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Fancy Pants - New England Brewing Co.

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86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 64
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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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 36
Photo of Arbitrator
1.95/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of t8000shx. Thanks, Ben!

A: Pours a surprisingly clear amber-body with reddish tint and off-white head. I expected a Flanders brown aged with fruit in cabernet barrels to have more of the opaque reddish-brown color of Russian River's Supplication or Consecration; this is strange.

S: This has a musky, old tannic aroma with some red wine. Mild phenolic presence (pepper). Kind of weak overall.

T: This is inoffensive; again, "weak" comes to mind. I mentioned to largadeer that this was wine-barrel aged ("This was wine barrel aged?!?!" - his response) with cherries ("This has cherries in it?!?!" - his response) and he remarked that they failed all around to express those flavors. I'd agree; in a vacuum, I'd accept this as a light-drinking saison or something similar, but even then its simplicity fails to distinguish it from anything else. I'd say it's middling if I knew nothing else, but its attachment to the Flander Bruin style actually drives it below that point. There's just no "there" there.

M: Lifeless, with little carbonation in the beer; oddly tannic and watery in the finish. I just can't find anything positive to say here.

O: This was well-received as some sort of saison or light-drinking wild ale, but we had trouble reconciling its actual execution with the style it purported to be.

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of alpinebryant
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a lightly hazy clear amber with a small white head.

S: Sour lactic and light mild amber ale. Not surprisingly, a bit light for an oude brune due to being from Atlantic Amber.

T: This had a tart acidic lacto flavor to it. Not overly sour , but the sourness was well developed. The body overall was not too complex, it could have had more depth, but it did come from the base of Atlantic amber which does not have a massive flavor base to begin with. A bit of oak and slightly sour creamy.

M: Very light for the style which is usually relatively light. Carbonation also pretty light, about right for the style.

O: I usually prefer my oude brune's a little more complex. That said having converted Atlantic amber to this, it is clearly a step in the right direction. I think if they were to make this with a heavier beer and give it a little more time it would come out a little more to the tune of my liking.

Photo of davey101
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dirty, amber. Looks a little bit like apple cider. Little to no head, barely any activity.

S: Tart, acetic, funky. Vanilla, oak. Nice!

T/M: Acetic acid up front, but lacking any punchy tartness. Weirdly drops right off into oak, vanilla, maybe some cinnamin, wine barrel. Kind of sugary, strangely "smooth", but good. What is most unfortunate is that the mouthfeel causes this beer to pretty much fall flat. Carbonation is lacking...the finish carries no momentum. Its like I left this beer open in my fridge over night and then decided to drink it.

O: Hate to say it because I love NEB, but I expected a little more from this one. In the end, the mouthfeel really detracted from the overall experience. Great barrel character, but a bit more tartness would have been nice too.

Photo of ShanePB
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Stevedore
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle generously extra'd to me by Paul in a trade of ours. Poured into a Cigar City snifter today, 9/11/2013. Review #207.

This brew pours a cloudy orange-brown body, with relatively minimal carbonation for the style- about a 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing, doesn't look too special.

Nose is pretty much reminding me of Supplication. Lots of cherry tartness complemented by a woody oakiness which is likely from the cabernet barrels. It actually smells sour. Not too bad actually, I really enjoyed the smell on this beer.

However, the taste is incredibly disappointing. Not much sourness at all, more of the cherry tartness. It's not very sweet, but its not very sour either. Not a great balance of flavours.

Thinner bodied, watery and not really satisfying. It's a fairly low ABV sour, but Paul's homebrewed sour brown ale aged on red wine grapes was much, much better than this. Finish is a bit dry, and the body just doesn't satisfy me here. Even the carbonation isn't great.

It's pretty much a below-average Flanders Oud Bruin. I just wasn't impressed with this one, and I do not recommend getting this one. You can do so much better with Belgian imports sitting on the shelf.

Photo of begforme4484
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of unclejazz
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle I traded for in February and decided to pop open during Superstorm Sandy.

A-red but rather flat looking. Just a few bubbles from a vigorous pour.

N-some cherry and a bit of vinegar, but not much else.

T-a tart brown ale, with some malty sweetness. A touch of leather and oak as it warmed.

M- flat and slightly dry. Lack of carbonation seems to hurt the style here. I was hoping or more sour, instead of just a bi of tart.

O-I like this brewery a lot, having enjoyed other offerings. This being one of my favorite styles, was a great letdown. I hope NEBCOANY has learned from this an will continue to push the envelope.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of scottfrie
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to Michael for both!

A: Pours a deep dark ruddy amber color with a very thin and fizzy off-white head that quickly faded into a bubbly film. Not much in the way of lace.
S: Big notes of dry oak, vinous red wine, and both sour and slightly sweet cherries. I get a hint of vinegar as well, but cherries and oaky dry red wine dominate. Reminds me a bit of Supplication.
T: Not as potent as I was expecting. The cab barrel is really vinous and imparts a great flavor, and the cherries remind me of tart black cherry skins. Finish is quick and the aftertaste falls short though. Overall, flavors are a bit muted and more mellow than I was expecting. This tastes good I just it just really falls off in the finish.
M: Very low carbonation to the point that this is downright watery. Thankfully the acidic notes I smelled did not translate to the mouthfeel. This beer is lightly sour, and definitely dry, but it’s actually rather soft, smooth, and easy to drink; it just needs more bubbles.
O: Great flavors just a not enough of them. Also this was easy to drink but way too thin. I would drink this again though, and hopefully future batches are even better. Thanks again,Mike.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a flute

Pours a transparent orange with a core of light brown. Some bubbles try to form a cap, but can't muster anything more than loose bubbles. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma is of oak, red wine vinegar, sour cherries, and cabernet. A solid aroma, with the cabernet taking the lead.

There is no carbonation here at all. I'm not sure if that is due to age or the intention of the brewery. A little carbonation can really go a long way with this beer.

Sour cherries at first with red wine vinegar coming in through the middle. The finish is of dry oak and a mild tartness. After a while, a little bit of sweet cherries poke through and linger. The cabernet influence is relatively prominent throughout.

Overall, this is a nice little Oud Bruin. An adventurous style to tackle and outside of the carbonation issues, this is pretty right on.

Photo of brystmar
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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."

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Fancy Pants from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.