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


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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2170) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
On tap at Mekong. Earthy aromas, dry citrus. Cloudy orange with a somewhat lasting white head. Dry, earthy, funky. Light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2463) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
On tap at HotD. Dark golden with an off-white head. Aroma is peach, dried pear, rhubarb. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, lightly tart on the palate with fruity notes and a dry finish along with a subtle touch of bitterness. Taste is peach, dried pear, sour summer fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Draft to taster at Cappy’s. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head film. The aroma and flavor have tart fruit, apples, citrus, cherry, funky, caramel, mild lemon, some resiny character, mild spices, I don’t think it is overly sweet, interesting combination of flavors, I am a fan of the base Fred more but this is an interesting spin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1161) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Poured a cloudy orange. Aroma is dunk with oak, grapefruit vinegar and barnyard notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1375) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2016
On tap @ The Yard. Pours slightly hazy golden amber with thin lacy off-white head. Aroma is clean oaky dank pale malt; crisp berry tartness comes in on the back. Taste is crisp clean light caramel malt up front, then big dry oaky notes right after, light red berry tart notes on the finish. Interesting blend, tons of flavor, clear that lots of work went into this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Draught at Deep Ellum, 2/7/16.
Deep copper-golden beer has just a hint of rose to it and is topped by a small, moderately-well retained white head. High clarity.
Smells of simple sugar mixing with pineapple, sweet apricot and with a touch of cellar mustiness. Moderately sharp esters permeate.
Saccharine-sweetness is very prominent in the flavor. Mild pixie stix, waxy crayons and sharp, out-of-place esters prick at the palate. Bare acetic acid is not integrated at all in to the rest of the beer. Sweetness does not evolve much, having a very simple, saccharine/table sugar-like character to it. Some fruitiness, light vegetal character and indeed some green apple (why would they want that?). Like most De Proef beers, it’s overly sweet with compound flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2961) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Draft pour at the Burgundian. Pours a cranberry juice red color with a short bubbly head. Aroma full of spice and dark fruits. Very complex flavor with some raisin, plum, apple, cranberry, and a full array of dark fruits. The majority of the flavor is very bold, and doesn’t show any sweetness at all. Very nice beer here. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
falco242 (381) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
So good. I’ve been sitting on a bottle for 2 years and it has mellowed really well. Sour tart is perfectly balanced with the Wild ale and is so sippable. Need to get my hands on some more Hair of the Dog!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2839) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle. This is fantastic, tart, apple, melon, slight maltiness, fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Dry, with a tropical fruit and apple tartness. Not overly sour, but not exactly mellow eiter. The base beer works well here. This sour was a great food compliment, though they are scored the same, I’d pick Michael 6 times in 10 :)"

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