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

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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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a cloudy light amber color with two fingers of pillowy head. Retention is great.

S: Much more mild than I thought it'd be - very light lactic sourness balanced by caramel malts. A mild spiciness as well, seemingly from the yeast. I don't get much else. Good, but very subdued. As the beer sits, the beer opens up and I get a stronger aroma of Belgian yeast along with some caramel and tropical fruits.

T: Starts out with balanced lactic and acetic sourness. This only becomes a portion of the beer as it opens up, though. I get spicy Belgian yeast - quite floral with cloves. The sourness is subdued, but a welcome addition to the complexity. The beer behind the sourness is nice, but not terribly complex. There is a toffee sweetness with the aforementioned spices.

M: Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, but appropriate for the style.

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Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep golden hue with plenty of haze to the body and two thick fingers of creamy deep-ivory foam. Head retention is wonderful and a nice, chunky lace is left on the glass as I drink. Beautiful.

Smell: tart lactic aroma, with a little bit of a chalky, sweet malt underneath. The lambic portion of this brew really comes to the forefront in the aroma. I like it.

Taste: tartness right off the bat which is quickly ameliorated by a smoother maltiness. The dampened tartness remains through the end, though, and it really makes for a wonderful drinking experience. Some of the more subtle malty character gets lost in the tartness, but I find the overall combination to be quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation creating a big, mouth-filling creaminess. Really quite wonderful.

Overall: a very tasty, amazingly drinkable and satisfyingly creamy brew. What else could a guy want?

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

To start off, this review will be biased based on the fact that I love Fred from HOTD, and I love a good lambic (which this is).

A: Pours a frothy white head of tiny bubbles, some light spidering on the edges of the glass. The body color is a light flanders brown, light and relatively transparent which clearly should be the case with a lambic added.

S: Aroma is a great bouquet of lactic acid from the lambic mixed with a light Flanders oude brune aroma. There is a lot of sweetness of course too due to being blended with Fred which is extremely heavy and sweet.

T: Where the smell left off, just about every aspect of this beer is delicious. Take one part old ale, mix with one part Fred and mix with a flanders yeast strain to make more interesting? Brilliant ! Cherry brune flavors, a light lambic taste with funk, a tiny bit of barnyard and brett. Light lemon and tropical fruit punch flavors. Some light oak, mostly old barrel taste that is not overpowering and really serves to mellow this beer out more than anything else with a nice bland Old wood barrel flavor.

M: Medium carbonation and a perfect body. Not watery at all, and not thick as a flanders ale should be. The best of both worlds with an old ale mixed with a light wild ale.

O: Overall this is clearly a winner. Thanks to BrewsoBrewco for sending this my way, greatly appreciated and a nice beer to have on a night where I clearly needed this escape.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a snifter.

A - Very pale for a Flanders Red, but I see this is listed as a Belgian Pale so I guess that makes more sense. White foam settles to a wispy partial cap, thicker collar, and plenty of lacework. Lightly hazed dark orange-yellow body.

S - The smell is immediately recognizable as De Proef, with the assertive house yeast and an almost savory vinegar sauce acidity to it. There's a mix of sweeter malts, spicy esters, and light tart lemon. I'm surprised by the intensity of acetic flavors though, although apparently this has Flanders-brewed 'lambic' and not authentic Flanders Red in it.

T - The taste is intriguing, with a near-equal De Proef and Hair of the Dog presence. The spicy and fruity Fred flavors are present mid-palate, but are preceded by sourness and wet oak flavors. There's a hint of cocoa and candi sugar late, as well as some cake-like flavors and a touch of phenolic Belgian yeast. Odd that that the sourness doesn't show up in the finish - there's just stomach-churning acidity after swallowing.

M - Definitely a bigger beer, with more substance and heft that you'd expect from a 7.5% beer. Medium-full body, with lower but present carbonation. Some tannic dryness even though the oak flavors don't manifest strongly. As mentioned, there's some acidity but not a ton of alcohol warmth.

D - Odd beer, although it won me over during the course of the glass. Seems more like a straight-up blend of two disparate beers than a Flanders Red. Definitely a slower sipper and not something I'd want often, but complex and fairly interesting. Mildly reminiscent of some BFM beers I've had but not as sour.

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Expensive 750... Not going to say where I picked it up because I don't want to give them any negative play... This is simply an expensive bottle wherever it is sold.

Pulled this one out after sitting through 3x bands at Boise's battle of the band finals... What I do for my friends??? Gah.

Poured into my slim tulip.... a thin white head atop a slightly hazed sunset orange.

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750ml bottle poured into two big snifters

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Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very cloudy, pale orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Earthy barnyard aroma with a musty brett presence and lots of horsey funk along with acetic vinegar and citrus acidity.  There's a very strong lemon juice character along with some musty hay, lactic funk and earthy oak. The lambic notes are prominent but the don't overpower the golden ale characteristics.  

Tart and puckering with some sour acidity but it's not harsh at all.  Very refreshing with earthy oak, musty brett and other bugs.  Again, there's a really strong citrus/lemon juice presence along with some grapefruit and other tropical notes.  Slight creaminess with lactic and barnyard funk balancing things out.  Underneath, there is some light fruit sweetness, subtle peppery spice and sourdough bread flavor.   Very faint acetic vinegar presence lingering in the finish.  This beer is blended with lambic from the Flanders region but it's very delicate and not as aggressive as a typical Belgian sour.  It kind of reminds me of a bretted saison just a bit more tart.

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Consumed 9/15/12

Appearance: Moderate amber, with some copper and deep orange - hazy, but with some clarity - thick, Belgian-looking fluffy, creamy head - leaves sheets of lacing - yeah, it's pretty

Smell: A nice level of acidic funk, Belgian weirdness, and some malty tartness - somewhat unique - a vague woodiness, with some spice, and a bunch of fruits - some light fruits, some berries, and some dark fruits - cherries, pears, plums?

Taste: Weird, but in a delicious way - nicely sour, of the dirty Belgian basement variety - lactic, lightly acidic, wet sponge-like Flanders Red flavor - lots of fruits, including apples, pears, cherries, grapes, maybe some citrus - nice level of fruity tartness - caramel, lightly brown, and pale malts - lightly bready - some sweetness, and some hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, slightly sticky aftertaste

Overall: So, so interesting

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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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