Fancy Pants - New England Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +18.2%
500 mL capped bottle into a tulip glass. Brewery only release. Aged for two years in cab barrels; been waiting a while for this one.
Pours a rust color with an opaque cloudiness. Yields very little head with minimal lacing.
First thing that hits in the aroma is the potent wild yeast funk with subtleties of vinegar. Sweet red cherries in the back end, touches of red wine tannins.
Flavor department really follows the nose closely. Strong, forward notes of that wild yeast and vinegar. Sweetness is first but then gets washed away with some lactic acidity and sourness. Some wood and tannins in the back.
Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.
Worth the wait, what an awesome beer. Deliciously infected and perfect barrel aging. Well la-ti-dah NEBCo! You're pretty good at sours now, huh? Phooey!
12-18-2011 18:49:59 | More by BranfordBound
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
Review from notes. Thanks to my brother for picking this up for me.
A: Pours pinkish/red with a small tan head on top. Not much retention or lacing though.
S: Some cherries right away on the aroma with a lot of the red wine coming through. There is some faint tartness and a good bit of oak. Nice amount of tart and funky aromas.
T: Cherries of course, more sourness than the aroma led on, very nice! A good bit of oak and a little bit of the red wine comes through, certainly not as strong as the aroma. There are also hints of vanilla and toffee.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.
O: Quite enjoyable. Look forward to trying it again to see how the wine barrels evolve over time. Extremely drinkable.
01-08-2012 21:33:52 | More by mdaschaf
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Pours nearly still. Just some big white clumps of bubbles floating atop the brew. Beer is a clear orange clay. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling but oily, sticky legs. Below average due to the almost complete lack of head.
Nose is sour cherries and red wine vinegar. Some sour grape skin notes also. Decent but not very aromatic.
Opens lightly tart cherries. Sour and slightly bitter grape skin mixed with a wet woodiness. Nice. Not overpowering but with good balance. Thin though. End is spicy cherry and more grape. Finishes cherry sweetness with a spicy, filmy aftertaste. Almost a complete lack of vinegar, which is a plus for me.
Light bodied with low carbonation. Oily and spicy in the mouth and slightly dry and smooth going down. Real nice. Finishes is clean with a lingering aftertaste.
A beer that doesn't look the greatest, doesn't smell the greatest but is solid where it counts. Low carbonation actually works really well here and the balanced, mellow flavor is really appreciated. A surprisingly good offering.
01-31-2012 02:09:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Like everyone else picked this up at the brewery over the last week....did sneak in a couple of samples though along the way! Poured into a brandy snifter.
A) Light amber, a swirl gives no lacing at all.
S) Funk and cherries.
T) Nice acidity, 2 years in a cabernet barrel will do that I guess...cheeries abound with a bit of vanilla...so sweetly sour!
M) Very smooth no carbonation.
O) Really enjoyed this....my other bottle will not last long...
12-21-2011 03:01:45 | More by jimmy82063
4.08/5 rDev +6%
Just a huge thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this great beer. Cheers buddy! 500ml bottle that I’ve been saving to have for a while.
Appearance – Pours into a snifter with a murky mahogany color. Just a hint of head is achieved with quite a vigorous pour that leaves very little lacing.
Smell – A nice tart aroma up front. Oak, red vinegar, cherry, vanilla, and definite cabernet wine.
Taste – A spicy oakiness, vinous notes, slight tart cherry and grape, lower vinegar (a big positive for me to be honest).
Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, lower carbonation. I wish there was a bit more body and carbonation. Perhaps with time it will carbonate…but seeing as LA stuff never does I am not hopefull.
Overall – A pretty good early attempt. I am curious how my other bottle will age. Quite easy to drink and no alcohol is noticed. Very happy I was able to try this.
02-25-2012 00:08:08 | More by SpdKilz
3.18/5 rDev -17.4%
Big thanks to mdaschaf for the share. Vintage 2011 served into a tulip.
A: Murky reddish/maroon colored body, some lighter variations of the color throughout. A small white head forms but is gone almost instantly. Retention is not this beers forte, nor is lacing.
S: Musk, old wet oak wood, dry red wine, a bit of that sourness you'd expect from the style but not over the top. In fact, it does smell quite pleasant just nothing too much in the way of deep complexity.
T: Unlike the nose, this doesn't follow through. The sourness never really lifts much off the ground. It's starts off like it's going to have a nice complex sour character but quickly recedes into the flavor profile. Plenty of malt, oak, tannins and a harsh dryness.
M: Not completely flat but close. Little carbonation does try to break things up although the lack of bubbles here is a determent to this beer. This style needs higher carbonation, this is rather disappointing.
