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Fancy Pants | New England Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011: ~700 500ml bottles from 2 Cabernet barrels

Added by woosterbill on 12-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
81
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewery during the holiday break.

Pours a nice orange to reddish color with gold highlights, some head at first and dies quickly.

The smell makes it seem like it will be very sour with some definite lactic notes and some berry tinged tartness. Reminds me of consecration in the nose, has the sour tart yeasty-ness of the Russian river sours in the nose.

The flavor is a nice balanced spicy beer with some implied tart cherry and grape, but it's really not sour and that is somewhat disappointing after the great lactic notes in the nose. Has some brown Ale like malt notes with maybe a little cinnamon in the back too. Maybe a touch of grapes of a wine in the flavor, it actually feels like a Pinot in the feel: sort of thinner and smooth without a ton of body. Not muc carbonation at all.

Overall not bad, if it was much more sour in the taste my rating would go wayyyy up. Still a nice beer, needs more carbo as well though.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a small white head and some lacing. Smells fantastic - red wine, spices and sour really fill the air. It's got my mouth watering. After the fantastic smell, the taste is a bit of a disappointment, as it's not really that sour. I'm getting some oak, red wine and hints of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is a decent oud bruin, but after the great smell, the taste was a bit of a let-down and didn't quite come together like I'd hoped. It seems to be missing something.

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Photo of pjs234
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with very little carbonation. The smell is very tart, so tart that it made my mouth pucker and water at the same time. There is no doubt that this is a sour from the smell. The taste is very nice. Tastes just like it smells, very tart. The flavor is a sour apple or cherry. I do pick up a little oak. The mouth feel is good and dry. A very nice offering from NEB, as usual.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a flute glass pours a thick and glowing brownish orange. Aroma is subtle but fragrant with hints of the work of the cabernet barrel and some earthy sweet and tart cherry. Sparkling carbonation really nicely delivers a favorably sour and just perfectly tart cherry fruit taste, nicely accented with a very noticeable oak note. Finish is dry and slightly sticky.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dirty, amber. Looks a little bit like apple cider. Little to no head, barely any activity.

S: Tart, acetic, funky. Vanilla, oak. Nice!

T/M: Acetic acid up front, but lacking any punchy tartness. Weirdly drops right off into oak, vanilla, maybe some cinnamin, wine barrel. Kind of sugary, strangely "smooth", but good. What is most unfortunate is that the mouthfeel causes this beer to pretty much fall flat. Carbonation is lacking...the finish carries no momentum. Its like I left this beer open in my fridge over night and then decided to drink it.

O: Hate to say it because I love NEB, but I expected a little more from this one. In the end, the mouthfeel really detracted from the overall experience. Great barrel character, but a bit more tartness would have been nice too.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty excited for this one.

A-Pours a translucent copper-orange. Nearly zero head to speak of aside from except for a strange, lopsided cluster of rapidly fading bubbles. Nearly no head as well, but who cares.

S-Pungent nose of both tartness and sweetness. Fruity and tart cherries and an almost citrus fruitiness too. Tart funk is pretty attractive. A damn potent aroma. I am excited to try this. A bit of vinegar. I can detect some nice woodiness after a few sniffs as well.

T-Tartness is perfect. Very interesting flavors. Tart cherries and funkiness. A nice lasting grassy flavor. Nice vinous notes. Sweet and juicy but quite tart. Great balance between the two opposing flavors. Finishes pleasantly woody.

M-Medium body with a mellow carbonation setting. Exceptionally slick. Finishes a bit like wine on the palate.

O/D-This is one hell of a beer. I'm really trying to pace myself and see how it changes with warmth but its very drinkable. NEBCO is one of, if not my favorite breweries from New England. I love their stuff and this one trots down the same line of deliciousness as their other brews. Just very pleased.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like everyone else picked this up at the brewery over the last week....did sneak in a couple of samples though along the way! Poured into a brandy snifter.

A) Light amber, a swirl gives no lacing at all.

S) Funk and cherries.

T) Nice acidity, 2 years in a cabernet barrel will do that I guess...cheeries abound with a bit of vanilla...so sweetly sour!

M) Very smooth no carbonation.

O) Really enjoyed this....my other bottle will not last long...

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL capped bottle into a tulip glass. Brewery only release. Aged for two years in cab barrels; been waiting a while for this one.

Pours a rust color with an opaque cloudiness. Yields very little head with minimal lacing.

