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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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511 Ratings

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 04-30-2003)
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Photo of audiojon
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't quite know what to make of this one. It's slightly tart, but not what I expected from a "wild ale." Scent is off a bit, kinda funky, but not in a pleasant way at first. Once the yeast settles a bit, the scent is easier on the nose, but it is not indicative of the taste at all. Taste is good, not great, and not very "wild." Tart at first, this quickly fades to sweet, then finishes a bit tart again. I barely taste the brettanomyces, perhaps it's the saccharomyces that is the predominant yeast here. All in all, not a bad brew, but not something I would regularly pick up. If you are looking for a wild ale in particular, look elsewhere.

audiojon, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I need a new tulip glass; Only having one is no good when you drink so many Belgians. Received this in a corked and caged 750ml. Fermented with Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces. My first wild ale.

Pours out a nice honey-orange with a very nice fluffy, creamy head that builds up Duvel-tall and recedes very, very slowly to a thick near-inch covering. It's fed by streams of rising bubbles, and leaves crusty white lacing.

Combination sweet and sour scents - I can tell the Brettanomyces but it's hard to describe because it's different from what I'm used to... It's like dried apricots rolled in pepper and spices, then drizzled in bittersweet caramel. (Then dropped into some vodka).

The taste carries similarly 'unusual' tastes; Gently alcoholic, this is bitter, tart, spicy... It does taste wildly fermented, like that glass of apple juice I left sitting out in the garage for two weeks and then sipped. There's some crabapple, and I notice after a couple of swallows a small amount of acid.

Creamy mouthfeel, with a slightly tart finish; not much is left behind after swallowing.

For a wild-fermented Belgian, this is pretty good; it's my first one, so I'm being somewhat conservative with my ratings because I don't have anything to compare it to.

Tupperwolf, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of masikon
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip yeast and all. Head came in very well for me despite what others have said, tall white and fluffy leaving lots of lacing and it reformed after each drink. Color was ciderish burnt orange with active carbonation and some floaties wandering through the glass. Nose was strong and complex with fruity aromas galore from bananas to strawberries , followed by a strong sour note. Taste hits the buds very sour but in a good way and prepares your palate for a wave of complex fruity flavors, yeasty and full this is easy to drink at 9 percent. Changes dramatically as it increases in temperature making each sip slightly different. Overall I really like this beer and will be on my way tomorrow to pick up a few more to see how this one ages.

masikon, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orangeade, the head had a few patches a few flakes graced the bottom of my glass.

Smell: Fruity aroma, it took my a while to pin it down, but I finally settled on a mix of apricots and cherry flavored life savers...Interesting!

Taste: Alcohol quite predominant, the sweet, fruity aftertaste mingled well with yeasty, breadcrumb character. Quite full bodied. It was nice, but nothing over the top for me, a trend I seem to notice often from this brewery (I didn't even knew DeProef made the Beer before typing this).

Goldorak, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Not available here in Wichita. Picked this up in Boulder, CO.

Appearance: This beer poured a cloudy golden-orange color which seemed to glow in the glass. The white head rose up to three fingers with an extremely careful pour. It settled at an average pace, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the top of the brew for the entire drink. The foam ramped sharply up the side of the glass, attesting to its stickiness. There were solid sheets of lace left behind.

Smell: A combination of sweet and sour on the nose. Pungent sour apples and grapes were present, but they didn't have an overly sharp, funky sourness that I was expecting. The sweetness was candy-like and thick. A nice dose of old wood lingered underneath, helping to add some complexity. Hints of hops were just detectable. Unfortunately, there was a rather strong metallic smell present, too. It detracted from, but did not ruin, the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and slightly coating. It was smooth upfront, picking up a crispness as it moved back into the mouth.

Taste: Rather typical Belgian pale. Sweet malts and apples emerged upfront to be quickly overpowered by bitter hops and dry alcohol. Wood and sweet vanilla rose up on the finish. The alcohol was pretty strong and lingered well into the aftertaste. I didn't find it overbearing, though; it was just about right.

A solid offering.

