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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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very good

308 Reviews

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 592
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 592
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of inebrius
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of anarchia
4.84/5  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.

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Photo of slackattack
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/03/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 750ml caged and corked bottle with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden in color with a nice 2 fingered creamy head and average lacing.

Smell- Had to think about this one for a while, but between two BA's, we came to the conclusion of apple pie or apple crisp. Maybe some cinnimon and nutmeg as well.

Taste- Sweet and sour elixer galore. Lots of different spices as well. Too much stuff going on here.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, fuller mouthfeel. Leaves mouth puckered at times.

Drinkability- Should have gotten more than one bottle while I had the chance. This beer is excellent. ABV is extremely well hidden as well.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.)

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Photo of walshclimb
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light apricot color that slightly glows. Half inch foamy, white head with large bubbles quickly thins. Smells musky yeast with hint of barnyard or zoo. Complex with just a little sweet to floral smell. The flavor is complex and hard to put my finger on. Very earthy, picking up a little of the floral to fruity flavor that I noted in the smell. Long-lived earthy aftertaste gives way to mild hop bitterness and keeps the fragrant flavor all the way through. Medium to full bodied with active carbonation that gives your tongue a little bite. This is a very tasty, complex beer that is perfect for sipping on the porch on a rainy day. Great paired with an aged raw milk cheese and a loaf of crusty bread.

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Photo of rickymo2
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour cherry and banana nose, cloudy pretty peach color with thick loose head, dry sour flavor, very little sweetness, lingering hint of tomato, pleasing bite left on the tongue

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faintly hazed golden color with a billowing large sticky bright white head. Funky nose of tart apple pie and pear pie, ripe tart wine grapes, sweet candy, caramelized banana. Really big nose.

Great beer with big flavor and a long finish. Husky grain on the tip of the tongue. Tart fruit, apples and pears on the middle of the tongue, belgian funk, hay and earthiness. White wine grapes throughout much like a fruity chardonnay. Banana and nut bread on the back of the tongue with a dry grainy bitterness and a touch of fruity alcohol heat. Faint spiciness and clove throughout underneath it all. Finish is of a long lasting banana and wheat taste. Despite all this flavor the beer manages to finish clean and crisp and refreshing with the alcohol being very well hidden. Feeling it just after half a bottle. Really great beer. The fruity malt and hop really plays off the funky brett flavors really well. I dont think this is a hate it of love it brett beer. I think this is a you have to love it beer. Awesome. Feel Belgian but at the same time it doesn't.

Swirling in the yeast now.

the yeast takes away a little from the fruit and gives the beer a bit more of a spice but its nose bad. This could also have to do with the beers temperature change though as well.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Brawley's snifter from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy golden hue with a ton of floating yeast. A brilliant white head floats upon this golden elixer and fades away rather quickly. Delicate drips of lacing fall down the sides of the glass.

S- Candied lemon peel, thyme, thai basil, banana, bubblegum, citrus zest, funky yeastiness, clove, sour apples, and 12 grain bread. This is a fantastic assault on the sences!

T- Sugared lemons dusted with black pepper... banana's and spicy basil and licorice. Some notes of funk and wet straw, cloves, white grapes, Asian Pears, Granny Smith apple, and a bit more yeasty barnyard. This is really awesome! Nice notes of sweet plantain's and bubblegum, funky barn stall, and touches of citrus.

M- Crisp, fruity and somewhat dry. Lemony, peppery, and full of fiesty, funky, and wild yeast! Breathe in and it feels like you're walking thru the stables at the county fair.

O- I really wanna grab a couple of 750's of this and sit on them for a while. The alcohol gets more noticable as it warms up. Nice blend of grape must, sweetened lemons, black peppercorns, under-ripe apples and wet grassy funk. I highly recommend this as a Brett friendly Wild Ale for BA's looking to get into sours.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into PALM tulip glass.

A: Hazy amber with finger and a half of white head with some of the best retention I've seen.

S: Wild yeast, cotton candy and bubble gum. Almost indulgently sweet.

T: A funky yeast dominates with hints of the sweet bubble gum and cotton candy. A sweet/sour war on the back side almost takes your breath.

M: Medium body with fresh carbonation. Fills out the other traits nicely.

Another excellent Belgian today.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Perfectly clear golden hue. Dense white head with good retention.

S: Heavy fruit aromas from the brett I suppose. A slight and very pleasant sourness from the aroma. Strangely, it almost reminds me of a sweet tomato sauce.

T: Surprisingly, it doesn't taste as unique as it smells. The aroma comes through in the flavor at first, but there is a very strong golden ale backbone and the finish is clean, slightly sweet, with a pilsener like bitterness.

