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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

555 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of YankChef
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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 fans...you know what to do. Hell, you've probably done it already.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Gold colored with an off white head that rises effervescently just beyond the rim. Some scattered lacing.

Aroma is heavy on booze, with some brett funk and citrus.

Flavor is mostly honey with a dry hoppy bitterness. Some musty earthy brett influence, as well as some rindy sourness. Similar to some Belgian IPAs. Also tastes like what Ommegeddon should have been.

High carbonation, which is pretty appropriate for the style. Light body but enough flavor to balance it.

High alcohol but no trace of it in the flavor. Quite drinkable.

Photo of FMetzger
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Looked good. Poured with a decent head.
S: Sour. No malt or hops to speak of.
T: Sour. Good. Enjoyed the taste. Sour fruit came to mind. A little overpowering.
M: Prickly from the carbonation. I think that played with the sourness to accentuate the experience.
D: Overall, not bad. Not my favorite Flemish, but still tasty. I would order another one, as long as I had a break in the middle.

Photo of ccrida
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
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
3.92/5  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
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.