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

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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 36
Gots: 62 | 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:
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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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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:05:52 | More by woosterbill
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic looking beer. A light brown, dark red color, almost a brass. A constant stream of carbonation creates a thick fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass the entire way down.
Smell has some very nice fruity smells to it. So many different tart fruit smells really dominate the nose. Orange, lemon, cherries, and others. Also a nice bit of Belgian spiciness and a good pine hop too.
Taste is great. The beer starts very tart with the strong citrus fruit tastes. The tart subsides and a good hop taste enters the equation. The good hops are balanced by the dark cherry tastes and even some green apple.
Mouthfeel is very nice. The tartness is not as sharp as expected. It puckers your cheeks, but the Fred comes out and settles you back into the drink. A nice dry fruitiness that makes you want to take another sip, too.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. Definitely the best limbic or half-lambic I have ever had. So many great tastes going on and the high alcohol can be tasted, but it adds to the complexity of the beer. Very nice and smooth and rare. If you have the unique opportunity to get your hands on this beer, do not let it get away.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:32:34 | More by BDIMike
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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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy amber with a fleshy peach glow. Microbubble lace spotting. Looks nice.

Tart apricot and green apple nose with lemon, straw, and unripe berry sourness. Excellently tart nose.

Lightly sour flavors of apricot, cherry, lemon zest, apple, quince, and mushroom funk. Big, poignant flavor. Fruity and tart with citrusy elements thrown in. Some malt wheatiness that gets slowly steamrolled by finishing vinegar tartness. Amazing beer.

Nice and bubbly to flicker over the tongue and trap little flavor bursts in the pockets of the mouth. The alcohol can only try to catch up to you, because this drinks like a dream.

Third and final beer of the Sour Tower Takeover tasting. Unreal good. Usually not a big fan of blended collaborations, but Flanders Fred is amazing. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 05:15:32 | More by thecheapies
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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.