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Fancy Pants - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 62
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2011: ~700 500ml bottles from 2 Cabernet barrels

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 12-11-2011)
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Arbitrator

California

1.95/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:11:42 | More by Arbitrator
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.1%

01-19-2014 21:16:07 | More by Knapp85
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 23:53:44 | More by alpinebryant
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davey101

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 02:08:02 | More by davey101
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 00:29:07 | More by zoolzoo
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 12:50:13 | More by ShanePB
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

01-19-2014 21:32:48 | More by millerbuffoon
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-05-2014 13:57:21 | More by BeerThursdays
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.31/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 06:06:11 | More by Stevedore
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:57:49 | More by begforme4484
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unclejazz

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 16:02:06 | More by unclejazz
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-11-2013 20:51:20 | More by HopsHopenstein
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joefc

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-31-2012 02:20:23 | More by joefc
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-30-2012 02:00:51 | More by nmann08
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scottfrie

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:35:04 | More by scottfrie
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-19-2014 21:41:52 | More by jzeilinger
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-14-2012 00:01:26 | More by yourefragile
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BTPete

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-26-2011 01:57:03 | More by BTPete
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-13-2013 15:51:01 | More by lunarbrew
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smoked

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-28-2011 01:15:00 | More by smoked
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:43:22 | More by Thorpe429
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:33:00 | More by ColForbinBC
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brystmar

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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."

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:20:58 | More by brystmar
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:50:01 | More by stakem
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 20:44:23 | More by Jwale73
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Fancy Pants from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.