Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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5/5 rDev +28.5%
At first glance, it looks and smells like Orval. Pale orange liquid, noisy, explosive foam on top (it depleted very quickly in contrast to marburg's report -- should I be using a better rinse?), aromas of candied sawgrass, apricot pits, lemon oils, cherries, cranberries. I hope its not simply the fact that this roast beef sandwich is making me thirsty, but I can't tear my senses away from this pour.
On the palate comes the load of bitterness that the aromas were preparation for. I grasp for comparisons: Popering Hommel, Orval, de Ranke XX... this is thoroughly infused with hops. It's primarily a bitterness, rather than an aromatic.
And how perfectly balanced it is. Bold, fleshy stone fruits and basementy earthiness triangulate with floral bitterness to open an outburst of marmelade, quince, sappy budlets, chalk and grass flavors. The fizz is unforgiving too. And where's the alcohol flavor?
This beer careens about unleashing flavors hedonistic, then earthy, then spicy, then... it's gone. I feel I haven't begun to understand it. Light, yet powerful. Dry, yet packed with fruit. And of course, the boldly included "brettanomyces" on the label is backed up in the glass: its a warm horse blanket of mother-earthly goodness. Wow!
inebrius, you may have under rated this one. Thanks for the bottle. Now, to try and obtain it. I'm in for a 7-case layer.
02-03-2005 17:49:32 | More by putnam
4.97/5 rDev +27.8%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- poured a bright golden color that was moderately hazy. Big three finger head that took a few minutes to settle down into a decent layer of foam. Not too much lacing.
Smells exclusively of Belgian yeast. It's a wonderful scent- mild and complex. Definitely go for a big sniff before you imbibe.
The taste is wonderful as well- nowhere near as tart as I was expecting. On the contrary, it was pretty sweet (malty not fruity or alcohol driven) with very balanced dose of the yeast. Slightly dry finish.
Mouthfeel is again wonderful- very refreshing. Light to medium bodied with full carbonation, but not too prickly. I might go back and get this beer again sometime in the next week.
02-10-2012 02:32:24 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.97/5 rDev +27.8%
When liquid hits glass immediate aromas begin to fill a room like funky incense cones or grade ten biology class. A stew of elderly tree fruit, cobblestone paths alongside Autumn tannic rivers, mushroom sorbet, wet hockey bags and a hint of lime leaf penetrates your skull. The smell will have you expecting this powerful wallop of sour to tear into your buds like tiny chainsaws but surprise! try some fig jelly on a washed rind double cream and wheat toast chased with olives Provençal. Yup, a retronasal blast of stinky aged cheese escorts the tripel-like flavors all the way through the pipes. Charged and lively and hinting alcohol only by way of spice I'm beginning to depress as my glass and bottle are drained. Seekers of experience need more beer like this.
01-21-2005 04:28:26 | More by inebrius
4.85/5 rDev +24.7%
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.
11-30-2013 04:14:37 | More by anarchia
4.83/5 rDev +24.2%
Enjoyed and reviewed on 1/30/10.
Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (yeah, not ideal, but I had no other glassware on vacation).
A: Pours a cloudy lemon (becomes a dark cloudy pear flesh color at the end of the bottle) with high carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Sweet honey and floral notes hit first--very, very pleasant. Smells like a prairie full of wildflowers in bloom. Not much brett here, which surprises me (in a good way since brett can be overpowering at times). Lemon peel. With warming, soft malt and floral hop notes arise.
T: Ah, there's the brett! But it is nicely balanced and is playing well with others. Quite complex...different and better than the aroma. The sweet honey and floral notes are still present, but not as dominant as in the aroma. Funk of brett, mineral earth notes, lemony citrus, astringent yeast, and mild black pepper...and I'm sure I'm not getting it all. Wonderfully balanced and complex. With warming, honeydew, cantaloupe, and a hint of under ripe peach come through.
M: Light-medium body (a surprise for this ABV of 9%). Mild effervescence. Soft and smooth at first with a drier tart finish. Taste lingers nicely on the palate. Refreshing.
D: I continue to be impressed with this brewery. An outstanding and complex brew. The brett doesn't overpower (as I was fearing it might), but instead blends perfectly in with the rest of this wonderful elixir. Perfect for a sunny spring day. A treat and certainly one to seek out. Extremely drinkable.
Revisited this one and wasn't quite as good. There seems to be a trend I am noticing with The Prof's brews...it's best to drink them fresh. They don't age very well and lose a lot of their complexity.
02-01-2010 04:48:40 | More by mwilbur
4.83/5 rDev +24.2%
Poured from 750ml into tulip
A- hazy, opaque straw colored with nice persistent head. Nice lacing left behind during the drink.
S- pretty upfront with some barnyard funk and hay then gives way to some sweetness that reminds me of apricots.
T- taste pretty accurately follows the smell. Starts awesomely funky and "bretty." As that passes I get the slightly sweet stone fruits and then finishes with a hint of bitterness.
M- dry with lots of carbonation. I don't know if it's in my head or not, but it seems to leave an oily sort of film on my lips. That sounds unappealing, but it doesn't upset me at all.
O- I'm falling in love recently with this farmhouse, wild yeast fermented style of beers and this absolutely does not disappoint. One of my favorites.
06-01-2014 06:22:24 | More by slackattack
4.73/5 rDev +21.6%
This pours a light golden color. Floral aroma with a distinct tartness rounding it out. The flavor reminds me of spring berries—strawberries, mostly, for that combination of sweetness with a bit of a sour, funky feel to it. Dry, with a bitterness that snaps as it finishes.
(Note: Per @show I’m posting this review here, vs. one of the many other entries for the same beer.)
02-28-2012 22:58:53 | More by elNopalero
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.