Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The sixth edition of the De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration Series is our first blended beer. Legendary brewer, Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog joins Dirk Naudts at De Proef to create this unique bottle conditioned beer. Flanders Fred is a blend of Flanders-sourced lambic with a collaboratively-brewed version of the famous Hair of the Dog Fred.

The result is a deep golden ale topped with a creamy off white head. The nose is complex with notes of lemon, pine, tropical fruits and spice. The palate is rich and layered with toffee, apricot and almond, balanced by some green apple, a hoppy bitterness and barnyard funk.

Please enjoy Flanders Fred with food and friends. This beer should pair very well with many cheeses, roasted vegetables and grilled meats. We believe this bottle will continue to evolve beautifully over the next few years, adding a subtle blending of the flavors.

Cheers from Portland and Flanders!
Alan & Dirk

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2016 vintage (Limited Re-Release). Served in a MadTree Teku, the beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like apricot, lemon, funk, red berries, and sweet spiciness. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's lemon, green apple, tart berries, funk, grainy malt, oak, mineral and some caramel flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's also easy enough to drink. I thought this was a good enjoyable wild ale, I missed it the first time it was released but glad I was able to pick up a bottle this time around. Definitely worth a try! $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of LAp
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried in a taster at a Flanders Red tasting event. Pours a darker brown (less red than its Flanders bretheren). A nondescript nose with a somewhat off note. The palate had a bit of off-funk: hard to characterize, certainly not in style, and possibly an off beer. Missing the dark fruit and vinegar I expected, and had an almost toffee or caramel note hiding under the unusual funk. Mouthfeel was thicker than the other Flanders beers it was compared too. Hard to review, as it was such a nonsequitur (and possibly skunked beer). One I would definitely try again to make sure this is in fact how the beer is meant to taste, but this instantiation is not one I would return to.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber color with a white head and scattered lacing. The smell is amazing, fruity flanders red all over the aroma. The taste has flanders and old ale elements which work decently well. It is full bodied and smooth going down. Finish has some oak and plenty of alcohol. Overall this is an interesting collaboration.

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Photo of beergoot
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tawny orange body, hazy, topped with a thick, creamy, billowy white head. Pit fruit aroma; apricot and peach; slight whiff of alcohol. Fruity and tart flavor complemented with a nice boozy quality; some cherry and raspberry qualities. Heavy body with a tight softness on the palate; acidic; juicy but with a dry finish.

A fine looking, exquisitely drinkable Belgian strong ale. All the cliches about complexity, depth, and balance actually do apply here. The beer delivers a fine tart and sublime fruitiness to the palate with a strong yet approachable alcohol component. An outstanding collaborative brewing effort!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Six Ten on their second year anniversary. Very complex Tasting. A little off on the sour side. Slight Funky notes. Lots of hop presence. Kind of hard to pinpoint this beers flavor profile. Not surprising since it has Fred blended with Belgium ale.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful head and retention. Smell and flavor are intense brett and just insanely dry. I can't imagine wanting this to age at all because that's just going to dry it out even more (if that's possible). I'm not sure if there is just a small amount of Fred in it or if the brett ate the Fred up but it doesn't remind me of Fred at all.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light mostly clear amber-ish, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like green apple, toffee, red wine, and intense funk.

I've never had Fred, so I don't know exactly what that contributes here, but the lambic addition definitely dominates here, with sour cherry, red wine, and minerally funk dominating. It feels a bit musty, with just a little bit of toffee. The finish is a bit flat, finishes a bit watery. The sourness is about a 5/10, it's a juicy but slightly sharp sourness here.

This is medium bodied, with a juicy but slightly flat mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Interesting stuff here, but I wish it finished a little bit better.

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Photo of colts9016
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is at 52 degrees

A foamy light tan head that is one finger thick the head dissipates to a thin line. The color of the beer is a deep rich amber mahogany color with rich burnt orange hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque with some carbonation bubbles wafting through the beer.

