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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

536 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

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 champ103
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color. At first a large white head forms with good retention. As it finally recedes after a few minutes some sticky lace is left behind.
S: This is very interesting. A medley of fruit flavors: peaches, pears, apples. A wonderful funky barnyard aroma. Yeast and a biscuit/bread aroma.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of fruit flavors. Barnyard funk with yeast and biscuit flavors. What I find great is that all the flavors are so well balanced. Very subtle and just great.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol shows a bit, and with the prickly carbonation this is a sipping beer.

One of the best De Proef beers I have had. I like this better than the Jason Perkins or the Tomme Aurthur signature beers, and that is saying something.

champ103, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dispensed into a Bernardus chalice. It's a rather hazy bright gold color, with some suspended yeast chunks floating around. The nose is rather funky, with a strong fruity smell that reminds me nearly exactly of DubbleBubble bubblegum, with a earthy tartness lurking underneath.

Interesting flavor! I haven't had a wild ale with anywhere near this bitterness before. It's quite dry to start with, very tasty, with a grassy, floral hop flavor, before a strong leathery brett taste hits. It's tart, but by no means sour, and finishes very dry. I assume it's very well-attenuated. The body is full but not heavy.

Nice beer. The emphasis on hops really makes this stand out. I might add this to my regular drinking lineup. It's kind of saisony, with a funky edge.

allengarvin, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours from the caged and corked 750ML bottle...big pop when I removed the cork but no gushing..a clear and very bright yellow gold with a 3 finger head of foam that sticks around for a long time. I couldn't help but smell some funky goodness when I popped the cork. I'm eager to dive in.

The smell has plenty of that funk smell up front with lots of yeasty smells and pepper, some light lemon, and a good bread nose. Very inviting.

The taste is delicious. The Brett stands in the forefront and lets me know that it is going to dominate my tastebuds but there's more going on. Lots of peppery notes, big yeasty tones, nice bready malt flavours and a nice kick of lemon zest. It also has a sweetness lying beneath...honey? Candy sugar? Maybe a combo of both? Whatever, they make it better and the alcohol is very well hidden. Not much sour going on here( I expected some on a label that says Wild Ale), I can just taste a tad before the finish but it's not really needed here. What I'm tasting is very satisfying. Oh and with the last pour, it becomes cloudy. That's bottle conditioning at its best!

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation, it finishes slightly tart and slightly bitter with a last stop at lemon zest city. Very good drinker and I could drink this one any time of the year. And the head retention and lacing are very impresssive.

Drinkability? It's hard for me to stop sipping on it! Damn it! Is there a thing as being too drinkable? Yes.there.is. When you have to set up a trade to get some. Marvelous stuff! I bet Alan *knew* I'd flip over this one. ;^)

Bottom line: My review will probably be higher than most(I've read some of the reviews) but dammit, my eyes, nose, and palate never lie to me so..so be it.

Bitterbill, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear (without yeast) dark golden color with a finely carbonated fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a thick white sheen.

Nose is abundantly sweet corn tortilla and unmalted wheat. Funky sweetarts come to mind, but ultimately smells to fresh for a wild ale...perhaps a year or two more in the dungeon would have been better. Too late now!

Yes, it is much tamer than I thought it would be as I was expecting more funk and sourness. This beer drinks more like a sweeter, tart Belgian golden ale. Very bready and tastes a bit like masa. Dont get me wrong, this beer is tasty and fun to drink, but some other DeProef brews are better. It does hide the 9% very well and the brett is evident and very much appreciated. The more it warms up and releases carbonation the better it tastes. Definitely a sipper here. I will probably buy another one of these for the cellar one of these days.

twiggamortis420, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of gubbt
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a lasting white head that leaves webs of lacing.

Interesting nose. Sugary sweet apples countered with some slight sour funk. Some barnyard earthiness thrown in for good measure. Quite complex.

Some sweet honeyed notes up front paired with green apples give way to those earthy, vegetal brett flavors and some yeasty spiciness. Sourness is very subtle and alcohol is well hidden.

Lots of effervesence with a medium body.

Interesting beer with good complexity. A good example of the wild/brett beer style and worth a try if you know what you're getting into and you like the inherent wild yeast funk.

gubbt, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drinking expensive beer for the hell of it.

A - Pours gold. Uh-oh....where's the head? Cork was in good condition.

S - Apple juice, some old shoe funk...smells like a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

T - Not as apple as the smell promised. Hoppy. Tastes a lot like Les Deux Brasseurs, except...

F - ...it's flat. Dead flat. Not ONE bubble to be found.

