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

Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)
BA SCORE
87.6%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 306 ratings
Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

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

Added by mwilbur on 07-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,823
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
306
Liked:
268
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
62
Trade:
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Photo of ZEB89
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerzebub
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml, 2012 bottling ("10/04/14" on cork).

Sort of a copper color with a modest smattering of froth. Smells malty and cidery, lightly oxidative but not in a bad way; hardly any of the vinegary tang that one expects from the style. On the palate some moderate acidity comes through, together with caramel malty sweetness and they complement each other quite well; tasty and balanced, with some fruity and earthy complexity. Low but perfectly adequate carbonation; silky smooth texture. Low intensity, but enjoyable. Seems to have aged gracefully.

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Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark, burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of Belgian yeast, apples, other light fruit, and some spices as well.

T: Tasted of some fruit notes (raspberries, in particular), apples, light pine notes, a bit of Belgian yeast (not as much as expected), a hint of toffee, some citrus (lemon), and a little pepper. A very solid flavor that's more subtle than expected. Could have used a little push forward, but still pretty good.

F: An above average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solidly made, easy to drink beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of drahodo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shockey
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 micropale
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of G-Hawk
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drew74
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 87.6% out of 100 with 306 ratings
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