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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale

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490 Ratings

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

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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Photo of WastingFreetime


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy golden straw colored, fizzy white head quickly goes away without lacing.
S. Extremely funky and swampy belgian Brett yeast funk on the front almost obliterate the undercurrent of barnyard stable and fruity esters of pear juice.
T. Oddly tortilla-ish dough flavor that segways into a medicinal / mutant herbal hop tone and....semi-spoiled papayas? So very wonderfully bizarre...
M. Lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, this one is really nice for fans of the weird and unusual like myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:32:57 | More by WastingFreetime
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2011 20:38:25 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of MarcatGSB


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during the Lions v. Packers debacle, Thanksgiving 2011. Poured from 750 synthetic cork and caged bottle into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pale blonde color with a decent half finger head that lingers for a rather long time, leaving some frothy lacing hanging around.

Smell: Sweet yeast and some bitter funk come through, good amount of spicy funk, with some clove and cumin brimming. Sweet honey comes through towards the end, balanced nicely by tangy tangerine and orange spice.

Taste: More of the tropical fruit aspect, with that really nice earthy spice coming through, well balanced by the funk and dryness of the Brett. This beer has a certain butterscotch flavor coming through, that mellows nicely.

Mouth: For the amount of in your face funk and a bit of sourness (not really sour though) it is very easy drinking, and balanced nicely by a beautiful creaminess.

Drink and overall: Very drinkable. This is an enjoyable beer. I'm a big De Proef fan...Zuetzuur is a great product, and I'm very impressed by this one. I will look for this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:11:26 | More by MarcatGSB
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-18-2011 03:41:31 | More by aanth
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-17-2011 20:48:46 | More by Digitallama
Photo of Jspriest


5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-14-2011 07:57:29 | More by Jspriest
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Proefbrouwerij Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

25oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden color, with a good amount of bone white crackling head. Some floating yeast is noted. In the nose, mildly sour, with hay, lemon and floral hops apparent. Tastes of biscuity malt, small hop bitterness, faint bretty/sour notes and mild vinous qualities. Champagne like in flavor and dryness, and the mouthfeel is lighter bodied. Overall, this is a very nice wild ale, and more on the sophisticated side. Any lover of champagne would certainly enjoy this beer, as would fans of brett/wild yeast. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 00:58:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly golden hazy color with an one finger frothy soapy stark white head. The head sticks around for a while and then recedes to some nice lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of a wheat backbone. There is a big smell of pear and apple juice. The taste follows the nose, a wheat back bone with a touch of sweet belgian yeast. The real superstar of the taste is the pear and green apple, apple juice taste. The taste is sour and very inviting. It makes you want more. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and slightly prickly. Almost like a champagne. Overall this is a very good beer, the aroma and taste are well balanced and make you want another.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 20:46:34 | More by goblue3509
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a highly carbonated golden brew with some turbidity. The head is a large mound of chunky white foam. It lasts for quite some time before settling. The tiny bubbles are ever-present. Nice foamy cap finally settles on top, lace smeared on the sides.

S- Very fruity. Some green apple, pears, and berries. There's a good deal of funk in here as well, with both wild yeasts doing work. Maybe some dark fruit in here.

T- The main flavor is pear, and a bit of green apple too. The musty, earthy, funkiness is in the aftertaste. Grassiness makes a presence too. Alcohol esters and black pepper round out the flavor.

M- Light to medium in body. High levels of prickly carbonation.

O- This is interesting. Kind of reminds me of a tripel in a way, with bits of funk thrown in. The funkiness wasn't as present in the taste, but the lack of the 9% abv adds to some drinkability. Worth having again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 23:52:50 | More by haazer
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New York

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

Pours a bright golden yellow with a substantial light and fluffy head. Some lacing on the glass. Serious rising carbonation in the glass.

Smells sour, grainy. Definitely a lot of wheat in there. It has an interesting aroma. Very different from the american style ales that I'm accustomed to.

