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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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542 Ratings

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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 mwilbur
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow opaque with a thick white head and plenty of lacing and carbonation...mmm mmm.

smell is citrus fruit, sour yeasts, a bit of light malts, bananas, and a hint of spice, also a bit of woody stuff going on.

taste is a terrific mix between sour and a blonde...wow!!! what a wonderfully balanced, incredible brew. great sweet, fruity biscuit notes at the start, then some sour tartness, then woah...some bitter hoppy dry character at the end.

mouthfeel is great, slick, then very dry at the finish, with plenty of delicious bubbly carbonation.

A great, surprising beer - one of the most balanced sours i've had!

Photo of homebrewhawk
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. corked and caged bottle. Bottle conditioned. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Lots of brett in the nose also some caramelized sugar and citrus. Light to medium bodied. Not as sour as the aroma would suggest. Citrus and some candied sugar. Funk in the finish that builds as it warms. Interesting beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

De Proef Rainert Flemish Wild Ale, 750 ml bottle.

Hazed, pale yellow appearance, solid, bone white head.

Funky, wild, and weird aromatics. Citric, sour, and horse-blanket musty-fusty. And a little feline urinary by-product.

Super-tart on the palate, big sour pucker, coupled with a hoppy blast. Despite the potent power of this double attack, it gets downright mellow thereafter.
Very smooth and indubitably delicious. This went down easy.

Photo of barknee
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been storing this bottle for about five months at slightly warmer than cellar temperature to accelerate the production of funk, as much cooler temps are known to hinder the development of Bret. With intended agitation of the bottle, the release of dregs and sediment was astounding, like one of those plastic shake up things with the snowman and "snow" inside it that you got as a kid when you visited Florida for the first time in winter. Massive dregs and particulate (I love that word) seasoning the brew as it circulates through the bomber bottle. To me this gives the brew character and I pour this through a ultra-fine strainer to weed out the largest fluid-borne mass. The nose of this brew is great; soft barnyard funk, horsehair and yeasty. A generous white head leads into a never ending meringue like slick with beautiful unctuous lacing. The taste is moderately bitter and tart with essence of lemon balm and slightly detectable candy sugars. This vibrancy from the zesty citric components lends to this brews drinkability that has a surprisingly plush mouthfeel. Clearly as this brew warms it becomes much more opulent; so drinking it at the proper temperature will provide for the most enjoyable experience.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy light amber/yellow with and off white head that falls slowly.
S - Sour apple, citrus then a little funk.
T - Sour, sweet malt, cherries on backend. Nicely complex.
M/F - Light body and beautifully carbonated.
D - This is a nice beer. Tasty and easily drinkable.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 cork and cage

Poured into delerium tremens glass.

Pours a finger of white head. Great retention with some splattered lace. Color is a hazed copper faded orange.

Aroma: Oranges, bananas, cloves, seems to have some bugs as well. Maybe some brett. A little sour notes. I actually like the aroma a lot.

Taste: Very dry taste. A lot of fruit notes, bananas, cloves, dry grassy hops. The brett sticks out a lot as well. No where near as goo as the aroma was. A big let down.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and funky. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry and funky.

Overall, it was a decent brett beer, but nothing amazing. It is fairly drinkable. When I red the label I was really excited to try it, because I thought it would taste like some of my favorite styles, but I was wrong on that.

Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= The pour reveals a light golden colored beer that has very very lively carbonation. Really bubbly looking. The head rises to three fingers and is almost a perfect white color. The head is a nice thick meringue head that has tiny bubbles and some bigger bubbles resting in the middle with great lacing. The heads retention is great and lasts throughout the drink. Lovely.

S= A balance of spicy belgian yeast as well as some sour tartness. The belgian yeast has a little bit of a peppery spice and some green apple in it. The sour notes are very lemony but it blends very well with the apple yeast. There my be some hoppyness in it but it is subtle compared to the yeast and sour notes.

T= Again the belgian spice and sour notes. Very very similar to the smell. Apple spiciness and just a little bit of tart sourness. I pretty much explained the smell and the taste matches it perfectly. The sour is much more subtle however and there is only a little of the lemonyness. There is a slight amount of alcohol warming in the throat. The finish is really quite bready and doughy. Really nice.

M= A little overly carbonated as the appearance noted. A semi dry finish in it. Crisp and clean for being a wild ale.

D= Pretty good. This is my second attempt from this brewery and I wasn't as disappointed this time. This beer wasn't as funky as I hoped it would have been or as sour really. A very light wild ale. Not bad by any means but not the greatest thing I've had and the price tag won't lead me back to it but it was worth a shot.

Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A nice golden color with a hazy finish and a small white head. It's got a funky and slightly sour aroma with some raspberries and grapes. The flavor is funky with much less sourness than the aroma indicated. The carbonation is high with very fine bubbles and the consistency is moderate.

