Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 27
Gots: 42 | 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: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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Reviews by Seanniek91:
Photo of Seanniek91
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip. Celalr temps.

Appearance- Clear golden with big bubble white head that leaves some remnants behind.

Smell- Brett funk and malt dominates this. It starts off, funky lemony flavors then the malt aromas take over. Thats really it.

Taste- Like the nose. Brett starts off funky, then the belgian yeasty malts come in and finish is Belgian candy sugar. Like a belgian pale with some brett funk in it. Banana, lemon, bread, mild funk.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full carb with light body. Easy to drink. No pucker in this one.

Overall- A lightly funky Belgian pale. Thats it, nothing more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

This wild ale was fermented with two yeast strains, one being Brettanomyces, which is where the "wild" comes in. If you've never tried a beer fermented with Brett, you're in for a treat.

Big, bubbly, billowy white head drops down to a sticky lace. Crystal-clear dusty golden color shines in the light. Big juicy nose with aromas of basement, citric peel, earth and medicinal herb aromas. Semi-brash yet refreshing crispness, moderate body with a dry palate. The Brett has a lot of work to do here, and it leaves a bit of a mess--but a good mess, with a rosewater-esque solvent alcohol and faint tropical fruit from the esters. Biscuity malt flavor is very dry and quickly shadowed by a medicinal flavor that cleans house with mineral, woody and harsh herbal flavors. Vanilla? Obviously dry finish--bone-dry at that.

Though we said you'll be in for a treat if you never tried a Brett beer, it's more of a love-it-or-hate-it characteristic. For us, we love it as it pushes the envelope of where beer can go. So any beer geeks out there who like Brett, you'll love this one.

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of barnyard, earthy and spicy yeast in the nose along with some hints of fruit.
T: The overall taste has both notes of sourness and sweetness with notes of apples in the flavors. The yeast also contributes earthy and spicy flavors; the spiciness persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a lot of dryness throughout the taste, especially in the finish.
O: Considering the strength, the beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. You just need to get through the intense amount of dryness.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small patches of foamy lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is also a good amount of sediment that settles to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is very sweet and fruity with some slight yeast and funk aromas. Taste is also quite fruity and yeasty up front with some funky and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a musty and funky bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice funky aromas and flavors.

Photo of RoyalT
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, cloudy body with a decent head that held well but pulled away from the glass.

Smell – Nice yeasty malt aroma with good spices and hops to boot. Very balanced aroma. The yeast is like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s almost like a musty cabernet. Maybe eucalyptus?

Taste – The yeast stands out the most to me, which is strange for a pale ale. There are a lot of hops in there, though. There’s a predominant musty character to this brew, like mint or (again) eucalyptus. Although the yeast and hops are strange, they’re balanced. A bit of sweetness comes in at the end, but mostly it’s a sour finish.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, but it’s not smooth by any stretch.

Drinkability – Definitely a topic of conversation. I don’t know that I’d want to suck down another one, though.

Comments – This is a very interesting brew. I was disheartened to see only four other reviews. I’d like to see what other experienced BAs have to say about this one.

Photo of drums4matt
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle that reads "Bottle Conditioned Flemish Wild Ale" poured into De 'Proefbrouwerij tulip.

A: Pours a nice, tall, bubbly slightly off-white head that stays for a minute then dissipates less stickily than some other de proef offerings. Cloudy - chunky even - but of an inviting golden blonde hue.

S: Sweet graininess with big brett notes - oily and plastic-y. Some apple and banana yeast smell. Nice, complex alcohol notes that don't come across as their full 9%

T: A little sweet and sour up front fading to a little more of the malty, yeasty, funky, flavor that I've come to adore de proef for. Leaves with a slightly dry flavor and some hop flavor sneaks in and stays awhile.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is high and the bubbles whip the slick, full body into creaminess. The yeast and malt yield a nice, sweet chewiness to the feel.

D: Drinkability is good but the strength of the alcohol can catch you like a bear trap. This is a beer worthy of some nursing and attention.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml pours a slightly hazed goldenrod body with a large fluffy white head. Patchy sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is banana, pear, musty yeast, and campfire ashes.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with spritzy carbonation.