The nose of the beer is mega fruity with cherry notes, also a sour note is prevalent. . The malt is toasty and caramelized. A honey and pepper note come in from the background.

Okay this beer comes off as a flanders style beer not a Strong Belgium Pale Ale. The yeast is a strong note, sour cherries, toasty malt, oranges, perfume, bready and very little hop flavors

the mouth feel is sour, carbonated, and clean

This beer is more of flanders/ farmhouse style beer with a strong sour cherry note; therefore I will judge as such. I have tasted much better farmhouse style ales. this one is decent.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely burnt orange color with a thin head. Nice bit of funk on the nose that translates through to the flavor profile here. This is quite an outstanding ale, complex with many layers yet also extremely drinkable. Surprisingly light on the tongue with some peppery notes amongst the eminent apple and cracker.

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Photo of DudMan
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/24/16 on draft. Pours amber orange and has a slight funk smell. The taste starts sour but doesn't linger. It finishes dry. Nice medium mouthfeel. I would drink this again.

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Photo of thebeers
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange-amber color with a finger of bright white head that leaves decent lacing. A mild Flanders aroma, slightly sour and acetic. Tastes like a quality Flanders with a mix of red wine, white wine and light bourbon behind it -- caramel, fruitiness (apple and apricot stand out most), some acidity and a nice funk. Delicious. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Superb beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Cloudy orange-amber with little head to speak of. Interesting aroma...tart funkiness coating toffee-like malts, fruit, cherries, and earthy must. I coax up some acetic notes with a deep sniff. Flavor is tart, again with a solid malt presence for balance. Caramel, cherries, spicy wood, berries, vanilla, slightly phenolic on the back end. Body leans towards the fuller side of medium, and finishes dry and tart. This started out seeming like it was going to be more of a slow-sipper, but became dangerously drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass.

Golden orange. Light light head.

Smell is incredible. Bright fruit. Tart and funky. Lambic. Deep and complex.

Mmmm. Beautiful balsamic vinegar. Light fruit. Vaguely briney. The aftertaste is...wheaty? Lightly dry and vivacious. Mouthfeel is sparkling, clean, and mineraly.

Great sour. Highly recommended. God bless Hair of the Dog and the bartender at Grape & Grain who gave me this.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/16/12; split with PDXHops.

The color is a hazy sunset of an amber brown; with a medium depth, the appearance is pleasant. The head is fluffy - over an inch tall. The foam drops to a thin layer and a patch of bubbles. Sporadic blotches of lace turn to a solid wall of tightly grouped bubbles.

Fermented apple aromas jump out of the glass though it doesn't smell boozy. Vinous overtones. After a few minutes plush, fluffy grains emerge. It's all woven together with hints of grassiness. Over time the focus shifts toward the grain aromas and mild sweet tones.

The aroma belies the tartness of the beer (at least on the first several sips). It seems like something of a lactic twinge. Ripe, light fruits. As with the nose, the malt backdrop is robust yet unobtrusive - toasted grains and lightly buttered bread. It almost seems like pilsner malt. Hints of damp funkiness on the finish.

Medium body with a moderate, fluffy carbonation. The sourness gives the semi-slick body a puckering feel.

I like this just fine. It's probably a good idea to start cold and observe how it changes as the temperature rises. For my personal preferences, I like it better as it warms up. An interesting and balanced beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, cherry, cranberry, pear, grape, herbal, clove, pepper, oak, candi sugar, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with funk and moderate malts; and good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, pear, grape, herbal, clove, caramel, candi sugar, oak, funk, vinegar, toast, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, herbal, clove, pepper, candi sugar, oak, funk, vinegar, toast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate funk; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent blended Flanders Red style! All around awesome balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy esters with malt; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle shared by the Ottawa tasting group

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish amber colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread/grains, vinegar, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains and vinegar. There is also some tart citrus flavour and a touch of caramel. It ends with a tart aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty enjoyable stuff. I could actually drink a fair amount of this, which is surprising given the tartness.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged offering into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with a slight off-white froth that is 2 fingers strong and quite silky looking. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish froth back to the surface.