This beer has good flavor and is easy to drink. It's not outstanding but it's good.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of slaintemhor
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour was cloudy, murky and straw like with a thin off white head. The aromas were lightly citrusy with plenty of yeast character and funk. On the palate there was light citrus, biting hops and the quintessential funky horse blanket and barnyard that seems to go with such ales. Good stuff; don't get me wrong!

Photo of triptens
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden straw with 2 finger bubbly white foam head that keeps a nice film over the top of the beer with white bubbles off to the side of the glass.

S - Definitely some funkyness goin on in the nose right off the bat. Tastes like a real deal belgian wild ale. Quite pungent with the barnyard and must. Bit of lemon zest and caramely notes.

T - Funky, spicy, the two strains of belgian yeast come through in the flavor.

M - Nicely carbonated, dry mouthfeel. A bit thick when it first hits the tongue.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable but in small amounts like most heavy bret beers. One for me is good.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Had At: Brasserie V (Madison, WI)

This was my second beer that I had at the Brasserie V tonight.

Appearance: Pours a lightly tinted hay color with some amber thrown into the mix. A finger of head sits on the top of my glass, although I suspect that there would have been more had the bottle not foamed over when it was opened. The waitress told me that the bottle starting gushing when she cracked it open. Had that not happened I would have expected some thick whipped cream colored head.

Smell: The nose picks up pale malt as the backbone. There's a hint of citrus, either form the yeast and or hops. Finally, the barnyard shows itself from the brett yeast.

Taste: The first splash across the palate reveals pale malt as the backbone. There's a little bit of citrus in here, I think it's lemon. Finally the barnyard shows itself, but it isn't was evident as I was expecting. This wasn't as complex as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with quite a bit of carbonation. I felt like there were some hop oils coating my teeth and gums on the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This just wasn't as complex of a beer as I was hoping. It seemed rather straightforward. Some pale malt, with a dash of brett to give it some barnyard characteristics. I just wasn't feelin' it.

Photo of hwwty4
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 11.2 oz stubby into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a deep copper amber with a decent 2 inch head that recedes into nothingness and leaves no lacing. The aroma is surprisingly not as bretty as I had expected by reading some other reviews. While the brett funk is there, invoking damp earth and musty closets the caramel malts come through also lending toffee, biscuits and yeast to intermingle with the brett. The flavor is very reminiscent of the nose with caramel malts, giving a toffee/biscuit flavors along with the brett funk. To me, the brett lends itself to an earthy dampness that compliments the toffee rather nicely. Also a slight bit of alcohol show up as it warms. Its really nice to see a beer where the brett is domineering the show but at the same time I wish there was more of a brett presence in the beer. I know, I cant be pleased. I would like to take a bottle and age it for a couple years just to see where it goes.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taste- sour bitterness, honey, spice, and herbal

color- golden yellow, champagne-like

smell- estery, leather, sour and yeasty, citrus

body- full, sour

appearance- fluffy, light white head

notes- bitter, sour finish, makes you pucker, gets the drinker's attention. beer is brewed with the same wild strain of yeast that is used in lambic

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass, this beer had a two finger head atop a deep yellow body, It was hazy, with numerous floaters.

Aroma hit me first with a lambic-like sourness, followed by doughy yeast, honey-lemon, and sparkling white grape juice. It also smelled a bit acidic, but not an acetic odor.

Taste was tart and peppery, with some doughy/yeasty character. The resemblance to sparkling white grape juice was also noticeable here. It was only slightly bitter, and mainly on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was quite dry, but nice.

Drinkability takes a little hit, because although it was interesting, the 11.2 oz. bottle was enough for me. I enjoyed trying this beer, but I had enough and didn't want any more.

Photo of eberkman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, honey-gold with a tight, sticky white head that sticks to the side of the glass. A deep whiff produces a nice potpourri of tart lemon notes and mustiness. Definitely has that brett funk to it. On the tongue, there's a sweet/sour citrus backbone with a peppery presence in the foreground. Lingering bitterness. Not as much of the mustiness as there is in the nose. Actually reminds me of a more tart Duvel. But I was hoping for something a little more tart and, shall we say, barnyardish. Still, very Belgian in the yeast. Crisp and spritely on the mouth. Complex enough and dry enough to be pretty high in the drinkability department, though I imagine a couple would be more than enough at its strength. Still very enjoyable and quenching.

