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

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 60 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TicoCali, Aug 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

NWer, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a sticky white head. Some acetic sourness, cherry, and a nice lactic note. There is a fair amount of oak, some grass, and a bit of lemon peel. A touch of fruity sweetness. The flavor is quite tart, maybe a bit on the acetic side. Red wine vinegar, leather, some oak, and a hint of cherry. A little bit of lemon and lemon peel. Light malt and fruit sweetness in the background. Just a hint of straw and grass in there too.

womencantsail, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of suncrust
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured to a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, honey-orange with a foamy white cap. Bubbles rapidly push upward... A very active carbonation reminiscent of champagne. A light, white lacing stuck all the way down.

S: Sour barrel and subtle cherry hit my nose first. Mellow but complex citrus, especially apricot & tangerine. Tart plums blend nicely with a soft sugared candy, and sweet breads. Underneath lie herbal notes & spice, melding with barnyard funk & yeast.

T: Very layered, and ever changing. Starts with a little spice, soft, tart tangerine & citrus notes that mellow quickly to reveal an earthy element, subtle bitterness & dry barrel. Mid-palette sour green apple lingers, finishing with faint breads, sweet toffee syrup, yeast, cherry skins and more spices. Barrel oak, funk… if you look for something in this, you'll probably find it. There's a lot happening.

MF: Lots of prickly carbonation, medium body, with some warming booze. I taste Fred the most in the mouthfeel.

O: A really interesting beer. There's so much happening I felt each sip was exploratory. Some were intriguing & balanced, others deceptive & chaotic. Tart, dry, sweet, soft, citrusy, earthy, and continually evolving. Tough to rate. Tasty though.

suncrust, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head nice lacing, crystal clear pale golden color.

Nose light tart plum like Flanders nose, little bready and syrupy, just a bit of funk.

Taste bready tart little funk, earthy light bitterness, little reddish darker fruit tartness, reddish malts and typical Flanders Red earthy like flavor that's hard to describe other than calling it Flanders Red. Hint of esters, green apple, acetic acid, and Belgian candy like.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, just a hint of warming booze.

Overall interesting, nice flavors, good belgian, has some Flanders red style characters, with other slight lambic and Belgian strong flavors as well. Quite well done overall though.

jlindros, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice orangish golden color with great carbonation providing a nice fluffy white cap and some nice lacing

S: Nose is def a sweet Fed base with a nice sour, tartness coupled with green aplles, white grapes and some pears

T: Immediate Fred base is noticable with some tartness, Earthiness and old wood, puckering sourness followed by red cherries, pears, white grape, green apple and a rather dry, stinging finish

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, Fred stickinees, tart and white orchard fruits linger on the palate

O: Enjoyable, no major complaints and pretty much what I was expecting

barleywinefiend, Aug 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

msubulldog25, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Portland, opened on 8.4.12.

A - Pours a cloudy medium dark orange with a two inch cream-colored head. Solid retention.

S - Belgian yeast, some subtle spices.

T - Sweet cherry candy, spices, dirt, Belgian yeast. A lot going on here.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Sweet finish.

O - Lots going on with this one. Solid flavor profile with a nice HotD (Alan) touch.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

HuaiDan, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

DSlim71, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

H0rnedFr0gs, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

beerhan, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SalMineo, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A: Hazy copper with a bubbling champagne head that quickly recedes. Good bubbles.

N: Grass and hayfields, lemon and green apple. Some cherry and tannins, though I'm not sure this is oak aged. Plenty of white grape. Some sugary sweetness.

T: Vinous grape juice. A good tartness, but I'm rather suprised how little Fred I get as this warms. Lemon, apple, some acetone and cherry to show the flanders side. Some caramel and toffee. M: Spot on here. Well carbonated and light, especially for a 7.5% beer.

O: Tough beer to rate. It's at odds with itself every other pour, in turns complex and delicious, at other times revealing apathy.

Sarlacc83, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

roblund, Aug 06, 2012
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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.

rfgetz, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured Into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice slightly burnt, hazy amber:golden with a little more then a finger of puffy white head... You can see carbonation bubbles rushing up the glass ... Creating a beatiful film of head that sticks around through out and a very nice amount of sticky lacing.

S: citrusy sour notes, lemon, melon, apple.... A touch of vinegar in the sourness as well... Notes of oak and tart cherry skins come through as well, a very nice and inviting nose.

T: much like the nose I get layers of tart fruits and citrus, melon, lemon, sour apple, a hint of cherry... Some caramel and toffe malt notes come into play toward the finish as well, this is a very nice blend with everything working together very nicley to create a delicious taste profile.

M: lush and creamy medium mouthfeel with medium to high crisp stinging carbonation, a bit of a lingering tart aftertaste.

O: this is a very delicious brew, nice and sour and tart with very nice sour citrus notes and a beautiful lush mouthfeel.

PeterIngemi, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Adamostella, Aug 04, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden/almost orange pour. Big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving an almost solid wall of nice fluffy lacing everywhere. Leaves a floating island of foam that sticks around forever.

S: Lemons and apricot. Nice yeasty breadiness. Touch of black pepper in there for a little spice kick. I swear I even get a little green grape skin and apple. Light, crisp and refreshing fruity aroma.

T: Very tart up front. Apples and lemons primarily. Turns into a bit of astringent piney hoppiness. Then finishes with a flourish of bread and lingering tartness and bitterness from the fruit and hops. Very interesting three phases of different flavors and feels. As it warms the sour character tends to take over a bit.

M: Fairly light for the ABV, nice crisp and refreshing. A bit astringent and drying.

O: I have to say, I am very surprised by this brew. I do NOT like sour beers and I did NOT like Fred (-12% rDev). I don't even know why I bought this, especially given the price. But I sure am glad I did. It has amazing complexity of flavors with distinct phases of flavor, all while staying nicely balanced. Not too sour, not too hoppy, no overpowering maltiness. It is crisp, refreshing and delicious. Expertly crafted. Or just a lucky blend. Who knows, who cares.

Dope, Aug 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Kopfschuss, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

acurtis, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.