The aroma includes noted of pear and apple and other faintly indistinguishable fruity aspects. A bit like cider at times and an acedic smelling touch with a biscuit grain backing that comes out a bit.

The taste is tart and lemony blending to a bit of apple cider. The bready grain backing is present like the nose suggests along with a bit of an unwelcomed addition of minerals and fruity alcohol tang.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not horrible but a little lackluster and not really what I was expecting. It is neither fred nor a flanders in the traditional sense but seemingly caught somewhere half-assed between the 2. I am glad I have another bottle of this to revisit sometime but admittedly I am in no hurry to have this again...yet.

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Photo of Damian
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750ml/1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

The liquid poured a cloudy, ruddy, rusty color and was topped by a frothy, light tan, two-finger crown. Outstanding head retention and fantastic lacing. Thick, drippy blankets coated the entire glass.

Lots of interesting things happening in the nose. I definitely could not peg the style, which made sense since this is a blend of two vastly different beers. A Belgian-like yeast quality was apparent. Some sweet cherry notes came through as well. Hints of raspberries. Slightly tart and funky. Somewhat lemony. As the beer warmed, the Flanders Red character came forth. More cherry and distinct oaky/barrel notes. Touch of balsamic vinegar. A subtle, brown sugar-like sweetness was also noticeable.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. It was much sharper and more simplistic. The unblended lambic character dominated. There was a touch of sweetness on the front end before the bitter lemon rind notes took over. Unpleasantly tart and acidic. Belgian yeast notes were apparent. Touch of barrel and funk. Grapefruit pith. Grassy hops appeared on the finish. Bitter lemon rind carried over as well.

The mouthfeel was definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was super soft and fluffy. Slick, creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a crisp, moderate effervescence.

I really enjoyed the nose on this beer, along with the mouthfeel, but the flavor profile was just too bitter and acidic for my liking. This reminded me of an amped up, American hopped Berliner Weisse that lacked any notion of subtlety. Perhaps this beer was better fresh.

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Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with half a finger of white head that leaves some bands of lace.

Smell. Sweet ripe sour cherries, old dank wood, peach and pineapple, and some nice sweet funky hay.

Taste. Pineapple and cherries, funky damp wood, lemon rind and some bitter grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Wow, if this is a Belgian strong pale, it's the best I've had. Seems like a cross of several styles to me but one thing's certain, it's a damn fine beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to sonicalligator for sending me this one! The color is amber/orange. There is a bit of haze. There is a nice foamy half inch head.

The aroma has some hint of tart cherry. There is a tiny hint of mustiness.

The taste is dry, which caught me a little off guard considering the larger body on this for a wild ale. That is perhaps due to the high carbonation. There is a nice slightly lemony aftertaste.

This is a very good wild. It's dry, crisp, and refreshing. It doesn't stand above the rest, but it's delicious.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Brewed March, 2012, best by 11/04/2014 on cork
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Flanders Fred is a delicious collaboration between two skilled brewers, producing a sour Flanders-inspired ale that has strong fruit, malt, and oak influences. Perhaps fresh, the hops mentioned on the label would stand out, and while interesting, I'm not sure how this would influence my appreciation of the beer. As it is, I would purchase another bottle for enjoyment sometime in the not-too-distant future, though the price of a 750ml bottle is somewhat high (~$12). Probably best for fall enjoyment due to the tart fruit, oak, and leaf tannin flavors.

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam with average retention (slightly over a minute), falling to a 0.2cm cap of white foam atop the body. The lacing that remains is excellent, a large number of small dots of foam coat the inside of the glass, resembling a dot-matrix print or pointilist painting. Each sip also renews this effect for repeated entertainment. Body is a deep, hazy (50-60% opaque) copper orange-brown color, with light bringing out dried apricot orange hues. Carbonation is visible rising along the sides of the glass, somewhat plentiful and aggressive.

