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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

456 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%


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: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003)
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wedge

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep murky gold with all sorts of big, ugly floaties, yet a beautifully thick, rocky head of lumpy foam. Smell is tart and dry, focusing on a funky floral aroma, backed up by a nice pale malt sweetness, straw, lime, and champagne-like notes. More pale malt upfront than expected, the tart, funky qualities fall back alongside a more typical Belgian yeast profile before kicking into gear with spicy fruit, lemon, and flowers. Smooth and textured - almost chewy, in fact, before drying out in the finish. Not quite as good as I remember the Primitive Wild series being, though the fantastic aroma is still the best part.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:15:16 | More by wedge
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredible (4+ fingers) head that creates a lasting, frothy dome. Plenty of chunky and spotty lace. The liquid is golden with the faintest of hazes. Simply gorgeous.

Semi-sweet and semi-sour aroma with a good dollop of fresh stone fruit.

Starts like a pale ale but it becomes sour very quickly. There's enough sweetness to bring some balance. Lowly carbonated but still a thin body.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:57:01 | More by smcolw
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: A cloudy pale golden body with loads of speckled floaters dangling at the bottom giving off effervescent magic. Topped with a creamy froth of rocky white glory.

S: Sweet fruits, mango, papaya, pineapple, tart cherries, soft packing foam, funky old pawn shop aroma, pond water, slight booze presence and berry wheat bread.

T/M: Harsh grainy spice hits the back of the throat instantly. First drink is like a mouth full of dirt. Dirty barnyard flavor, cinnamon, pepper, chalky yeast, strong tea tannins and grapefruit. Fruit flavors come out more once warm and the dirt profile drops off a tad. Finishes dry with a filmy coating similar to eating sharp cheddar. The aftertaste reminds me if cajun style boiled peanuts.

O: I love the funky barnyard addition to the hearty spice bill. This is a sure sipper that packs a punch. The ABV snuck up on me quick due to not being present in the taste. All in all a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:15:02 | More by Hopswagger
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anarchia

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light orange, lots of yeasties floating around. Thick head leaves some lacing. Aroma is funky: very sour-fruity (raspberries, grapes, lemon) with some straw/hay. Strong carbonation in the mouth. Sour but not overly so; lots of grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, fruity flavors in general. Extremely dry finish with a pleasant bitterness to finish things off. Really incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:14:37 | More by anarchia
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, significant amounts of large light chunks of yeast sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and a light amount orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy half finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of barnyard funkiness along with hay, light fruits (white grape and apple), and spicy + earthy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with some lighter notes of light fruit (white grape and apple) sweetness. Overall there is a light to moderate amount of sourness and funkiness with a moderate amount of barnyard and hay flavors. There are light flavors of both spicy and earthy yeast as well. There is a light amount of hints of oak towards the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of dryness

O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer as I had no idea when I was drinking it that it was a 9% ABV beer - though I am not sure I would describe it as easy drinking since it has a fair amount of funkiness and sourness. Also, this is one of the beers with the highest amount of dryness that I have experienced.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:53:26 | More by dbrauneis
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a large, frothy, white head. Craters, decrepit-ly, slowly, and unevenly leaving a persistent foam blanket. Plenty of dry, sticky lacing remains.

S: Yeast, sourdough, raspberry.

T: Yeasty and bitter, with only a touch of the sourness that comes across in the nose.

M: Heavy and full. Papery, bitter punch that lingers on the palate throughout. The brett is more than evident.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really good. Giant head, tons of lacing. Yeasty accentuated with fermented raspberry. Yeasty, bitter, and steely... sadly not much in terms of the sour character that is evident in the nose. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:26:15 | More by bmwats
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge.

Pours a golden orange with fluffy white head.

Aromas of tropical fruit, grain and mild tart.

Mild tartness of green apples, lemon, earthy Brett, grassy, and a Chenin Blanc wine quality.

Light bodied with decent carbonation.

Not a straight up sour. Very mild, almost too mild, for the liking. I would characterize it like an apple crystal lite. No sour pucker or Wow factor, very pedestrian.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 21:17:23 | More by joeseppy
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is hazy with some chunky yeast sediment floating in the glass.

S: Lemon, pineapple, green apple, bit of clove, honey, spicy yeast, bread. Lots of brett character

T: Slightly tart with notes of white grape, more tropical pineapple, clove, white pepper, biscuity, green apple.