First thing that hits in the aroma is the potent wild yeast funk with subtleties of vinegar. Sweet red cherries in the back end, touches of red wine tannins.

Flavor department really follows the nose closely. Strong, forward notes of that wild yeast and vinegar. Sweetness is first but then gets washed away with some lactic acidity and sourness. Some wood and tannins in the back.

Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Worth the wait, what an awesome beer. Deliciously infected and perfect barrel aging. Well la-ti-dah NEBCo! You're pretty good at sours now, huh? Phooey!

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Photo of Hautacam
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting two years for this to be done and available, so my anticipation and expectations have been up there. It would have been easy to finally taste it and feel let down because of such high expectations...but NO. This is such a complex balanced blend of everything I love about funky, sour beers...probably the most interesting and tasty beer I've had this year.
It pours a hazy deep amber, not much of a head.
The smell is barnyard...Bretty , acetic and slightly fruity.
The taste delivers waves of complexity. I'm getting funk at just the right level, acidity that's not a palate assault with sour cherry, apple , hints of oak, a dry Provencal Rose ( well, it is a chi chi beer ! ) , a tiny bit of brine ,some sweetness , lemon lime rind toward the middle and an aftertaste with a life all it's own....hints of tobacco and even phenol ( the good kind ). There are other flavors that I can't identify , but all meld very well to make this a slow sipper that deserves no other distractions while consuming.
The carbonation is low and this is not a mouth puckering sour, but Fancy Pants was worth the wait. Well done NEB ! Oh, and of course the label is great !

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Photo of Adrianized
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an almost transparent rusty copper reddish brown.  Aggressive pours yields only a few bubbles of a head.  Swirling the glass brings up effervescence.

First thing I get on the nose is sour cherries mixed with winey characters and oak.  Big funk in the background.

Unexpectedly smooth.  This is hard to explain.  At first it's oaky but it's missing... something.  Then I get a fair amount of cherries and grapes along with an almost caramely malt.  Very funky.  There's some bite too, although I'm not sure if its alcohol or spicy yeast.  Finishes a tad tart, but the longer you wait before another sip it gets sweet.

Light body and pretty much flat. I wish it had more carbonation. On the flip side, its drinks incredibly well. Leaves behind a bit of a sticky sweet film.

Overall a very nice and rather complicated beer, but it's missing carbonation and the sour punch I was hoping for.  We'll see how it ages.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one was aged in Cabernet barrels for about 2 years along with Brett, lacto, pedio, and (for the last few months), cherries. NEBCO's first stab at a sour. Here we go!

A: A straight pour starts out looking disturbingly undercarbonated, but by the end some fine effervescence reveals itself so as to create almost an inch of tan head that's creamy on the bottom and coarse on the top. Retention is surprisingly great given its slow start, but lacing is a bit lacking. The body is a warm, translucent copper hue that becomes cloudy once I add the yeasty dregs (knowing the bugs and such that are in here, I want all the funky goodness). Overall it's a nice-looking beer for the style.

S: Oh my. I've gotten to try this beer a few times out of the barrel, and its aroma has always been its strong suit; this bottle is no different. Vinous oak jumps out right away, followed by sour cherries, vanilla, lactic acid, and a bit of acetic vinegar. It's fruity, sour, oaky, complex, and just amazing. My only complaint is that it isn't quite as powerful as I'd like - it smells so great that I just want more of it.

T: Tart acetic character is up front, followed quickly by cherry skin, red wine, tannic oak, ripe cherry, vanilla, and cranberry-esque bitterness on the finish. It's significantly more sour than it was any of the times I tried it before, and that's a welcome change. I wouldn't mind a bit more juiciness from the cherries, though, and what malt it had originally has been pretty much entirely taken over by the barrel and bugs. I was originally afraid that this one would be on the sweeter side of the style, but now it's looking like that isn't the case at all. Even when it warms its slightly sweetness is pretty well limited to the oaky vanilla and cherries. Overall it's nothing short of delicious.

M: Very lightly carbonated and slick. What carbonation is there is nice and delicate, but I could deal with a bit more life as a buffer to the acidity.

O: I'm glad to announce that this experiment, so long in development, is an unqualified success. It's not face-meltingly sour or anything, but rather provides a complex and balanced array of classic Oud Bruin goodness. I wish it didn't take so long to create, as I'd love to sip this out of a can.

Cheers!

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Fancy Pants from New England Brewing Co.
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