Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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4.73/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
09-26-2012 23:54:52 | More by alpinebryant
3.98/5 rDev -5%
On-tap at Local Option. Served in a snifter.
A - Very pale for a Flanders Red, but I see this is listed as a Belgian Pale so I guess that makes more sense. White foam settles to a wispy partial cap, thicker collar, and plenty of lacework. Lightly hazed dark orange-yellow body.
S - The smell is immediately recognizable as De Proef, with the assertive house yeast and an almost savory vinegar sauce acidity to it. There's a mix of sweeter malts, spicy esters, and light tart lemon. I'm surprised by the intensity of acetic flavors though, although apparently this has Flanders-brewed 'lambic' and not authentic Flanders Red in it.
T - The taste is intriguing, with a near-equal De Proef and Hair of the Dog presence. The spicy and fruity Fred flavors are present mid-palate, but are preceded by sourness and wet oak flavors. There's a hint of cocoa and candi sugar late, as well as some cake-like flavors and a touch of phenolic Belgian yeast. Odd that that the sourness doesn't show up in the finish - there's just stomach-churning acidity after swallowing.
M - Definitely a bigger beer, with more substance and heft that you'd expect from a 7.5% beer. Medium-full body, with lower but present carbonation. Some tannic dryness even though the oak flavors don't manifest strongly. As mentioned, there's some acidity but not a ton of alcohol warmth.
D - Odd beer, although it won me over during the course of the glass. Seems more like a straight-up blend of two disparate beers than a Flanders Red. Definitely a slower sipper and not something I'd want often, but complex and fairly interesting. Mildly reminiscent of some BFM beers I've had but not as sour.
09-26-2012 16:23:50 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Expensive 750... Not going to say where I picked it up because I don't want to give them any negative play... This is simply an expensive bottle wherever it is sold.
Pulled this one out after sitting through 3x bands at Boise's battle of the band finals... What I do for my friends??? Gah.
Poured into my slim tulip.... a thin white head atop a slightly hazed sunset orange.
Nose is sweet and sour... fruity and a nice mix of fruits... oranges and underripe plums.. malt vinegar and tannic fruits.
Flavor has the similar elements.. a bit of red currant.. red grape skins with a slightly malty undertone.. lactic and sorta sweetness that definitely reminds me of Fred... lemony with some cherry notes... liking it.
Body is about medium.. with the same carbonation... a bit gassy though.. no real EtOH... decent brew, I hope I can score a few more before the stock dries up.
09-26-2012 06:47:17 | More by JohnGalt1
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-23-2012 02:08:22 | More by TurdFurgison
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
09-22-2012 20:53:35 | More by snaotheus
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a very cloudy, pale orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind.
Earthy barnyard aroma with a musty brett presence and lots of horsey funk along with acetic vinegar and citrus acidity. There's a very strong lemon juice character along with some musty hay, lactic funk and earthy oak. The lambic notes are prominent but the don't overpower the golden ale characteristics.
Tart and puckering with some sour acidity but it's not harsh at all. Very refreshing with earthy oak, musty brett and other bugs. Again, there's a really strong citrus/lemon juice presence along with some grapefruit and other tropical notes. Slight creaminess with lactic and barnyard funk balancing things out. Underneath, there is some light fruit sweetness, subtle peppery spice and sourdough bread flavor. Very faint acetic vinegar presence lingering in the finish. This beer is blended with lambic from the Flanders region but it's very delicate and not as aggressive as a typical Belgian sour. It kind of reminds me of a bretted saison just a bit more tart.
09-17-2012 02:23:03 | More by corby112
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: Moderate amber, with some copper and deep orange - hazy, but with some clarity - thick, Belgian-looking fluffy, creamy head - leaves sheets of lacing - yeah, it's pretty
Smell: A nice level of acidic funk, Belgian weirdness, and some malty tartness - somewhat unique - a vague woodiness, with some spice, and a bunch of fruits - some light fruits, some berries, and some dark fruits - cherries, pears, plums?
Taste: Weird, but in a delicious way - nicely sour, of the dirty Belgian basement variety - lactic, lightly acidic, wet sponge-like Flanders Red flavor - lots of fruits, including apples, pears, cherries, grapes, maybe some citrus - nice level of fruity tartness - caramel, lightly brown, and pale malts - lightly bready - some sweetness, and some hoppy bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, slightly sticky aftertaste
Overall: So, so interesting
This is a weird beer, and I like it. It vaguely reminds me of Fred, but without the overall harshness that I disliked. The sour and tart notes are nice. I may buy another bottle and sit on it for a while.
09-15-2012 22:31:48 | More by angrybabboon
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Dark rusted gold. Head is slightly off-white, bubbly and has decent retention. Lively carbonation keeps the head alive. Some particles of lacing.
Smell: Mango, banana and kumquat. Yeast drops massive clove and ripe banana but it's tempered by a big fruitiness. Orange mango. So much fruit. Underlying spiciness and a mild earthiness. It smells like a smoothie. Peaches. Even yogurt. Strawberry banana yogurt. Nice tart citric edge buried in the back.
Taste: Screaming lactic sourness. Not so much sour as lactic culture. Very much a yogurt smoothie. Big backing fruitiness pushes ripe banana and strawberry with some mango an peach. Yeast punches through with some spice. Clove, but not a ton. Touches of leather and spoiled orange juice. As it warms, the backing citric bite blends with the lactic thing.
Mouthfeel: Mediumd body with a strong, but not aggressive carbonation. Clean, with some dry from the sour.
Overall: Incredibly interesting. Good.
Warm it's complex and interesting. Cold, it's a fruit smoothie. Nice blend of flavors with a great depth. Well played sirs.
09-15-2012 22:25:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-15-2012 02:05:52 | More by woosterbill
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
750mL (10/04/14 on the cork) into a tulip. Pours a hazy coppery orange w/ a dense fluffy white head, big sticky clumps of lace, lively carb. Great looking beer.
Aroma is tart, funky, vinous. Some fresh tropical citrus and hay.
Taste is sour, dry, slightly grainy. Sweet fermentable sugars, white wine grapes, green apples. Crisp and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is clean, medium bodied, dry finish.
Overall a tasty collaboration. Glad I got to try it.
09-13-2012 05:27:17 | More by draheim
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml bottle split with the wife.
Served in a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip glass.
A - 2 fingers of dense white head slowly sinks down forming a thick milky cap. Lots of speckled lacing. Burnt orange colored body.
S - Cherry infused wood, acidic citrus, apples, melon, creamy mango, new leather, peppery spice, sweet pale malt.
T - Tart fruity wood upfront, dark cherries, cranberries, pineapple, tart apples, creamy cider, sweet pear, creamy malts, mild funk, clean spice on the back of the palate. Finishes crisp and clean.
M - Incredibly smooth feel, heavy side of medium body, moderate lush carbonation.
This was more tart than expected. A great balance of fruit, sweet and tart. Excellent creamy mouthfeel, great aroma, underlying funk that will hopefully grow with age. Very nice. Enjoyed this with some goat cheese and crackers.
09-08-2012 22:50:38 | More by StaveHooks
Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.