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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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551 Ratings

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Ratings: 551
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of VaRam
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of HalenRush
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Hophead101
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of dino213aa
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of ryandurka
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is not horrible but its not amazing or delightful. i thought it was too sweet / too much carmel flavor and had a rough after taste. not likely that i would search for this beer ever again. its not a horrible beer (ie didnt leave me with a headache) but i wasnt that into the taste.

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

750 ml bottle

Appearance - pale blond straw color with a frothy white head that leaves behind lacing.

Smell - Some sourness combines with a ton of Brett / wet hay, etc. I never thought I'd say this but it almost smells of a touch of urine!

Taste - Loads of funky notes and Brett influence. This is one of my first truly "Wild" pale ales so I'm not sure how this example compares to others. Some lemon citrus in the back of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation but its a bit thin for my liking. Again this is a new style for me so I'm not sure how it compares to others.

Drinkability: I''m getting through it. Perhaps after I get acquainted to the style I'll find this to be a more drinkable example.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a wimpy pfft!, poured into a gold-rimmed goblet yields a bright golden body capped with a finger of grainy white foam. The head retains at a thin collar and leaves a few freckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink comes wafting from the freshly opened bottle, and before I can even begin the pouring I smell sour, funky, and horseblankety notes a-go-go. Released from the bottle, the aroma expands, with notes of sweet hay and ripe melon.

The drink is mildly malty in flavor and a touch fruity, yet dry and crisp with a potent note of hay and a grassy bitterness. A quick wink of tartness yields to a minerally-steeliness and a bit of juicy apple and honeydew melon with peppery spice. A perfumey note of dry hay lingers in the aftertaste, along with a hint of earthy mushrooms. You'll note I euphemistically avoid the description, "Freshly mucked horse stall", but the fact that I mention it now, well... you do the figuring. I was expecting a sour beer, but this one is far from it... so much hay-flavor a horse might dig it. Or poop on it.

Light in body, light in carbonation, light on funky flavor... I guess that makes Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale something of a lightweight, but the beer is highly drinkable.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange body with huge white head. Tons of retention on this stuff, the head sticks around forever. Leaves loads of sticky lacing. A fantastic looking beer.

Smells a little sour, the bretts are noticeable. Some dark fruits.

Dark fruits, grapes. Just a slight taste of the bretts, producing a little bit of sourness.

Extremely creamy mouthfeel, dry and sour in the finish.

OK drinkability.

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pale golden hue, clear, with a one finger thick and fluffy white head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky lacing.

Light estery fruit aromas with a bit of spice, and plenty of sour phenols from the Brettanomyces.

The tartness and sourness sticks out at the beginning of each sip. Some bready malt is in the background, with some fruit flavors that highly contrast the sourness on the other side. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The sour flavors linger for a long time after each sip.

This is a very daunting beer, and show be avoided at all costs by those new to beer. Sour, tart, with a little bit of sweetness sneaking in. And oddly, a bit of creaminess. Recommended for those who want it.

Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not quite sure what happened with my bottle. I poured it immediately after uncorking and, despite my efforts, could not get much head to form in my tulip glass. The plasticky cork looked a little funny on one side, so some carbonation may have escaped, but the taste is excellent and fits the description of other reviewers. Ah, well, it was probably my fault somehow.

Despite its sad headlessness, the beer still looks good, a swamp of yellow-gold murk glowing in the light. Particulate matter is suspended throughout giving a bit more meaning to the term "wild ale." I do have to take off points for the lack of a head, but I'll be sure to pick it up again at some point for a re-review.

The smell is quite striking and took some getting used to on my part. There are some typical Belgian notes, but its infused with a woodsy must that seems to be the hallmark of this beer. This must hit me hard as a taste probably because of my lack experience with the style. After initial surprise, the taste grew on me quite a bit. The dry aftertaste is a help because it cuts any lingering funk. But the funk is what will make you go back for more.

The beer could use a bit more carbonation for a nicer feel, but again my bottle could be an anomaly. The dryness makes for an easily drinkable beer but not significantly more or less than any good Belgian, which is in no way a slight.

This review is of the 750ml bottle.

Photo of ATPete
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

normal size 11.2oz bottle not a squat.

The beer pours a lovely orange brown color with lots of visible, pulpy sediment locked in suspension. Carbonation bubbles stick to the bottom of the glass before jetting to support the hug frothy and lacing white head. The beer glows in the light, very nice. Alcohol shows up right away in the nose, slightly astringent, moderate funk, some citrus and bready notes. First though while tasting is that the beer was very tangy and bright, alive with carbonation. Fresh hop and citrus fruit notes and a layer of light, but musky and earthy funk that lingers on to the aftertaste. Medium bodied and slightly coating, very high carbonation. I wish it was more wild, but still worth a shot if spotted.

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

Poured into a belgian glass from a freshly corked large belgian bottle.
The dense white head wanted to be release ASAP so it appeared from the bottle and made it's way to the table top.
The aroma that followed from the foam was of Brett and slightly fruity spices. The palette welcomed the same notes from the nose but stronger with additional sweetness from candied sugar. The carbonation holds on so you get a good bursts of flavor with every sip.
This one finishes up sweet and dry with a hint of Brett and the very back that makes you reach for the rest of the bottle.
This one was good after about 4 months of cellaring and with a nice piece of grilled cajun fish and beans.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - An enormous frothy head sits on top of a cloudy lemon yellow brew. The head is extremely dense and barely moves down the glass as the fluid fills it. The head does grow less dense though, forming larger and larger bubbles as time progresses. The lacing is thick and copious.

S - A nice funk, horse blanket, a hint of sour cherries, lemon pith and pungent wild grass pollen. Toward the dregs there is a bit of earthy notes.

T - The foretaste is ripe with mustiness - like hay kept in a damp area. A mild pithy flavor is present through the aftertaste. Aftertaste is musty, pithy, a little sour and full of horse blanket presence.

M - Thin, a bit watery, harsh, refreshing.

D - Pretty good. It is very musty.

Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/copper color with good head and nice lacing, with floaties at the bottom from the bottle conditioning (poured just a bit too much out).

Great scent, very sour and tart, very deep and strong.

Great taste, a very sweet maltiness that turns quickly to a sour beer. Hints of banana and clove as well. Very interesting finish, a combination of all the above.

It goes down very well for such a high ABV beer, a little too well really.

An excellent beer for anyone to try, a must for those who like belgians.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.