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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2004)
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Reviews by Avryle:
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've admired the label art on these bottles, but this is the first I've actually tried.

A- Pours a pale yellow-orange. Big fizzy white head. Looks like sparking apple juice

S- Smells like fermented apple juice (but not like cider) along with wild flowers and wet, moldy hay. A lot of fruity esters coming through - peach, pear, pineapple & apricot.

T- Very juice-like. Like over ripe peach/pear/pineapple/apricot/ apple juice. Finishes with a wildflower-yeasty taste.

M- Thin bodied. Finishes dry. Active carbonation

D- The fruitiness of this brew makes it deceptively drinkable. beware the 9%.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 02:13:01 | More by Avryle
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-05-2013 00:50:38 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-26-2013 05:50:18 | More by drewone
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, wood, and Brett. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and definitely the best of the series in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:03:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-15-2012 21:13:42 | More by nickfl
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-18-2011 18:58:04 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-01-2011 23:33:19 | More by uturn
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-01-2011 18:35:03 | More by InspectorBob
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-30-2011 18:43:26 | More by brandoman63
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 21:14:09 | More by djrn2
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 19:50:19 | More by JAHMUR
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden amber with a nice amount of hazziness to it. An enormous head of white foam lifted up to a height of around three inches before settling down to a full inch of white and sticky foam that clung to the glass

The aroma was very solid. Nice light fruit notes, with a very well hidden Brett profile. Light grains and a touch of a fresh grass like hoppiness sneaking in as it warmed up. Light and delicate flavor with a crispness that was very nice. Clean with little in the way of funk showing up here. Light grains and some peach and pear/apple notes that were followed up nicely with the slightest amount of sour flavor, just enough to let you know it was there. Smooth and mellow with a light feel that was well carbonated and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:40:44 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle that I've been aging for about a year and a half.

Appearance: Cloudy gold with frosted golden amber center. Minimal off white head that shows minimal retention and some lace.

Smell: Subdued sweet malt, light barnyard funk, and a hint of candi-sugar.

Taste: This is the wrong time to open the bottle. The malt is really starting to come out and shows itself as a light caramel type. The beer has lost its acidity and funk.

Mouthfeel: Slightly undercarbonated.

Drinkability: I'm getting through it but the flavor profile is just a mess right now.

This brew tasted better fresh in 2008 when it was released but I think it might have turned into something better if I would have waited another year and a half.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:12:11 | More by koopa
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in Colorado a year or so ago, and just put it in the fridge tonight, so it has been cellaring at room temp the whole time. This can make or break a beer like this, so let's see what we have here.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with an orange tint to it. There was a small head after a relatively aggressive pour for a beer like this. The head was visible for about 30 seconds in its original form and then fell to a small ring around the edge of the glass maintained by a small amount of bubbles rising.

Aroma: I get lots of fruit in this beer. I mean LOTS. There are apricots, and tangerines in particular, but also a mild dark cherry aromatic are the first things that I get. I do get some sweet malt and some toasty notes that remind me of British malts. All of this blends together into a dessert-like medley that completely masks the alcohol in the cold beer. I will come back to the aroma after the beer sits a while. After some time, the barnyard comes out more in the aroma, and it starts to get more lemon in it, but otherwise it remains pretty consistent.

Taste: The flavor is much milder than I expected from the aroma. It is remarkably thin and easy drinking for such a high gravity beer. The alcohol makes itself perfectly known in the finish of the flavor with an almost vodka-like warming on the back of the throat that sits there and seems like it has no intention of going anywhere...I thought that alcohol evaporated easily? ;-) The mild carbonation and light body of this beer make it seem a bit boring to the palate. The sour notes definitely give the beer character, but don't really dominate the beer, but instead give a taste of funk that plays with different parts of the palate to keep it interested.

