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

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

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)
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GClarkage

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/12/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Diego, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and synthetic corked. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- A clouded darker golden colored pour. 3/4 inch head on initial pour. Light fluffy white head. Sparce spotty lace left behind.

Smell- Belgian candied sugar, deep sweet caramel malt. Tropical fruit notes, pears and peaches. Light hoppy nose as well.

Taste- Fruity pear flavored taste. Maybe even a bit of gauva in there. Hop bite is fairly heavy finishing with a sweet caramel malted flavor.

Mouthfeel- A tad foamy and well carbonated. Hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer. Like the hopped up component. Not my favorite of the series, but better than some. Definite try if seen.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 00:00:52 | More by GClarkage
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3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.