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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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550 Ratings

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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 OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with some floaties and tons of carbonation. Big fizzy white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Yeast, malt, spice in the nose. Funky but good.

Spicy tropical fruit up front, leading to bitter and palate cleaning alcohol. Dries right out with a bitter bite and alcoholic kick. Some wood, vanilla, pineapple, and peach nectar. This is very good.

Medium body and carbonated.

At 9%, this is surprisingly easy to drink. What a great beer.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso. I don't have a lot of experience with sour ales (not sure if this truly counts as one, anyway) having only had, to-date, the Monk's Cafe sour and one of the Petrus's, but this fit right in.

In an unfair comparison to the Monk's Cafe flemish sour, the Reinaert isn't as robust. Not necessarily something good or bad. I think the variation here is that Reinaert isn't as fruit dominant. The maltiness comes through a lot more than some other sours. Which is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the beer is less ostentatious and cloying than some sours. On the other hand, I feel like it could stand to cloy at a drinker just a tiny bit more.

Definitely recommend this beer, and maybe having it after a Silly Super 64 should be avoided.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk glass

looks like: Pale then layer of head, sporadic lacing

smells like: Grainy, aromas of cereal, makes me think of fresh barley malt with hints of sournes

tastes like: The tongue is as the nose is, grainy, bready, lots of graininess with a bit of sour yeasty smells almost no hop character just a bit of sour lemon notes on the after taste.

feels like: Medium body, medium carbonation.

drinks like: It drinks real easy, grainy maltiness is balanced by a little wild sourness. There was a real subtle hand that brewed this one.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Poured into a Chimay Goblet. Pours a pale, hazy gold with an inch of lace, tiny bits of lace stick to the glass.
Smell:Bread, light funk, dried pear and a bit of earth.
Taste: No alcohol (or at least not 9% worth) which is nice. Lots of fresh bread (sourdough, country white), horseblanket (though I've never licked one), fresh hay and earthy and floral hops. Very well balanced.
Mouth: A little high on carbonation but still pretty smooth. Dry on finish.
Drink: Easy going down. I'm glad I cellared one. I'll hit it up in a out six months and redo the review. Seems like it would age pretty well.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 33cL bottle.
A: Very pale golden, it poured with a big white spritzy head that died to a strong puffy two-finger head.
S: I like this. A pale straw blends very well with a slightly tart cinnamon apple with brett funk. This comes off a bit like orval, but a little tarter in the aroma. Mild, but good.
T: Not as acidic as the smell, but it has a very nice creamy rustic earthiness with a corn or wheat-like white bread malt. The finish is slightly alcoholic like vodka with a lemon citrus. I'm not overly impressed with the taste.
M: Thinner with a frothy crisp carbonation.
D: Good.

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml synthetic corked bottle.

IT pours a nice clear gold with a hint of orange. The head is foamy and white and dissipates at a medium pace. It leaves some foamy lacing.

It has a bit of a subdued aroma for a brett beer. It is pungent at first but after a few sniffs it is light and malty, with some grassy, herbal hop presence.

It is a nice, smooth Belgian pale ale. It has hints of brett, but nothing overwhelming. It has a like lemon flavor, but it mostly bready, honey-like malt and a pinch of hops.

If you are looking for a beginners wild ale this is it.

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

A: Like a hazy pear in color. A great big fluffy white head. Looking nice.

S:Nice and crisp with a slightly sour note. Some citrus notes as well as possibly a hint of pineapple.

T: Very nice. Simple with a slight sour kick. Starts out with a nice sour hit, then develops with citrus flavor, and brown sugar. Finishes with a nice slightly yeasty flavor with hints of banana and clove. The booze is well hidden.

M: Very light, just a tad watery, with excellent high carbonation.

D: Slightly tart, very tasty. Easy drinking, and a wonderful beer to use as an intro to Belgian Styles.

Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white foam head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Nice earthy oak aroma with hints of tart citrus and light fruit. Citrus peel with lemon zest and light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear.

Medium bodied with very tight bubbly carbonation up front with a very prominent funky tart oak presence. Vinegary tartness with lots of funk which is nicely balanced by oaky vanilla notes and light fruit notes. Citrusy notes, especially lemon peel and crisp light fruits like apple and pear. Puckering without being acidic. Extremely well balanced with a lingering dry finish. Delicious and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle, 750ml cork and caged...from a friend; thanks Chris! Poured into my La Chouffe tulip glass. This is a very interesting beer...to say the least. Basically due to it being a "Wild ale" according to the label...but also classified a "flemish". Starting with appearance: pours a hazy and pale straw color, with about a finger size fizzy white head. Head has little retention as it dissipates relatively quickly. A couple fizzy bubbles of lacing slides pretty quick down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very strong from the moment the cork is popped. And as confusion sets in...the "flemish" aroma isn't present! This really smells like a solid American Wild Ale. Big funk and tart notes up front. Citrus and wood are also noticeable.

