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Fancy Pants - New England Brewing Co.

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85
very good

36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 61
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 12-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2011: ~700 500ml bottles from 2 Cabernet barrels
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Photo of Hautacam
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting two years for this to be done and available, so my anticipation and expectations have been up there. It would have been easy to finally taste it and feel let down because of such high expectations...but NO. This is such a complex balanced blend of everything I love about funky, sour beers...probably the most interesting and tasty beer I've had this year.
It pours a hazy deep amber, not much of a head.
The smell is barnyard...Bretty , acetic and slightly fruity.
The taste delivers waves of complexity. I'm getting funk at just the right level, acidity that's not a palate assault with sour cherry, apple , hints of oak, a dry Provencal Rose ( well, it is a chi chi beer ! ) , a tiny bit of brine ,some sweetness , lemon lime rind toward the middle and an aftertaste with a life all it's own....hints of tobacco and even phenol ( the good kind ). There are other flavors that I can't identify , but all meld very well to make this a slow sipper that deserves no other distractions while consuming.
The carbonation is low and this is not a mouth puckering sour, but Fancy Pants was worth the wait. Well done NEB ! Oh, and of course the label is great ! (1,175 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty excited for this one.

A-Pours a translucent copper-orange. Nearly zero head to speak of aside from except for a strange, lopsided cluster of rapidly fading bubbles. Nearly no head as well, but who cares.

S-Pungent nose of both tartness and sweetness. Fruity and tart cherries and an almost citrus fruitiness too. Tart funk is pretty attractive. A damn potent aroma. I am excited to try this. A bit of vinegar. I can detect some nice woodiness after a few sniffs as well.

T-Tartness is perfect. Very interesting flavors. Tart cherries and funkiness. A nice lasting grassy flavor. Nice vinous notes. Sweet and juicy but quite tart. Great balance between the two opposing flavors. Finishes pleasantly woody.

M-Medium body with a mellow carbonation setting. Exceptionally slick. Finishes a bit like wine on the palate.

O/D-This is one hell of a beer. I'm really trying to pace myself and see how it changes with warmth but its very drinkable. NEBCO is one of, if not my favorite breweries from New England. I love their stuff and this one trots down the same line of deliciousness as their other brews. Just very pleased. (1,131 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (806 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one was aged in Cabernet barrels for about 2 years along with Brett, lacto, pedio, and (for the last few months), cherries. NEBCO's first stab at a sour. Here we go!

A: A straight pour starts out looking disturbingly undercarbonated, but by the end some fine effervescence reveals itself so as to create almost an inch of tan head that's creamy on the bottom and coarse on the top. Retention is surprisingly great given its slow start, but lacing is a bit lacking. The body is a warm, translucent copper hue that becomes cloudy once I add the yeasty dregs (knowing the bugs and such that are in here, I want all the funky goodness). Overall it's a nice-looking beer for the style.

S: Oh my. I've gotten to try this beer a few times out of the barrel, and its aroma has always been its strong suit; this bottle is no different. Vinous oak jumps out right away, followed by sour cherries, vanilla, lactic acid, and a bit of acetic vinegar. It's fruity, sour, oaky, complex, and just amazing. My only complaint is that it isn't quite as powerful as I'd like - it smells so great that I just want more of it.

T: Tart acetic character is up front, followed quickly by cherry skin, red wine, tannic oak, ripe cherry, vanilla, and cranberry-esque bitterness on the finish. It's significantly more sour than it was any of the times I tried it before, and that's a welcome change. I wouldn't mind a bit more juiciness from the cherries, though, and what malt it had originally has been pretty much entirely taken over by the barrel and bugs. I was originally afraid that this one would be on the sweeter side of the style, but now it's looking like that isn't the case at all. Even when it warms its slightly sweetness is pretty well limited to the oaky vanilla and cherries. Overall it's nothing short of delicious.

M: Very lightly carbonated and slick. What carbonation is there is nice and delicate, but I could deal with a bit more life as a buffer to the acidity.

O: I'm glad to announce that this experiment, so long in development, is an unqualified success. It's not face-meltingly sour or anything, but rather provides a complex and balanced array of classic Oud Bruin goodness. I wish it didn't take so long to create, as I'd love to sip this out of a can.