Taste is complex. Fruity banana, pepper, bitter earthy hops, dusty gravel, cobwebs, musty yeast, twangy lemonrind, and some phenols. Finishes dry and bitter.

Complex and enigmatic. Seems undecided whether it wants to be a wild ale or a Belgian pale ale. Bitter hops seem to get in the way a bit. A pleasant experience but overly challenging.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce thin bottle, w/o freshness info available, $3.60 @ New beer in NYC (support New beer, family owned, great selection and prices) With the yeast swirled and activated from the bottom, this one pours cloudy medium apricot, with an off white head, long lasting, respectable fingers of lacing. Interesting nose of light funk, barnyard, fruit and flowers, yes complexity! Delicate and delightful. A lot going on here, flowery, moderate funky horse blanket and more barnyard on the palate. oats, honey, mustard seeds, quite drying grassy hops late. Yum, I love everything I've tried from De Proef and this one did not disappoint. Bring on the funky blue cheese and peppery salads and meats.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The beer is fairly cloudy and you cannot see through it. The aroma has a little bit of floral notes to it as well as some nice barnyard funk and leather notes from the brett. The flavor is very dry. I get a lot of yeast and funk as well as some lemon and orange citrus notes. There is also some grass in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, slightly funky wild ale.

Photo of FMetzger
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Looked good. Poured with a decent head.
S: Sour. No malt or hops to speak of.
T: Sour. Good. Enjoyed the taste. Sour fruit came to mind. A little overpowering.
M: Prickly from the carbonation. I think that played with the sourness to accentuate the experience.
D: Overall, not bad. Not my favorite Flemish, but still tasty. I would order another one, as long as I had a break in the middle.

Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 750ml bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Pours virtually no head but an instant lacing across the top of a slightly hazy light golden brown brew.

Initially smell is clove/banana with slight malts. Yeast and sour notes give it a taste of slightly undercooked sourdough, but bits of spice awaken the palate and prove to be a nice albeit mild brew. Finish is nice, but alcohol leaves a little heat in back of throat, but not completely undesirable. Mouth feel is full and beer is quite drinkable as I plan on sitting on the sofa and reflecting on the evening before turning in for the day.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2-year old 750 ml bottle served in a tulip.
A: Hazy amber to light tea under a lacy, 2” off white foam cap that slowly reduces to a thick film.
S: Wild barnyard nose, fermenting wet straw, over-ripe fruit, lemon.
T: Barnyard infused over ripe fruit is mellowed by tart lemon with wood and leather. M: Light bodied with a very fine soft moussey texture.
O: Age knocks off some of the rough edges producing a tart, refreshing yet mellower beer than when fresh.

Photo of boatshoes
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Paul picked this up for me as a treat the last time I saw him, thanks man!

Appearance- Poured a light shade of muddy brown out of the bottle. Not the most attractive color, but a very nice two and a half fingers of off white head rise off the body from a moderate pour. Head retention is pretty good and eventually dies back to a thin sheet across the top. Mild amount of lacing left down the side of the glass.

Smell- Quite strange and not what I was expecting exactly. Smells initially and most strongly of sweet dark fruits. Maybe some candied plums and figs. The nose reminds me oddly very much of a bock beer. Just the faintest whiff of some funk underneath the sweet smelling fruits.

Taste- Much milder than the nose would have suggested. Sweet dark fruits present still and again remind me particularly of candied plums. Fairly light in body however, with a surprisingly long and dry finish, and a mild touch of barnyard funk present as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and much lighter and better carbonated than I was expecting. Drinkability it pretty good too given the long finish.

Overall, I liked this one better than I was expecting when I saw it come out of the bottle and took a whiff. Very interesting nose and flavor profile, not what I was expecting to say the least. Still reminds me of a bock fermented with wild yeast.

Photo of masikon
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip yeast and all. Head came in very well for me despite what others have said, tall white and fluffy leaving lots of lacing and it reformed after each drink. Color was ciderish burnt orange with active carbonation and some floaties wandering through the glass. Nose was strong and complex with fruity aromas galore from bananas to strawberries , followed by a strong sour note. Taste hits the buds very sour but in a good way and prepares your palate for a wave of complex fruity flavors, yeasty and full this is easy to drink at 9 percent. Changes dramatically as it increases in temperature making each sip slightly different. Overall I really like this beer and will be on my way tomorrow to pick up a few more to see how this one ages.