Opinion: Well, this beer isn't bad by any means. It had a rubberized cork that may have leaked the carbonation after this long...bummer! Actually tasting this beer makes me believe that this brewery sells them ready and you probably don't really want to cellar them for very long. Everything I have had from DeProef has been excellent fresh...but I like to let the sours sit for a while. Perhaps not a good idea with this beer. The lack of carbonation, I think, really hurt this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:57:44 | More by SkeeterHawk
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2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber-orange into my snifter. Very slight head that dissipates quickly. Great label art- this must be Bosch's Hell.
Smells of heavy funk, rotten fruit, and slight citrus.
Okay, this taste is strange to me. I've had a decent sampling of wild ales, and this one tastes nothing like any of them. There is definitely some different funk going on here. The taste up front is spicey with some sour bread tones, but there is a rather unpleasant aftertaste that seems familiar but I can't quite put my finger to it. It almost smacks of bad breath. And no, it's not just me- I know when I have bad breath.
The mouthfeel is okay- dry and fairly oily.

Of the beers I've reviewed so far, this is the first I've found to have a drinkability that is below average. I don't know about this one. I've still got more than half the bottle to go, and as a dedicated beer-lover, I'm going to get through it. Maybe it will grow on me before I'm through, but if not, I don't think I'll be buying another bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:19:24 | More by WilliamD
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a Duvel tulip glass, dull orange with a lively white head that gradually diminishes

S: funky, fruity, and malt nicely balanced together, hints of fine blue cheese

T: milder than the smell, bananas, apples, bread dough, and funk but each sip (as well as smell) brings out different characteristics

M: crisp then creamy with a dry finish...if those could all work together...

D: more balanced than "Demon Fish" but not quite as drinkable as "Signature Ale"...I really enjoyed it, but I am not quite used to beers this funky to be able to drink them as easily with a stomach full of buffalo wings, however, this brewery is getting me hooked on brett

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 06:43:15 | More by sjccmd
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer starts with a fight to get the cork out as the carbonation offers no help. The body is a golden-orange clear with a big snowy white head after a rigorous pour. The carbonation seems to come alive with microbubbles as the beer warms. The head last for a good while and slides down the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a musty hog farm smell with a Limburger cheese rind quality to it and a sweet fruit quality that increase as the beer warms. There is a nice raw grain silage aroma in the finish. All these flavors are actually quite pleasant and work well together. There is a nice white Balsamic vinegar note that comes through as the beer warms as well.

T- The taste starts with a mellow tartness that leads into a wet woody flavor and a faint cola nut hint. There is some Limburger cheese notes that finish with a faint fruity sweet green flavor. Some interesting pear and corn hints linger with a tartness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a dry finish. There is an increased white wine alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- This is a wild ale with some very bold and interesting flavors that I have not come across in other beers. The flavors are bold but work well together. I don't know if age would change it more but it is great to drink now.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 01:46:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey color, nice fluffy white head fades very slowly, and leaves behind big sheets of lacing....lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass, and some floaties floating floatily. Very powerful nose on this...earthy, peppery, lemony tartness. Taste follows along, but with a pretty pronounced sweetness, almost like a spice cake, or something, plus some sour green apple....very different, and very delicious. Tiny active bubbles, drying mouthfeel, very tart. This is quite nice, and something I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:57:03 | More by corey0212
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This entire beer is a journey through exotic taste sensations. But the aroma in particular travels far. It begins with a brightly tart, cidery fragrance with "eau de masking tape" and continues with smells of breadstick, apple and pear slices, and goats' milk. The taste is dry and fruity with notes of sweat sock, fenugreek, sponge cake, and vanilla. Curious and appealing.

Mild mannered overall, but with vigorous carbonation. Just be sure to pour slowly as the last third of the bottle will drop serious yeast gobs in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:38:17 | More by RedDiamond
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle out of a case from Shangy's

Really?! This is 9 percent? It was so smooth and delicate, I'd assumed it was a mere 5% or something in that neighborhood. This seems to straddle the line between Flemish Red and Belgian Blonde. The aroma especially is incredibly funky and reminiscent of Rodenbach. The Primitive Ale, however, has much lighter flavors than traditional sour beers. The complex wet-hay, horse-blanket, barnyard flavors are still there, but they don't smack your palate and actually finishes in a nice balance with the malt. And that's another thing - you can actually taste the malt for is subtle biscuit and bready flavors - delicious.

So yes, I'm a fan. This beer is a sipper for all the crazy flavors, but it's still incredibly drinkable. A must-try for anyone that digs funky Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 11:09:11 | More by tempest
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice and typical slightly cloudy golden color. Minimal amount of white head but decent lacing.