Flavor is unique... I wouldn't say I love it, but I don't hate it either. The "wild ale" flavors fade out big time in the taste. Based off of the aroma, I expected more sharp tartness, or even a vinegar tone based off the beer still being labeled as "flemish". It's actually very mild...and more "Belgian pale ale" like. Some light fruits...very faint, yeast, and wood notes are the biggest. Theres a very small hint of tart/sour in the very end of the flavor, and it lasts for a few seconds. Overall...this is again, unique. Interesting, but bland at the same time. Was hoping for more...but at the same time...a very easy drinker! Booze is very well hidden for 9%!

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

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a finger thick bone white head that disappears pretty quickly but leaves behind a nice trail of lacing. Beer is a cloudy light amber color

S- Interesting. Smells very much like champagne with a wild yeasty twist

T- Pretty dry. Pretty similar to the smell... starts out dry and champagney. Finishes with a hint of wild yeast sweetnees

M- Light body with light carbonation

D- I forget what I payed for this one, but I liked it alot... it was worth whatever I paid for it to me. The high abv is very hidden so be careful. To style, I would say it doesn't quite taste where it should be... but I'm not a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales but if they all tasted similar to this one I'd change my opinion... enjoy


Photo of ibbjamin
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $3.99 for a 11.2oz bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip to taste.

Large pillowey white head with heavy carbonation visibly present. Pale straw yellow in color. Cloudy yet transparent. Excellent pillowy retention floats about 3/4 of an inch above the beer. Thick rails of lacing.

Sweetness, wild yeast, lemon citrus, grassy hops and bread in the nose.

Taste is a little confused to me. The light citrus notes and grassy hops play off of the sweetness and brett yeast, but not in such great of harmony. Well contained 9% ABV.

Light to medium body with hefty carbonation. Saison type mouthfeel.

Not my favorite, but certainly not bad either. I would drink again, but won't seek it out.

Photo of JamisonM
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt Orange cloudy sponge like head good lacing

S: sweet smell with brett funk

T: again Sweet Taste here like a wild triple but yeast attenuation is not very high with this one a lot of sugars left over I guess the Brett needs more time to ferment out the sweetness here I wish there was more Brett here and less sweet.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: not really very drinkable due to the sweetness

Overall: Too sweet could have been aged longer then released I also wish there was more brett funk but still it was good I did not hate it but there is flaws to this one in my opinion.

Photo of zoso1967
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought to me by Pilpoportahopami when he and his wife visited from the D.C. area.

Pours a pale and effervescent golden color with a pure white head. The head is both frothy and hilly, clinging to the glass like crazy and leaving swaths of lace.

The aroma is nice and tart with plenty of brett character right up front. It is both lactic and musty with some nice cellar aromas. It also has a sweetness behind that his hints of lemon grass. Very fresh smelling.

Much like the aroma the flavor is initially brett heavy. It has that lactic tartness, and some cellar notes. Other flavors include sweet pale malt, lemon zest and a touch of grassiness. It has a bit of a minerally, character near the end and a touch of slightly floral hop character too. The more I sip the more I wish the wild yeast was just a bit more subdued. This beer is not only very sour, but very bitter as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with plenty of carbonation. This beer has a very sticky VERY dry finish that is not the most pleasant I have ever experienced. It leaves a bit of a lactic cheesey aftertaste on my tongue.

This is very drinkable for being 9%, and goes down quite nicely on this muggy night. The only thing that really hinders the drinkability is the amount of sticky dryness on the finish. All in all this is a pretty tasty sour beer.

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

Pours a VERY cloudy yellow/golden-straw color with a big, white, fluffy head. Scent is sweet with lots of green apples. Has the fruity scent of a delicious Belgian tripel with quite a bit of funk as well. Taste is very similar to scent, but much more hops than expected. Also less sourness. Although I was hoping this beer was really sour, I am definitely not disappointed in the taste. Initially I get the apple fruitiness, followed by some hay and brett flavor (I happen to be a fan of brett). Then the hops dominate to leave you with a crisp, dry, lightly bitter finish. I'd say this beer is pretty well balanced (still kinda sad it wasn't more sour). I am curious as to what the yeast does to this beer with some age on it. The mouthfeel is crisp and delightful. The drinkability is VERY high, especially at 9%ABV.

Photo of makinbacon
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a corked and caged bottle this beer pours with a sizzle. Lots of head, and the color of dried corn silk. The foam is just off white and pillowy making fluffy peaks that eventually settle to an 1/8 inch skim.

The nose is kind of funky in a good way. It smells like an old wool blanket that's been hung to dry outside. Weathered but familiar with a strong whiff of grains to back it up.