Quaffer, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is funky and fruity with some sourness. Lots of light flavors and funkiness with some fruits and sourness. The body is light and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured a hazy orange color with a finger of head that fell to nothing. Nose was very nice. Sour and musty with a light lemon/orange citrus. Very good balance in the nose. Flavor was mellow and subdued. Light musty with lemon. No real sour character. The feel was moderate with a moderate carbonation. Good and refreshing. Overall a good beer. Flavor was not quite as intense in flavor as I would like.

kmpitz2, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The corked and caged bottle unleashes an appealing sour apple aroma with enthusiastic carbonation. The taste has a slight measure of alcohol with a sour fruit and acidic twang. There are notes of crabapple and a funky barnyard presence arrived at by design.

This is a strange beer. It is difficult to compare to traditional ales brewed with saccharomyces or even to “wild” ales such as lambics inoculated with lactobacillus. The body is coral-orange. It trails stylish lace. And the taste is notable for its succinct dryness and abrupt finish.

I can’t recall now whether or not the bottle had yeasted lees, but I sensed my serving was not particularly fresh. Still, it warms well and gives the palate something to think about.

RedDiamond, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of foXXtail
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given my online moniker, how couldn’t I like this beer?

I guess it’s good that I do!

The good:

The beer has a lovely, fruity nose filled with tons of flower and fruit scents. Strawberry is most apparent, but lots of other candy-like scents linger. The beer is also highly effervescent and smooth-textured. The flavor is hinted at by the nose – very sweet with a hit of orange, apple, and strawberry fruit tastes. A very strong champagne-like dryness balances out the fruity esters nicely. The finish is more dry than sweet, but the fruity sweetness curbs it nicely.

The bad:

The only thing I wanted more from this beer is head. Despite lively effervescence, there wasn’t a lot of fluff on top – though the thin coating that WAS there was well-retained. Granted, it could have been a pouring error. I’ll try again later.

foXXtail, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Apricot colored with a decent off-white head, good carbonation, and a touch of lace. Intense sour Brett aroma with big barnyard smells and a touch of fruitiness. More intense sour Brett flavors akin to chewing on raw rhubarb (very sour). Light-medium bodied and airy with an intense dry finish...

NOT what I consider a Belgian Strong Pale Ale ... could this be a Straight (unblended) Lambic-style Ale ?? Not sure since I've never had one of those...

Whew ! every beer has it's place and unfortunately the place for the last part of this one was down the drain ... too intense for me to finish.

Per label: "Triple fermented using two yeast strains" & "Saccharomyces - Brettanomyces" & "Bottle Conditioned"

Per MJ notes: 2 row pilsner and pale malts. Hallertau (bittering) and Styrian Goldings (aromatic). 16P (1064).

(11.2 oz. short fat brown bottle)

RBorsato, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz stubie poured into a snifter.

Fundamentally sound appearance although this is one of the beers weaker areas for the style. Head falls to islands with little lacing but it indeed holds its own and with each drink reproduces itself. I found the smell to be alot of work to figure out what the hell was going on!! lots of sour at first, but after a few drinks this settled down and there was a flowery/fruity backbone. Same thing with the taste, first drink seemed shockingly abrubdt but settles on the palate from 2nd drink on into this magnificent spicey clove and Ohhh so smooth. No alcohol taste w/ perfect warming...how that is accomplished I'll leave to De Proefbrouwerij...finishes dry. this is excellent night capper material and to me it improves slightly when it warmed a bit when the fruity flavors were revealed.

DogFood11, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/03/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 750ml caged and corked bottle with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden in color with a nice 2 fingered creamy head and average lacing.

Smell- Had to think about this one for a while, but between two BA's, we came to the conclusion of apple pie or apple crisp. Maybe some cinnimon and nutmeg as well.

Taste- Sweet and sour elixer galore. Lots of different spices as well. Too much stuff going on here.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, fuller mouthfeel. Leaves mouth puckered at times.

Drinkability- Should have gotten more than one bottle while I had the chance. This beer is excellent. ABV is extremely well hidden as well.

