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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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542 Ratings

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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 ccrida
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hzay pale orange, with a small creamy, white head that leaves a thick collar.

Smell is mild citrus, slight sour baryard, grass and wildflowers.

Taste is mild, very earthy, granny smith apples, with hints of orange and spices, and a dry, clean finish. Not quite as funky or flavorful as some of the Flemish Primatives, it was a great introduction to them for me however.

Mouthfeel is seltzery and light bodied.

Drinkability is very high, this is crisp and refreshing, tasty yet mild. Goes down very easisly, with no indication of the ABV - very dangerous if you have to many of these on hand!

Photo of PEBKAC
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/16/07

1) Ugly off-center bumblebee label & a plastic cork.

I pour out a good third of a liter, right on the line of my tulip, & wait for the inch & a half head to succumb to gravity.

A very deep gold, somewhere between yellow topaz & extra ripe pineapple in color. Murky, with endless carbonation the only thing in site. Chunky lace that starts to form barnyard animals in my wandering mind. Yeast & pepper break through as it warms.

2) Pineapple again comes to mind, lemon, SunnyD, rubbing alcohol. Not that bad on a cold night.

3) First thing I notice is that it must be too cold. Bitter lemon peel, alcohol abuse, & a leafy bitter finish. Even though it's been out for a few, let's sit on this. I'm suddenly not in the mood.



Okay, so I packed the bottle back in the fridge, & ignored it for the past two days. It happens. A little random midnight snacking later, & I decide to finish the bottle off(hoping it's still decently carbed).

Thank the beer gods for plastic corks. It pours out just as well as it did before. :)

Honey, lemon, coriander, & a more subdued leafy bitterness. The alcohol is less intense, but it's still there. If my initial impression was somewhere around a 2.5 - 3.0, it's now a 3.75. Not amazing, but very palatable & sufficient with my bowl of random leftovers.

4) Body is creamy, carbonation is midrange, & it goes down slightly, slightly greasy. The beer has noticeable weight to it.

5) It took two separate tries to get this to go down. It had to breathe a little, if you can believe that. A nap might be the best thing for this cranky bottle. Maybe one for me too.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunshiny amber with less than a Belgian ale amount of fine carbonation. That doesn't stop the alabaster colored crown from being large and magnificent looking. It's thickly whipped creamy and is all kinds of sticky. These guys nail head and lace much more often than not.

If you like the smell of Brettanomyces, then you'll love putting your nose over a glass of Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. The nose is horseblankety funky, yet there's plenty of golden malt to put a friendly, approachable face on things.

Flavor is *almost* as good as appearance and aroma. Pale malt and lemony, grassy hops underlie the wild yeast, giving the beer more than a single dimension. When some brewers work with Brett, they overdo it and obliterate the other ingredients (like a certain Michigan craft brewery that I could name).

The hops are probably Saaz. RFWA is at least as hoppy-bitter as the most hoppy-bitter of the Flemish Primitive Wild Ales. Cardamom becomes more evident as the beer warms, and alcohol is almost completely absent. What alcohol is appreciated is a positive rather than a negative.

Given the barely visible carbonation, it isn't surprising that the mouthfeel is less than completely lush and expansive. It's still enjoyable, it just isn't out of this world.

If I had access to De Proefbrouwerij beer, I would be much more likely to buy a handful of these stubbies rather than the 750 ml bottles. Hopefully, the brewery will pick the best of the Flemish Primitive Wild Ales (Surly Bird and Pig Nun) and will release them in 11.2 ounce bottles. If not, Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale is more than capable of providing a high-octane Brett fix.

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a huge head that marks the chalice with interesting patterns of lace

Smell: Floral funk, with a lemony medicinal aspect

Taste: Opems like a BSPA, with a lemon and coriander flavor that develops in the wild direction by mid-palate, with medicinal funk ratcheting in all directions; after the swallow, earthy flavors pair with yeasty elements to provide a more wild ale finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting blend of the straight and wild; almost an introduction to the world of Brett for the uninitiated

Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$8.99 from Merchants for a corked and caged 750ml bottle.9% ABV per the bottle. Fermented with Sacch and Brett. Pours out to a cloudy dark golden, forming a finely carbonated creamy white head with excellent retention and a solid drape of Belgian Lace. The aroma is outstanding...lots of horse blanket, barnyard, stinky and sweet wild flowers (like an old ladies perfume), funky shoes, and basement must. The mouthfeel is powdery and fine with a deceiving medium body. The taste starts fruity and spicy with the above mentioned aromas, then in the middle I get cut grass and metals, then there is a awkward bittering green flavor in the finish. The bitterness in the ends strikes me as odd, chemical in nature, and doesn't sit well. Overall, there is plenty of malt body, but it's not wonderfully sour like a Flanders Red.