D - Damn it, this was way too expensive to be a drain pour. There was no reason to believe this was a bad bottle, so this pretty much pisses me off. This won't make me boycott a killer brewery like DeProef, though...I'll get over it by drinking a Les Deux Brasseurs.

Patrick999, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jsp2
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a dense, foamy thick head.

Smells of pears, apples, grapes, alcohol, and something odd perhaps cloves. Very complex and nice aroma.

Dry pear-apple flavor followed by a tartness, slight bitterness, and dryness. The alcohol is very, very present in the taste. There is a slight malt sweetness before the bitter dryness of the alcohol. Cidery elements.

Well carbonated and somewhat dry.

Almost like drinking diluted and carbonated brandy with some funk. According to the bottle it has Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces in it. Interesting and enjoyable. Might be a good wild beer for the faint of heart.

jsp2, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden orange in color. A full finger of white head rises with great retention before falling to a moderate cap. Some lacing as well. For the high ABV, the appearance is quite impressive.

S - The first smell I notice is an acidic, slightly spoiled/fermented apple juice. Not quite vinegary, but definitely an apple juice past its prime. There is a clear undertone of barnyard aromas with hay and manure being the most obvious. Alcohol is undetectable.

T - Mild apple sweetness in the beginning with notes of pear, banana, and possibly pineapple. The sweetness is cut somewhat by a phenolic lemony character but strangely little to no acidity. Barnyard funk characteristics become evident mid to late palate. A good deal of the hay component from the nose with a dose of crushed aspirin thrown in and some very muddy, earthy, manure-esque flavors. An underlying light bread flavor is persistant throughout and is most obvious in the finish with the barnyard remnants. Finish is semi-sweet with a good dose of mustiness. Not a trace of alcohol to be found.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Often I feel this style is over carbonated but Reinaert hits it perfectly.

D - For what this is, it is extremely drinkable. Though this is quite a deviation from most beers, the sweetness and funk are balanced in such a way that the flavors never become overwhelming. Alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of being undetectable. Deceptive to be sure. Obviously a different animal than the majority of BSPA's, it seems this is a fine show case of "funk" without the overly acidic character of some lambics and gueuze.

PatrickJR, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of drums4matt
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle that reads "Bottle Conditioned Flemish Wild Ale" poured into De 'Proefbrouwerij tulip.

A: Pours a nice, tall, bubbly slightly off-white head that stays for a minute then dissipates less stickily than some other de proef offerings. Cloudy - chunky even - but of an inviting golden blonde hue.

S: Sweet graininess with big brett notes - oily and plastic-y. Some apple and banana yeast smell. Nice, complex alcohol notes that don't come across as their full 9%

T: A little sweet and sour up front fading to a little more of the malty, yeasty, funky, flavor that I've come to adore de proef for. Leaves with a slightly dry flavor and some hop flavor sneaks in and stays awhile.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is high and the bubbles whip the slick, full body into creaminess. The yeast and malt yield a nice, sweet chewiness to the feel.

D: Drinkability is good but the strength of the alcohol can catch you like a bear trap. This is a beer worthy of some nursing and attention.

drums4matt, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Murky orange color with yellow highlights. Translucent when held to the light. The pour yields 1/2" of foam that condenses to a film on the top that leaves lacing as I drink.

S: Funky, sour smell of brettanomyces; flavors of citrus, green apples, and wheat. Very interesting smell.

T: Tart and sour on the tongue, giving way to malty breadiness and sweetness, with some spicy presence at the end. The general finish is a little watery and foamy, undercutting the flavor. No strong alcohol warmth detected.

M: Medium-bodied with decent carbonation on the tongue, but becomes thin at the end of the swallow.

D: The interesting smell alone makes me want to buy it again. But the taste isn't impressive enough to do so.

Arbitrator, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of bone white head that settles quickly, but leaves great lace. The body is slightly hazy, with a deep golden color.

S - Mild sourness, tangy wheat, and a musty/wild aroma of brettanomyces. Tart, green apples and white pepper in the background.