Certainly I was glad I tried this one, so thanks again Matt. The beer sounds awesome and is one style I really enjoy but this didn't come close to touching others. A nice attempt, just not refined at all.
07-13-2012 12:50:13 | More by ShanePB
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
Appearance is a slight hazy brown with an amber glow. Head recedes quickly and leaves a good lacing on the glass.
Well, it smells like wine. Smells acidic with some floral arrangement in there.
Grape, citrus, earthy tones. Slighty woody, but mainly acidic.
Dry and sharp mouthfeel with mild carbonation.
Overall it's a beer that I enjoyed drinking as I do like wine as well. I had reservations in opening this, but I was pleasantly surprised.
01-09-2012 03:57:49 | More by begforme4484
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.
A: Pours a cloudy dark amber to mahogany in color. The beer has a very thin off-white head that quickly reduces to a film and thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.
S: A nice and tart aroma to this beer with oak, vinous red wine, sour cherries, and some light fruit sweetness. Additionally there are some hints of vinegar as well.
T: The flavor follows the aroma of this beer, with a decent amount of vinous notes and vinegar tartness. The beer has quite a bit of oak presence, light spiciness, and quite a bit of tart cherry.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.
O: This beer was quite enjoyable and quite easy to drink. My first beer from this brewery and it was a very nice offering. I will be interested to try some other beers from this brewery as this was quite a good one.
04-15-2012 21:40:46 | More by dbrauneis
3.58/5 rDev -7%
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle. Served in a wine glass.
Pours a reddish-brown color with a good off-white head and some lacing. The nose brings some light cherry and wine plus a good bit of acid. Light oak along with fruit and acidity in the flavor. A bit of acetic character through the finish. Light-medium body with good carbonation. Pretty good for an early wild attempt.
01-16-2012 19:43:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Uploading review from "Sour" tasting notes. Poured into a 5oz brandy snifter.
Pours a very light brown, auburn color. No haze, or lasting lacing.
Smell is all spicy brown sugar. Not a lot of tartness in the nose. Taste is really sweet. Lot's of barnyard flavors going on here. Reminiscent of a farmhouse ale. Probably too much so for a beer advertised as a "Flanders Oud Bruin." A lot of malt, and a hint of pepper as well. Mouthfeel is medium to light.
Not my favorite of the night by any means. Not bad though.
07-31-2012 21:27:29 | More by SneezyAchew
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
SPlitting a bottle at cellar temp with Stopper. Poured into a snifter the beer is slightly cloudy chestnut hue with frothy eggshell white head as an edge layer only and not much else for foam.
Aroma is funky and tart with some caramel that is overshadowed by by fruit and funk, maybe a little of that musty wet blanket scent?
First sip reveals a light body with very mild carbonation and a smooth texture. Flavor is some caramel and biscuit mixing with dark and light fruit. Very funky and musty with some tart acidic notes on the finish. I think I get a bit of sour cherry but I may have imagined that in the background.
Very complex flavor profile and still pretty easy to drink. I enjoyed this brew and would recommend to folks that like the sour and tart end of the beer spectrum.
05-14-2012 00:09:27 | More by sulldaddy
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
500ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a clear dark red/brown with a small and patchy off white head. Fizzles away to some thin edging. Minimal lacing but leaves behind a nice alcoholic trace after swirling. The bottom of the bottle had a layer of yeast so I imagine my second pour will be quite hazy.
S - Loads of sour cherries and funk. Some vinous grape and musty oak notes. Very lactic heavy with an odd aroma of...cheese? Finishes warm with some vanilla.
T - Falls flat compared to the interesting aroma. Light cherries, grape juice and some faint vinegar notes. Maybe a touch of vanilla and oak. Taste sort of watered down and boring.
M - Eeeeesh. Almost no carbonation. Thats rarely an issue for me, but the body is so thin and lifeless that this drinks like a wine rather a beer.
O - A huge letdown. Chardoneighbor of the beast was an amazing sour, this is below average. Really needs some carbonation here, this is like drinking a sour and malty red wine.
07-25-2012 02:08:02 | More by davey101
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Opened at a recent, small tasting with the hoppymcgee crew.
Nicely hazy color, appropriately carbonated. Very complex, potent aroma really reminds me of Rosso. Smell is the best part of this brew.
Taste begins with complex yeast tartness and sour cherries. Only mildly sour & acidic. Flavors fade quickly, however, leaving a watery finish. Ryan's remark was spot on: "A solid first attempt at a sour."
02-17-2012 05:20:58 | More by brystmar
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