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


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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

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Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
In short: An unusual semi-sour, semi-sweet, semi-acidic amber ale.

How: Bottle 750ml, consumed soon after purchased, tasting with Montréal friends.

The look: Cloudy amber body topped by a beige ring of foam.

In long: Nose is strangely wild with a musty character, a dirty farmhouse, light but sharp acidity. Taste is kind of here and there. Sweet caramelized malts, some sharp acidic notes, refreshing fruity flavors (ground cherries, berries, tropical fruits), iced tea. Sweetness and sourness are nose to nose in the finish. Overall very tasty but also a sensation of two unrelated beers mixed together, which is pretty much what it is if I understood right. This is an unusual beer, I liked it but some people didn’t, I am not judging anyone, I don’t like people who judge other people, I hate these people, I really hate judges, I hate their know-it-all attitude, and their stupid court attire, and the ankle monitor they are forcing me to wear.

jcartamdg (3539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a hazy golden brown with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, tart fruit, cherries and chocolate. Taste follows, sour and malty. Different but interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kmweaver (3208) - 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.

ElGaucho (2401) - 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.

camborne (1029) - 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.

sherm1016 (1274) - 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.

BEENJAMIN (292) - 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.

Atom (2578) - 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.

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, it’s 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 – more tart and blonde than expected, very nice though

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - 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.

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