic looking beer. A light brown, dark red color, almost a brass. A constant stream of carbonation creates a thick fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass the entire way down.
Smell has some very nice fruity smells to it. So many different tart fruit smells really dominate the nose. Orange, lemon, cherries, and others. Also a nice bit of Belgian spiciness and a good pine hop too.
Taste is great. The beer starts very tart with the strong citrus fruit tastes. The tart subsides and a good hop taste enters the equation. The good hops are balanced by the dark cherry tastes and even some green apple.
Mouthfeel is very nice. The tartness is not as sharp as expected. It puckers your cheeks, but the Fred comes out and settles you back into the drink. A nice dry fruitiness that makes you want to take another sip, too.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Definitely the best limbic or half-lambic I have ever had. So many great tastes going on and the high alcohol can be tasted, but it adds to the complexity of the beer. Very nice and smooth and rare. If you have the unique opportunity to get your hands on this beer, do not let it get away.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

An absolutely gorgeous beer. An orb glowing reddish tangerine body hits the glass filling with dollops of off tan/white creamy head. Head blows up like cream, settling like a rock with huge clumps of lacing. There are classic white microscopic bubbles crawling, I mean achingly crawling up the side of my glass, it's as if they are going through molasses. Clumps of lacing hit my glass, rings and sheets everywhere. Absolutely gorgeous.

Nose hits with classic Flanders style. Light airy cherries, mild brett? like sourness. Soft malts and faint sweetness. Comes over slightly warm dense sour forward though. This is going gangbusters so far.

Palate hits with a mild wetness, but a solid malt backbone. The feel on this is fine, but it's the only noticeable thing on the beer that seems to not be grand. Everything else though is just spot on. Juicy palate fills with a light nectarine and cherry/lemon sourness with a mild toned down sense. There is a big lingering sourdough bread density finish a wonderful aftertaste. It doesn't even feel like there is any alcohol in this at all. More and more lemon bursts from this as it warms, and hints of black pepper. Carbonation seems to be barely noticeable, but tolerable and nowhere near jarring or distracting.

This is one collaboration from De-Prouf I can put my money on. I feel like I could drink gallons of this stuff. Excellent brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sour white grapes to a dark cherry tartness. In the taste, well, it's like eating a granny smith apple with a dryer end. A sour like bite, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour fruitiness in the aftertaste. Sour and dry, with a mix of fruitiness, really tasty!

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Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with half a finger of white head that leaves some bands of lace.

Smell. Sweet ripe sour cherries, old dank wood, peach and pineapple, and some nice sweet funky hay.

Taste. Pineapple and cherries, funky damp wood, lemon rind and some bitter grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Wow, if this is a Belgian strong pale, it's the best I've had. Seems like a cross of several styles to me but one thing's certain, it's a damn fine beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and slightly funky with some fruity and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink. Definitely a winner with the blend of the two beers that make up this one.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into two big snifters

Pours slightly coppery, smallish head, fades fast. Lots of fine, slow, active carbonation. Smell is deliciously sour and sweet.

Taste is sweet-tarty with a stronger sour aftertaste. I get some citrussy flavors. Interesting bitterness goes along with it.

Mouthfeel is light with a little abrasive texture. Overall, I think this is a pretty excellent beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep golden hue with plenty of haze to the body and two thick fingers of creamy deep-ivory foam. Head retention is wonderful and a nice, chunky lace is left on the glass as I drink. Beautiful.

Smell: tart lactic aroma, with a little bit of a chalky, sweet malt underneath. The lambic portion of this brew really comes to the forefront in the aroma. I like it.

Taste: tartness right off the bat which is quickly ameliorated by a smoother maltiness. The dampened tartness remains through the end, though, and it really makes for a wonderful drinking experience. Some of the more subtle malty character gets lost in the tartness, but I find the overall combination to be quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation creating a big, mouth-filling creaminess. Really quite wonderful.

Overall: a very tasty, amazingly drinkable and satisfyingly creamy brew. What else could a guy want?

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Photo of Brandywine
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy sunset orange. Looks awesome. Poured two fingers worth of an off white head. Steady stream of carbonation.
Smell: apricot, peach, sour yeast, rising bread, white grapes, spice.
taste: apricot, lime, lemon, yeast, tart and sour but ends with a subtle sweetness.
Body: medium bodied.
Overall: totally different from what I expected. If I hadn't of already known I would never of guessed that this was made with Fred. It is an awesome sour though, with tons of apricot and citrus.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice bright orange color with some nice copper hints. There is a huge 1.5 inch head that forms with some nice design bubbles. The head is slightly off-white. The retention is very good and it leaves some nice sticky lacing as it recedes.

Aroma starts with some nice funk, horse blanket and barnyard notes permeate. There is some nice tart notes to it as well. Some nice sour apple and slight fruit juice notes like pear. Earthy and grainy with some nice slight clove hints and malt sweetness.

Flavor starts off with some nice fruit juice tartness. Some nice green apple and some pear juice notes. The tartness is sharp and intense but it gets subdued after a while. After the sour notes there is a nice funk that comes up and is mixes in with some good fruit juice sweetness as well as some nice malt notes. Notes of tropical fruits and some lemon are present as well. Earthy grain is present during the finish with some nice sweetness. Very nice BSPA with some good tart notes a great crisp body. Finish is nice and dry with a hint of sour lemon to finish it off.

This brew is delicious. The tart notes are very nice and there is some nice tropical fruit notes in there. The finish is dry and delicious.

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Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Gotta love the Rare Beer Club for giving me the opportunity to give this collaborative effort a go. Sounded pretty interesting from their newsletter's description. It pours a mostly clear sunrise garnet-amber topped by a finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises mildly tart cherry, light oak, brown sugar, cinnamon, very light tart lemon bubbling in every now and again, and a general suspicion of maple syrup. The taste opens with a brightly, yet not harshly, lactic- and acetic-sour cherry character. While this is maintained throughout, it is visited on various, non-sequential occasions by vanilla, oak, clove, brown sugar, light maple syrup, vague Belgian yeast, and sweet flowers. The always-balanced complexity is literally eyebrow-raising. Seriously, my brows went straight up in quiet, restrained amazement. Damn tasty. The body is a flexible medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, a damn good, well-balanced, surprisingly deep beer. Good times all around.

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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.