Cheers! (2,321 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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... (451 characters)

Photo of pjs234
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with very little carbonation. The smell is very tart, so tart that it made my mouth pucker and water at the same time. There is no doubt that this is a sour from the smell. The taste is very nice. Tastes just like it smells, very tart. The flavor is a sour apple or cherry. I do pick up a little oak. The mouth feel is good and dry. A very nice offering from NEB, as usual. (394 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (913 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (742 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hookup from Sandman3479! Poured to Duvel tulip the beer pours an opaque orange brown color. A small 1/2 finger white head with minimal lacing and retention. The aroma is that of sour cherries, tart, almost vinegar character, hints of red wine. Not overpowering but enjoyable. The taste starts with the sour cherries but also has a good amount of tart sweet cherries, similar to a kriek, very nice blend. Mild bitterness with a hint of citrus character. Hints of oak and red wine, light malty sweetness. Well balanced. Good flavor. As beer warms the complexity of the flavors really develop, very enjoyable. Medium bodied with small carbonation finishes tart, bitter, enjoyable. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Recommended. (730 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (870 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (784 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a flute glass pours a thick and glowing brownish orange. Aroma is subtle but fragrant with hints of the work of the cabernet barrel and some earthy sweet and tart cherry. Sparkling carbonation really nicely delivers a favorably sour and just perfectly tart cherry fruit taste, nicely accented with a very noticeable oak note. Finish is dry and slightly sticky. (365 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewery during the holiday break.

Pours a nice orange to reddish color with gold highlights, some head at first and dies quickly.

The smell makes it seem like it will be very sour with some definite lactic notes and some berry tinged tartness. Reminds me of consecration in the nose, has the sour tart yeasty-ness of the Russian river sours in the nose.

The flavor is a nice balanced spicy beer with some implied tart cherry and grape, but it's really not sour and that is somewhat disappointing after the great lactic notes in the nose. Has some brown Ale like malt notes with maybe a little cinnamon in the back too. Maybe a touch of grapes of a wine in the flavor, it actually feels like a Pinot in the feel: sort of thinner and smooth without a ton of body. Not muc carbonation at all.

Overall not bad, if it was much more sour in the taste my rating would go wayyyy up. Still a nice beer, needs more carbo as well though. (954 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A cloudy, murky-orange-brown with a slim bit of white scattered head and minimal lacing. The aroma is full of malt vinegar and sweet Cabernet with cherry cocoanut highlights. The flavor brings a bit harsher apple cider vinegar with a deep toffee malt and a hint of whiskey alcohol. This offers a medium body with a somewhat heavy feel, cask like carbonation. Very good stuff for the sour effect I always enjoy. (410 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben, talk about being under dressed for a beer.

Beer is orange and forms a thin white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is a little funky, cherry, a little oak, nice.

Beer is nice, bright with a little vinegar at the end, dry finish, a little fruity, a little mild, I enjoyed it and would probably have it again. (378 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer is a hazy, rusty orange hue with a small white head. The aroma offers cherries, funk, hints of vanilla, oak, malt. The flavor is decent. Acetic finish with tart cherry accents. Light bodied with a bit of sharpness in the back. Overall, pretty good. (297 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an almost transparent rusty copper reddish brown.  Aggressive pours yields only a few bubbles of a head.  Swirling the glass brings up effervescence.

First thing I get on the nose is sour cherries mixed with winey characters and oak.  Big funk in the background.

Unexpectedly smooth.  This is hard to explain.  At first it's oaky but it's missing... something.  Then I get a fair amount of cherries and grapes along with an almost caramely malt.  Very funky.  There's some bite too, although I'm not sure if its alcohol or spicy yeast.  Finishes a tad tart, but the longer you wait before another sip it gets sweet.

Light body and pretty much flat. I wish it had more carbonation. On the flip side, its drinks incredibly well. Leaves behind a bit of a sticky sweet film.

Overall a very nice and rather complicated beer, but it's missing carbonation and the sour punch I was hoping for.  We'll see how it ages. (953 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/08/12 notes. Big thanks to bmanning for sharing this one. 2011 vintage, 500ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, wine, light oak, cherries, some earthy notes. Very nice and sour here.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, oak, wine, light funk, earthy notes, wood, fruity malts. Taste is not as sour as the nose, but still a 4.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Seems a tiny bit watered down and a little too thin.

o - Overall I thought this was a good flanders. There is some definitely nice sourness to it, especiall in the nose, though it isn't overly sour and doesn't have a ton else going on. Body was a bit too thin as well, but for their first sour beer this is a great start. Looking forward to trying it again sometime and seeing them make some other sours. (907 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle split two ways into tulips. Huge thanks to BA mob2332 for picking me up this bottle!