Stings like a pilsner. Faint sour taste in the middle. Lacks flavor and complexity. The grainy, earthy aroma is very strong. Finishes with a light hoppy bitterness, which lingers for a few seconds.

The beer has a light watery body with strong carbonation, which you will definitely notice.

Overall, I find that this is an interesting brew, but hopefully not the best that the Belgians have to offer. Its very easy to drink and after a few sips it becomes better, but overall I wish it offered more in terms of flavors and nose.


Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:40:28 | More by negroobserver
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep hazy yellow with some light orange hues. Nice and chunky super rocky head that was about two full fingers.

Aromas at first reminded me of a really funky ale almost like a Gueuze. There was even a bit of sour notes in the nose. When I poured this I had no idea that it was 9% abv. I was assuming it was more like 5.5% abv.
Lots of fruit including orange, apricot, and pineapple. Some spices, mostly including cloves and a dry mustyness almost cedery.

Taste pairs along with the nose, only it's really not sour at all. More of a cross between a Saison and a Belgian Pale Ale. This beer is super dry and estery. Quite a sipper. Give this one a try if you want something that's Belgian and unique, but not necessarily really Wild or crazy.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:11:37 | More by cooch69
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dull copper in color, light to medium in body, with a one finger head and moderate turbidity. The aromas consist of pale malts, belgian yeast, saccharomyces, and brett. It's slightly sweet and slightly buttery. It's light and dry. The flavors are slightly tart and slightly sweet. You definitely get the pale malt and yeasts. It probably isn't as sharp or bold as it could be. The alcohol is well hidden. It's ok but isn't necessarily anything unique. It's a pretty standard Belgian pale with two yeasts. Solid beer, nothing crazy.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:00:18 | More by aasher
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Amazing. Apples, a little alcohol, funky, yeasty goodness. Deep, wet woods - like the forest floor.

Appearance: Frothy, white head. Perfect retention. Hazy amber. Wonderful lacing.

Taste: Immediately fruity, but the funk kicks in hard. Assertive and barnyardy. Not dissimilar to a strong cheese. Alcohol is a little hot. Dry finish.

Overall: My first real venture into wilds. And the name is apt. A serious assault on the palate, but I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:46:29 | More by sjverla
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light bubbly golden amber with a huge amount of fluffily white head. A fair amount retains well, leaving thick clumps of lacing.

S: Yeasty, funky, and earthy, with notes of fermented apple juice.

T: Subtly sweet with fruit notes up front, leading into funkiness in the middle and quickly fading to a dry, somewhat tangy finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. The dryness on the finish is very nice.

Overall it's a very good beer. It's enjoyable, unique, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:11:28 | More by seand
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 14:10:12 | More by metter98
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth beer, although abv is pretty high, taste is not over powering! Pleasant aromas. Mildly sour, I prefer a stronger sour bite. Enjoyable, very subtle after taste. Like i said i do prefer a sour beer, yet this beer is mildly sour i still enjoyed it just the same. Would i buy this beer again? Yes i would the price was over all the same as any good 22oz it was suggested to me from a representative from bev-mo it ran about $9.99 which is pretty decent. I would suggest this beer to all to everyone, who wants something very very mild in sourness and a smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 09:38:19 | More by TKatz11
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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:51:27 | More by DaveHack
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:56:18 | More by Mora2000
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 17:51:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 14:17:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split an 11.2oz bottle with a friend, poured into pint glasses.

Appearance - Brilliant yellow with a minimal layer of head that lingered throughout. Carbonation brimmed for a moment, then subsided into small groups of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass.

Aroma - Couldn't get much here, but my olfactories have never been up to snuff. Mostly white fruits, peaches mainly, with a bit of spice.

Taste - Very much the same as aroma, only more obvious. The profile did shift from a maltier fruit forward drink to a stronger hop affair as it breathed a little. Complex. Light bodied in flavor, alcohol presence was hardly noticeable, even if it comes in at 9%.