GClarkage, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first glance, it looks and smells like Orval. Pale orange liquid, noisy, explosive foam on top (it depleted very quickly in contrast to marburg's report -- should I be using a better rinse?), aromas of candied sawgrass, apricot pits, lemon oils, cherries, cranberries. I hope its not simply the fact that this roast beef sandwich is making me thirsty, but I can't tear my senses away from this pour.
On the palate comes the load of bitterness that the aromas were preparation for. I grasp for comparisons: Popering Hommel, Orval, de Ranke XX... this is thoroughly infused with hops. It's primarily a bitterness, rather than an aromatic.
And how perfectly balanced it is. Bold, fleshy stone fruits and basementy earthiness triangulate with floral bitterness to open an outburst of marmelade, quince, sappy budlets, chalk and grass flavors. The fizz is unforgiving too. And where's the alcohol flavor?
This beer careens about unleashing flavors hedonistic, then earthy, then spicy, then... it's gone. I feel I haven't begun to understand it. Light, yet powerful. Dry, yet packed with fruit. And of course, the boldly included "brettanomyces" on the label is backed up in the glass: its a warm horse blanket of mother-earthly goodness. Wow!

inebrius, you may have under rated this one. Thanks for the bottle. Now, to try and obtain it. I'm in for a 7-case layer.

putnam, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of inebrius
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When liquid hits glass immediate aromas begin to fill a room like funky incense cones or grade ten biology class. A stew of elderly tree fruit, cobblestone paths alongside Autumn tannic rivers, mushroom sorbet, wet hockey bags and a hint of lime leaf penetrates your skull. The smell will have you expecting this powerful wallop of sour to tear into your buds like tiny chainsaws but surprise! try some fig jelly on a washed rind double cream and wheat toast chased with olives Provençal. Yup, a retronasal blast of stinky aged cheese escorts the tripel-like flavors all the way through the pipes. Charged and lively and hinting alcohol only by way of spice I'm beginning to depress as my glass and bottle are drained. Seekers of experience need more beer like this.

inebrius, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 11.2 oz odd shaped brown bottle.
Poured into the glass this is a quite hazy golden beer with a large creamy/foamy white head, great lashings of lacing!.
The aroma is quite fantastic, very fruity,sourapple,green gooseberry,hay,candied sugars and spice wow.
mmm this is delicious in taste but it is quite "weird", hard to describe in anyother way than many have before :"barnyard"! strange yet very pleasing..spicy itter sour aftertaste..some medicinal tones..this reminds me a little of very dry cider.
Good mouthfeel ,carbonation is just right.
Wow I did not know what to expect from this but i found this fabulous and very drinkable..will buy again.

Reidrover, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light Gold.

Gentle aroma of apple cider, lemon, vanilla, honey and pure yeasty funk.

Strange, unassertive brett character. A funky brew, almost Fantomesque in its yeast taste. Nice, tart, coating flavor, quite fruity, with notes of pineapple, apples, orange and lemon. Fizzy carbonation. A flavorful brew.

Crosling, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of Hex92
1.95/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, this is not a good beer. It has the color of a cloudy urine sample. The smell is horribly sour. The taste might be better, but when you catch the whiff of the smell it almost turned my stomach. The mouthfeel is alright, but nothing to write home about. There is no way I would ever buy this beer again.

Hex92, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a fresh bottle provided courtesy of the fine folks at Lucky Baldwin's Sampled in a Piraat glass.

Pale gold deep haze and large fluffy head that sticks

Aroma is buttery with large horsey notes from brett

Flavor is golden raisin malt that is slighty sour to start and increasing with the co2.

Interesting golden brew with some of the notes of the bacterias that make Rodenbach and the like so complex, but this example is lacking something that takes it beyond the curiously sour beer that it exists as now.

drewbage, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: I saw the word Flemish on the label and assumed Flemish Sour, but after trying the beer it doesn’t really seem to fit in that category very well (although I am not well-versed in the style). Pours a bright yellow color with a thin white head the dissipated quickly. Very thin lacing. The aroma is almost exactly like a dry, peppery champagne. Light-bodied and crisp with yeast, pepper and yes a little sourness. There are also some fruit and coriander undertones. The finish is very dry and a little vinous. This is a rather unique beer all in all and I liked it.

