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

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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

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304
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87
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-08 at TJ's pub in Paoli, PA for their 9th anniversary celebration. Had this again on 2013-08-25 in Columbia, PA.

A - Moderately hazy orange with a 1/4-finger white head.

S - Tangerine, apricot, mild vinegar. Not very strong.

T - Wow. Big flavors of tangerine, lemon, mild roasted grain, grass, toffee, lambic funk, moderately bitter. Pretty sour (nice).

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial feel.

O - Really enjoyable flavor. Diggin' the sour flavor supported by a nice range of other flavors. When I had it again from the bottle in 2013 with my wife, we both enjoyed it quite a lot.

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Photo of redliner8
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy amber liquid with 1/8" cream coloured head.

S: Apricots, honey, grass, barnyard funk, peaches and lemons.

T: As it smells with apricots, honey, barnyard funk, grass, peaches and lemons. Very refreshing.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of foamy fine carbonation.

O: Probably the best of the style I have had yet. Incredibly tasty and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stem-tulip at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Reviewed from notes taken earlier this month.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and okay retention. Body colour is a hazy nontransparent tangerine. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Funky lactic yeast, bright fermented fruit, and pale malts. An above average aroma.

T: Nicely funky, even a touch tart on the climax. Pale clean malt foundation. Crisp. Fruity and balanced. Pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Luscious, full, clean, smooth, and wet. Good carbonation. Crisp. Tasty. Great mouthfeel.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. A surprise success from De Proef. A delightful brew.

High B-

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/12 notes.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden0orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of lemons, tart fruity malts, tart green apples, vinegar, light dark fruits, some light funk, oak, earthy notes, and floral notes. Pretty nice and tart nose.

t - Tastes of lemons, tart fruits, vinegar, sweet apples and fruity malts, oak, earthy notes, dirt. A little sweeter than the nose. Good but I like the nose a little bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, and somewhat acidic.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer and glad I was able to try it. I like normal Fred better, even though these are much different beers. There is some nice tartness and vinegar to it, and some sweet fruit in the taste. Worth checking out, would have it again.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Darker amber pour with a small, bubbly, white head that receded to a ringlet; little dabs of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, fairly acidic notes, distant malt sweetness. More of this in the taste, a bit of puckering tartness up front, malic/acetic/citric acid notes, bringing in doses of apple/vinegar/lemon, with a malty and sugary sweetness taking the edge off and giving a sense of balance; secondary flavors of yeast and wood. Medium body, moderately low carbonation, with a finish that's more mellow than crisp/tart. Pretty nice overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during their Black Friday event. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a sweet malt note with some tartness in the background. Hints of vinegar and red berries along with a mild green apple smell.

Taste: This one is quite tart, but lighter than I expected. The green apple taste is more prevalent than the note in the smell. I'm also getting some vinegar and a mild brown sugar note from the malt. The finish is quite tart. Overall I'd say this beer is quite complex.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Much lighter and easier to drink than I expected. I enjoyed the green apple note. I'd definitely think about having more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sour white grapes to a dark cherry tartness. In the taste, well, it's like eating a granny smith apple with a dryer end. A sour like bite, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour fruitiness in the aftertaste. Sour and dry, with a mix of fruitiness, really tasty!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Auracom
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great share from Dan, thanks as always friend. 8 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on November 21st, 2012.

A - Caramel-brown coloring with a hint of a gold hue. Huge head - 3 fingers of a creamy eggshell head. Tons of lacing and good retention. Really a great looking brew.

S - Lemon and lime juice, apricots, very dry hay, a touch herbal, fresh spring grass. Quite vibrant.

T - Initially, it's pretty tart. Lightly nutty, moderately acidic. Lemon and further tropical fruit juices. Backend just layers on the sourness but it never quite hits Russian River or Cantillon-level. The caramel-rich flavor really only shows up in the aftertaste, with a smoother, more bread-like quality.

M - Light to medium body, very high carbonation, very dry finish. Very appropriate all around.

D - It's for real, and I can see why people would consider this a great entry sour for people who haven't really experienced or appreciated this sort of brew. Not sure I'd want to sit it for too long and gain any additional sourness, because I think this accessibility is one of the highlights of Flanders Fred. Very well done collaboration.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at POPE in Philly.

Flanders Fred is a golden color with some light orange infused. I thought I would get some redness with the flanders in the name, like a bruin or something, much lighter than expected. A nice amount of off white foam up top that clangs to the glass. Some sour scents with big Belgian yeast scent rising with the temp. Some apple, apricot and a funky scent from the lambic base. Subtle spice and a malt base budging out a sweet scent in the end. This is interesting beer.I get more of fred than the lambic, but the mix leads a certain tangy taste in the finish. Some rye, clove, tropic fruit, apricot, cinnamon before that. How did they make a 7.5% BSPA out of a 10% strong ale? Feel is medium with a bite of carb and a mix of tangy and sweet. Maybe some time in the bottle will make things integrate better, although it's pretty great now. Hopefully I can find a bottle of this stuff.

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

Not a fan of the fake cork, but it seemed to work well, so I shouldn't complain. Poured into a Duvel tulip. About a finger of slightly off-white head with mostly small bubbles and a few extra large ones. Body is very cloudy and an orange/brown amber. Some very strong lacing. Aroma is two-faced. Sometimes I think it is over the top sour and others it has a high sweetness to it. Lemon, cumquat, and a little bit of raspberry. Flavor has a lot of Flemish red sweetness to it but still well balanced. Nice lemon, green apple, and a little bit of plum. Very nice. Mouth is pretty standard with stronger carbonation and decent body.

Overall, a delicious beer with great balance between sweet and sour. I could drink a lot of this at any time. If you like the sweetness of Monk's Cafe and Petrus but also want some more sour, this is the beer for you..

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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

An absolutely gorgeous beer. An orb glowing reddish tangerine body hits the glass filling with dollops of off tan/white creamy head. Head blows up like cream, settling like a rock with huge clumps of lacing. There are classic white microscopic bubbles crawling, I mean achingly crawling up the side of my glass, it's as if they are going through molasses. Clumps of lacing hit my glass, rings and sheets everywhere. Absolutely gorgeous.

Nose hits with classic Flanders style. Light airy cherries, mild brett? like sourness. Soft malts and faint sweetness. Comes over slightly warm dense sour forward though. This is going gangbusters so far.

Palate hits with a mild wetness, but a solid malt backbone. The feel on this is fine, but it's the only noticeable thing on the beer that seems to not be grand. Everything else though is just spot on. Juicy palate fills with a light nectarine and cherry/lemon sourness with a mild toned down sense. There is a big lingering sourdough bread density finish a wonderful aftertaste. It doesn't even feel like there is any alcohol in this at all. More and more lemon bursts from this as it warms, and hints of black pepper. Carbonation seems to be barely noticeable, but tolerable and nowhere near jarring or distracting.

This is one collaboration from De-Prouf I can put my money on. I feel like I could drink gallons of this stuff. Excellent brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Good Beer, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has the faintest hint of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died and left some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass plus a thin collar.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has tart flavors of sour cherries as well as some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has lots of lingering dryness and tartness.
O: The oak barrel aging makes this beer very interesting because the oaky and dry flavors contrast with the sourness and cherry flavors, making this very drinkable. Considering its strength, only hints of alcohol are present.

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Flanders Fred (w/ Alan Sprints) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
4.16 out of 5 based on 304 ratings.
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