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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 Bottle from Bacterial, just because he’s a nice guy! Thanks Jeff! Pour is a slightly hazy copper with a rich white head that leaves some nice lacing down the sides of my New Belgium tulip. Aroma on this beer just kicks so much ass- Tons of white stone fruit, pears, apples, spritzy citrus, with just the right amount of sour touch to let you know what’s there. Caramel malt makes itself known, along with some pine hops. Just sublime. Taste is perhaps a touch weaker. Still lots of white fruit, but the apple cider notes are more forward, with more malt presence as well. Soft sourness, perhaps a bit of acetic acid, but it works very well. Light carbonation. Great, great beer, I could drink gallons of the stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1505) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
I am not going to lie - I'm an Alan Sprints fanboy. This beer is one of those reasons! Pour from a synthetic corked bomber. Tropical pineapple and grape nose from a slightly hazy golden liquid with a thick white foam head (lots of lacing). Wonderful fruit, slight acid and tartness in the taste. I'm glad I am not sharing this with anyone else!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle at home with the wife. Pour is hazy amber with a big white head and great lacing. Pineapple, mango, golden raisins, white wine vinegar, light toffee, caramel, tart fruits, and yeast in the aroma. Taste is tropical fruits, lightly spicy, tangy, pineapple, peach, orange juice, toffee, and citric acid with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Starts to get really fruity as it begins to warm. Really interesting beer and I kind-of dig the whole tart, tangy, golden ale that they got going on here. Nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with a finger of white head. The aroma Is very funky with sour cherry and white grape. The taste is medium sour with a skittles finish. Nice sour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2012
hazy honey-amber, spidery lace with rocky large bubbled white head. Sweet nose shows brown sugar and cinnamon atop flanders red, mainly in cherry, result is astringent and a bit green. Lightly acetic flavor shows more fruit, cherry nearing balsamic through a lightly medicinal, bubblegum ester finish. Thin, sticky profile accents green elements, draws out celery and medicine. Middle of the road.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Draft at Craft Ale. Pours hazy golden pinkish with off-white head. Nose is funky and fruity, with some spice and yeast. Tasted tart up front, with notes of funky yeast esters, tropical fruit, berry, and spice. Complex finish with more yeasty and funky notes, but the fruit stays at the forefront.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Aroma- lemon zest, guava, tangerines, peaches, some funk Appearance- straw yellow with a definitive white head Taste- lemons, some peaches, definite funk, astringency, more light fruitiness/ tartness Palate- very crisp and refreshing Overall- This probably would have gotten a 4 if not for the point that this beer is only mildly sour. Being labeled a Flanders, this beer should have been overly sour. However, it was not and that’s just about the only detractor I could find in this brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2553) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours murky red golden with a decent white head. The aroma brings clean juicy tart fruitiness so characterstic of the style. The flavor is juicy tart, almost cranberry fruit with a clean less thicker than expected bodies. The ending brings a pleasant dryness, not overbearing at all.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours a very cloudy, copper-amber with a sizable, lasting off-white head. Aroma is a bit of sweet dried fruit and malt vinegar. Flavor follows, with moderate sweetness, cherries and other fruit, wood, and a pronounced but not bracing sourness. A melange of well-balanced, almost mild flavors, and quite mellow on the palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
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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