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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

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

04-29-2013 23:02:50 | More by parris
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-10-2014 04:04:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 02:25:40 | More by sulldaddy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 17:34:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Twal

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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MonkeyBread

Nevada

3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-11-2014 21:25:32 | More by MonkeyBread
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ptykozoon

California

3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 05:41:21 | More by ptykozoon
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-27-2014 03:39:08 | More by jman005
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-25-2014 14:37:59 | More by atrocity
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-18-2014 00:00:34 | More by Dactrius
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jwswigs

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-11-2014 08:24:33 | More by jwswigs
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

04-07-2014 19:00:15 | More by Barnsley
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scottwurst

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-30-2014 16:12:18 | More by scottwurst
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Florida

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-26-2014 18:13:21 | More by beernads
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alrightokay

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-18-2014 23:43:32 | More by alrightokay
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drew74

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-18-2014 20:26:11 | More by drew74
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npfisher22

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-18-2014 00:10:23 | More by npfisher22
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DLSheidy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

03-12-2014 23:45:38 | More by DLSheidy
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RBorsato

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-12-2014 17:22:27 | More by RBorsato
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mverity

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Proof. Pours a golden straw color with an inch and a half of bubbly white head. Sticky lacing from the very beginning. Head settles into a thick collar of differing size bubbles, clumps of head across the surface, and thin head where the clumps aren't present. Aroma is apple and grape sweetness, lots of yeast funk, and lots of dry grass. Taste is the grass and funk playing fairly well together. Light carbonation and medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 15:35:44 | More by mverity
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very unique beer, mainly for how downright weird the yeast is, but i appreciate it for what it is, even though it isnt my favorite wild ale. the color is pale yellow, still bright, but washed out just a bit. a ton of chunky yeast tears around in the glass under a multiple inch pure white head brought on by active carbonation. its nose is one of the weirder in beer for me, a combination of sweaty girl, covered in some sort of floral lotion, and dry dog food. i know it sounds weird, but both are unmistakable smells, and both are strong in the aromatic profile of this beer. the sweaty chick part fades off after a few minutes, but the dog food feature remains. it didnt turn me off enough to not want to drink it, but i could see some people having that reaction once they identify what they smell. the taste is better though, still wild as anything and yeast driven, funky and not sour at all, like sourdough bread going just off, it has that five to it. it also has some decent hops, which brighten it up and are welcomed. the malt bill is light and simple, and doesnt add much more than fermentables here. an old world style beer, expressive in feel and one of a kind, but not a beer i am overly enthusiastic about drinking again. something about the nose...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:29:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-17-2014 04:04:32 | More by darcange
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-16-2014 15:12:20 | More by BeerCon5
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Nevada

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-06-2014 23:59:47 | More by Hopinista
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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.