Aroma is sweetish and toffee-like, but with a notable influence of Brettanomyces-influenced tartness, dry leaf tannins, oak, and sour cherry and raspberry. The beer is a definite blend of a Flanders-style beer and another, lighter ale, though the hop character mentioned on the label (lemon, pine, and tropical fruits, really?) has definitely faded by this point, slightly over one year since it's bottling. Still, a very pleasant aroma that reminds me more of a good Flemish sour than any American hybrid ale.

The overall flavor of the beer is of a pleasantly sour Flemish ale that expresses cherry, raspberry, green apple, oak, dried leaf-like tannins, and toffee in pleasant proportion. Opens with sweet toffee-like flavors that are tempered by slightly acidic tartness, sour cherry and raspberry flavors, and dried leaf tannins. Mid-palate is of a sourish Brettanomyces strain that contributes mild acid and woodsy characters, with intensified sour cherry, raspberry, and green apple flavors, some oak, slight savory (the herb). Back of palate finds intensified sweetness and tartness with raspberry-cherry esters, somewhat like the similarly named US candy, but also complex oak, herbal, and bitter characters. Aftertaste is of sweetish toffee tempered by Flemish ale characters of Brettanomyces (tart cherries/raspberries/green apples), and leaflike tannins.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a feel that is slightly fizzy at first, then calming to a gentle, rolling and filling foam. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering upon the palate.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head; nice squiggly patterns of lace are left behind

Smell: Tart lacto with berry yogurt from De Proef that is buttressed by the strong toffee base from the Fred

Taste: Fred faces forward, on the front, end with the toffee and Belgian yeast strain; by mid-palate, however, the lacto, berry and green apple flavors start to balance and then overcome the caramel; in the finish, there is a strong sense of vanilla and oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I like both of the base beers I am tasting but I am struggling with the blend; still, a very interesting effort, but the vanilla and the sour flavors don't mesh for me

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in March 2012 and reviewed in February 2013. Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is very pretty. It's clear coppery gold with just a touch of haze, some nice effervescence, and a nice frothy head with nice clumpy lacing. The nose tells me this beer has some nice acidity. I get vinous notes of apples and white wine.

The beer has a medium body, a firm feel, and lip-smacking acidity. Nice crisp refreshing notes of sour green apples, lemon, herbal tea, and a faint sweetness all meld together into a very drinkable beverage. There is a nice vanilla oakiness at mid-palate that carries through the finish. The acidity makes this beer very appetizing.

Overall, a very well-crafted and enjoyable beer. Listed here (for now) as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but really more like a Flemish Red Ale with a few of the same flavors as a Belgian Tripel. Very glad I picked this up. Perfect sipper on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at the Green Lady, served in a 12 oz. Jacobins tulip.

Copper orange color, a layer of soft white foam on top that leaves behind an unbroken crown of lacing in the glass. Surface texture is creamy and smooth. Nice color with a bit of haze to it.

Tart apple aroma, lightly acetic cider notes. Pleasant but restrained wild funk.

Fruity tart flavors, apple butter and underripe strawberry. Light acids and dry minerality in the finish. Crisp and effervescent, smooth and medium bodied. Overall a pleasant hybrid wild ale, somewhat mellow and restrained, but enjoyable.

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Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour resulted in three-plus fingers of rocky, light-tan foam. The brew is slightly cloudy and copper/amber in color.

S-The smell is a nice earthy, funky, musty mixture of tart grapes, green apples, and vinegar. There is nothing overwhelmingly sour, but enough to keep you interested.

T-The taste tracks the smell nicely. I detect a lightly funky, vinous mixture of grapes, apples, and apricot. Again, it is a mild tartness, not a true sour flavor. Some nice, light malts in the background.

M-The carbonation is minimal, which leads to a slick, watery feel. However, the lingering foam head gives a nice punch of body.

O-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It is complex and vinous enough for the sour/lambic fan in me, but not a complete acid bomb, so it drinks a bit easier than some of the more traditional sour/lambics. In some ways, it reminded of New Belgium Le Terroir, which is one of my favorites.

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