T - Dry, pils malt with graham cracker notes and earthy, cheese like musty notes. Green peppercorns and a meaty yeast note in the middle. Finishes with some earthy hops and moderate bitterness along with distinct wheat tang.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - While I respect the complex wild yeast character of this beer, it is a stretch to call it drinkable. The aroma is very pleasant, but the flavor is almost bit over the top for me. The cheese like character of the wild yeast in this beer seems to be a trademark of De Proef wild beers; and while it lends a unique and interesting quality to the beer, it hardly inspires me to seek this out as a regular for my beer fridge.

nickfl, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of VaRam
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time seeing this beer in the local shop, pours a nice golden color with a billowy white head. Smells of brett, but not overpowering. Taste is a bit dissapointing, as I was hoping for something with a bit more tang, but otherwise a rather balanced belgian ale. Overall a very drinkable beer and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

VaRam, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly cloudy with the consistency and color of ginger ale. Smells only of brett funk. First sip is sour that is mostly funk. It bites with strength and conviction. It is fairly sour but the brett funk dominates and is not for the wimpy. This beer will not be many people's gateway to sours. The body is extremely light and the high 9% ABV is well hidden. As it warms some of the funk fades along with almost all of the carbonation - strange. Over time the beer becomes less and less tolerable.

ATLbeerDog, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appears a hazy golden orange, maybe I should have stopped pouring sediment in sooner. There's a one inch off-white head that ends up leaving behind some nice lace.

Aroma has some lemon zest sourness to it with some graininess and Brett funk that is almost like vomit, but in a good way. There's also a light sweetness going on in there too, or at least trying to. A vague fruitiness makes it's way in as well.

The taste begins with a bit of tartness up front that is taken over by the Brett flavors but it's not the best tasting. There is a sweetness after that followed by a spicy yeasty character in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a nice crisp and smooth touch on the palate.

This one was kind of interesting, it's not sour but definitely funky. Honestly I think it would be a lot better with some Lacto sourness, but with only Brett it isn't that great.

roadhouse, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of HalenRush
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Spicy lemon and bready.

Smell: Huge banana aroma that I find changes batch to batch, bottle to bottle. I've had some strong banana and some softer banana aroma in different bottles. I like to pour mine in a wide mouth goblet to take a deep smell with each taste.

Appearance: Straw, golden, cloudy.

HalenRush, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new one to the Houston beer scene, so I thought that I would try it out. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy yellow golden color with about an inch of pillowey white foam on top that seems like it is going to be around forever. There are plenty of bubbles rising to make a vortex in my tulip glass.

Aroma: The wild character is apparent, but the overall beer presentation is somewhat sweet to balance it out. There is some lemon and honey notes melded in, and the honey contributes a floral character as well. I don't think that it is actual honey, but the nose sure thinks so.

Taste: The flavor has a wild component to it, but overall it tastes more like a slightly tainted tripel than a dedicated wild ale. It is no Cantillon, but has a nice earthy character to it that gives significant depth to the flavor profile. The finish is slightly balanced toward the bitter and attenuation...and the alcohol is definitely an important guest at the party in the finish as well.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I am not really sure what style this beer fits into, but for what ever it is...it is pretty good. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more of a truly wild character to the beer, but "I like 'em dirty". It is a tripel that is more off than your ordinary St Bernardus or some such. I would drink this beer again, gladly. I will try some of the others in this line to see if they are more assertive, but overall this is a pretty decent beer.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cL bottle marked "Special Reserve", this brew is a hazy straw gold with a medium white head. The foam dissipates quickly, leaving a thin sheet and a bit of lacing. Smells predominantly of sour fruit esters (namely lemon and cherry) and barnyard/horseblanket. The funky brett character really masks the bit sweet malt that's in the background. On the palate, the malt comes forward first, though it's again soon overshadowed by the sour yeast. Surprising bitterness that actually works very well. Nicely balanced and quite complex. An impressive beer overall.

philipquarles, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold with big foamy white head into a tulip glass. Good retention leaves some nice lacing behind. Smells of sour cherries, lemons, and apples, then grain, yeast, and Brett funk. Tastes a little bit of alcohol up front then some sourness of cherries and lemon zest. Honey and grain blend with yeast, straw, and funk with some peppery spices and clove thrown in for good measure. Finishes with a nice dry grass bitterness. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Not as sour as the nose suggested, a little bit medicinal at first but overall a nice mix of fruit, spices, and yeasty malt with a good bitter grassy finish. I wouldn't take this beer with me on a desert island, but I wouldn't mind having it again sometime.

HopDerek, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first synthetic cork beer!

Nose is medicinal and powery. Smells plastic and flat, spicy and warm, very yeasty.

Pours a medium straw, no clarity. Mild head with almost no retention.

First sip is suprisinly soft for the highly medicinal nose. Moderately sweet with touches of honey. Mild malt is grainy with some toast. Notes of lemongrass/ruby-red-grapefruit hop with floral spicy splash. And then there's the yeast. Very medicinal. Dry and powdery, plastic and bandaid with notes of latex glove. Good, strong tartness and bitterness add a tactile dimension.

