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: 34
Gots: 60 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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750ml corked and caged offering into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a slight off-white froth that is 2 fingers strong and quite silky looking. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish froth back to the surface.

The aroma includes noted of pear and apple and other faintly indistinguishable fruity aspects. A bit like cider at times and an acedic smelling touch with a biscuit grain backing that comes out a bit.

The taste is tart and lemony blending to a bit of apple cider. The bready grain backing is present like the nose suggests along with a bit of an unwelcomed addition of minerals and fruity alcohol tang.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not horrible but a little lackluster and not really what I was expecting. It is neither fred nor a flanders in the traditional sense but seemingly caught somewhere half-assed between the 2. I am glad I have another bottle of this to revisit sometime but admittedly I am in no hurry to have this again...yet.

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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.

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Taste. Pineapple and cherries, funky damp wood, lemon rind and some bitter grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine carbonation.

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