Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of ryandurka
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
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%
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 +5.4%
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
3.63/5  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 -9.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of YankChef
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a rodenbach glass

appearance: pale golden color with orange hues, somewhat hazy with a fluffy head that quickly dissipates to a whisp that just covers the beer.

Aroma: sour with other bret funky aromas that are hard to describe. Cheese like aromas that would go along with blue cheese and brie rind

Taste: Layers of interesting flavor with some orange, grapefruit and maybe even a little leather. A certain amount of bitterness is definitely present along with warming alcohol towards the end that is kind of raw.

Overall: This tastes like a raw and unpolished la fin du monde with an interesting head. However the flavor doesnt pull through for me and while this was interesting I do not think I would seek it out again. The alcohol presence is a little bit high and makes this slightly difficult to drink.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six twists and the cage is off (it's always six...a Belgian told me)...the cork comes off with the very strong "pop!"...and the beer pours a mildly hazed golden yellow. The head is soapy and one of those "loud" ones, popping and crackling and leaving rings of lace as it diminishes.

The aroma is sensuous...if you love the funk, anyway. That stinky, sweaty farmhouse aroma is here in abundance, but not to the point of overshadowing absolutely everything else. It lets a wonderful lime aroma through, and sourdough can be enjoyed as well. And then, sure, it's back to the funk. Love it.

Well, Sacch & Brett, how are ya? My favorite Belgian buddies are knocking on the door...loudly. They're making their peculiar yeastiness known. Right off the bat I'm thinking this is about as perfect an example of a Bretty Belgian ale as I've ever had (although the Flemish Primitive line is a massive favorite, and Piraat has that something special as well). Why is this so good? Because it's not complete overkill. There's some sour sweaty sock here...there's a hint of Band-Aid (mostly in the finish)...but as in the aroma, you get other characteristics too: a citric twang, a light bread dough, and a white pepper spiciness. The texture is light on the palate, and the beer dries out pretty quickly, begging you to sip too quickly.

A highly-anticipated beer in this household, and it definitely doesn't disappoint. Fabulous stuff. Fans of Fantome, Orval, Jolly Pumpkin, De Proef's Flemish Primitive and of course lambic/gueze know what to do. Hell, you've probably done it already.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet at Victoria Gastro Pub (MD)

A - Semi transparent, straw to blonde liquid, 1/2 finger light white head, champagne-like.

S - Bretts, duh! Lightly funky, but more a mild sourburst.

T - Bretts! There's a nice wild/funk hit, but it doesn't overpower in the least. A good introductory brew for this style, nothing too crazy. Touch of sweetness, quite a bit sticky. Some light lemon flavor late, almost like a sprite underneath the funk and malt. Oddly, reminded me of Orval, sort of have to fight to get any pronounced flavor, but a wonderful bouquet and complexity. Some late fruit flavors without the fruit sweetness.

M/D - Improves as it warms, always a good thing. I took my sweet time and was rewarded almost two hours in with some new flavors and textures. Not a huge bitter Bretty hit, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for in the style. I give a little more benefit to mouthfeel than drinkability. Bitey late.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light pour makes my tulip glass overflow with foam. This is one frothy beast.

Bright golden amber.

Sucked off some foam so I could get a good whiff of the body on this one without all the tingly carbonation.

Strong brett aromas of funky barnyard, rubbery bandaid, medicinal alcohol.

Sweet citrusy and bready yeast. Again, the brett yeast pokes at me with a vengence. Musty and spicy through to the finish. The carbonation makes this one expand in my mouth and spread the flavors to every nook. Good full mouthfeel if there wasn't such a fizzy carbonation. Not a bad thing, quite unique actually.

Good unique drinker. Definitly worth trying in my book.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden-orange with crayonesque brightness. The is a low cap of ivory suds on top.
Nose is plenty wild indeed, full of oaked balsamic vinegar, orange peels, lemon-lime juice, corkboard, honeydew melons, lilac, mashed apples, and wheat.
For as sour as the nose presents, the taste is something of a shock. Not for its bracing tartness, but for its lack of it. Malt is the feature, mostly pale and dry and crackery, but also with ample sweeter undercurrent of golden raisins, pears, and underripe mangoes. A glint of orange juice precede the Brett and Sacch as they add leathery and woody tannic bitterness along with a trace of fungi. That is quickly wiped away by the floral hopping that is equal parts in bloom and dried. There is an evident flare of alcohol on the close. Everything is very cohesive and coherent up to the booze belch, and it comes across slightly jarring.
The body is medium but given a certain lightness by the everpresent tiny-beaded carbonation.
Once the forward booze-traits are accustomed to, this is thoroughly enjoyable. It's not as "wild" and funky/sour as I had anticipated, but instead more in line with something like a Saison. That makes it decidedly more drinkable for me.
I'll have to put some age on a bottle and see what happens, as this could seemingly go a number of ways.

Photo of robbyc1
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow orange cloudy glow with yeast bits in it, nice fluffy white head. Lasts long.

Somewhat funky, sourish, otherwise nose is like a good triple.

A bit of funk assists the fruity malt from belgian or wild type yeasts, some hop, very long finish with a dry lasting taste after a bit of upfront sweetness. The esthers provide a classic cotton candy type nose combined with apples, and a bit of sharp sour mustard. Very entreatingly.

Full mouthfeel with standard carbonation, very nice.

Drinkable nicely, no way this is 9%, well hidden.

Was looking for more funk from the wild yeast, otherwise a well balanced and drinkable beer.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super hazy, golden-amber colored brew with a hefty amount of yeast flakes floating around. On top there's a just-off white head, about two fingers with a very gentle pour, builds up another finger with the final swirl and pour. Recedes slowly, the creamy thick bubbles widening out. There's also some brownish sediment flecks on top.

Yes. Huge aromatics of Brettanomyces and other funky, barnyard aromas. Oh so slightly sweet, but really just funky and wonderful.

The flavor again relies heavily on the yeast to get the point across, there's some mild, Continental hopping (grassy, slight lemon twist). A bit spicy as well, maybe some ginger or something. A tiny prick of heat reminds you that this is an adult beverage.

Given more time to mull, I'm struck by how hoppy this one is; noble, peppery, pale malt sweetness-enhancing, certainly, but also quite present in the flavor, which is interesting and delicious.

Perhaps just a bit less punch that the finest of wild ales in the mouth, there is a lot of carbonation but it's not at the same level as my favorites.

Last night, a new tripel. Different but enjoyable. Tonight, a new masseuse for when my wild-ale knot needs rubbing.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.