1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Not Rated.
De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

221 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 221
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-14-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 106 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BuckTuckian, Friday at 05:26 PM
Photo of Tuckersmth
3.88/5  rDev -1%

Tuckersmth, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Ajlvt, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of gutbuster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

gutbuster, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%

Great sour aroma, lightly floral. Flavor is moderately sour, slightly dry, with a touch of spice.

barczar, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of BobbyDigitali
4/5  rDev +2%

Don't really taste much 'wild ale' in this brew. Just a really good Belgian strong pale.

BobbyDigitali, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Waste_case69
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Waste_case69, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ambiguousfigures
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Moc513
4/5  rDev +2%

Moc513, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of yankeej13
4/5  rDev +2%

yankeej13, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

oriolesfan4, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of sulldaddy
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%

SAmpling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle with my friend Stopper. Bottle has been cellared for 3-4 years. The beer is poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a very hazy copper hue with minimal eggshell white head that foams up about1 cm and fades to a wispy edge layer and a large island.
Aroma is funky wet blanket, musty straw and a little band-aid phenol. The last part worries me a little, but it is very mild.
The first sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. The carbonation rolls across my palate with a gentle action.
Flavor is actually not as funky as I anticipated from the nose. SOMe tart notes show through with a little grain and some wet straw husky notes. Finish is a little dry and I dont get any hints of the booze on this one.
The beer is interesting but I find myself thinking that I am glad to be splitting it and not consuming a full bottle on my own. I wouldnt try this one again, but that is personal preference, I suspect many folks would love the beer.

sulldaddy, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Ripped straight out of the pages of history, I can easily imagine a day when the individual flavors found in this Primitive Ale would have been as good as it gets. Equipped with a plethora of refinement, raw, rustic and clumsy pieces and parts. But together, a beautiful medley of accidental chemistry and microbiology come alive to entice and satisfy the tastebuds.

Inside its surprisingly pale gold hues lie an earthen-sweet wisp of fruit, grain and pungency. As honey, raw barley, hay, melon and apple greet the olfactory senses, a distinctive collection of earthiness evolves- opening up to sweat, briny parmesan, horse hair, and stale bread.

Its tangy zinfindale flavors open up on the tongue, highlighting the fruitiness of green apple, lemondrop, honeydew, cantaloupe, white grape and orange peels. Its countering taste is of dull peppercorn, cumin, mild clove and sandalwood. Its curious melange of flavors is moderately spicy to add tepid balance to the beer's doughy sweetness.

Despite such brine, acidity and peppery quality; a grainy-sweet taste keeps the lead even in its modestly warming finish. Certainly, the beer's wild side shows but those sour tendencies, drier spice and earthen complexity typically frames the final impressions of a beer- not so much in this case.

BEERchitect, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev +2%

Twal, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
3/5  rDev -23.5%

MonkeyBread, May 11, 2014
Photo of ptykozoon
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%

Hazy yellow, sticky head and lacing.

Orange peel, unripe fruit, barnyard funk.

Taste is mostly floral, grass and dry straw. Very light fruit.

A lot of sediment, not a lot of sourness.

Perhaps a good representation of the style but not my favorite beer in the world.

ptykozoon, May 04, 2014
Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +2%

jman005, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +2%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Dactrius, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jwswigs, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Barnsley
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Barnsley, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

scottwurst, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -23.5%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.