Fancy Pants - New England Brewing Co.
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3.31/5 rDev -14%
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.
09-12-2013 06:06:11 | More by Stevedore
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-10-2013 04:22:51 | More by Durge
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-01-2012 16:02:06 | More by unclejazz
2.78/5 rDev -27.8%
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.
10-12-2012 23:53:44 | More by alpinebryant
1.95/5 rDev -49.4%
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.
09-29-2012 04:11:42 | More by Arbitrator
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
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
3.18/5 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
Fancy Pants from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.