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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87
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours an orange colored amber. Some white colored froth and lace.

(S)- A relatively rich body of a dry, oaky, malty sweet fig and apple combination.

(T)- Similar to the smell. An assertive figgy oak and honey malt profile that flows into a dry tangy, almost sour acidic fruit that is quite nice actually

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Sweet, but dry/oaky and ever so subtle funky and sour all at the same time. I can definitely see the parts that was Fred, and the rest being the blended flanders. Turns out to be a touch too sweet overall for me though.

(O)- An interesting collaboration. It might get a touch sweet as it warms, but I do enjoy how it jumps from slightly sour, to funky, to sweet so there is a nice dynamic play that could develop further with some time; who knows.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby, orange color with...almost clear. Medium white head that diminishes quickly. Smells like Fred with a hint of tartness. Sweet apples and pears. A ton of pear actually...quite vinous as well. Taste is tart cherry at first. Pears and apples. Some lambic notes with slight barnyard funk. Cherry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, with a tart tingly finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is one fantastic beer, but would have liked a little more tart/sour.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy sunset orange. Looks awesome. Poured two fingers worth of an off white head. Steady stream of carbonation.
Smell: apricot, peach, sour yeast, rising bread, white grapes, spice.
taste: apricot, lime, lemon, yeast, tart and sour but ends with a subtle sweetness.
Body: medium bodied.
Overall: totally different from what I expected. If I hadn't of already known I would never of guessed that this was made with Fred. It is an awesome sour though, with tons of apricot and citrus.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, frothy, soapy, foamy, off-white head. Brew is foggy dark orange in color. Head remains stuck to the sides of the glass in chunks, ok lacing.

Lots of almond in the scent, some green apple, peach, and slight barn yard funk.

Slight refreshing tartness greats you with light (er) carbonation. No heat and perfect fruity sweetness; not sugary. Just like the label says, the flavors are layered. Malty toffee-ness buried by funky apple and lemony-peach.

Awesome brew, found on the recommendation from my local shop. I would highly recommended this one if it sounds AT ALL appealing.. Another great HotD collaboration.

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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of tart lactic sourness, sweet caramel malts, funky yeasts, farmhouse smells, vanilla, oak, some light spices, a hint of dark fruit and a bit of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some tart lactic sourness, some light spice, some vanilla, and a bit of dark fruit. Through the middle, the oak comes through with some funky yeast flavors, a bit more yeast spice, farmhouse flavors, a bit of wheat, and some more bready malts. The finish is a mix of lightly tart and sour yeast flavors, a bit of funk, some sweet bready and grainy malts, oak, vanilla, a bit of dark fruit, spices, and brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, tart, funky, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super complex with lots of different flavors mixing together, but the overall beer is excellently balanced.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flanders Fred pours a gold color. It’s crystal clear. No haze at all. Backlighting gives it a brighter gold look with just a hint of orange maybe. It’s capped with an off-white head that stands just under two fingers tall. Pretty impressive. It takes quite a while for it to disappear. Lacing was sticky and very thick as it trailed down the glass. Good lookin’ stuff!

At first blush, it simply smells very earthy, grainy, musky, and a bit funky. Yeah, it’s got a bit of that barnyard funkiness going on. I like it. Belgian yeast is easily noted and smells delicious. It’s very fruity. Lemon, light apple and pear, cherry, and subtle berry notes are all present. Smells rather deep and complex. It has a bit of vinegar-like scent. Spicy notes are secondary, but are present. Light clove, pepper, and cinnamon complement the other scents well. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is excellent! The fruity flavors hit first. Lemon, apple, pear, berries, and a bit of sour cherry combine to create a fantastic start. It’s definitely strong in the earthy, grainy, and musky department. To a lesser degree, it is a bit funky. It’s got just enough funkiness to really make things click. No more, no less. It is a bit sour and vinegary, but it’s far from mouth puckering. Light oak and spicy notes are present on the tail. The spices mostly taste like light cinnamon and pepper. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Finishes fruity, a little sour, and slightly funky.

Flanders Fred has a medium body that’s very soft and smooth. Carbonation is active, but isn’t distracting or buzzy in the least. This stuff goes down far too easy. I wish I had more than this 750.

I had no idea that this was a blend of (collaboratively brewed) Fred and a Flanders Red. Wow. I must say…it’s a tremendous combo! It’s really hard to find fault with it. It’s a delicious, complex beer that’s very strong in all respects. Definitely worth seeking out!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Gotta love the Rare Beer Club for giving me the opportunity to give this collaborative effort a go. Sounded pretty interesting from their newsletter's description. It pours a mostly clear sunrise garnet-amber topped by a finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises mildly tart cherry, light oak, brown sugar, cinnamon, very light tart lemon bubbling in every now and again, and a general suspicion of maple syrup. The taste opens with a brightly, yet not harshly, lactic- and acetic-sour cherry character. While this is maintained throughout, it is visited on various, non-sequential occasions by vanilla, oak, clove, brown sugar, light maple syrup, vague Belgian yeast, and sweet flowers. The always-balanced complexity is literally eyebrow-raising. Seriously, my brows went straight up in quiet, restrained amazement. Damn tasty. The body is a flexible medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, a damn good, well-balanced, surprisingly deep beer. Good times all around.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, March '12
New Belgium Globe

A: Pours out like a lighter Flanders style brew. Mildly murky amber/reddish color. Slight off white head that initially was a full two fingers. Nicely carbonated. Head lacing on the glass during the sip.

S: Surprisingly on the nose, it wasn't as sharp and sour as I was expecting. Probably that blending in of Fred. You pull some tart cherry notes. Some light vanilla. Some malt sweetness for sure.

T: The flavor is better than the nose. It's a really nice blend of the two brews. You get that cherry, vanilla, light woodiness of a flanders style red ale. But you also get that malt sweetness from the Belgian pale ale style that it mixed with. There is almost a creaminess that comes into play. The finish is fairly dry. Not a mouth pucker beer, but very well done.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

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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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