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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Peach skin, citrus fruit and floral honey envelop the wilderness in this friendly but otherwise unmemorable brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the hazy amber.
-The natural carbonation is comfortable, making the wild yeast flavors appear easygoing.
-Even though I enjoyed this and recognize it is well made, I finished my glass feeling that this brew offered less than the sum of its parts.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at capones with Vinny, Alan, and bill. Pours a clear amber body with light lacing. Aroma is tart acidity and light fruit. Mouthfeel I start with notes of ripe fruit, sour funk and light sweetness. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phillies08Champs (679) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. pours opaque golden orange, aroma is coffee acetic acid with some hints of cumquat. finish is beautiful balance of sourm slight funk and malt. finish is clean with some lingering sour nots

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3128) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Sample with James, Bill and Allen at the Black Friday event. Orange amber pour. Notes of grapes, cherry, light caramel, oak, and real funky yeasts. Smaller notes of raisin and peachy tanins. Much nicer then the De Proef version in my opinion.
Earlier Rating: 8/23/2012 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. Pours clearish copper with small tightly bubbled white head, fresh lacing. Aromas are pine, wood, funk, dried sour fruit. Taste is sour apricots, wood, cherry, apple but then finishes with a very rusty flavor. That copperness did go away as it warmed. Pretty tart and funky but weird at the same time, its needs to mature a bit. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle - Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Nose is nice fruity maltiness, light cherry, a bit of caramel, a bit of tartness. The Fred is there, but the Flanders is probably a bit overpowering. Fruity as hell--cherry and tropical fruit, with a bit of sweet malt. Not hoppiness, and no booze at all. Good stuff. A bit thinner than I expected, with a touch of carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1548) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2012
From the bottle, lemon and peppery spice with some sour notes in the nose. Some funk as well, it is nice with some tart and sour goodness. Lovely brew!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1684) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Brewed March 2012, so this is eight months old. Pours hazy orange with a medium beige head that leaves sheeting lace after it falls. Aroma is funky, peppery, caramelly, dark fruits, lemon rind. Taste is sour and acidic, not quite mouth-puckering, but more tart than most Flanders sours I’ve had (ie. Duchesse De Bourgogne or Rodenbach). Finishes with a little tannic bitterness. Mouthfeel is too foamy, in my opinion, body is medium to full. I like regualr old Fred better, but this is definitely interesting. I did not enjoy Flanders Fred with food or friends because this is my dinner and I’m a greedy bastard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5644) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Great funky aroma, cherry ludens, red wine notes. Sour cherries dominate flavor , tart, red wineiness. Very nice Flanders

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Nice sour red. Getting some cherries and some sweetness. Getting some funk. Big bottle from Alan

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (1969) - Manama, BAHRAIN - NOV 13, 2012
Cloudy orange/red with minimal head. Aroma is fruity, bright, tart, light funk, sweet. Medium body. Flavor has a sharp tart bite right off the bat. Sweet fruits balance the tart punch, light sweet malt, cherry, tropical bright fruits, and light funk. I generally stay away from collaboration beers because they rarely live up to the hype. I’m very happy to have been talked into this one. Top-notch stuff here.


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