Though a nice yeast-driven beer, it was never completely lost to the yeast; a fairly good balance persisted throughout. It's good to know I can buy this locally now. When I need a medicinal yeast fix I don't have to rely on Orval (although I do prefer Orval to Reinaert). Variety is the spice of my life.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge foamy white head that slowly descends, leaving rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is bready and funky with a lemon tartness. Bready yeast dominates, but allows other aroma to come through.

The taste is of funky, stale bread (in a good way), with lemon tartness mixing in. A shot of grainy sweetness in the back turns to a spicy, hoppy, dry finish. There's an alcohol sharpness, though it's not masking.

The feel isn't bad - I think it's sufficient, in both carbonation and body, but it doesn't quite "nail it" for me in the classic Belgian style.

Suffiently funky, with dominating yeasty breadiness, sour, though with a sweet and then bitter balance. It doesn't quite win "funky brew of the year" award from me, but it's still a very good example of a Flemish wild ale (funky, yeasty, sour) with classic Belgian Pale Ale character (sweetness and grassy hoppiness). An interesting brew.

jwc215, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 6.14.08 with bro in law Jason.

crisp golden color - great head with thin bubbles, quite foamy. decent lacing left behind.

crazy sour smell to it. cherry and fruit - can really smell the yeastiness. great taste - sour as expected, nice flavor. flavor and taste spread very well throughout the mouth.

Hophead101, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 750ml. I've been pleased with previous De Proef offerings so why not? Clear golden yellow color with an initial smell of acidic tomatos. That is quickly replaced some grassy alcohol and possibly urine. Not bad! Tastes like a wild tripel just a slight bit of bretty funk very easy to drink. Not sour at all sadly but it probably is not supposed to be.

ArrogantB, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of dino213aa
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, golden blonde appearance with a white, froth-like rocky head. Lacing clings in disparate bands down the glass.

S: Definitely sour with notes of apple and lemon which is influenced by the wild yeast.

T&M: Starts sour and finishes hoppy with a hint of barley in between. As I continue this 750 the sourness fades and the hops come forth stronger. As previous reviewers have stated, there is a grass/hay/barley flavor throughout. A commendable effort in keeping the alcohol flavor in check, considering it's 9% ABV. Other ales approaching double-digit ABVs are not as capable of keeping this in check as this brew.

D: Not bad going down. Not terribly complex in my opinion. There is a lightness to this ale that would make it a decent session brew for the summer months.

Conclusion: This is an okay showing. I think the look and smell of this brew is more rewarding than the actual flavor. Sure you get a good shot of "Brett" yeast, but there are more complex and interesting offerings out there. I'd suggest Brewery Ommegang's "Ommegeddon" as a more interesting alternative to this.

dino213aa, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce thin bottle, w/o freshness info available, $3.60 @ New beer in NYC (support New beer, family owned, great selection and prices) With the yeast swirled and activated from the bottom, this one pours cloudy medium apricot, with an off white head, long lasting, respectable fingers of lacing. Interesting nose of light funk, barnyard, fruit and flowers, yes complexity! Delicate and delightful. A lot going on here, flowery, moderate funky horse blanket and more barnyard on the palate. oats, honey, mustard seeds, quite drying grassy hops late. Yum, I love everything I've tried from De Proef and this one did not disappoint. Bring on the funky blue cheese and peppery salads and meats.

Billolick, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A corked and caged 750. I've had several of these, but finally got around to reviewing it now. Pours a beautiful light cloudy orange with perfect white, moussey head that lasts forever. The head leaves a pretty lacing behind. Constant bubbling leaves the sides of the head looking like a beehive, they're so symmetrical. Beautiful.

Aroma is initially of sharp white cheddar, with a hint of honey coming in to balance as it warms. There's some biscuit there, as well as a light nutty note. Noble hops are evident, and a bit of alcohol sneaks into the back. Slight citrusy notes ensue a bit later, almost an orange, as it's a bit sweet for a lemon.

Flavor follows the nose profile fairly closely: initially sharp cheese, then a very prominent noble hop bitterness and flavor, followed by light biscuit and bready notes, and a bit of honey in the finish. Other elements in this complex flavor consist of sour lemon, Obvious Brettanomyces, light pepper notes, faint honey. Finish is a mixture of sour citrus and the bittering of hallertau or tettnang.

Mouthfeel is wonderful... creamy, good carbonation lending more spicy character to the beer, with a dry astringent finish.

I have had, literally, about ten of these in a night. It's one of the most drinkable wild ales out there. Highly recommended. Prost!

khiasmus, Oct 08, 2008
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.