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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 552
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
Belgium

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 flannelman808
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great funky beer! Try it if you can find it.

The nose is not very apparent. I get some cereal and some grain. Maybe a little bit of funky yeast or something, and not too much else.

The beer has a very carbonated mouth feel. Almost like a champagne, and as such there is also great head retention.

The beer has that oat, cereal citrus flavor that so many saisons have. But with more alcohol backing. Not in a bad way though its a good tasting finish which includes alcohol. Though at 9% its pretty well masked.

All and all this is a great balanced great tasting unique funky beer. Go try one already.

Photo of atpben
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into my duvel glass. Appears a very nice golden yellow color with a dense head. Lots of funk in the aroma with hints of peach and some light citrus fruits. More funk in the taste with some light citrus notes. This beer has a wonderfully long, slightly bitter dry finish. A wonderful sipper and very refreshing. I haven't had too many other wild ales yet but I really enjoyed this one. The only problem is I can't have more than a couple glasses at a sitting. Will try again for sure.

Photo of dougfir
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

A - pours a nice hazy golden straw. One finger thick white head that sticks around for a while.

S - smells crisp and light with definite notes of brett/sach (calling it urine is a stretch though).

T - A bright crisp start that smoothly transitions into a funky slightly sweet saison-ish body. Finishes dry and crisp.

M - Dry, yeasty, leaves me wanting more.

D - Easy to drink even with it being 9%.

Overall I think this is a great beer for a great value. It is perfect for a hot summer Sunday afternoon (like today). Very refreshing, and I absolutely love the brett/sach wildness in this ale. Not overpowering at all like some other reviewers mentioned, but still plenty there to give it a good flavor. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes wild ales.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks smellsofstout for including this as an extra in our trade.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. 1/2 finger white, small bubble head.

Dark peach color. Not hazy but more of a solid color that I don't consider attractive. Like a thick cider.

I'm beginning to think I should not have included all the yeast dregs on the pour.

Aroma is initially a musty funk. Over time the must grows and becomes less appealing. Taste is too yeasty and bready for my liking. It lends to a heavy mouthfeel that masks the wildness factor I'm looking for. I'd enjoy this one much more with a lighter, crisper body and will do it again with a fraction of the dregs.

Alcohol noticeable on the finish of this 9% beer.

Photo of pwoods
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle(9ish oz.?) purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into a Unibroue tulip/flute.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit skin color with a large pearly white - very fluffy and airy - head. Head takes a bit to fall to a thick fluffy skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Belgian sweetness along with plenty of yeasty esters. A hint of the Flemish style souring with a lack of the harsh acidity. Overall a bit subtle.

T/M: Wheat is very potent compared to any other wild ales that I've had. Some tartness from the wheat. The wild flavors are light and not extremely complex, largely drying and powdery, though there are some sour and tart light fruits in there in the form of green apples, white grapes, and maybe some apricot. Body is medium with lethargic carbonation.

D: Not a terrible brew but definitely a let down compared to the abundance of stellar wild ales from the US. Drinks decent enough and is interesting but probably not something that will have me buy another.

Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a slightly haze golden yellow color with tons of yeast bits floating around. Good carbonation but no lacing.

The aroma was lemony with a subdued earthy funk (brett & sac). I love it when they have that punch in the face funk but this one was pretty mild. Good but a bit disappointing. The taste was also good but missing that sour and funk bite. Starts off like a BSPA and then starts to build to sour and then just stops well short. For a wild ale, I'd mark the score lower but for a BSPA it's really good.

Oveall, a good beer but wasn't what I was hoping for in the end. Do recommend if you can easily get and aren't expecting the big funk/sour that you find in American Wild Ales. For me, one is enough but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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

when poured this beer looks great. it also has very good consistency. its flavor is an acquired taste and i could easily see someone not liking its flavor but i do like its flavor which tastes very natural.cool bottle, usually not too expensive. ive only had a few flemish ales but i really like this one and i recommend trying it if you have not already.