Taste is modest and simple. There is a strong cereal malt flavor with a touch of hop sharpness and a glimpse of bubble gum yeast. Very pleasing, slightly sweet and easy on the tongue.

Mouthfeel has a nice sizzle from carbonation and a fair bite of acidic bitterness. The finish is dry like an aged scotch but with a malt mustiness instead of earthy peat. A very tasty and easy to drink beer that is quite refreshing. This brew is a solid B+ and well worth trying out.

Photo of armock
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of fruits spiced yeast and a little funky

T - Starts off with with some apple then has a not so good funky yeasty finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - I just didn't really enjoy this beer at all in the taste department and it seems over carbonated to me and I do like BSPAs and Flemish ales so this isn't a beer I'd recommend anytime soon

Photo of tjfinkle
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into tulip enjoyed after dinner

Appearance- Dark orangish straw with nice carbonation and white fluffy head

Smell - Light citrus, with a hint of funk and some herbal notes.

Taste - Citrusy and funky with a slightly hoppy malty finish

Mouth- Light with notable carbonation and rather dry

Drink- Easy drinking beer, the dryness of the beer in combination with the light flavors makes this easy to enjoy drink after drink

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sour wild ale pours a dirty golden color with a big rocky head that fell fast--exponentially it seemed, as it should. A bouquet bursting with Belgian funk. Puckering green apples, leather, wool, lots of earthy stuff going on here.

The body is light, but the flavors are strong. Sour and acidic, tart and fusty, earthy and funky are all things that come to mind. Orchard fruit along with very pale malt provide balance to the rest. The beer finishes bone dry and you immediately want more.

This beer is full of oldness while at the same time being new and refreshing. That is what I like about sour ales: a complexity and depth of flavor. This wild ale hides its potent 9% ABV well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good example of brew with Brett yeast.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 purchased at the COOP... shared with a couple of righteous fellas..

Pours big... 3 finger foamy white head... hazy pale golden... pretty nice lace and retention is great.

Nose is earthy with dusty pale malts.. bits of brett funk... and lite lemon.

Flavor has all the nose elements with some Belgian lite fruits that still are pretty lite.. pear and hints of ripe apple.. the dank brett sorta is dull when colder but blossoms a bunch with warmth ... dirty wool... cobwebs... still pretty fruity with a bit of peach and there is something that makes me think this may be late/dry hopped in some shape or form.. hops are there.. grassy and mildly spicy...

Medium bodied with a great carbonation... the funk really grows with warmth.. but never gets overdone.. but Brett characteristics need time to bloom with this bottle.. I don't know about aging, but I bet it would be a neat experiment.

All 4's

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.

Photo of riored4v
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/29/10

Poured into a tulip. Hazy, straw colored body with a 1 finger head that faded quick. Some decent lacing.

Smell had some cherry notes along with a musty, horsey aroma. Mildly sweet and fruity. Overall it was fairly mellow.

Taste had some definite musty flavors along with dark cherries. Estery accompanied by a mellow sweetness. Mild sourness and fruity flavors. Slight earthiness as well.

Mouthfeel was light in body with high carbonation and bone dry finish.

Drinkability, for 9% was excellent. No signs of ABV and a mellow blend of flavors. Very "light for 9%.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, cloudy with a small amount of sediment in the bottom of my glass and a nice creamy head.

S: Sweet, grassy and a little malty.

T: Sweet and woody, spicy with a slightly sour finish. High ABV hidden well by a nice malty finish.

M: Light bodied, mellow and crisp, even a little peppery.

D: Easy to drink

Good beer, really good beer - unique and tasty. Definitely worth my $4.00 but I probably wouldn't have more than one or two in a single sitting.

Photo of boatshoes
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Paul picked this up for me as a treat the last time I saw him, thanks man!

Appearance- Poured a light shade of muddy brown out of the bottle. Not the most attractive color, but a very nice two and a half fingers of off white head rise off the body from a moderate pour. Head retention is pretty good and eventually dies back to a thin sheet across the top. Mild amount of lacing left down the side of the glass.

Smell- Quite strange and not what I was expecting exactly. Smells initially and most strongly of sweet dark fruits. Maybe some candied plums and figs. The nose reminds me oddly very much of a bock beer. Just the faintest whiff of some funk underneath the sweet smelling fruits.

Taste- Much milder than the nose would have suggested. Sweet dark fruits present still and again remind me particularly of candied plums. Fairly light in body however, with a surprisingly long and dry finish, and a mild touch of barnyard funk present as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and much lighter and better carbonated than I was expecting. Drinkability it pretty good too given the long finish.

Overall, I liked this one better than I was expecting when I saw it come out of the bottle and took a whiff. Very interesting nose and flavor profile, not what I was expecting to say the least. Still reminds me of a bock fermented with wild yeast.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.