Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Drank from a 750ml/1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
The liquid poured a cloudy, ruddy, rusty color and was topped by a frothy, light tan, two-finger crown. Outstanding head retention and fantastic lacing. Thick, drippy blankets coated the entire glass.
Lots of interesting things happening in the nose. I definitely could not peg the style, which made sense since this is a blend of two vastly different beers. A Belgian-like yeast quality was apparent. Some sweet cherry notes came through as well. Hints of raspberries. Slightly tart and funky. Somewhat lemony. As the beer warmed, the Flanders Red character came forth. More cherry and distinct oaky/barrel notes. Touch of balsamic vinegar. A subtle, brown sugar-like sweetness was also noticeable.
The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. It was much sharper and more simplistic. The unblended lambic character dominated. There was a touch of sweetness on the front end before the bitter lemon rind notes took over. Unpleasantly tart and acidic. Belgian yeast notes were apparent. Touch of barrel and funk. Grapefruit pith. Grassy hops appeared on the finish. Bitter lemon rind carried over as well.
The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was super soft and fluffy. Slick, creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a crisp, moderate effervescence.
I really enjoyed the nose on this beer, along with the mouthfeel, but the flavor profile was just too bitter and acidic for my liking. This reminded me of an amped up, American hopped Berliner Weisse that lacked any notion of subtlety. Perhaps this beer was better fresh.
06-16-2013 12:44:45 | More by Damian
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-13-2013 02:33:20 | More by Rutager
3.6/5 rDev -14.1%
Thanks to sonicalligator for sending me this one! The color is amber/orange. There is a bit of haze. There is a nice foamy half inch head.
The aroma has some hint of tart cherry. There is a tiny hint of mustiness.
The taste is dry, which caught me a little off guard considering the larger body on this for a wild ale. That is perhaps due to the high carbonation. There is a nice slightly lemony aftertaste.
This is a very good wild. It's dry, crisp, and refreshing. It doesn't stand above the rest, but it's delicious.
05-19-2013 02:45:34 | More by andrewinski1
Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.