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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

535 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003)
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

djrn2, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

acurtis, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazed light yellow color with a very set head and n real lacing. A bit of a collar. The nose carries some wry faint grain and straw with just a touch of spice. Flavor has lots of lit grain. Not terribly appetizing. Light with plenty of carbonation. Dry finish. Nothing exiting.

Thorpe429, Jan 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

metter98, Aug 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

GRG1313, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a huge head that marks the chalice with interesting patterns of lace

Smell: Floral funk, with a lemony medicinal aspect

Taste: Opems like a BSPA, with a lemon and coriander flavor that develops in the wild direction by mid-palate, with medicinal funk ratcheting in all directions; after the swallow, earthy flavors pair with yeasty elements to provide a more wild ale finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting blend of the straight and wild; almost an introduction to the world of Brett for the uninitiated

brentk56, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

BEERchitect, May 22, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunshiny amber with less than a Belgian ale amount of fine carbonation. That doesn't stop the alabaster colored crown from being large and magnificent looking. It's thickly whipped creamy and is all kinds of sticky. These guys nail head and lace much more often than not.

If you like the smell of Brettanomyces, then you'll love putting your nose over a glass of Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. The nose is horseblankety funky, yet there's plenty of golden malt to put a friendly, approachable face on things.

Flavor is *almost* as good as appearance and aroma. Pale malt and lemony, grassy hops underlie the wild yeast, giving the beer more than a single dimension. When some brewers work with Brett, they overdo it and obliterate the other ingredients (like a certain Michigan craft brewery that I could name).

The hops are probably Saaz. RFWA is at least as hoppy-bitter as the most hoppy-bitter of the Flemish Primitive Wild Ales. Cardamom becomes more evident as the beer warms, and alcohol is almost completely absent. What alcohol is appreciated is a positive rather than a negative.

Given the barely visible carbonation, it isn't surprising that the mouthfeel is less than completely lush and expansive. It's still enjoyable, it just isn't out of this world.

If I had access to De Proefbrouwerij beer, I would be much more likely to buy a handful of these stubbies rather than the 750 ml bottles. Hopefully, the brewery will pick the best of the Flemish Primitive Wild Ales (Surly Bird and Pig Nun) and will release them in 11.2 ounce bottles. If not, Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale is more than capable of providing a high-octane Brett fix.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 21, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ygtbsm94, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kylehay2004, Oct 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/bronze color with a one-finger, cream-colored head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of fruits with strong apple and cherry notes. There was a slight funky aroma.

T - It had a nice sour, funky taste with a powerful fruity flavor. Again, mostly sour green apple and tart cherry.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is a really good wild ale. It reminded me of a good farmhouse saison.

zeff80, Nov 22, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite wild ale here. 750ml cork and cage rig, pours a very light, slightly hazy blonde color with a jovial bone white head. smells like applewine and a spring meadow. also belgian yeast and honey. flavor is identical, but very very light. green apples in the finish. the mouthfeel is so so light, almost to a fault. there isnt as much sour from the brett as i might have expected here. bitter at the end, maybe from the dry hop additions. plenty of bubbles though, and a delicate palate. overall not as exciting as some, but a good beer overall. for the price there are much better local wild ales here in colorado.

StonedTrippin, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reinaert Wild Ale
"Triple Fermented using two yeast strains"
"Saccharomyces Brettanomyces"
No apparent freshness dating.
750 ML bottle. Plastic cork was difficult to dislodge.

Appearance: The first pour is completely clear, and deep-golden in color beneath a fluffy, big-bubbled head of rocky white. The bubbles rising from below buoy the head, but eventually it falls and then dissipates. Average lacing. Secondary pours display chunks of yeast in suspension.

Smell: Sweet. Candyish. Fruity. Mineralish. Hints of manure and mud, as well as a touch of dried tobacco leaf.

Taste: Sweet. Candyish, like rock candy. Fruity. Berry-ish. Mineralish. Spicy. Muddy, and slightly barnyard-like. Leathery. Wet straw. Surprisingly not really tart. Reinaert Wild Ale
"Triple Fermented using two yeast strains"
No apparent freshness dating.

Appearance: The first pour is completely clear, and deep-golden in color beneath a fluffy, big-bubbled head of rocky white. The bubbles rising from below buoy the head, but eventually it falls and then dissipates. Average lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Candyish. Fruity. Mineralish. Hints of manure and mud, as well as a touch of dried tobacco leaf.

Taste: Sweet. Candyish, like rock candy. Fruity. Berry-ish. Mineralish. Spicy. Muddy, and slightly barnyard-like. Leathery. Wet straw. Surprisingly not really tart. Moderate bitterness. It's rounded and balanced, but somehow it might be better if it had a sharp edge here or there. Lingers nicely on the palate with a long-lasting finish. Grassy. Floral. Slightly lemon-ish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Gently effervescent.

Overall: Interesting. Complex. Refreshing. Funky - but not too funky. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Jun 09, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of bone white head that settles quickly, but leaves great lace. The body is slightly hazy, with a deep golden color.

S - Mild sourness, tangy wheat, and a musty/wild aroma of brettanomyces. Tart, green apples and white pepper in the background.

T - Dry, pils malt with graham cracker notes and earthy, cheese like musty notes. Green peppercorns and a meaty yeast note in the middle. Finishes with some earthy hops and moderate bitterness along with distinct wheat tang.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - While I respect the complex wild yeast character of this beer, it is a stretch to call it drinkable. The aroma is very pleasant, but the flavor is almost bit over the top for me. The cheese like character of the wild yeast in this beer seems to be a trademark of De Proef wild beers; and while it lends a unique and interesting quality to the beer, it hardly inspires me to seek this out as a regular for my beer fridge.

nickfl, Jan 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

oline73, Oct 26, 2014
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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.