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Fancy Pants - New England Brewing Co.

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very good

36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 59
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 Stevedore
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.95/5  rDev -49%
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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Photo of SneezyAchew
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of davey101
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of scottfrie
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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."

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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