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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Flanders Fred


Always glad to see another De Proef collaboration, this one being the sixth in the series. Some have been great, some less so, but it's usually pretty interesting - turns out this is no exception. This beer is a result of Alan Sprints from Hair of the Dog fame and Dirk Naudts at De Proef coming together. The beer is commercially described as a, 'blend of a Flanders-sourced Lambic with a collaboratively brewed version of the famous Hair of the Dog Fred'. Bottle-conditioned, brewed March 2012....

Fred From The Wood

Fred From The Wood

12 oz bottle from a recent trade. 2008 vintage. Pour is a surprisingly light, golden orange body with creamy spotty head. Better head than I had expected considering the ABV and the style. Very lively, bright and impressive appearance for a beer of the style and with some age on it. Nose has a large sweet element amongst the very rounded, soft bourbon element. Tastes are an interesting amalgam of English and American Barleywine style. English seems to dominate for me at first with plenty of...

Fred From The Wood


Batch 60. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a large head. Lacing is thick, sticky and copious. Aroma is promising at first, but then a sharp cider smell wafts in and significantly subtracts from the aroma experience. The taste masks the apple flavors, via the deep fruitcake and alcohol flavors that are upfront and delicious. It drinks much better than it smells. Large alcohol is obvious, and this is a rich beer. A little bit of bitterness in the finish but not much. Good, coating...

Fred From The Wood


Simple pour into the goblet, with a peach colored hue, spotty head and a little bit of lacing. Rather odd taste, it has the the tripel sweetness but coming with it is some kind of milk chocolate taste. Some peppery alcohol in the taste. A dry finish with some floral lightness. Not a bad interpretation, but a bit different too. Worth a quick visit but I doubt that I would come back to this - I prefer the more traditional interpretation.