M: Medium bodied with medium soft carbonation. Super dry finish.

O: Pretty good wild ale. Decent amount of brett character, but not overwhelmingly funky. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 07:11:09 | More by Jonada
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 5 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours 99% clear medium golden color. Two fingers of white head, thick fluffy foam, leaving fantastic gobs of lacing. Thick column of visible carbonation. Really nice.

Smell is a mix of a typical grainy-sweet Belgian ale and a musty sour. That would be nice, but there's an odd aroma hiding in the background, kinda like a dirty diaper. I really dig the sour. But it's funk gone bad. So close to being very good.

Taste is good. The peak isn't as high as the delightful sour/sweet combo in the smell, but it also doesn't have that foul odor. The net is better, and quite good. Main downside is a medicinal bitterness in the back that I wish weren't there.

Feel is quite nice. Medium-light body, which I can barely pick up as the carbonation fizzes up the second it hits my lips. That carbonation lasts and keeps re-invigorating things as it slowly fades out.

A decent sour. If it were just clean, without the faint off smell and the less offensive off flavor, it'd be really really good. As is, it's passable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:02:55 | More by zeledonia
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sitarist

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked & caged bottle with no visible date code.

Pours a cloudy straw color. Two fat fingers worth of rocky white head falls to a cap that leaves behind a few wisps of lacing. Steady streams of bubbles rise up.

It has a subtle, yet complex aroma. Hints of wet straw, lemon, apple, pear, biscuits, and clove.

Flavor follows suit... biscuit dough, apple, pear, clove, g-spot juice, and saltines.

It is light to medium in body, I do not feel the carbonation. Alcohol is hidden, and is easy to drink. Not cloying, but it does have a strange aftertaste.

I have mixed feelings with this one... There is a lot to like, but is underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:30:00 | More by sitarist
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Saranac snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Apple, Brett, Hay, and a slight whiff of hops.

Taste: More crisp green apple, intermixed with vanilla, moss, hay, hops, and wood. Very tart, and also sweet and sour. All of it is held together by that great funky brett taste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry, with a long mouth-puckering sour finish.

Overall: This one is very tasty. Not as funky as some other wild ales, but the taste is complex and well balanced. Would definitely buy again, and would love to see how it ages as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 05:13:41 | More by weltywm
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a fizzy finger and 1/2 of white head. The body is a muted deep straw color but you can't see through it. Mildly good head retention with no lace.

Smells sour. Slightly funky with grass, wheat, garden aromas and sour apples.

Sweet grass starts off the flavor revue. Pepper and spice give way to bananas and cloves. Grass, then wheat form a backdrop for all this flavor. I also get light grapes and green apples late in the game. This beer is intense with the level of flavors it has. Slight bitter on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It goes down smooth with just a little film near the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 04:31:04 | More by CFHMagnet
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; best before 11/1/2012(code L1101). Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, grape, floral, clove, black pepper, wood, grass, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with a moderate malt balance. Taste of tart apple, pear, apricot, lemon, peach, grape, clove, black pepper, floral, honey, bread, grass, wood, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, floral, grass, wood, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and earthy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:31:55 | More by superspak
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy sour? I swear I can't tell where the hops start and the sour ends. This is sour, bitter, dry, bites, but there's still a to of golden malt.

This is brett, malt, and hops turned into an intense monster and I'm just here lost in what might be the most intense beer (ignoring abv) I can think of.

Golden body with floating yeast for character and a thin white head.

Aroma of bret...and maybe malt?

This bites it's hard to drink but ti's really tasty. Definitely one of the more wild and unique beers I've had....without being weird sugary crap that Dogfish turns out.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:29:46 | More by bobhits
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright orange/yellow and opaque. Fizzy four finger white head.

Aroma: Lots of belgian yeast esters. A hint of tart vinegar.

Taste: Pretty much comes off as a bit of a bland Belgian Pale Ale. The hint of tartness that comes at first that would suggest the Flemish/Wild Ale style is no where near strong enough to warrant that classification. What's left is a semi-sweet apple and pear flavor with very moderate bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of tartness and club soda. Hard to detect that 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with tons of effervescence. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale is not what I expected it to be and as a result a let-down. It seems stuck between styles with no specific flavors. Would I drink it again? No.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:49:38 | More by JamesMN
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draheim

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy glowing orange w/ a big fluffy white whipped-cream head, gravity-defying clumps of lace clinging to the glass. Classic Brett head.

