Lubiere (11228) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
neepsntatties (1420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2012 draft.
same apricot / peach / fruit and honey character as Fred.
chewy and sugary.
tangy and spicy.
peppery and tart peach skin.
caramel / toffee chews.
warming and full-bodied.
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Sarlacc83 (1411) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
trevor211 (1437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.