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

Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%


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:
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Darker amber pour with a small, bubbly, white head that receded to a ringlet; little dabs of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, fairly acidic notes, distant malt sweetness. More of this in the taste, a bit of puckering tartness up front, malic/acetic/citric acid notes, bringing in doses of apple/vinegar/lemon, with a malty and sugary sweetness taking the edge off and giving a sense of balance; secondary flavors of yeast and wood. Medium body, moderately low carbonation, with a finish that's more mellow than crisp/tart. Pretty nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 06:45:23 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during their Black Friday event. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a sweet malt note with some tartness in the background. Hints of vinegar and red berries along with a mild green apple smell.

Taste: This one is quite tart, but lighter than I expected. The green apple taste is more prevalent than the note in the smell. I'm also getting some vinegar and a mild brown sugar note from the malt. The finish is quite tart. Overall I'd say this beer is quite complex.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Much lighter and easier to drink than I expected. I enjoyed the green apple note. I'd definitely think about having more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 02:52:41 | More by oline73
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 17:12:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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Auracom

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great share from Dan, thanks as always friend. 8 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on November 21st, 2012.

A - Caramel-brown coloring with a hint of a gold hue. Huge head - 3 fingers of a creamy eggshell head. Tons of lacing and good retention. Really a great looking brew.

S - Lemon and lime juice, apricots, very dry hay, a touch herbal, fresh spring grass. Quite vibrant.

T - Initially, it's pretty tart. Lightly nutty, moderately acidic. Lemon and further tropical fruit juices. Backend just layers on the sourness but it never quite hits Russian River or Cantillon-level. The caramel-rich flavor really only shows up in the aftertaste, with a smoother, more bread-like quality.

M - Light to medium body, very high carbonation, very dry finish. Very appropriate all around.

D - It's for real, and I can see why people would consider this a great entry sour for people who haven't really experienced or appreciated this sort of brew. Not sure I'd want to sit it for too long and gain any additional sourness, because I think this accessibility is one of the highlights of Flanders Fred. Very well done collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 16:37:09 | More by Auracom
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at POPE in Philly.

Flanders Fred is a golden color with some light orange infused. I thought I would get some redness with the flanders in the name, like a bruin or something, much lighter than expected. A nice amount of off white foam up top that clangs to the glass. Some sour scents with big Belgian yeast scent rising with the temp. Some apple, apricot and a funky scent from the lambic base. Subtle spice and a malt base budging out a sweet scent in the end. This is interesting beer.I get more of fred than the lambic, but the mix leads a certain tangy taste in the finish. Some rye, clove, tropic fruit, apricot, cinnamon before that. How did they make a 7.5% BSPA out of a 10% strong ale? Feel is medium with a bite of carb and a mix of tangy and sweet. Maybe some time in the bottle will make things integrate better, although it's pretty great now. Hopefully I can find a bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 20:12:39 | More by BARFLYB
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of the fake cork, but it seemed to work well, so I shouldn't complain. Poured into a Duvel tulip. About a finger of slightly off-white head with mostly small bubbles and a few extra large ones. Body is very cloudy and an orange/brown amber. Some very strong lacing. Aroma is two-faced. Sometimes I think it is over the top sour and others it has a high sweetness to it. Lemon, cumquat, and a little bit of raspberry. Flavor has a lot of Flemish red sweetness to it but still well balanced. Nice lemon, green apple, and a little bit of plum. Very nice. Mouth is pretty standard with stronger carbonation and decent body.

Overall, a delicious beer with great balance between sweet and sour. I could drink a lot of this at any time. If you like the sweetness of Monk's Cafe and Petrus but also want some more sour, this is the beer for you..

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 15:13:07 | More by RuckusDu
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 20:46:50 | More by smakawhat
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Good Beer, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has the faintest hint of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died and left some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass plus a thin collar.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has tart flavors of sour cherries as well as some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has lots of lingering dryness and tartness.
O: The oak barrel aging makes this beer very interesting because the oaky and dry flavors contrast with the sourness and cherry flavors, making this very drinkable. Considering its strength, only hints of alcohol are present.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 01:09:56 | More by metter98
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours an orange colored amber. Some white colored froth and lace.

(S)- A relatively rich body of a dry, oaky, malty sweet fig and apple combination.

(T)- Similar to the smell. An assertive figgy oak and honey malt profile that flows into a dry tangy, almost sour acidic fruit that is quite nice actually

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Sweet, but dry/oaky and ever so subtle funky and sour all at the same time. I can definitely see the parts that was Fred, and the rest being the blended flanders. Turns out to be a touch too sweet overall for me though.

(O)- An interesting collaboration. It might get a touch sweet as it warms, but I do enjoy how it jumps from slightly sour, to funky, to sweet so there is a nice dynamic play that could develop further with some time; who knows.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:25:19 | More by sweemzander
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DovaliHops

California

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby, orange color with...almost clear. Medium white head that diminishes quickly. Smells like Fred with a hint of tartness. Sweet apples and pears. A ton of pear actually...quite vinous as well. Taste is tart cherry at first. Pears and apples. Some lambic notes with slight barnyard funk. Cherry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, with a tart tingly finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one fantastic beer, but would have liked a little more tart/sour.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 08:11:49 | More by DovaliHops
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Brandywine

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 05:14:44 | More by Brandywine
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:47:55 | More by chugalug06
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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 08:07:49 | More by ngeunit1
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prototypic

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:43:11 | More by prototypic
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 15:52:04 | More by TMoney2591
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, March '12
New Belgium Globe

A: Pours out like a lighter Flanders style brew. Mildly murky amber/reddish color. Slight off white head that initially was a full two fingers. Nicely carbonated. Head lacing on the glass during the sip.

S: Surprisingly on the nose, it wasn't as sharp and sour as I was expecting. Probably that blending in of Fred. You pull some tart cherry notes. Some light vanilla. Some malt sweetness for sure.

T: The flavor is better than the nose. It's a really nice blend of the two brews. You get that cherry, vanilla, light woodiness of a flanders style red ale. But you also get that malt sweetness from the Belgian pale ale style that it mixed with. There is almost a creaminess that comes into play. The finish is fairly dry. Not a mouth pucker beer, but very well done.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 15:26:13 | More by inlimbo77
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a cloudy light amber color with two fingers of pillowy head. Retention is great.

S: Much more mild than I thought it'd be - very light lactic sourness balanced by caramel malts. A mild spiciness as well, seemingly from the yeast. I don't get much else. Good, but very subdued. As the beer sits, the beer opens up and I get a stronger aroma of Belgian yeast along with some caramel and tropical fruits.

T: Starts out with balanced lactic and acetic sourness. This only becomes a portion of the beer as it opens up, though. I get spicy Belgian yeast - quite floral with cloves. The sourness is subdued, but a welcome addition to the complexity. The beer behind the sourness is nice, but not terribly complex. There is a toffee sweetness with the aforementioned spices.

M: Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, but appropriate for the style.

O: Not bad - a nice sourness with a simple, but tasty beer behind it. Quite balanced, but lacking a bit in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:13:33 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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flagmantho

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 17:45:49 | More by flagmantho
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:54:52 | More by alpinebryant
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 16:23:50 | More by MasterSki
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

3.5/4/4.5/3.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 06:47:17 | More by JohnGalt1
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:08:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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snaotheus

Washington

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 20:53:35 | More by snaotheus
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 02:23:03 | More by corby112
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/15/12

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:31:48 | More by angrybabboon
Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.