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

Gold color with a pristing white bubbly head to it. Aroma had the distict sacchromyces bent to it. Dry citrus also compliments the mild sour aroma.

Clean dry bspa, stays away from the traditional belgian yeast flavors of clove, this one is nicely soured, not much of a fruit flavor to it, kind of like an imperial berlinerweisse that is bretted up. Really defies some style categorization, which ain't no problem. Could see it labeled a wild, a bspa, a saison, who knows.

A little more sweetness, which is perfectly counter balanced by the tart from the critters. Delivers enough hopping as well, not muddling the beer, still components of hops, mild citrus, brett, tart, dry all have their respective parts and don't overshadow each other. Its not aggro about any of them. Harmony.

Really enjoyed the price point on this, at only $4, its a welcome addition and probably a universal pickup anytime I see it. Hides the alcohol well. Good for hot days by the river/pool.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded golden honey orange body with a deep billowing marshmallow textured white head, forms fine even lacing with tiny bubbles floating around in this effervescent wild ale. Aroma is filled with tart lemony notes, spicy floral hops and brett funkiness...a good blend of different things going on from the first sniff. Strong herbal/spicy yeast with leathery tannin notes coming off giving the beer an assertive bitterness. Some sweet biscuit malt breadiness with light honey and citric rind fruit notes blending together, amongst a spicy yeast and light herbal hop blend. The complexity builds as it warms, including more of an alcohol presence...I didn't initially notice that this beer weighed in at 9% abv. Texture is nice on the palate, a bit of bear when it comes to dryness but I think it compliments the wild yeast nutty/funky/leather characteristics. Effervescent carbonation tickles the nares with a couple of those sips, nothing too abrasive for me. Definitely a medium bodied complex beer all around, that I wouldn't go rushing out for I'm glad I tried a 11.5 ounce portion, satisfying but anymore of it I would have had enough after my single serving.

Photo of OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange color, with a white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces. It fades to a thin layer on the top.

This beer has a yeasty earthy aroma. I can also smell some spices.It also has a slight sour fruit aroma. The alcohol is well hidden. I can also detect a very slight banana aroma.

This beer tastes spicy. Behind that, it tastes earthy. Not as sour as the aroma led me to believe. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden. It has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer is just a little over carbonated. It is full bodied. It leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. The ABV is almost not detectable.

I think this would be a good session beer, but one that you should be weary of due to the high alcohol content. It is a great beer, and I am glad to have tried it.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of equal parts sugar-coated pears and barnyard funk with very light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the funk takes a backseat to other flavors. Belgian candi sugar coats light fruits with a small amount of tartness that does little more than even out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good - it's got a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished off the bottle without any problem, and could come back to this in the future.

Overall this was a tasty beer, though I would've preferred a bit more tartness considering the name, though I agree that it is more of a BSPA. Worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle(9ish oz.?) purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into a Unibroue tulip/flute.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit skin color with a large pearly white - very fluffy and airy - head. Head takes a bit to fall to a thick fluffy skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Belgian sweetness along with plenty of yeasty esters. A hint of the Flemish style souring with a lack of the harsh acidity. Overall a bit subtle.

T/M: Wheat is very potent compared to any other wild ales that I've had. Some tartness from the wheat. The wild flavors are light and not extremely complex, largely drying and powdery, though there are some sour and tart light fruits in there in the form of green apples, white grapes, and maybe some apricot. Body is medium with lethargic carbonation.

D: Not a terrible brew but definitely a let down compared to the abundance of stellar wild ales from the US. Drinks decent enough and is interesting but probably not something that will have me buy another.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a corked and caged bottle this beer pours with a sizzle. Lots of head, and the color of dried corn silk. The foam is just off white and pillowy making fluffy peaks that eventually settle to an 1/8 inch skim.

The nose is kind of funky in a good way. It smells like an old wool blanket that's been hung to dry outside. Weathered but familiar with a strong whiff of grains to back it up.

Taste is modest and simple. There is a strong cereal malt flavor with a touch of hop sharpness and a glimpse of bubble gum yeast. Very pleasing, slightly sweet and easy on the tongue.