M: More than average carbonation suits it well.

D: For the ABV, it's very, very drinkable.

I excepted something different from this beer, but I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours from the caged and corked 750ML bottle...big pop when I removed the cork but no gushing..a clear and very bright yellow gold with a 3 finger head of foam that sticks around for a long time. I couldn't help but smell some funky goodness when I popped the cork. I'm eager to dive in.

The smell has plenty of that funk smell up front with lots of yeasty smells and pepper, some light lemon, and a good bread nose. Very inviting.

The taste is delicious. The Brett stands in the forefront and lets me know that it is going to dominate my tastebuds but there's more going on. Lots of peppery notes, big yeasty tones, nice bready malt flavours and a nice kick of lemon zest. It also has a sweetness lying beneath...honey? Candy sugar? Maybe a combo of both? Whatever, they make it better and the alcohol is very well hidden. Not much sour going on here( I expected some on a label that says Wild Ale), I can just taste a tad before the finish but it's not really needed here. What I'm tasting is very satisfying. Oh and with the last pour, it becomes cloudy. That's bottle conditioning at its best!

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation, it finishes slightly tart and slightly bitter with a last stop at lemon zest city. Very good drinker and I could drink this one any time of the year. And the head retention and lacing are very impresssive.

Drinkability? It's hard for me to stop sipping on it! Damn it! Is there a thing as being too drinkable? Yes.there.is. When you have to set up a trade to get some. Marvelous stuff! I bet Alan *knew* I'd flip over this one. ;^)

Bottom line: My review will probably be higher than most(I've read some of the reviews) but dammit, my eyes, nose, and palate never lie to me so..so be it.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into DFH snifter.

A- Very hazy, golden straw. Thick head dissapated quickly into a very small but substantial head. Nice lacing.

S- Holy Shit!!! I wish I could make a car air freshner out of this! It's funky and musty, yet fresh all at the same time. This is possibly one of the finest smelling beers I ever had, no shit.

T- Tart pineapple, its hard to put my finger on it, but its tart and refreshing.

M- Light and cool, this is a winner

O- I REALLY enjoyed this beer. It's under $5 as well. Dollar for Dollar, I'd be hard pressed to find a better way to get my sour fix. You must at least try this, you cannot go wrong, especially for $5.

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Photo of faernt
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This time I'm drinking from a 750 ml corked and capped bottle. I'm in Chicago now. The last time I had this I was in Seattle. I'd purchased an 11.2 oz bottle from Bottleworks and it was really funky/good. My concern is that this 750 is way different than the 11.2oz I had before. The last bottle tasted like its own thing. This new 750 tastes like Orval.

It pours bright gold with a thin, slightly rocky head which subsides into a smaller, thinner head leaving an irregular lace on the sides of the glass. The bubbles are small and the smell is Orval... and I mean that from 18" away.

Maybe this beer is "wild" and the other one I tried was "amber". The other one said it was wild. So, this is good beer. It's really like Orval and I will buy another bottle and probably several more. It is an aperitif beer or an ultimate first beer. you can choose which way you want to go but, this is the real thing and I suggest you buy some. It's tasty.

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Photo of Radome
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle in a Duvel tulip glass.

L - Dark golden color with some orange; hazy. Fluffy, dense off-white head with tons of lacing persists throughout.

S - Yeast/bacteria notes dominate. Cherries, green apples, faint mustiness, oak. Low bready malt in background. Does not smell tart or sour, but is very interesting and complex.

T - Light lemony tartness is the first flavor, followed by cherries, low oak, grainy malt and sweetness in the mid-palate. Dry, slightly acidic finish. Very complex but clean.

F - Medium body. Carbonation is mouth-fillingly high but smooth. Low to medium hops bitterness provides backbone without being assertive. Alcohol is present, but surprisingly low for the ABV.

O - Lots going on. This is a delicious, beer with intricate flavors and aromas.

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Photo of makinbacon
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing a group review right now with 2 friends. Drinking from a 750 ml. Cloudy pale golden color. Slight head. Nice carbonation. Little bit of funk, but well ballanced. Pumkin, hay, and tree fruit have been mentioned. Clean, slightly bitter finish. Consensus: Very good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of SiccarPoint
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour produces a big head, and nice lacing. The color is an ever so slightly hazed goldenrod. Funky, yeasty aroma, with fruity malt.

The malt makes quite a showing against the funk. A fruity, wildly yeasty character combines with with the malt to create something I cannot interpret well enough to describe. I like it though. Mouthfeel is full and foamy. Drinkable to the extreme.

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Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.