A mixed bag. Open up nice, finishes poorly. Quality, but probably not something I would seek out again.

Photo of kundabuffer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spicy, malty and earthy on the nose. The taste is spicy and complex: cinnamon, pepper, with Belgian yeast, hops, and an element of sweetness that makes itself known but is quickly drowned out by a dry, malty finish. The body is on the thin side. Alcohol is easily overtaken by the spicy flavor.

Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Perfectly clear golden with good lacing from the thick white head.

S- Very vegetabley. Lots and lots of asparagus aroma. Also lots of apples and funk. Very strange and unique.

T- Lots of vegetable, apple and, oddly enough, cotton candy. Sweet and unique.

M- Carbonated well. Crisp and smooth.

D- Definitely "wild." Impressive and unique.

Photo of walshclimb
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light apricot color that slightly glows. Half inch foamy, white head with large bubbles quickly thins. Smells musky yeast with hint of barnyard or zoo. Complex with just a little sweet to floral smell. The flavor is complex and hard to put my finger on. Very earthy, picking up a little of the floral to fruity flavor that I noted in the smell. Long-lived earthy aftertaste gives way to mild hop bitterness and keeps the fragrant flavor all the way through. Medium to full bodied with active carbonation that gives your tongue a little bite. This is a very tasty, complex beer that is perfect for sipping on the porch on a rainy day. Great paired with an aged raw milk cheese and a loaf of crusty bread.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw yellow with a thin white head that disappears wuickly.

S - Lemon, grass, hay start out and then the funky barnyard characteristics kick in. A little green apple is also present.

T - Lemon, grass and hay but then turns slightly sweet with green apple and only a hint of the barnyard funk you get in the aroma.

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Unique. Barnyard funk of the brett along with a sweet Belgian Strong Pale make for an interesting combo.

Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 ml bottle into a chilled tulip.

A: This beer poured a cloudy golden-orange color with an abundant white head that rose about 1 ½ fingers before settling into a nice cover on top of the beer. There were fine sheets of lace which covered the wall of the glass.

S: Sweet rainier cherries and green bananas along with ripe granny smith apples. Apples, sweet, sour. Hops were barely detectable. Unfortunately, there was a metallic smell present, that detracted from the joy of the other complex elements of the aroma.

T - Sweet malts and apples emerged upfront to be overpowered by bitter hops and dry alcohol. The alcohol was pretty strong and lingered well into the aftertaste. I didn't find it overbearing, it was just about right. A bit of sour aftertaste but it was not overpowering and did little to deter taking sip after sip. This beer benefits from resting for 15 minutes.

M: Light- to medium-bodied. It was smooth upfront and crisp throughout (due to carbonation that lasted well into the experience).

D: I enjoyed immensely my 330 and could have easily extended the experience deeper into the night. I will buy this variety again and will also continue to look for a Flemish primitive that takes it to the next level.

Comment: I enjoy the Flemish Primitives…a good variant of the Belgium Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of scottoale
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml. brown bottle with a cork and cage, no freshness date. It pours a light honey gold with haze and an active floamy white head that settles, eventually.

Musty, dusty, sweet and sour to the nose...in a good way. Lemon, green apple, parsley with a yeasty, sour twang. It tastes much the same as it smells...rather nice, but by the same token...rather un-eventful. You would never guess that this ale is 9% ABV, it's masked very well.

A medium body with some chalkiness from the residue, and a lingering sweetness. Easy enough to drink, but nothing real special here.

Photo of enfield249
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks for all the world like a pale ale from 4 feet away. Some floaties, no lacing but a head that last till the end.

S - Apples, sweet, sour.

T - Sour, some alcohol warming all the way around, plenty of sharpness from carbonation.

