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

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 61 | FT: 7
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Belgium

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 Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Cheers!

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of draheim
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brotherliam
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CADMixes
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Hazy crimson with a small-moderate sized khaki colored head that stays around for nearly the duration of the drink down. This beer leaves irregular dots and webs of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Sweet aroma leading with toffee, some citrus, oak, very mild funk, and a bit of sour character. I anticipated more acidic sour notes.

The flavor isn't as sour as expected either, with good amounts of fruit-like sweetness leading the way, along with grass, mild vinegar, and a mild, funky earth character. Only moderately sour.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but I was hoping this would be better.

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass : from notes.

Dark golden orange with a foamy off white head.

Tart fruit, cherry?, lacto, slightly funky.

Medium body, light prickly carbonation.

A well done blended beer, a lot going on within the tart/sour notes.

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

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Tulip glass.

A: Graduated from medium golden to lager-like straw, with a finger or so of off white head and wild streaks and dots of lacing. Recedes to a nice ring. Good retention.

S: Pale malt, bright and tart esters (apple), subtle citrus and cherry round out the nose nicely.

T: Crisp and refreshingly tart, red tart apple and a little cherry. The flavors aren't quite integrated as they could be, though, which knocks it a bit.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, not quite crisp which detracts a little.

O: Great beer, refreshing, but expensive price point. Has the right level of tartness, not stepping into the range you might call sour.

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Pours a clear orange amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of light fruit, citrus, Belgian spicing and mild malt. Flavor is dominated by tart cherry, apple and citrus. Light earthy and light fruit flavors develop, finishing tart with a distinct acetic acid aftertaste, a hint of funk. This is nicely complex, but I'm having a really hard time detecting the Fred under the Flanders fruit and tartness. There is a hint of sweetness and citrus that is reminiscent of Fred. My tastes would have leaned towards more Fred than Flanders, but I still enjoyed this well made collaboration. The flavor complexity and depth carry it through. Light to medium body with pleasant carbonation.

Photo of mjr2377
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.