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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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555 Ratings

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

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 JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +15.4%
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 +6.4%
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
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of CPeterson
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A cloudy, pale straw brew that pours into a nice head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

S -- Musty, piny, a little citrus.

T -- Citrus, funky grassy tones. Lightly hoppy and dry. A very faint malt backbone.

M -- Thin and light, with a light stickiness I didn't really expect.

D -- Not really impressive but okay, might be a nice intro for the style. I won't buy it again.

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason I though this was going to be a Flanders Red. Oh well.

Pours a hazy light gold with a big white foam head. Smells faintly of horseblanket funk with a bit of lemon. Also, is that .... malt?

Taste is lightly soured. THere's some lemon, some funkiness with a kind of hay/grass component, and a splash of residual sweetness. Not a fruit sweetness, just a kind of ... sweet/sour effect.


Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a full billowy white head with great retention and tons of Belgian-style lace. Looks great.

S: Musty, partially fermented pear juice that's been left in an attic. Has a sweet smell about it with how dry this is. Some banana esters make an appearance.

T: Bosc pear, yellow apples, classic Belgian pale ale flavours. Restrained but clear Brett flavours, definite musty, rustic undertones but really in the background. Some wine like (maybe White Burgundy), Old World ester flavours. Quite interesting, very balanced, it's not going crazy in one direction.

M: Medium-bodied, with a soft carbonation but crisp. Very light acidity.

D: This is an elegant easy drinking beer for its size. Complex, but not a beer I'm going nuts for just yet, but I really liked it.

Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is sweet, spice, fruit, and malt in back.

taste is smooth, somewhat sour, spice, a little malt, wild yeast, fruits, and banana, ends dry, a little tart, and a little bitter.

overall a nice wild ale.

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

A - golden. thick white moussey foam. REAL thick. White egg white foam.

S - a little nutty. some spicy hops. sweettart aroma.

T - a little sherry. nutty. slightly sour, but not rodenbach tart. Brett. Perfect bitterness. Refreshing. A little alcohol after a few sips becomes evident. Does NOT taste like a 9% alcohol beer. Probably the most thirst-quenching 9ABV beer I've had. Catches up to you quick!

M - moderate carbonation. Med body. Easy to drink. After swallowing, swallowing once more you can taste the alcohol.

D - Tasty brew. Wild, I guess, but not so much. Not overdone. Like a Belgian pale with a little more to offer.

Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I grabbed this at random as we were doing a belgian sour/wild tasting. Being a Flemish Wild Ale, I was expecting Flanders Red or Brown style, but this is definitely more of an Oude Gueuze/Lambic style.

A - Light golden color champagne color, spot on with an Oude Gueuze. Thin lacing on top with a small amount of sediment present.

S - Spicy, brett-induced horse blanket nose. A mild piney/grassy smell as well.

T - So, this is the first wild fermented Brett I've had that wasn't sour. The nose led me to believe it would have that tang associated with the style, but there is nothing more than perhaps a mild tang that any beer style could potentially present. What there is, is an immediate bitterness provided by the brett that truly gives an insight into what this yeast provides before souring a beer. While I'm missing the sourness, I'm intrigued by the base flavor here. The bitterness is reminiscent of a good Pils, but is obviously not hop driven. There is a very mild citrus tang and sweetness in the background, enough to balance the gulp without taking the spotlight off the brett. All in all, a surpising, intriguing taste that is a very safe into to wild fermentations, will truly show you the flavors of a brett, but will not make a sour-seeker happy.

M - Mild carbonation and very light mouth - unusual and misleading for a beer with 9% ABV.

D - As with most Oude Gueuze styles, the lightness and poppiness is always refreshing and easy drinking. It's the overwhelming sourness of wild fermented beers that usually causes your gut to limit how much you can ingest. In this case, The sourness is gone, and the beer is very easy drinking. Be ware of the 9% on this guy.

**About an hour later, and I've just finished smoking a straight ligero cigar, which has numbed a lot of the bitter receptors on my tongue. This beer, as it warms and breathes (and as a result of the cigar) really starts losing the Brett power, and settles in to a Saison style beer. I saw other reviews describing it this way, and now am in full agreement. The belgian yeast (Saccs in this one as well as bretts) really start to come through with fruit boquet flavors of a Saison.

Serving style: 750ml bottle, 50 degrees, breathed for 20 minutes, tulip glass.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brown 750 corked and caged, really nice classy label; no date to be seen

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold beer; just a ghost of super-fine sediment in suspension; large stark white head fades to a super thick film with good retention.

Smell: Really nice earthy, fruity, lightly funky beer; there's definitely a spicy alcohol presence as well here, underneath everything else. At 9% abv, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Taste: Nice very light malt flavors, a big kick of spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast, and a mild, funky Brett presence. This is definitely a Brett beer for those just getting into the style, or for those who really like Belgian Strong Pales. My wife and I decided this is kind of like a Delirium Tremens, with a slight kick of Brett. Ends semi-dry and a touch hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium, slightly peppery alcohol

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Really really tasty, mild-mannered Brett beer. I've been craving something just like this for a long time, a beer with a substantial Brett presence, combined with some spicy yeast and a touch of sweetness. Really nice beer.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting style. Poured a hazy golden color with a good, creamy head in a tulip glass. Good retention and lacing.

Nose of pine, sour fruits and funk.

Tastes like a cross between a wheat and Belgian sour - a nice combination. Pleasantly sour taste with a touch of bitterness thrown in. Might be some fruit thrown in, but that's not the theme here, to my mind. That might not sound attractive, but the balance is about right.

Nice effort

Photo of mwilbur
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.92/5  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
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.