Mouthfeel has a nice sizzle from carbonation and a fair bite of acidic bitterness. The finish is dry like an aged scotch but with a malt mustiness instead of earthy peat. A very tasty and easy to drink beer that is quite refreshing. This brew is a solid B+ and well worth trying out.

Photo of joeseppy
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of RomanW70
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Rian (Thirsty Bird) for sharing this beer. 750 ml bottle. Pours dark hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is all sour apples at first. After a minute, some grass and funk come through. Well balanced flavor, with a nice mix of sweet and sour. Has a medium body and medium high carbonation. Overall, this was a very nice beer.

Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a chalice...kind of found this one hidden in my fridge tonight and had to open it

A - two fingers of loose pillowy white foam falls to one quickly. huge amount of yeast sediment floating in the hazy golden liquid.

S - belgian yeast with a major sour kick to it. very unique and captivating...couldnt wait to taste. lovely balance of funk and sour.

T - massive amounts of that characteristic belgian yeast, but the sourness dies after a bried millisecond, replaced by a slight bit of tart and funk. notes of citrus (lemon), black pepper, doughy malt, and a barnyard aftertaste. i think this would be a perfect beer as an intro to the belgian PA/funk/sour to budding BA. shows off a lot of vastly different tastes, without being too busy or overdone.

M - perfectly carbonated with a nice crisp body that doesnt distract at all from the wonderful flavors and aromas within.

D - wish i had either a bigger bottle, or more of this. i loved it. haven't been so pleasantly surprised by a beer in quite awhile.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six twists and the cage is off (it's always six...a Belgian told me)...the cork comes off with the very strong "pop!"...and the beer pours a mildly hazed golden yellow. The head is soapy and one of those "loud" ones, popping and crackling and leaving rings of lace as it diminishes.

The aroma is sensuous...if you love the funk, anyway. That stinky, sweaty farmhouse aroma is here in abundance, but not to the point of overshadowing absolutely everything else. It lets a wonderful lime aroma through, and sourdough can be enjoyed as well. And then, sure, it's back to the funk. Love it.

Well, Sacch & Brett, how are ya? My favorite Belgian buddies are knocking on the door...loudly. They're making their peculiar yeastiness known. Right off the bat I'm thinking this is about as perfect an example of a Bretty Belgian ale as I've ever had (although the Flemish Primitive line is a massive favorite, and Piraat has that something special as well). Why is this so good? Because it's not complete overkill. There's some sour sweaty sock here...there's a hint of Band-Aid (mostly in the finish)...but as in the aroma, you get other characteristics too: a citric twang, a light bread dough, and a white pepper spiciness. The texture is light on the palate, and the beer dries out pretty quickly, begging you to sip too quickly.

A highly-anticipated beer in this household, and it definitely doesn't disappoint. Fabulous stuff. Fans of Fantome, Orval, Jolly Pumpkin, De Proef's Flemish Primitive and of course lambic/gueze fans...you know what to do. Hell, you've probably done it already.

Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden-orange with crayonesque brightness. The is a low cap of ivory suds on top.
Nose is plenty wild indeed, full of oaked balsamic vinegar, orange peels, lemon-lime juice, corkboard, honeydew melons, lilac, mashed apples, and wheat.
For as sour as the nose presents, the taste is something of a shock. Not for its bracing tartness, but for its lack of it. Malt is the feature, mostly pale and dry and crackery, but also with ample sweeter undercurrent of golden raisins, pears, and underripe mangoes. A glint of orange juice precede the Brett and Sacch as they add leathery and woody tannic bitterness along with a trace of fungi. That is quickly wiped away by the floral hopping that is equal parts in bloom and dried. There is an evident flare of alcohol on the close. Everything is very cohesive and coherent up to the booze belch, and it comes across slightly jarring.
The body is medium but given a certain lightness by the everpresent tiny-beaded carbonation.
Once the forward booze-traits are accustomed to, this is thoroughly enjoyable. It's not as "wild" and funky/sour as I had anticipated, but instead more in line with something like a Saison. That makes it decidedly more drinkable for me.
I'll have to put some age on a bottle and see what happens, as this could seemingly go a number of ways.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.