Aroma is big on the funky, vinous notes. Vaguely sour, some green apple skin and white grape.

Taste is roughly grainy and coarse. Pale biscuity malt and less of the funk. Some more of the white grape/wine notes, some pear and apple too.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, medium-bodied. About right.

Overall a good beer w/ potential, might need to let the Brett do its thing for a while. Reminds me a bit of Fremont's The Lamb, which also had that coarse, grainy crushed-aspirin taste when fresh but improved considerably over time. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:47:15 | More by draheim
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I think of Flemish ales, I think of the Flanders Red Ales or Oude Bruins- but what happns to these ales if no cherries are employed, or if the taste is centered around crisp pilsner malt instead of toasted brown malt? De Proef shows us the way with Reinaert.

This "Wild Ale" starts with a deep golden pour that's lightly hazy with its yeasty veil. Even as the carbonation fuels a long-lasting white froth, the ale exhibits strong champagne-like zesty quality even as the beer remains firmly grounded in malty pilsner roots.

Strongly aromatic, the scent is lightly pungent with straw, dried limes, musty cellar-like woods, light sea air, day-old bread, and an overall grainy scent wafts over the nose as the initial taste is dry and minerally. Cracker-like early, its taste then is lead by cider, white wine, musty attics, peat moss, and an overall floral bit that resembles honey suckle at first but finishes like bitter rose peels- equipped with stern stemmy bitterness and a strong echo of wheat to close.

Mid-light in body, the ale is dry, crisp, and clean overall. But its the pleasant astringency of vegetal bite that gives the ale a grassy, bitter close that lingers deeply on the tongue. Impressive is the ales strength, very little of that warmth or power is ever felt- preferring softer undertones in its story...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 07:08:14 | More by BEERchitect
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sjccmd

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours golden orange, slightly murky with an uneven white head that collects in chunks of large and small bubbles. A little weird. Good lacing. Fairly carbonated

Really fascinating smell. Overripe tropical fruits, specifically guava and papaya. I've never had a beer with quite this smell. Bready, graham cracker malts in the background. Earthy and funky.

The taste follows along with the smell, but with even more graham cracker toasty malts. A nice touch of tartness. Very earthy. But then I get umami flavors perhaps from dead yeast. This aspect makes it a bit less drinkable. Some hop bitterness to round things out, but not much.

Pretty high carbonation. Full mouthfeel, somewhat silky. That umami flavor sticks in the mouth for a while. Not easy to finish

The smell was so fascinating that I had high hopes for this one, but I think there is a bit of dead yeast flavor issue.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:15:08 | More by sjccmd
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JamesQuaff

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle at Pangaea for sharing this with me.

Poured into a tasting snifter. A beautiful hazy golden with a generous, clingy head that almost looked like krausen at first.

At first the three of us who split this thought perhaps we got a bad bottle. It had been in stock for quite some time. At first whiff it smelled like a diaper full of dill pickles. One guy recoiled from his glass. But as someone who regularly eats cheese that smells like a stable full of dirty socks, I pressed on. Beneath the extreme funk was a hugely complex array of fruity, yeasty and malty notes that insisted that I take a sip.

I was rewarded with a massive and round yeast profile, huge bready, wheaty malts, a medley of sour notes akin to pineapples and pickles in yogurt, and a dry finish that tipped it's hat to the 9% ABV. Immediately after first tasting I smelled it again, and the diaper funk was completely gone from my perception. I had absorbed it, become one with it, and I found myself craving it.

By the time I was done, I was practically licking the bottom of the snifter. Totally unlike any beer I've ever had before. Such a strange jumble of elements I can't fully wrap words around them, but man, they worked together really well. Will brave again.

UPDATE - tried a couple of fresher bottles not long ago... nowhere near as funky as my first Reinaert experience. Still a very good beer - mostly dominated by the bready malt and tropical/pineapple flavors. I must say I much preferred the aged version. Sticking my next bottle(s) of Reinaert in the crawl space and doing my very best to forget where I put them.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 17:42:22 | More by JamesQuaff
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour... pear gold with hints of green and brown, great beading, a rocky white head that forms loads of lace.

