Fred Flanders From The Wood
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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American Wild Ale
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Fred Flanders is our regular Fred fermented with a variety of yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus in American oak barrels for 3 years.
Draft only at this time.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Gobzilla:
Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with virtually no head and no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: vinegar oaky aromas with hints of acidic citrus, slight sweet malts, and funk wiith vanilla barrel charateristics.

T: smooth sweet vinegar oaky flavors up front that also showchase slight roastiness, funky barrel notes, little brett, and a hint od acidic citrus to load up the palate.

M: medium slick body with low amount of carbonation that had a sweet mild tart finish.

D: the style is labeled a barleywine but the name says flanders. In my opinion it leans more towards a well drinkable flanders. The beer was not too sweet or sour and was glad I got the chance to try this rare treat.

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Photo of RocketChimp
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Seantronz3030
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers, 2008 vintage

"Fermented with a blend of special yeasts and bacteria, instead of the yeast I normally use to ferment Fred. This Beer is barrel aged for 30 months, in French and American oak."

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - cloudy brown-amber body, dirty off-white film

smell: honey, booze, funky yeast, bourbon, wood

taste: truly bizarre stuff - an old ale at heart gutted and stuffed with funky yeast and bacteria - honey, funky farmhouse yeast, bourbon, oak, subtle tartness, liqeur, candied sugars. Really strange stuff - i'll try anything from HOTD

mouthfeel: smooth and strong, light tartness and a funky twist

overall: worth the shot - pretty innovative stuff

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Photo of KDawg
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange color with a nice head.

The bourbon barrel does dominate with some tones of oranges and citrus tones.

Fuller feel, but doesn't really show much tartness as the bourbon influence kinda kills that. There are notes of bourbon and oranges mostly.

A good beer that was a probably a good idea. The bourbon influence is pretty dominate and seems to hide the sour qualities.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint on tap at Stuffed Sandwich for barrel aged beer month, 6/2/2010.

Pours pink/red and surprisingly clear for something both sour and from a barrel. How ever the pressure is dialed down so there is no head and also very little lacing.

Aroma is of fresh oak, malt, malt, some vinegar, more malt, and a hint of roast/char. Also a little booze.

Flavor is why I'd like to name this beer Balsamic Fred from the Wood. The Fred from the Wood is evident with tons of fresh oak and sweet maltiness and some bitterness. There is a strangely good quality about Fred that I've always liked that I chock up to the yeast. Then theres some vinegar and faint hints of funk.

Mouthfeel is heavy, too heavy for Flemmish but acceptable (and enjoyable) for a barleywine. Drinkable at 8 oz but if I had to choose I'd go for the Adam from the Wood.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask, this one is actually a blend of Fred Flanders and Michael. In the interest of keeping the listings clean, I'm adding my review here since this beer is clearly a work in progress.

Mildly hazy brownish red with a fantastic, dense, creamy head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a phenomenal Flemish red. The nose is great (better than Michael, which I had a couple of hours later), with a rich, fruity red wine sourness with an undercurrent of complex sweetness. Honey, brown sugar, a little bourbon are present, along with a refreshing red wine vinegar character. The palate opens mildly boozy with a blend of red wine sweetness and Michael's sourness amplified. Mild acetic acid, mild sourness, some barrel tannins and red wine are present. Medium-full in body, medium-light in carbonation, this beer finishes with red wine, acetic acid and a mild funk. Solid stuff.

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Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at HOTD Tasting Room good start to PIB weeknd 7.14.11.

3/4 finger faint tan head multitudinous streams of carbonation rising up sides of glass after initial pour, ended up disarming pretty quick, brownish amber with red highlights, minimal lacing, a bit of chill haze. Pretty funky nose, musty horse blanket, tobacco, not picking up much hops , a bit on the floral side . Taste is more fruity than regular Fred some cheryish/funky notes, mirroring the nose.

The Candi sugar ensures a bit of balance with the tart and sir notes, more tart than sour. Took on quite a bit of barrel notes, a bit of vanilla not much char. ABV well hidden, this has obviously been in the barrel a long time (three years) very smooth. Really drinkable and tasty. Funky Fred!

IMHO, Not sure ths classifies as an American Barleywine despite big initial hop bill, more of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale w/Brett-if that makes much sense.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room 02-24-12

A: Dark red shading towards brown. Minimal lacing, but great legs when I swirl the beer around the glass.

N: Oak and all it entails. Alcohol, cherry and grapes are also present. The nose doesn't exactly cause me to swoon, though.

T: Follows the nose with the sharp oakiness and a very strong cherry presence. Definitely some acetone/vinegar in here, but they're subtle. Still, this is a flanders red in name only; Flanders Fred is tart, but it's more of a hybrid of Fred From the Wood and the classic style.

M: Hearty like Fred. Seems my glass was better carbonated than a few of the previous tasters since I got a good prickly feeling.