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours an almost fully opaque brownish orange.

Smell: Vinegar and sour cherries. Grape hard candy sweetness. Some cab notes gradually emerge. A bit faint, but really good.

Taste: Up front it tastes like the blend of sweet and sour cherries advertised on the bottle; sort of a cherry essence, but not like eating either kind of cherry. Grapefruit pith bitterness in the middle, along with some malty sweetness. Lactic sour finish with a small hint of oak.

Less tart/sour than a balance of tartness, bitterness, and sweetness. The grapefruit juice bitterness really balances the oud bruin sweetness that I often find off putting in some other beers. Tartness probably could stand to be more pronounced.

While most aspects of this beer are very mild, there's a lot of good flavor here. The Cabernet Sauvignon influence at first seems like it could be placebo, but eventually gets very prominent and plays well with the subtle oak, fruity sourness, sweet malt, etc.

Flavor could swing toward 3.5 for lacking punch, or 4.5 for having a wealth of delicious notes. Starts a little forgettable, but gets better with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes semi-tart and bitter. Good, not great.

Overall: Great first sour offering from NEBCO (assuming I'm right that it is the first sour offering from NEBCO), and a definite treat for local fans of the brewery. Some sips strike me as "Good, but more like 'reminding me of good'..." and some sips are "Wow, this is world class!" When the oak is more prominent I like it more.

Hopefully this isn't a one time thing, as there's flashes of greatness here that suggest some amazing things could come out of barrels at NEBCO. Glad to have tried this. (1,902 characters)

Photo of SneezyAchew
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (517 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a small white head and some lacing. Smells fantastic - red wine, spices and sour really fill the air. It's got my mouth watering. After the fantastic smell, the taste is a bit of a disappointment, as it's not really that sour. I'm getting some oak, red wine and hints of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is a decent oud bruin, but after the great smell, the taste was a bit of a let-down and didn't quite come together like I'd hoped. It seems to be missing something. (605 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA smoked for hooking me up with this. 500ml bottle poured into a tulip. The brew appears a clear ruby amber color but when held to the light, almost looks more of a reddish copper. A finger of off-white head appears initially and quickly dissolves to just a few bubbles across the surface.

The aroma has a hint of vinegar initially with some lactic tang and an edgy sourness that evolves into a focus on a fruity quality of alcohol and cherries. The more I smell this brew, the more the aroma gets directed towards cherry. A tiny bit of minerals around the edges and almost a cheesy funk aspect. There is a very mild barrel aspect present with a slight indication of vanilla.

The taste is spot on with what you would expect based strictly off the aroma. A tart cherry flavor is the main focus and it seems to be a derivative of both the cherry inclusion and bacterial aftermath. It has some mild earthen flavors throughout with almost a mild cheesy aspect into the finish with a bit of minerals. As it warms up, there is a very mild tannic barrel inclusion across the back. It is faint but it is there with the slightest touch of vanilla.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and the alcohol is perfectly included here. My only gripe is that the feel is a little thin and almost watery, it could be beefed up just a bit for my liking but the thin quality makes it much easier to approach and increases how rapidly it dissolves in my glass. There flavors of this to be a flanders are similar but just not quite there, it seems to be lacking in depth just a bit. I like where this brew was going and tip my hat to Nebco for giving it a shot, hopefully they continue with the adventurous brews. (1,773 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared by jedwards (thanks for the opportunity to try this 'want' Jonah!). Pours a dull, burnt orange color with a semi-hazy clarity. Head quickly disperses into a cluster of bright white bubbles around the shoulders. The nose is difficult to describe on this beer - tart, vinegary and acidic; however, the overtones suggest something not particularly light. The beer is definitely style consistent - light pit fruit, citric acid and a yeast. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and light acidity. Overall, I found this beer to be somewhat of a Flanders Oud Bruin/Belgian Strong Pale hybrid. Flavors come off a bit on the light side of the spectrum and seem to lack the vinous qualities I've come to associate with the style. Decent, but not worth seeking out in my opinion. (810 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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." (403 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,165 characters)

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Fancy Pants from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.