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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

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-14-2005

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I've stared at this on the shelf for years, wondering about picking it up and giving it a try. Thanks to the Rare Beer Club, though, the choice was made for me in the positive. I'm not gonna argue. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises mild funk, coriander, wheat, lemon peel, black pepper, clove, cardamom, and a hint of both pine and pineapple in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the funk really melding well with the bitter citrus and heavy spice notes, allowing everything to blend together in a somehow uncluttered melange of Belgian abstract expressionism. Some light notes of green apple and/or pear pop up from time to time before being swallowed by the rumpus. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an exceptionally enjoyable brew, one that I'm now kicking myself for not picking up sooner.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/marmalade, 2 finger fluffy pillow, splendid lacing

S: wild yeast, lemon peel/grassy, pine, mild sweet candy

T: lemon peel, sweet candy, belgian yeast, grassy/pine floral finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Another fine Belgian gem! It is the law of Belgian
for them to make mighty fine beers? Would buy again
and highly recommend.

DELICIOUS, TREAT YOURSELF + WORTHY FRIENDS!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Brewed early July 2012.
A: Pours a slightly hazed pale golden lemon (hint of green hue about the edges) with high carbonation producing a 2+ inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Astringent citrus hops, soft melon, honey (emerges more with warming), white pepper, with just a hint of brett and a hint of belgian spice. Some fruity yeast notes. A splash of malt.
T: Funky and musty brett notes up front, a quick whiff of peach and melon, spicy and slightly funky hops, and all throughout there is a very interesting and definitely prominent note of leather (kind of a funky leather tobacco mix).
M: Carbonation tingle and sweety soft up front. Turning more astringent and bitter with a slight alcohol burn toward the finish.
D: The leathery funk is strong in this one...which certainly lends an interesting twist. A solid brew from an outstanding brewer. Honestly not one of his best, but his standards are quite high. I like the idea behind this series...would be great to have them all lined up at a tasting.

2/27/14: This one has held up very well over time. It has remained mostly intact. With aging, the mouthfeel has really softened (less carbonation, bitterness, and alcohol burn). Still produces a nice 2+ inch head. Ratings now would be 4.25/4/4/3.5/3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge and thick cream white foam head that is long-lasting. Dark yellow, but very hazy and no clarity. Should be clear throughout.

S: Heavy fruit esters that are very pronounced. Pear dominates off the nose, but very well balanced.

T: Pear, spice and slight malt character that are all rolled into one. It finishes off with a slight bitterness.

M: Heavy carbonation with a light-to-medium mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty and well developed. The only true negative would be lack of clarity.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of KDawg
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear gold color with a very foamy head.

Extremely funky aromas. It's dominated by funk and yeast with aromas of tart oranges, sour apples, and bruised citrus tones.

Good depth with real good notes of tart oranges, sour apples and a lot of funk. The finish is slightly clipped though.

A great wild ale. One has to like funk aromas and flavors in their beer though.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Giggy
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love to dry different beers and different styles. This is really and different beer.

A: clear light golden with a white, light head

S: very barnyard, hay, grass, wet dog, earthy

T: very dry...band aid, Bannana, sour, pepper or coriander

M: medium body, soft carbonation.

O: nice & light

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Shwaa for the awesome b-day gift.

Pours almost crystal clear and ends up a light hay color. There is an inch of white head that seems sticky as it sits for quit a while. There is a decent amount of wavy lace.

Then nose has some light fruity esters, light "band-aid" aromas, light tartness, and barnyard horse saddle.

The taste is similar to the nose. There is that strangely pleasant taste of band-aid with flavors of fruity esters, Belgian yeast, and an earthy/mineral taste. A barnyard funkiness is really working and I just can't put my finger on the exact resemblance but this one is funky as hell. There is a very subtle tartness that quickly fades into a bitterness. The 9% alcohol by volume is completely hidden underneath the strange and tasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation. There is a smooth. There is a prickly feel that comes with the carbonation.

Overall, pretty impressed by this unusual brew. This is unlike any other wild ale I've had because it really brings out the barnyard qualities. Very funky and strange, yet delightfully drinkable and tasty.

Photo of mynie
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That, my friends, is some bottle art. Wild ales from Europe should not come wrapped in cartoons, and nor should they evince the contemptibly measured boldness of a so-called "edgy" brewery's logo. They should look like a scene out of Hitler's nightmares.

Aside from that, pours a lightly hazy gold with a really nice head. Much more similar to a BSPA than a wild. Actually, it don't look or smell nothing like a wild--just, crap, is this just a Belgian Pale?

Not that there's anything wrong with that, aside from that fact that in today's age of 15 dollar bombers, I kind of like to know what I'm paying for...

So, okay, it's a BPA. And it's a pretty one. But it smells a little too soft. Nothing at all is offputting--light citrus fruit, light pepper, and a real light yeasty sourness. But you notice there were three "lights" in the last sentence.

Tastes much more firm. Sweet citrus and berries run into nodes of mineral water and black pepper. This odd melange gives way to a more traditional, grassy finish that's similar to a good, light saison. There is just a teeny tiny little hint of brett in the back end, so maybe this is indeed a wild--only it way more resembles a BPA than a wild, so whatever.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.