Photo of organicbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass. Almost lept out of the bottle. Glad I had the glass ready

A-Huge cloud like head. Very tight bubbles. Very chunky. cloudy orangish gold. The chunks floating in the beer really take away from the experience.

s-Lemon crackers. a bit of funky brett. Lemon curd. Smells great!

t-More lemon crackers. Bready and citrusy. Slight alcohol flavor. Low hop bitterness and no hop flavor. This is all about the yeast. Nice

m-Prickly carbonation, not overwhelming. No alcohol burn. Medium bodied and a bit sweet.

d-The sweetness would be a problem if the carbonation wasn't so high, but the bubbles wash the sugar off the palate.
These guys need to take care of the chunks. Maybe this was a bit old? No date on bottle

Photo of abecall98
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this beer on a whim to try something new.

A - copper colored with a nice lacey white head. Looks great.

S - I can smell some funk and some slight sour fruit, but not very strong in this department.

T - Very funky, yeasty, and slight acidity and sour bit. Tastes of green apple and sweet red apple. Still rather light in this department of flavor. To me, funk is something that backs up to a flavor profile, but without much sweetness going on in a wild ale, there is not much the funk can do.

M - creamy, and light mouthfeel. In and out. Not much left behind. Nice for something belgian. The slight funky aftertaste isn't all that great without the sweetness to balance it out.

D - having a hard time downing this one. Too yeasty, funky and unbalanced to be really that good. The 9% abv. is hidden, but the aftertaste is just too much to be good.

Photo of baos
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Falstaff goblet.

A: Hazy orangey-straw color with not a really big Belgian head, but still a nice 3 finger head with tiny bits of lace here and there. Head dwindles down to nice ring pretty quick.

S: I've had several wild yeast beers and I'm starting to recognize the Brettanomyces' honey-lemon-nectar funkiness. There's some butter notes in there as well. Lots of stuff going on with this one.

T: Spice hits me upfront. Clovey candy sugar. Apple butter. Then into a bitter cardamon pod flavor. Ends nice and dry, a kind of banana peel bitterness. A nice nectary lavender alcohol flavor as well.

M: Nice medium feel here. Not as thick as some strong ales but no complaints at all.

D: A strong beer but one that goes nicely with taking it slow. It gains character as it warms and you could make a wee bottle of this last some time. Truly a wild experience. Try one on for size. You'll see it fits nicely.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle w synth cork and cage. the cork is marked w "RWG.08". tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden straw w orange honey tones. bottle sediment disturbs easily, with lots of particles and cloudiness. 2-finger white head, fades to wisps and ring. consistent lacing, but sometimes thin.

aroma: lots of overripe fruit (apple, pear), hay and must, with just a touch of barn aromas. hay notes match w grassy, herbal euro hops. all a bit subdued however. hint of peach skins.

taste: malty and bready, with those slightly overripe, sweet fruit flavors of apple and pear again, plus white grape and peach, again quite heavily ripened. mixes with pepper and spiced phenol note and touch of dried citrus peel, cleaned up by moderate bitterness from euro hops. twinge of acidity underneath.

medium body w moments of lightness, yet smooth, with touches of resin astringency into the finish. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly and helps with an almost creamy body.

this ain't bad. but their special releases are even better.

Photo of Floydster
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle purchased from the Pizza Port Bottle Shop for about five bucks, reviewed from notes, poured into my Chimay goblet, light yellow color with a hint of orange tint, two inch soapy white head, pretty weak lacing but some decent retention, aroma has light hops, floral accents, light malts, citrus, oranges, lemons, and mildly wild yeast, flavor starts off crisp and dry with a very minor tartiness for the first few sips that went away later on, dry yeast and hops in the middle, finish has a lot of sweetness and hot alcohol, Belgian sugars and yeast add to the sweetness once it warms, thick and not typical of a wild ale, too strong and overpowering, slightly dry, sweet, and boozy mouthfeel, medium bodied, lighter side of carbonation, taste lingers pretty long, could not drink much more of this, heavy stuff and is filling even on an empty stomach, too sweet and boozy for my palate, not very wild and barely any tart at the beginning only, booze overpower this beer quite a bit, probably would not drink again, worth trying

Photo of MrMonkey
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with a slight chill haze and a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly to a thin cap and sticky ring. Great lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast with notes of wet blanket and a musty earthiness, lemon zest, and green apple.

Taste begins with some biscuity malts, before some yeast and sour fruit flavors. Wet grass and that musty earthiness from the nose hits mid-palate before finishing with some lemon and a lingering bitter/tart combination. Very complex.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel that begins with a tingling carbonation, but finishes a bit flat.

A very complex brew that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a LaChouffe chalice. Beer was straw yellow, with a one-finger, white head. Soft carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was light fruit, spices, lemon, bread and yeast.

Taste was spices, lemon, honey, a bit hoppy and light funk.

Well balanced, not overpowering at all. Highly drinkable. A good introduction for people not familiar with this style of beer. Would go nice with cheese.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.