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


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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3053) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (477) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3583) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours a hazy amber with a medium white head...nice lacing. Aroma has some tartness...tropical fruits...passionfruit. flavor has nice light soury passionfruit and cherry...mild oakiness. Mouthfeel is light and the finish has dry oakiness and a bit of plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4050) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Received this as a part of the Rare Beer Club. 750ML C&C enjoyed at 60F in a Hill Farmstead Glass.

A - Reddish brown appearance. 3 finger head that fades fast to half a finger. Lacing is nice.

S - A tart Rodenbach nose with hints of oak and cherries.

T - Up front is cherries and almost a sugary sweet mango taste. Middle is oak and dry vinegar. Finish is metallic copper and honey with a hint of dark fruits like raisins.

M - Heavy carbonation and a medium body.

O - This is a decent beer. It’s very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden and it has a very nice tart balance. Maybe too much vinegar? I honestly can’t tell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
1pint 9oz bottle pours reddish brown with a billowing khaki head. Aromas of green apple lime citrus vinegar tropicak ftuit and some white wine grape must. Flavor is sour and grainy. Body is medium with a sour finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoelMiler (13) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Had a 25.4oz bottle at the Fitz in Eagle River. Lightly tart and sour, with a good note of citrus in the nose. Just enough bitter to balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Clouded clementine pour. Stony, golden kiwi and pineapple aroma; rindy as shit. Cheesecloth and gruyere. Some rustic spice; white pepper, and cinnamon, lending it an earthiness and works nicely with the punchiness of the fruit character. A light haze of funk blurs the lines nicely.

Flavor bursts with berries and stone fruits and cinnamon. Gravelly, and cheesy, but not heavily acidic, although there is a lovely champagne vinegar bite to it. Somewhat simple in its youth, but elegant.

Luxurious full texture snaps with sourness only in the far finish, where it gets dusty and dirty, with bitter rinds, raw spice, and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Sweet and tart nose with cherries and caramel. Taste is light to moderately sweet, lightly sour, with cherry, light vinegar, some raw sugar and cobweb-y yeast.

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