D - I really enjoyed trying this beer, but I only need one a year or so. Very enjoyable for that annual tradition however.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml pours a slightly hazed goldenrod body with a large fluffy white head. Patchy sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is banana, pear, musty yeast, and campfire ashes.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with spritzy carbonation.

Taste is complex. Fruity banana, pepper, bitter earthy hops, dusty gravel, cobwebs, musty yeast, twangy lemonrind, and some phenols. Finishes dry and bitter.

Complex and enigmatic. Seems undecided whether it wants to be a wild ale or a Belgian pale ale. Bitter hops seem to get in the way a bit. A pleasant experience but overly challenging.

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

Pours a dulled golden color with visible tiny particle suspension (akin to a Bell's Pale Ale) with an off-white 1/4" head. Racing carbonation is visible. Fine, delicate lacework.

Wow, I can smell this immediately after the cap hit the tabletop. Once poured into a small wide mouth chalice, this baby really opened up. Spicy and sour is the order of the day; like a cranked-up Duvel paired with a Rodenbach Grand Cru, very nice. A honeyish backdrop is evident through this boisterous nose.

The sour and spicy notes I smelled are very much translated into the taste as well. The spice starts with a ginger-like flavor and ends with white pepper. The sour reminds me of the green olive flavor you get from an Orval, but a little less pronounced. There's a fantastic dryness from the hops and alcohol (9%) that balance everything out masterfully. Long, dry spicy finish - with just a little heat.

Mouthfeel is superb. Tiny bubbles of playful carbonation keep things perky. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is very nice. As far as strong pale Belgians go, this one drinks nicely.

Overall a unique and pleasant offering from a brewery I haven't had before. I really enjoyed the spicy/dry/sour aspects of this well-balanced ale. The dry spiciness lingers for a long time, which I truly like...let's me know I'm into something good. I'll definitely seek the others from this brewery. Happy Easter!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Drab honey lemon color with a touch of haze from the chill. Head started fizzy but a solid inch of sudsy off white bubbles remain.

S: Green banana peels, dried hay, grass clippings, dirty socks and citrus rind.

T: Starts off with mild dry grains, spicy yeast and unforeboding yellow apple. Musky flavors come next mixed with cooked corn, unsalted crackers and candied pears. Honey nectar is the last flavor to cross the palate with hints of nilla wafer, golden raisin and a floral nature. Alcohol hides itself well even at warmer temps.

M: Medium body, soft with just a touch of carbo sting.

D: As my mouth adjusted and the beer warmed, it definitely grew on me. This beer is still generally boring.

Photo of Onibubba
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel Tulip a fairly cloudy amber. Nice beige head that left decent lacing. Smelled musty and sour - dank. some hints of sour citrus. A bit off-putting. Body is somewhat smooth, but this is a highly carbonated brew. Seems to rise up on your tongue and expand in your mouth. Better by the second glass, but not great.

The taste. Where do I even go with this. Not as retchingly bad as my first Cantillion Geuze, but approaching that neighborhood. If there were any other tastes hinted at in the smell, they are lost to the overwhleming tartness of the beer.

This made me appreciate the milder sourness of Flanders Reds and JP's that much more. I finished my bomber, but I'll not be buying this again.

Photo of clickpush
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip glass. Two fingers of white head appear over a lightly clouded dark gold beer. Good retention in the head and tons of active bubbles throughout the body. Webbing is left all the way down the glass. Ends in a great coat of lace and large halo. Looks impeccable.

Nose: Wow, really fragrant. Tons of fruit notes, ripe apricots, green grapes - just really high esters. Faint hints of the anticipated tartness, some chalky dryness to it as well. Hints of ginger? Almost like opening up a bag of Peach-Os or other gummy candy.

Mouth: Not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe, and actually the attendance of hops does not go unnoticed. Very highly carbonated, which is great for this style. Some fruity flavors, but alcohol is all over the place here, along the sides of the tongue all the way back, through the swallow, and felt in the exhale as well. The Brett is not nearly as sour as I would have expected, but that's just the way the beer is. Some metallic qualities that I could do without.

Photo of jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy light amber color, ton of yeast in bottom of bottle. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sour nose. Flavor is tart with some sweetness, mellow fruity finish. High ABV not noticeable. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.

