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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

305 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 577
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of weltywm
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,415 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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... (1,331 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of JamesQuaff
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (1,620 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (981 characters)

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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  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. (559 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of imscotty
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden color. A tall, firm head that lasts. Very well carbonated.

S: Great smell, with citrus, pineapple, bready, yeasty scents.

T: Not too sour for a wild ale. This beer has a strong metallic taste that lingers. The metalic taste gets stronger with every sip. This really ruined the beer for me and overpowered some of the other pleasant flavors I could see were there; bread, Brett, spice, malt, bitter, lemon, and strong pineapple flavors were all there but were all overpowered by a metallic taste.

M: Good body for such a pale beer, good carbonation.

O: I see the taste reviews vary quite a bit for this beer and that many people loved it. Maybe this has one of those flavors some people can taste but others cannot, but the metallic taste was very unpleasant and overpowering to me. It just lingered and lingered in my mouth and ruined my tongue for the night. I tried to enjoy a Heady Topper after this one and all I could still taste was the metal flavor of the Reinaert. Yikes, I could not even enjoy a Heady!

I like wild Ales and funky flavors, but not this one. Never again. (1,113 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a golden colored beer with a thin white head (but carbonation is persistent/ maybe my glass could be cleaner) and loose lees that are easily poured from the bottle if one is not careful, leaving a cloudy beer.

The smell i, at first, disappointing to me. It is slightly metallic, like high school shop classes. I found this smell in many Belgian ales recently and wonder if it should be attributed to contact with the bottle cap? It's not particulary offputting. The disappointment arises because I smell littleelse. Perhaps by olfactory sense is currently dulled for some reason or other. However, as the beer warms, I get tropical fruits, sort of fermenting pineapple, and a bit of mustyness? Th metal persists.

The pineapple comes through in the taste, along with a leathery Brett flavor, alcoholic bitterness, and a carbonate bite, which is more of mouth feel than a taste, I guess. Some sips are too leathery, too Bretty, and some are slightly sweet and pineapply. It's weird the way my taste buds vacilate. I would prefer the leathery and bitter bits toned back and the sweet pineapple more front and center, but I can't claim to have tamed a wild yeast to do my bidding, so maybe I'll just accept this beer for what it appears to be today - which is sort of interesting, but maybe I wouldn't drink too of them.

My biggest criticism of this one is the ABV. If they could get this flavor into 6 percent, I think the bitterness that I find a bit objectionable might disappear. That slightly sweet pineapple at 6%, with a bit of leather, might be awesome, IMO (1,573 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, (there is a date on the cap 120612, so perhaps its best by that date or it was bottled 6/12/12, I bought it before December). This pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color with a large white head which has good retention. The smells are of a little funk, a hint of brett, but mostly apples, spices, cinnamon. The feel is medium, more high carbonination. The taste is pretty good, a little wild, you get the barnyard funk, and brett, a little fruit and some other malts and a nice dry finish. (537 characters)

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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head over golden straw liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Honey, marigolds, pears, earth, grass and green apple.

T: Spicy, cinnamon, pepper, and grass up front. Pears, green grapes, and green apple in the middle. Earth and horse blanket funk in the finish.

M: Very pleasant, medium viscosity and a high level of very fine but foamy carbonation.

O: Earthy and spicy with only a hint of funk in the back end; this is one of the more unique tasting wild ales I have tried. (486 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours straw-gold with 3 fingers of billowy white head that has great retention and leaves some nice heavy lacing.

Smell. Nice bretty funk and spicy belgian yeast, some green apples, melon and pears with a little old musty wood.

Taste. Funky and bitter, some aged hops and fruity yeast with some belgian spice and old wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Started out great, but the bitter flavours with the belgian spicy yeast didn't make it the easiest drinker. Not a boring beer, I'll say that much. (544 characters)

Photo of gottabetweed
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml. Bottle into tulip glass. Hazy yellow, nice frothy head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass

Smells of banana, cloves, lemons, apples, with a slight hint of tartness.

Tastes like it smells. Hefe yeast, biscuits and bananas. Slight lemon. The tartness in the smell is not as evident in the taste. The 9% alcohol is well disquised.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, lingering on the palette.

Overall, a fairly good beer. I would not seek it out again, but would not be disappointed if we cross paths again down the line. (561 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale silvery-golden hue with plenty of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam with good retention. I like it!

Smell: sweet malt with a decent helping of grain and a light tartness. A hint of Bretty funk fills out the wild ale card. Simple, but I like it.

Taste: malty taste with plenty of toast and biscuit in the flavor. The funk is much more prevalent than in the aroma, and the tartness of the aroma is nearly absent in the flavor. Still, it's an overall interesting and satisfyingly wild flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Awesomesauce.

Overall: a very satisfying beer. I would like a little more tartness, in a perfect world, but this is quite good indeed. (819 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - About a 1.5 finger of mostly white head. Slightly yellow. Body is only slightly cloudy and wheat/gold in color. Strong lacing.

S - A little more earthy than I was expecting. Belgian yeast. Sweet and banana.

T - Belgian yeast, cloyee, and banana. Not good. More cloves and lots of citrus. Lemon and grapefruit.

M - Solid carbonation on a body you want for this style. Light but also a little chalky.

O - Hard to give it such a high overall score but everything was so good. Flavor makes it almost a drain pour. I knew an $11 Belgian Wild was too good to be true. (569 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent anticipation buildup from the lovely 750ml corked bottle to the frothy pour - couldn't wait to dive in. Aroma is citric in nature, but not overly so. First taste is complex - hints of roasted malt, orange peel, over a foundation I'd almost characterize as chewy and mead-like. The beer finishes strong, with the variety of tastes lingering well after the swallow and only a slight hang. This beer is incredibly refreshing, light enough for a warm summer afternoon, yet complex enough that each sip can be relished. (524 characters)

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.