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Hair of the Dog Fred Flanders

Hair of the Dog Fred Flanders
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Fermented with a blend of special yeasts and bacteria, instead of the yeast I normally use to ferment Fred. This Beer is barrel aged for 30 months, in French and American oak.

NOTE: This is for the brewery and tap-only Hair of the Dog version. For the Collaboration version, which is both draft and bottled, please search for De Proefbrouwerij Flanders Fred.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
A lightly hazed dark amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, wonderful woody bourbon barrel, light vanilla, cave, Brett, musty malt, wow! In mouth, a superb treacle malt with smooth woodyness, vanilla and tobacco, dark plums, loads of warming alcohol, over nice grassy hops, superb. On tap at brewery, Oct. 7 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2012
On tap at HOTD. Colour...slightly hazy apricot-gold with no head. Nose...slightly acetic, plenty of pit fruits leaning toward dates. Palate...a spritely shot of CO2 followed by a dazzling array of orchard fruits, boiled sweets, gummi candies, Fruit Gems and a sappy oak quality that screams quercus from one end to the other. Another beaut from Alan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2012 draft.
same apricot / peach / fruit and honey character as Fred.
chewy and sugary.
tangy and spicy.
heavily oaked.
moderately acetic.
peppery and tart peach skin.
caramel / toffee chews.
warming and full-bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Another great barrel aged beer on a visit here. Pours a murky orange brown. Super bubbly head that reduces to a thin roped edging. Aroma is sweet woodiness with cherries and raisin. Flavor is much the same. Sour cherry, raisin. A bunch of sweet malts. Tough to pin point the sweetness beyond raisin, because of a tart offset. Well balanced for a flanders style Fred.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2012
12oz draft at HotD brewpub. Poursn a murky orange brown color with very little carbonation. Aroma is malty, fruity, oaky. Heavy on the palate with very light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, fruity, woody, oaky, sugar, with a sweet tart finish. The barrel is the star in this beer in my opinion. Just a little tartness, but very delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2012
On tap 02-24. Appearance: Dark red leaning into a shade of brown, minimal lacing, suprisingly strong legs. Aroma: Oak and all it entails. Alcohol gets up to the nose, along with cherry and grapes. Taste follows the nose. Oak is front and center, as is the cherry. A very sweet take on a Flanders Red, but it shares more in common with Fred From the Wood with the sweetness. Mouthfeel is hearty like Fred. Carbonation leaps off the tongue. Not to style, but I liked it anyway. Overall this beer is all over the place, and I’m giving it a relatively low score despite how much I truly enjoyed it. Fred Flanders really attacks the tongue, and I spent a good 20 minutes with my glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2011. Muddy brown, just a ring of bubbles around the glass. Reeks of brown sugar with a bit of cherry. Super strong and sickly sweet aroma, and the flavor follows suit. Like taking half a rainier cherry with a giant spoonful of brown sugar… I suppose it helps the medicine go down… covers the alcohol really well. This is definitely a HotD brew, though – tons of sugar and sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2011
On tap at Big Wood, from Brouwer’s. A LOT different from when I had this at the brewery two years ago. You know? When it was just a brewery. Dirty brown appearance. No head to speak of. Bits of chocolate, cherry, and oak hit my nostrils.The brew is quite pungent, but it’s reminding me too much of the Cherry Fred from the Wood, and that was something that I thought was merely decent. Subtle sour cherry and oak flavor blend poorly with a dense chocolate flavor that isn’t that great. The mouth feel is nice. The appearance is pretty nice. The flavor just doesn’t cut it for me. I was expecting more of a sour edge, but as a fellow drinker noted, "It smells more sour than it actually is". Decent brew, but it’s almost cloying with the chocolate element(s) that I’m prone to smell with beers that are akin to this, e.g. Cherry Fred from the Wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Poured into a globe at Brouwer’s Cafe for the Big Wood event, 2008 version. Pours a murky hazel with very little carbonation or head. Smells like honey and straw, slight caramel. Taste was very unique, very balanced honey, earthy, wood, slightly bitter. Palate was mild with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Overall, a unique experience, not sure I’ve tried anything like this before. It’s drinkable but not something I would go head over heals to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
On tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room, pours cloudy dark brown with a thin white lacing. Aroma of smokey wood, bourbon, candied sugar, dark fruits and booze. Flavour of bourbon, candied sugar, pleasantly sweet like a liqueur, slightly smokey and boozy. Full bodied, and complex.

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