Photo of guitarmage
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. It was a nice straw color with a slight chill haze. Head was white and pretty billowy.

Smell: I like the smell of this beer, it was really musty, barnyard, horse, funky. Also some clean grain, like a funky duvel.

Taste: Tasted like it smelled, a duvel with a lot of barnyard and horseblanket. I want to see it also had a citrus pith bitterness that dried up the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly bubbly carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: This was an adventurous tasting beer, I liked it. It was a very flavorful pale ale, and easy to drink. It also cut the fattiness of the pizza really well.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of this brewer, and I bought this 750 ml bottle with great desire from Hi Time Wine in January 2007 for $8.99 (?). Pours a pretty translucent golden with a decent, but not exciting white head. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is at first sweet orange, but then morphs to tart limes and a weak organic mustiness. Flavor takes these, increases the organic, adds a weak sweetness, and a handful of spices (moderate black pepper and a few others I can't identify). Tasty, but I'm not loving it like some of my favorites from this brewer. Burps from the carbonation are somewhat mushroom-like. And I am actually disappointed by the drinkability- I know what they can do, why isn't that same smoothness here?

Overall, a decent brew, but I hoped for more from the geniuses at De Proef.

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

25.4 oz. bottle served in my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - Beautiful golden straw color, almost completely clear except for the little bit of yeast that I let into the glass. Huge pillowy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving Brussels lace all over the glass.

S - Fresh lemony, yeasty smell that almost smells a little bit like Joy dishwashing soap (and no, that's not my soap in the glass). A tiny scent of sweet candi sugar that's balanced by a little bit of a sour aroma that faintly smells like a flanders red and a light peppery note as well.

T - A little bit of sweet, a little bit of coriander, and pretty strong metallic flavor make up the majority of the taste here. A little bit of a doughy flavor here that only comes out in certain swallows. Finally, a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.

M - A very thick and creamy mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation. A nice sensation in the mouth with the competing bubbles and thickness.

D - For everything that's going on here, it's actually quite drinkable. Not sure why, but I'm having a tough time putting down the glass. High alcohol content is never overpowering and doesn't slow down the enjoyment of this belgian treat. Not one that I'll go back to very soon, but I'm glad that I had the opportunity to sample this unique beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a light orange/gold color with a good sized white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells yeasty and earthy, and a weird fruity/spicy smell too that I can't describe. The taste is yeasty, fruity sweet/sour at the same time. It's mainly apricots and a bit of apple I taste, but there's some other fruit in there. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and very crisp and dry. The drinkability is good, but the alcohol kicks in after a few drinks of the beer. Not a bad beer, I don't know if it's something I could drink all the time but I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy murky pale yellow into a .3L tulip glass. A good sized head remained as i sipped the beer. The smell was bready, yeasty and delicious. I could have sat there for a while just sniffing this one. The first sip hits you with a musty sourness. the mustiness continues as you let this one roll over your tongue. The aftertaste leaves you with some yeasty banana nut bread. All in all quite a delicious brew. The strong taste limits the drinkability somewhat however.

i really am loving these wild ales, quickly becoming my new favourite style

Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour produces a big head, and nice lacing. The color is an ever so slightly hazed goldenrod. Funky, yeasty aroma, with fruity malt.

The malt makes quite a showing against the funk. A fruity, wildly yeasty character combines with with the malt to create something I cannot interpret well enough to describe. I like it though. Mouthfeel is full and foamy. Drinkable to the extreme.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first bottle with a plastic cork in a cage.

Pours with a massive foamy ivory headcap that settles to a coasting leaving a full lace pattern in the glass.

Nose is a sour tart mouth puckering sharp funky wet leather! This is a showcase of brett.

First swigs: Instantly dry light vanilla and horse blaket straw flavor. Earthy with a light tartness in check. A touch of sour apple. Call George Clinton 'cos this one brought the funk! Hints of caramel.

Slick feel with a solid yet gentle carbonation. A linger wet leather follows a dry finish.

Last swigs: Just an edge away from a 4.5 in the flavor category. A little too fluffy and narrow. Excellent with Brie and green apple.

Beer is good. Happy downbeat funky beering.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.