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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro. pours hazy medium dark golden with a thin but nice white cap, some retention and lacing. fruitiness - berry-like, junipers, golden candi, woodsy, spices-plenty, bit of tobacco, soft tannic and low acetic content, bit of complex sugars. moderate carbonation, light to medium body, relatively dry and astringent grassy finish. quite nice and enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Poured an amberish red color with aromas of wet wood, tsrt fruit, light cheries and some candi sugar. Flavors are the same, light tart cherry aftertaste, nice flanders/sour beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1693) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours clear amber with low white head. Pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of sugar, candi, fruits. Taste is of berries, oak, slight acidity, some fruits. Palate: Dry. Light-medium body. Overall: A tad shy at first but it slowly reveals it’s attributes. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1044) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2013
750ml 2012 bottle pours amber orange with a tiny fizzy head. Oak and vanilla aroma. A sour cherry taste but a bit of a barrel finish. Great beer not sure if this is a bit dated or not but would like to try it fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2661) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Clear amber with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is slightly acetic with caramel, wood and fruity notes. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, fruity notes and light oak. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A tad light and too much candi sugar, but easily drinkable and quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1170) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Thanks to nate321 for this one! Pours a dark golden with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is fun with its good oak character and fruits but a bit out of style with all that sugar it puts out. Taste is fruity, caramelly and only lightly acetic. Mouthfeel is not too heavy (pretty light actually), keeping it really drinkable. A good one but not as complex as I was expecting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
750 ml bottle from Binnys (Naperville). Finally hitting some sours that I’ve been holding on for too long in the beer fridge. Pours a mellow hazed orange copper hue, brighter glow as we move out from the middle. Edges and bottom show distinct sunset orange glow. Frothy whitish head stays as a firmer layer, decent stick around and good lacing. Nice lasting foamy layer. Aromas show a decent funkiness off the bat, hitting some orange rind, bretty dust and funk, gentle wet basement and horseblanket. Firmer oak as it settles in, some leather and subtle sweetness. Pretty nice, complex. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter as we hit with distinct orange and citrus like, touches of sourness grow, decent lactic twangs meet sour cherry, gentle tannic feel as the oak is more mellow for me, firmer brett and fruit presence still ticks on and keeps this beer on point. Raspberries and blackberry subtle jabs at this time make it a bit jammy, fruity, with that distinct orange peel and fruit preserves element keeping going. Backend is a bit more dry and tannic, the brett giving some more life. A bit more carbonation back here makes it a bit more light, dry, effervescent. Finish is fruity and a bit tart, some linger lactic elements cut through that malt body, wild yeast provides funk, complexity, and some dryness as we finish. Pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Tap at Quenchers. Unfiltered orange-red. Fluffy, patchy off-white head. Awesome aroma, sour raspberry, cherry, vinegar. Delicate and lactic, kind of watery, not much of a body, but bold enough to balance that out. Vinous, red wine notes. Intense and pretty authentic, maybe a touch of dry aspirintest tube action though. Some passionfruit tones. Enjoyable and complex, but just doesn’t hit World Class. I’d drink this every day of the year, but it still just isn’t the best example of the style. Dry and cherry sour. OK, but just doesn’t deserve high numbers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3190) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a bright orange with a nice head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is funky with some light paint, some animal sweat, some leather, and some marmalade.

The beer is nicely sour, tart & fruity with some nice woody/earthy notes. The only thing really bringing it back & reminding me that it’s anything like Fred is this constant orangey flavor almost marmalade like, but way more focused on the orange rind in this beer.

Not really a let-down, as it was a really nice beer, but I had such higher expectations for this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Tap at Barley John’s. Reddish golden pour with a fluffy white head. Awesome balance - vinegar sour / tart but not super puckering. Fruit. Maybe a touch of wood. Awesome.


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