Mouthfeel - Light, this thing was able to glide smoothly down with no distractions. But it also left it with nothing to search and discover in this area.

Overall - The only gripe I have on this beer is it's shifting profile makes it very difficult to pair it with a entree. I can see it's uses after dinner, or as an aperitif. However, this also gives me an excuse to try it again with multiple foods. And really, it's hard to fault a beer that gives me a reason to come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 15:43:07 | More by HoppingMadRedCap
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reinaert pours a clear golden straw color with over two inches of bubbly eggshell white head that reduces slowly, leaving substantial foamy lacing and a cap of foamy head.

S- The signature fruity/funky De Proef yeast is prominent in the nose. Smells like dried flowers, hay, leather, and fresh cut grass. Mild sweet aromas of honey and grapefruit skins.

T/M- The first sip opens with a burst of dry, grassy hops, backed by a mild grainy sweetness. The earthy yeasty funk comes in mid-palate, but fades fast. The finish is dry and fairly abrupt, with a touch of grapefruit rind and wheat.

O- I would have preferred a more assertive funkiness, like Dirk did with the Flemish Primitive series. But this is a different beer with a different agenda, and it is successfully executed.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 22:50:38 | More by DaveHS
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Unsure of the year of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts throughout drinking it, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of brett, light barnyard funk, sour citrus, oak, and earthy notes. Not overly funky, but the brett definitely comes out up front.

t - Tastes of brett, fruity malts, funk, citrus, oak, hay/grass, and bready malts. Again, some brett up front, followed up fruit and more earthy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Does not taste like 9% ABV.

o - Overall a pretty nice Belgian pale ale with brett. The brett stands out, though it isn't overly funky or sour. Glad to try it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:22:26 | More by mdfb79
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at cellar temp.

A: Before I even crack the bottle open, I should note that it's filled far higher than any other beer I've seen. Pours to am extremely clear straw-golden color with an absurd (4 finger) white head. I couldn't decant the whole 11.2 oz bottle off the yeast because the head was going to overflow out of a pint sized glass. This thing has bubbles racing to the surface at break-neck speed.

S: Tons of funk and barnyard on the nose.

T: Extremely funky beer, fairly dry with all kinds of hay. You'd never guess this beer is 9% off the first couple sips, until it starts warming up your throat. There are some interesting earthy background notes. Very tasty, and deceptively alcoholic.

M: A fairly full body for such a dry beer. The extreme carbonation gives it a nice lively feel. Also makes for some pretty serious burps.

O: I'll preface my overall opinion with this: My experience with wild ales is limited to sour bombs, so I've never really tasted anything quite like this before. That said, I thought this was solid - I don't know that I'll go out of my way to stock up on it, but I will be a returning customer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 04:02:22 | More by Greencoat
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a synthetic cork and cage. $10.99 from Beer Run. Date on the cork (I assume its a date) says 020610, so 10 months old-maybe.

Appearance: Clear yellow to light orange. Lots of active carbonation. Tight white, foamy white head. Excellent retention. Some lacing, but not a whole lot.

Smell: Lots of brett. Earthy, slightly musty, hay and wood. There's also fruitiness-- lemon and also some apple/pear aromas. A little spice and some perfumy aromas too.

Taste: Surprising bitterness and strong brett funkiness. Grassy, herbal, very woody. Sweet fruit, lemon, and spice swirl with the funk midpalate, then a dry and somewhat too bitter finish which is slightly offputting.

Mouthfeel: The beer is carbonated perfectly-- bubbly and active but not harsh. Soft in the middle, then very dry.

Overall: This is the most "brett forward" beer I've had to date. The aromas and flavors are strong and funky-- excellent. I think the beer is over-hopped though (I think-- too bitter for my liking in this beer anyway), and the bitterness along with the dry finish detracts from an otherwise excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:17:36 | More by rapidsequence
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.