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

Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints)
BA SCORE
4.16/5
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:
#1,828
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
306
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
62
Trade:
8
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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 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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Photo of hozersr
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Jamison85
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 leprechaunandfatman
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RegV
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alberto2016
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 306 ratings
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