Dogbrick, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of faernt
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This time I'm drinking from a 750 ml corked and capped bottle. I'm in Chicago now. The last time I had this I was in Seattle. I'd purchased an 11.2 oz bottle from Bottleworks and it was really funky/good. My concern is that this 750 is way different than the 11.2oz I had before. The last bottle tasted like its own thing. This new 750 tastes like Orval.

It pours bright gold with a thin, slightly rocky head which subsides into a smaller, thinner head leaving an irregular lace on the sides of the glass. The bubbles are small and the smell is Orval... and I mean that from 18" away.

Maybe this beer is "wild" and the other one I tried was "amber". The other one said it was wild. So, this is good beer. It's really like Orval and I will buy another bottle and probably several more. It is an aperitif beer or an ultimate first beer. you can choose which way you want to go but, this is the real thing and I suggest you buy some. It's tasty.

faernt, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy straw gold color. Topped by a white head that is held up by a solid spritzy carbonation. The aroma is dusty, musty, grassy, with hints of tropical fruit, lemony, peach, and banana. The smell is definitely quite complex. The taste is quite dry at first, and then the Brett hits; it is like sucking on an old shoe. The unmistakably leathery, horse blanket dominates the finish. Similar in some respects to an aged Orval, but with out the hop presence. There is a bit of lemon up front before the Brett. Ignoring the Brett funk, this is a nice light straight forward zippy Belgian golden ale. With the Brett it gains immensely in complexity and funk, I happen to like this, but then again I am a Lambic junky.

Gueuzedude, May 31, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a creamy white head and copious fine carbonation. Good head retention. Aroma is light and fresh with citrus notes. Flavor has a light fruit start with a delicate dry middle and a tart finish. A lingering tart/hoppy finish remains. Mouthfeel is light and dry. A well-balanced brew except for the lingering prevalence of the finish.

SeanChouffe, May 21, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried the amber ale and liked it all right so gave a chance to the wild ale. It comes from a tall corked and caged 750 ml. It pours a hazy gold with a white head that leaves an archipelago of bubbly formations across the top of the beer. Tart smells dominate with just a hint of citrus and funky barnyard smells. It's certainly reminiscent of a lambic. The taste is something that takes time to become a friend. It's tartness and apparent lack of balance is a bit off-putting at first, but the flavor starts to make sense after half a glass or so. The name may come from the wild yeast, but wild describes the flavor well. It's not refined or elegant but enjoyable nonetheless. The alcohol is not over the top in the smell or taste, but this is resolutely not a session beer.

mickeymac, May 17, 2004
Photo of lou91
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. This is a good looking beautiful yellow golden glowing beer with a thick bright white head. It let off a powerful tart and honey scent once poured. The taste is crisp clean tart creamy and refreshing. Warming the beer did not really improve the flavors since it was already a tasty beer. A good introduction to the sourness of Belgian beers since it is not overpowering and so crisp and clean that the flavors rapidly grow on you. Not outstanding but a solid product.

lou91, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this over Easter weekend and just found my notes. Presented in a stubby little brown bottle and had an opaque golden tone on which sat a good-sized bubbly white head.
Well, the name sure fits! Flemish Wild Ale - yeah, with the tell-tale funky wild yeast aroma interlaced with the aromas of earthy malt, green apples, and tropical fruits it's easy to come up with the name. The trademark Brettanomyces barnyard funk and biting sourness is clearly evident in each taste. There is a puckery sweet-tart apple flavor along with notes of barely ripe pineapples, hints of banana, and a wonky spiciness that, for me, seemed a bit off track. The feel was creamy and had a drying finish.
Overall, not a bad beer, especially if you like lambics. This is styled as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but the mix of Brett and spices in this beer didn't make it one of my favorites.

Boilermaker88, Apr 15, 2004
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.