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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Fantastic beer.

4.7
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2118) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours a deep golden orange color with a couple fingers of foam that laces out nicely... aromas are ripe and juicy fruit, funk and some fresh hoppy earthy notes. On the palate its complex and balanced to perfection. Great rich Belgian spice notes intertwine with bright sour cherries, green tart apple and a lot of barnyard funkiness that make sit so refreshing and easy to drink. The finish is dry but fruity with a nice citrusy lemon bitterness to cleanse the palate. Awesome beer !

4.6
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Pours brassy gold, with a fluffy persistant head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas of citrus and brett funk dominate, with hints of oak, caramelly sweetness, and hops peeking through as it warms. Tart, effervescent mouthfeel leaves a bit of puckering green apple quality in the corners of the mouth, almost overpowering the malt and hops from the Fred component, but not quite. Finishes surprisingly malty and bitter given the sour into. This is a simply phenomenal blend, and the first beer in this series that has really impressed me. Hopefully I can snag a few more for the cellar before too many people catch on.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 Bottle from Bacterial, just because he’s a nice guy! Thanks Jeff! Pour is a slightly hazy copper with a rich white head that leaves some nice lacing down the sides of my New Belgium tulip. Aroma on this beer just kicks so much ass- Tons of white stone fruit, pears, apples, spritzy citrus, with just the right amount of sour touch to let you know what’s there. Caramel malt makes itself known, along with some pine hops. Just sublime. Taste is perhaps a touch weaker. Still lots of white fruit, but the apple cider notes are more forward, with more malt presence as well. Soft sourness, perhaps a bit of acetic acid, but it works very well. Light carbonation. Great, great beer, I could drink gallons of the stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewMoose (82) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pour with a thick rich head. Wonderful aromas. Great barnyard yeast aromas and flavors. Nice sourness and apple nutty flavored. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4124) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured hazy, golden, pale orange with a thin, bubbly, eggy head. Nose had lactic and funk notes. Quite nice. Perfect mouthfeel, not too thick and not too thin. I real Goldilocks syndrome. Some sweetness and light fruits tart acidity, musky and barnyard funk and wood. Refreshing and easy drinking. Lemon citrus and herbs and other yeast spiced. Super nice. I’m not sure this is even worth aging since I don’t think it can taste much better than it is now.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Nice sour red. Getting some cherries and some sweetness. Getting some funk. Big bottle from Alan

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
idedek (157) - USA - SEP 8, 2012
wonderful aroma with spices, pepper, sour cherry and orange. a great array of tart flavors with an underlying flavor of vanilla and hints of oak. The finish is clean, tart, nicely carbonated with a lovely tartness.


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