S: Two legs are better! Tons of funky barnyard things going on here. Tartness as well. Very earthy as well. Wacky.

T: Starts of on a sour funky note. Hints of sweet malt then some spice from the yeast we call normies. Apples right before the finish. Finishes very abruptly with a mix of sour funk and apples and animal feces.

M: Medium body. Coats the tongue well due to mostly the carbonation.

D: Not a huge fan of sour/wild ales but I enjoyed this one. The sour was not overpowering and there was enough other stuff going on to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 02:10:40 | More by aerozeppl
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow with fizzy carbonation and a 2 finger white head.

S - Holy barnyard. The strongest barnyard of the 3 I have tried (spoon whacker and demon fish the others). Horse blanket, pig pen, wet hay, earthy with a bit of wild flowers.

T - Light malt body to start followed by floral, spicy, yeasty flavor ending with some slight barnyard funk. The barnyard is very subdued in flavor compared to aroma.

M - On the lighter side with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D - If you are afraid of barnyard do not try this beer. Strongest barnyard aroma I have smelled. Amzing that from what I have read this is the same beer as Spoon whacker but with 35 IBU's compard to 45 for spoon Whacker. I like funky/barnyard beers but this one gets to be a little much by the bottom of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 01:51:29 | More by brewcrew76
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

West Lakeview

Pig Nun is my second from the Flemish Primitive series, the first being Spoonwhacker. Pig Nun pours straw golden that glows when backlit. There's only a small amount of haze in this fairly clear brew. The head was easy to conjure up and grew quickly to two + fingers of clean white frothiness that eventually fade to a finger and leaves sheet lacing behind. Pig Nun is a very appealing beer.

I get a nose full of wildflowers the second I stick my nose in the glass but as it warms it becomes barnyard run amuck. Pig pen, horse and wet hay are the first things I can think of and the wildflowers certainly take a back seat. The aroma changes rapidly with this beer. I get the big barnyard a couple times in a row and the next smell brings the wildflowers to the front. There is a slightly sweet maltiness in the background and a touch of golden fruity esters.

The flavor is good but seems too faint for what the nose laid down. The fruitiness shows up first and actually leads the way with ripe, glistening orchard fruits. Unfortunately there isn't much of the funk that the aroma suggested would be there. The flavors seem a little light and one dimensional. The finish brings a bit of floralness. While still good I expected more from this wild ale.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The body is on the lighter side and very well done for a big beer. Carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum without being prickly or overbearing but does have a nice zing. Finishes slightly dry.

A couple of glasses are enough for me. It's easy enough to put down but I'd like a little more flavor to savor. It is still enjoyable and somewhat thirst quenching.

Pig Nun is a solid brew from De Proef. The nose was loaded with funk but it just didn't transfer into the taste. I expected more, especially after sampling Spoon Whacker, but it fell a bit short.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 02:06:00 | More by joe1510
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a pale golden color, it looked like apple juice. It poured with a huge fizzy white head. Decent retention and lace.

s: There are spicy elements of pepper and ginger. Sour fruity elements of apples, raspberries, and a little banana. Also, damp earthy malts and some flowery hops. I had a hard time describing this one.

t: There was not as mush sour funk as I expected, but I loved this anyway. The relatively mild sourness lets some floral hops through on the finish. Still, there was plenty of green apples and maybe some apricots to found here. Some spicey cloves and bananas as well as a hint of alcohol warmth.

m: Wow, this is almost creamy. The carbonation is mildly fizzy and long lived. The body is surprisingly viscous. Leaves a crisp sour taste behind.

d: I admit it, I bought this one purely for the art on the label. I'd never heard of this one and had no expectations. What a pleasant surprise! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 10:43:10 | More by DIM
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a solid white head.

S - Spicy and fruity, with touches of earthy mildew and funk. Orange, apricot, pineapple and banana come through. How tropical!

T - Intensely fruity, with a soft yeasty edge. Lots of apricot in this and some hints of citrus. Surprisingly, not tart at all - not even a hint. Mellow bitterness in the finish. Medium-dry. Very well balanced.

M - Soft bubbliness is really nice with the medium body of this beer.
D - Overall, I really like this. Incredibly well balanced, and not a hint of harshness anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 06:40:30 | More by allergictomacros
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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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