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


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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The sixth edition of the De Proef Brewmasters 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3784) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Thanks to nate321 for this one! Pours a dark golden with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is fun with its good oak character and fruits but a bit out of style with all that sugar it puts out. Taste is fruity, caramelly and only lightly acetic. Mouthfeel is not too heavy (pretty light actually), keeping it really drinkable. A good one but not as complex as I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7130) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
750 ml bottle from Binnys (Naperville). Finally hitting some sours that Ive been holding on for too long in the beer fridge. Pours a mellow hazed orange copper hue, brighter glow as we move out from the middle. Edges and bottom show distinct sunset orange glow. Frothy whitish head stays as a firmer layer, decent stick around and good lacing. Nice lasting foamy layer. Aromas show a decent funkiness off the bat, hitting some orange rind, bretty dust and funk, gentle wet basement and horseblanket. Firmer oak as it settles in, some leather and subtle sweetness. Pretty nice, complex. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter as we hit with distinct orange and citrus like, touches of sourness grow, decent lactic twangs meet sour cherry, gentle tannic feel as the oak is more mellow for me, firmer brett and fruit presence still ticks on and keeps this beer on point. Raspberries and blackberry subtle jabs at this time make it a bit jammy, fruity, with that distinct orange peel and fruit preserves element keeping going. Backend is a bit more dry and tannic, the brett giving some more life. A bit more carbonation back here makes it a bit more light, dry, effervescent. Finish is fruity and a bit tart, some linger lactic elements cut through that malt body, wild yeast provides funk, complexity, and some dryness as we finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6059) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Tap at Quenchers. Unfiltered orange-red. Fluffy, patchy off-white head. Awesome aroma, sour raspberry, cherry, vinegar. Delicate and lactic, kind of watery, not much of a body, but bold enough to balance that out. Vinous, red wine notes. Intense and pretty authentic, maybe a touch of dry aspirintest tube action though. Some passionfruit tones. Enjoyable and complex, but just doesnt hit World Class. Id drink this every day of the year, but it still just isnt the best example of the style. Dry and cherry sour. OK, but just doesnt deserve high numbers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4172) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a bright orange with a nice head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is funky with some light paint, some animal sweat, some leather, and some marmalade.

The beer is nicely sour, tart & fruity with some nice woody/earthy notes. The only thing really bringing it back & reminding me that its anything like Fred is this constant orangey flavor almost marmalade like, but way more focused on the orange rind in this beer.

Not really a let-down, as it was a really nice beer, but I had such higher expectations for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (10050) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Tap at Barley Johns. Reddish golden pour with a fluffy white head. Awesome balance - vinegar sour / tart but not super puckering. Fruit. Maybe a touch of wood. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Reddish copper pour with a big fluffy white jead with sticky lacing. Sour to tatt cherry aroma lots of smooth wood notes complex things that remind me of hOD that I cant put my finger on. Full well coated palate. Flavor is tart berries oak a hint of leather in tje finish. Really well blended tastes. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
Mrkegylden i glasset og noe tkete. Freskt skum. Frukt og syre i aroma. Smaken er balansert, med innslag av epler, sitron og kirsebr. Avslutningsvis noe kjeks. Medium+ syrlig, og en god blend. En frisk avslutning p kvelden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1672) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Draft at Memphis Taproom. Pours a murky reddish amber with thin beige head. Nose of horse blanket, lemon rind, fruit. Medium body, taste of apricots, caramel, and funk with a slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Consumed August 2012. Golden pour with a white head. The aroma is full fo tart cherries with some biscuit malt. The flavor is a mix of lightly tart cherries, light funk, leather, grapes and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5226) - Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, cherry, cranberry, pear, grape, herbal, clove, pepper, oak, candi sugar, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with funk and moderate malts; and good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, pear, grape, herbal, clove, caramel, candi sugar, oak, funk, vinegar, toast, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, herbal, clove, pepper, candi sugar, oak, funk, vinegar, toast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate funk; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent blended Flanders Red style! All around awesome balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy esters with malt; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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