O: This beer is truly all over the place, and it might be dependent on your mood as to how it'll strike you. I very much enjoyed the way it attacks the tongue, and I felt this glass was far better than the previous one I tried.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged in American Oak - Golden Special Ale Fermented with Brett

Drank while on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich. Pours a slight amount of head atop a murky brown body. Not quite golden anymore, but plenty of carbonation as I tilt the glass, and it's a got a lot of the bubbly.

Aromas are incredibly intense, with a strength that goes through the nostrils and right into the sinuses (as a casual *whiff* demonstrates). Can't describe the individual components but overall it's very, very pleasant.

The palate has no idea which direction to head on this one. There is so much here it's not even funny. The funkiness of the red, with the brett, and the deep, dark fruits such as figs, branded cherry, oak, tannins from much going on here, so different, and so delicious. A gift that keeps on giving.

A thin mouthfeel, with some tingliness from the carbonation. Seemingly becomes medium-bodied as it warms, or at least as I swish it.

Overall, this is really funky good. Almost like drinking a barleywine with brett, with the sour flanders aspect coming through barely 'nil. I like it though, and would drink this again, though two in the same sitting would not be recommended.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a burnt orange mixed with red color with minimal head on top.. Perhaps just a thin ring.

S: Quite a bit of oak on the nose, more than you might expect. Certainly a bit of vinegar and some malt as well.

T: There is an interesting flavor combination here. The Flanders/sour aspect is mostly acetic in nature and there is some tart citrus (grapefruit?) as well. Plenty of oak and a bit of vanilla, and a trace bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. Actually quite a nice mouthfeel.

D: Really easy to drink and one that I'm glad to have tried--especially as I'll likely never have a chance to try it again.

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Photo of Caleb
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red colour with a tiny head. As expected for a sour.

Big slightly tart cherry aroma with notes of port and Pedro Ximenez sherry. Fantastic fruitiness and great balance.

Stunning flavour with a mildly tart cherry edge being added to the oaky, vinous flavour of Port. This is a truly unique beer and a stunner. Simply great with the wonderul blending of the great flavours of a Flanders Red and the rich, lush character of a Barleywine.

Full bodied with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A really fantastic beer with an interesting interplay of sweetness, fruit, oak and tartness. Brilliant.

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Photo of beefandbean22
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mfavoino
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HotD Tasting Room on 2/19/12.

Appearance: Dark red color with a thin white head that ends up sitting on the rim of the glass. Not much lacing.

Smell: Immediately smell the tart cherry and some other dark fruits. Lots of sweetness.

Taste: To start, the tart and sour attributes stand out. Dark fruits, specifically cherry sweetness, and sugars balance out the sourness well. Tons of complexity with the booze, sweetness, acidic sour taste, and wood all making for an interesting experience. Warm alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, low carbonation and pretty funky.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised by another awesome, anything but typical beer from HotD. Hard for me to decide what style to call this one, and I could really care less because it is stellar.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of moonknight31
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of vkv822
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room.
from notes.

Pours a burnt-orange brown color with a very thin, off-white head.

The aroma is of oaky vanilla, with bourbon and a very light acidity along with some fruit notes.
I develops a very nice leathery quality as it warms.

The taste is of more bourbon-oak with a smokey, leathery finish. There are only trace amounts of acidic tartness.

It has a medium body, with light carbonation.

Another wonderful beer from Hair of the Dog. I am very glad I had the chance to give this a try and is something I would definitely get again, given the opportunity.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a bright golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. Not much lacing here or retention. The smell is very tart, it gives off lots of oak aromas with the bacteria screaming loudly here. The taste of the beer is completely different from the Fred from the Wood I had a while ago. It's very tart, lots of citric acid like flavors in this one. The malt is kind of hidden and there isn't much in the way of anything but the sourness. The mouthfeel is thin, decently carbonated and dry. Overall I expected this to be a lot more like the Fred from the Wood I had a long time ago but it was much thinner and all the heavy boozy sweetness was completely gone. A bit of a disappointment in my opinion here. I didn't think that the addition of Brett and other bacteria's would completely alter a beer like it did to this one.

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Photo of Mahlik
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into HotD tulip.

A- Pours murky reddish brown with a bubbly thin white head. Head dissipates quickly to leave a thin crown around the glass. Almost no lacing. Pretty standard appearance for the From the Wood beers.

S- Tart fruits, subtle sugars and a touch of vinegar. The aroma is surround by this sour acidity. The From the Wood aspect really leaves its mark on this beer. A nice oaky/wood aroma with strong vanilla and bourbon notes.

T- The tart fruit and acidic sourness hit the palate first. But the oaky bourbon and vanilla quickly come in to smooth it out. I do get a vinous quality from the taste. Not sure if it's just a cherry flavor or if some wine-like flavors pop out.

M- Full body with light carbonation. The alcohol is present. It starts boozy but finishes smooth. But still, I would not enjoy more than 1 or 2 because you'll be drunk on your ass.

O- Excellent beer. But HotD rarely misses IMO. The flanders part of this beer is not as pronounced as the fred from the wood part. But I think everything works in unison. Again, a must try from HotD.

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Fred Flanders From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 43 ratings