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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
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RATINGS: 181   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 Brewmasterís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1452) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Cork is stamped 04/14.
Appearance: The body is slightly hazy with a rose to brown hue. The head is tall and rocky with great retention and is rather dense.
Aroma: The aroma has a lot going on, I smell some cherries and vinegar, though the vinegar is very mild and some lemon notes, though I suspect more is going on that Iím having a hard time discerning.
Taste: Like the aroma a lot is going on in the flavor. The intro has some almond and cherry notes, though not raw almond, the kind of flavor you get from almonds when you make a liquor or wine out of them. The mid taste has a slightly apricot and lemon tart, while the finish is a touch acetic, though very approachable.
Palate: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Overall: I prefer Duchess de Bourgogne as itís sweeter, but this is far more complex. I enjoy this a lot and am glad I bought it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (598) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
Pours a clear, golden blonde color with a frothy, pale foam. Smells like funky grapefruit, skittles, and Chardonnay barrel. Taste is medium sweet with a very sour and tart/tannic finish. This one is funky (in a good way)! I like it more as it warms up. Flavors of lemon, honey, dry chardonnay, papaya, and green apple. A very nice golden sour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
had been wanting to try this a good bit .. . pours a deep brown .. . foam is alright .. . rap shmap . . mild sour soil, cherry pit and dirty fruit .. . quick finish .. . rather disappointing.. .. . buttwipe, huh? never heard that before.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericdevin (769) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle (and draft, earlier), 16 Tons, Eugene. Pours a golden brown, transparent. Aroma is tart, lots of white fruit and oakiness. Body is lively, hits oaky and sweet at finish. Just a hint of funk to this, aroma lessens a bit as beer warms, will be interested to try this again in six months, as the bottle was MUCH more complex than the draft. Really delicious and looking to revisit this!

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yankeepride (10) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 From a bottle, enjoyed with venison cutlets with a side of rice and vegetables sauteed in a tomato sauce and finished with an Asian chili pepper paste. Has an apricot nose with a bit of sweetness along the lines of caramel. Pours a toffee-colored opaque with a light bubbly layer on top, like cider. Has a bit of sour to it like fresh green apples up front, but leaves a bit of a stale finish. Has a fizz that hits you right away and lingers throughout the tasting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
In short: An unusual semi-sour, semi-sweet, semi-acidic amber ale.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed soon after purchased, tasting with Montrťal friends.
The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is strangely wild with a musty character, a dirty farmhouse, light but sharp acidity. Taste is kind of here and there. Sweet caramelized malts, some sharp acidic notes, refreshing fruity flavors (ground cherries, berries, tropical fruits), iced tea. Sweetness and sourness are nose to nose in the finish. Overall very tasty but also a sensation of two unrelated beers mixed together, which is pretty much what it is if I understood right. This is an unusual beer, I liked it but some people didnít, I am not judging anyone, I donít like people who judge other people, I hate these people, I really hate judges, I hate their know-it-all attitude, and their stupid court attire, and the ankle monitor they are forcing me to wear.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (1987) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a hazy golden brown with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, tart fruit, cherries and chocolate. Taste follows, sour and malty. Different but interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
750mL bottle at HOTD. Pours a lightly hazy, deep golden-orange color; fine-bubbled light-tan head with excellent retention and lacing. A cidery tartness and acetic character in the nose: apples, somewhat lactic? Medium body; lively CO2; plenty of balsamic vinegar here, with a cidery tartness, overripe red fruits, and a comparatively darn-good Flanders red profile overall that refrains from being overly sweet. Acetic ending, with a bit of lasting red fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Draft at butcher and the boar. Yeasty in the nose with promises of sour. Hazy amber with off white head and beautiful lace. Very complex for a sour. Plenty of funk and some vinousness. Not my favorite style but outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle. Large white head with nice lacing. Big green apple nose. Palate is numerous fruit. Nice burn to finish. Unlike some lambric fruit bombs.


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