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RATINGS: 1423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. Fred the beer is a deep golden color. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties in an effort to incorporate the whole world into this beer.


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2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Drank at the tasting room. Okay let’s be honest... for a 10% ABV in a Belgian golden I expect the candi sugar to dominate, drying out the pallet and turning a strong beer into a lighter beer with a slight malt background and a yeast flavor to dominate the flavor. All that I could think about by drinking this beer was how thick and heavy it is. If I drank this through a straw it would take effort to suck it through the straw. This is not an easy to drink beer. Yes the flavors are very complex and nice, but it takes effort to finish the gorgeous tulip glass it came in. My friend agreed, and then the couple to my side also agreed, offering us some of their beer if we would like it. I gave it a 2.7 because yeah it is a very tasty beer but if I’m trying to kick back a few beers and hang out with friends this wouldn’t be my first choice.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
GriffDaddy (78) - - JAN 15, 2015
Yikes! I should have read up on this before drinking so it would not have been such a shock. Cloudy red pour, no head at all. Thick, viscous, super sweet, almost no detectable carbonation. Aroma of burnt sugar and concentrated pineapple. Sweet, orange-pineapple flavor, some bitterness, reminded me of orange marmalade. Very light and bitter finish. Absence of carbonation made the sweet go out of control. Not my style, not my thing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (277) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Tap sampler at brewery. Nice head, killer lace, cloudy cider colored body. Aroma is fruity and juicy. Taste is sweet and juicy, apple and citrus, some banana, rich resin. Palate is thicker than it looks, finish is bitter hops. Nice balance between sweet and bitter, even though is almost too sweet for me.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
jsnicholas (278) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle (12oz $6) Batch #93. Cloudy reddish brown. Zero head. No lacing. Sweet smell. Taste may be ok if the mouth feel was any good. This is the second bottle I have had and it is just as bad this time. No carbonation, just tastes like drinking syrup. I have one more bottle which I will sit on for a long while to see if it improves. Interestingly, my previous rating was deleted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2255) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle during (mostly) Hair of the Dog beers tasting. Many thanks again Jef! Batch #78 side by side with batch #82 #78 = 3,5 APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, almost no head. NOSE: alcohol, fruity, esters, butter. TASTE: alcohol, fruity, esters, butter, unbalanced and flat. #82. = 3,8 APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: fruity, alcohol, nice, hoppy, florar. TASTE: hoppy, dry, florar, alcohol. Two completely different beers, one probably was not cellared properly

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1660) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from a trade, @ HOTD tasting 2014. Soft carbonation. Dark brown colour, thin layer of dark brown foam. Complex aroma of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, citrus and brown sugar. Light notes of vanilla. Bitter hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1847) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Batch 78 bottle from HOTB. Pours a murky reddish brown with zer head whatsoever. Aromas of dark fruits caramel molasses brown sugar. Taste is sweet and raisiny. Some alcohol heat. Medium light body. Super low carb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1128) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is very caramel, barley, sweet. Taste is nicely balanced, a hoppy barley wine, easy, smooth, low carbonation. Overall, very good.

1.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
beertholomeus (955) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown and without any head whatsoever. Biscuit, caramel, toffee, citrus, resinous hop and malt aroma. Resinous hop, citrus, caramel, fig, biscuit, toffee, alcohol, oxidation and malt flavors. Bitter but completely flat and very oxidized. Boozy and bitter biscuit finish. Hope this was just a bad bottle that was improperly capped but for the price for a bottle not sure if worth getting again. Definitely infected. Batch 93

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
From notes: Had this on draft at hair of the dog brewery. Reddish with white head. Smells like a pile of prunes. Tastes pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 On tap, poured into a sampler tulip. Aromatics containing bread crust and dry citrus / curcao are dominant with some hints of sugar and mango. It pours a hazy and murky orange color with a white, dense foam head that reduces to a thin ring with a light fuzz surface. It leaves a a few streaks of dense, microbubble lace. The taste is a medium high sweet, medium bitter, and a touch of sour. An abundant, soft, creamy carbonation accompanies the full body, viscous texture. Sweet caramel, bread crust, and tropical fruit flavors start the mouth, and it turns to bitter fruit at the finish with a bit of a sour touch. A mellow bitterness and pine linger in the aftertaste.


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