Fancy Pants | New England Brewing Co.

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Fancy PantsFancy Pants

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

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.

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a good off-white head and some lacing. The nose brings some light cherry and wine plus a good bit of acid. Light oak along with fruit and acidity in the flavor. A bit of acetic character through the finish. Light-medium body with good carbonation. Pretty good for an early wild attempt.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben, talk about being under dressed for a beer.

Beer is orange and forms a thin white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, moderate to low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is a little funky, cherry, a little oak, nice.

Beer is nice, bright with a little vinegar at the end, dry finish, a little fruity, a little mild, I enjoyed it and would probably have it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/08/12 notes. Big thanks to bmanning for sharing this one. 2011 vintage, 500ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, wine, light oak, cherries, some earthy notes. Very nice and sour here.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, oak, wine, light funk, earthy notes, wood, fruity malts. Taste is not as sour as the nose, but still a 4.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Seems a tiny bit watered down and a little too thin.

o - Overall I thought this was a good flanders. There is some definitely nice sourness to it, especiall in the nose, though it isn't overly sour and doesn't have a ton else going on. Body was a bit too thin as well, but for their first sour beer this is a great start. Looking forward to trying it again sometime and seeing them make some other sours.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a slight hazy brown with an amber glow. Head recedes quickly and leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Well, it smells like wine. Smells acidic with some floral arrangement in there.

Grape, citrus, earthy tones. Slighty woody, but mainly acidic.

Dry and sharp mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall it's a beer that I enjoyed drinking as I do like wine as well. I had reservations in opening this, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to my brother for picking this up for me.

A: Pours pinkish/red with a small tan head on top. Not much retention or lacing though.

S: Some cherries right away on the aroma with a lot of the red wine coming through. There is some faint tartness and a good bit of oak. Nice amount of tart and funky aromas.

T: Cherries of course, more sourness than the aroma led on, very nice! A good bit of oak and a little bit of the red wine comes through, certainly not as strong as the aroma. There are also hints of vanilla and toffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Quite enjoyable. Look forward to trying it again to see how the wine barrels evolve over time. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer is a hazy, rusty orange hue with a small white head. The aroma offers cherries, funk, hints of vanilla, oak, malt. The flavor is decent. Acetic finish with tart cherry accents. Light bodied with a bit of sharpness in the back. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -0.8%
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 emdawg
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pjs234
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smoked
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BTPete
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of albertjr21
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -17.9%
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 +18.7%
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%
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 sweetly sour!

M) Very smooth no carbonation.

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

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Photo of iflah45
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of modernartblues
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BranfordBound
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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%
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 MikeyMikee
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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