Vanilla, clove, oak maybe (?), pale fruits with a bit of spice, no discernible alcohol profile, semisweet with zero "wild" side.

Smooth on the palate... some bitter apple skins, sweet bread, mellow caramel, the warmth of the alcohol content starts to show itself here, white pepper, a bit of banana... again, not really anything wild about this but it's tasty nevertheless.

Give it a go if you're curious.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:50:30 | More by yamar68
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from halftime beverage for 5 bucks. Not bad for a sour pale ale.
A - Well I got a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a while atop of a very hazy bright yellow beer. Not as clear as I expected but no sediment.
S - When I first opened it I was greeted by a solid fruit character of peaches or Strawberries with a bit of grain but in the glass the Brett really makes it'self know. Not overly sour smelling but it seems just enough.
T - Hits the tongue with more of a lemon juice and sour Brett funk. Not as sour as you would think as it rolls with some fresh apricot and malty grain bill.
M - Well the ABV is there but to me it's very balanced. Not very profound but just enough to carry the sour and earthy flavors of the beer.

Overall these guys make one kick ass Saison with Brett characters and going into this with the same expectations I was not disappointed. A nice high octane Belgium pale ale with some Brett funk worth trying in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:03:37 | More by DrDemento456
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SiccarPoint

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip from 750ml bottle.

A: Burnished copper, very hazy. Lots of particulate stuff in there - unsurprisingly for bottle conditioned beer like this. Head attempts to escape the glass; repeated pourings are necessary. Once in place, head sits nicely, and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Big aroma. Tripel yeasty tones, but very summer-fruity. A bit like a strawberry-banana smoothie? (in a good way!) Some peach. Treacle or caramel underneath. The faintest hint of brett underneath all that fruity goodness - very slightly musty. You can tell it’s boozy.
T: Much less sweet than the aroma would have you believe! Alcohol is right there, carrying along an earthy brett character. Catches the back of the throat immediately; makes you pucker a bit, but not exactly straight-up sour - it’s more bitter. Strawberries are still there, but much tarter. Cranberry? Grapefruit? Lemon? Peach? Leather? Hints of tobacco? Burnt sugar definitely there, but not sweet. This is tough to describe.
M: Fairly boozy, but carbonation balances it perfectly.
O: Very interesting beer, and complex. Aroma is excellent, but for me the flavour profile didn’t quite match my expectations from the smell. Reminiscent of Goose Island Sofie, or Orval.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:56:39 | More by SiccarPoint
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer poured into a tulip

A- Pours incredibly hazy straw yellow. A brilliant three finger of a white fluffy head.

S- A big hay character, a nice sourness. Sour dark fruit. White wine.

T- A pop of carbonation at first. A big barnyeard flavor. There is a nice hay character as well as grass and other herbal notes. A slight bit of soured dark fruit. Very grassy and some onion as well. A very lightly flavored beer. A well rounded flavor. pretty easy drinking.

M- High carbonation, a full body to this beer.

O- My only gripe is that the flavor isnt quite that bold.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:17:31 | More by TwelveOunces
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some hints of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of light malt, brett, Belgian yeast, light, fruity esters, a sugary element, and a slight bubblegum flavor in the finish. A lively and balanced flavor that gets better as you go along.

M: A lot of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer, and certainly easy to like. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 22:50:14 | More by avalon07
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emerge077

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had this beer around 7-8 years ago... probably was my first encounter with Brett in all it's glory, before I was avidly reviewing beers and merely exploring different styles that were new and unusual.

Bright straw gold in the glass, racing champagne streamers of co2 rising to the surface. Fluffy head of white foam that rises above the rim of the glass in a convex dome momentarily, before slowly sinking into the glass like a deflated soufflé. Copious sheets of lacing in the glass.

Fruity notes of canned fruit cocktail or pineapple in the nose, not too funky in the scheme of things. as it warms there's a trace of wet hay and sourdough.

Dry and crisp, slightly astringent, plenty of effervescence. Fruity apple and pear notes, some dry hay and grassiness in the aftertaste. The earthy Brett yeast is fairly restrained and doesn't veer too far into weirdness. Overall it's a good representation of a Brett beer, an introductory one.

Paired nicely with Cabot clothbound cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 19:45:42 | More by emerge077
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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.