Fred Flanders From The Wood | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by t0rin0 on 06-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
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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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room at HOTD.

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a streaks of dark red throughout. A thin light tan head forms that quickly forms rings around the edges.

S - I didn't pick up a ton of strong scents here, but some nice oaky/woody scents, some old fruit, and some tartness.

T - Sweet old fruit, cherry, woody-oak, finishes with some yummy carmel favors.

D - Lower carbonation, pretty sweet.

O - I liked this, but I couldn't drink very much more due to the sweetness. However, very highly reccommended.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 barrel...so 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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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4oz sample poured into a mini tulip at the tasting room.

A: Caramel brown in color with a medium haze. A half finger tight white head that stuck around considering the ABV and left a good lacing.

S: Big bold bourbon and vanilla with tart citrus notes trying to bust through. Some caramel and Belgian notes lingering in the background.

T: Bourbon and vanilla consumes the palate. The vanilla really pushes the tart/sourness back and actually works well with it. Light oak, caramel, and clove. Alcohol and more vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky. Definitely an alcohol sting that coats the tongue and throat.

O: A very good beer. I would of liked the tartness to pop a little more and the bourbon to be a little more subdued. Don't know how much Alan has of this but it can only get better for years to come like most his beers.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Fred Flanders From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.1 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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