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


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2388) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft at the Butcher and the Boar. Pours a light amber color with a big white head and nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, cherry, wheat, a little piney hops. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft, smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet and sour, bread, nutty, some bitter hops, some sour cherry funk, a little oak, with a tart, fruity finish. Super excited that I finally got to try this. Very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Pours burnt orange with an off white head. The aroma is layered; musty Apple, apricot, pear, spice, tropicana galore. The mouth feel is what gets me even more. Highly palatable, slightly tart, the most delicious sour. Flavors of watermelon sugary apple with a perfect amount of acidity to cut through. This beer is perfection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (2115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2013
On tap at Pracna, pours a hazy orange/copper with a large off-white head. Aroma is musky and tart, with stretched caramel, oranges, tangerines, and sweet bread yeast. Taste starts with a hint of tartness, into lambic flavors with a mellow sweetness of oranges, tangerines, apricot and cherries, with some slight caramel malt. Yum just yum, tasty and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Though not all of the DeProef collabs have been as stellar as the initial one, it was hard to see how this one could go wrong. And indeed, it turned out frickin great. First surprise was on the pour, which was more orange-gold than the brownish-red I expect when seeing the word Flanders. Brimming with carbonation, itís attractive. Nose was soft and oaky, with vinous qualities as well as zesty dry citrus and funk. Perky mouthfeel and a super-dry finish, you can definitely get a sense of the lambic use to blende with the oaky stronge blonde. Very nice combo indeed. Flanders Fred Ė more tart and blonde than expected, very nice though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to JPDurden24 for sharing this. It pours sort of hazy deep gold with a full tan head of foam. The aroma is loaded with apples and then it seems to flow into cherry skin sour notes. The taste has a modest sour fruit sensation that then bleeds into a cherry skin like tartness and a mild apple and pear sweet esteriness. It ends dry and fairly refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Tap @ Burgundian Nov í12. Cloudy gold pour with a short, fine-bubbled white head leaving heavy lace. Nose is tart apple cider and ripe fruit. Medium body, light, fine carbonation. Pears, green apples, ripe bananas, lemon and plum - but never overly sweet. Itís complex and fruity, yet dry. Finish is short, tart and dry, and it leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (885) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Draft at VSK night at Blint Tiger back on 11/28/2013 with James, Streets, some others. Appears amber from the side and yellow from the top. Sweet and fruity flavor with notes of runny berries. Not too tart our sour. Good, interesting beer.

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