The tasting: Golden orange in color, hazy, with a head of fine white bubbles that lingered throughout the entire drink. From the first sniff, the lactic acid provides clues about what's in store. Some light funky barnyard notes were present in aroma as well. The flavor begins with the bright tartness promised by the aroma. The tartness is prominent, but not overwhelming. In the middle, many different layers of flavor come through. There's lots of fruit—cherry, lemon peel, and crisp apple. The Belgian yeast lends light spicy notes. Overall hop bitterness is low and the 7.5% alcohol is well-masked in aroma and flavor. Underneath it all, a biscuit-like malt base provides the backbone. Flanders Fred is light to medium bodied, has a smooth and creamy mouth feel, and finishes dry with a light earthy hop bitterness. Overall, this beer is very nicely balanced—everything is just right!
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Simply stated, this is an amazing beer! I slowly savored the bottle over the course of a few hours. As the beer warmed, different flavors emerged. Normally, I'm ready to move on to something new after a glass or two. Not the case with this one. Too bad it wasn't a 1 liter bottle...
Flanders Fred was brewed once, and was released in June. If you can still find a bottle (and I doubt you can), you should consider snatching it up! I wish I had another bottle to age. If you like wild / sour beers, this is a beer you'll appreciate. If you're not a fan of the style, this just may be the one that converts you to the sour side..
Have you tasted Flanders Fred?