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Translucent honey color with firm white head consisting of foam and medium sized bubbles.

S = Bananas, wet hay, white pepper, light cloves, lemon juice.

T = Sour from lemon and sourdough, fresh Sencha green tea leaves, slight plastic taste, wet horse blanket (yes, I said it), good funky barnyard tastes.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, slight sting of alcohol and carbonation which is just perfect for the style.

D = This is a very nice wild beer, good Saison qualities but also some other wild notes. Good to go with food like roast chicken with a lemon butter sauce.

Photo of roblowther
2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml corked & caged. Looks pale gold with almost no head. Smells of banana, cloves, honey, and sour cherries. Taste is very sour, with a musky stable-like taste. It has a wet hay, very very sour taste. The mouthfeel is spot-on with nice carbonation up front and a great slick finish. Drinkability is limited by the sourness. It seems like a good execution of a style that just is not for me. Wow. Wood, hay, and sour-y sour. I'm sure someone will love this. Someone who isn't me.
An addendum. When it warms, it smells...um....like....well....let's not beat around the bush. urine.

Photo of jwinship83
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- this comes out of the bottle a murky golden yellow color with a finger of white head. lots of floaters can be seen. head is sticky, but quickly becomes a skin on the top of my glass.

S- bready malts, summer fruits like apple and pear and a little belgian yeast. that wild "barnyard" smell is here too. this kind of smells like a rotten duvel, if that makes sense.

T- taste is strongly of bread like malt, and lots of the barnyard funky taste. its almost cheese like. belgian yeast, and apple can also be tasted. no trace of alcohol.

M- medium bodied and fizzy. this one left my mouth dry. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- one of the "funkier" beers i have tried. easy to finish, and one was enough. im still getting used to the idea of wild beers, this one might have been a bit much for me right now. definitely an acquired taste.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of equal parts sugar-coated pears and barnyard funk with very light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the funk takes a backseat to other flavors. Belgian candi sugar coats light fruits with a small amount of tartness that does little more than even out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good - it's got a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished off the bottle without any problem, and could come back to this in the future.

Overall this was a tasty beer, though I would've preferred a bit more tartness considering the name, though I agree that it is more of a BSPA. Worth a shot.

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

A: straw yellow, very opaque. nice white head with a great retention rate. gorgeous lacing.

S: huge sours, sweet yet tart citrus, mostly lemons. some cotton candy.

T: not as much funk as expected. great slightly tart citrus. cotton candy, green apples, and light spices.

M: mild bodied. solid carbonation level. a lot of zip to this one.

Photo of dolemite77
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy amber from a 750ml bottle. Aroma is about as funky as any I've had from de proef... I never in my life would have thought that a barnyard smell would ever be a positive thing in a beverage. I don't get as much horseyness with this one as much as wet hay and dustiness. Flavor is on par with the aroma. Yeasty funk, with the superdry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall this is a good drinking beer, that is a good example of what a couple of yeasts can do to a beverage.

Photo of bonkers
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. It pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is funky, mostly sour. The flavor is also a bit sour with a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied and it is a sipper. I will not get this one again, IMO a bit too much brett.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThirstyBird for the opportunity to try this one. 750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured the color of straw with a skim of white foam around the edges; clarity was murky. Nose was sour apple, oak and ethanol at the back. Taste consistent with nose, but much more muted. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent with a dry finish. Easy drinking, but not much of a wild element per se. That being said, I really enjoyed this brew and am looking forward to try other offerings from this brewer.

Photo of RomanW70
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Rian (Thirsty Bird) for sharing this beer. 750 ml bottle. Pours dark hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is all sour apples at first. After a minute, some grass and funk come through. Well balanced flavor, with a nice mix of sweet and sour. Has a medium body and medium high carbonation. Overall, this was a very nice beer.

Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of gubbt
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Patrick999
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of jsp2
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of drums4matt
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.