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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale

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very good

456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%

Brewed by:
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 marburg


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really neat beer, and I almost feel guilty for not giving it another "5" for taste. Apparently, they use two strains of yeast in this beer -- both a brettanomyces and a saccharomyces -- to give it that kind of "wild" flavor more characteristic to lambics and some other Belgian ales. And the effect is quite lovely, really.

The beer pours with simply the most amazing head I've ever seen on a beer. Huge, dense, rocky, thick, tight, white. Chunks of the thing were clinging to the side of the glass. When people think of lace, they think of little undergarments, doilies, or a thin web of bubbles clinging to a glass. With this beer, think XXL granny panties, clumps of fur, and soap suds clinging to a bucket. And all this beauty rested atop a hazy, golden brew with lively carbonation. It was a joy to watch.

Pungent aromas of rubbing alcohol slightly masked by decreasingly subtle phenolic aromas. The beer is nice and sweet up front -- very lively -- with a brief flash of oak wood, rotten vegetables, and gently creeping bitterness. It's a tasty beer for sure and fairly unique, though it ressembles Duvel and similar beers a fair amount. The slightly off flavor at the end gives this beer its character.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 20:07:06 | More by marburg
Photo of DogFood11


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 05:27:58 | More by DogFood11
Photo of JamesS


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 04:21:39 | More by JamesS
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 02:34:33 | More by Billolick
Photo of flannelman808


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great funky beer! Try it if you can find it.

The nose is not very apparent. I get some cereal and some grain. Maybe a little bit of funky yeast or something, and not too much else.

The beer has a very carbonated mouth feel. Almost like a champagne, and as such there is also great head retention.

The beer has that oat, cereal citrus flavor that so many saisons have. But with more alcohol backing. Not in a bad way though its a good tasting finish which includes alcohol. Though at 9% its pretty well masked.

All and all this is a great balanced great tasting unique funky beer. Go try one already.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 00:38:31 | More by flannelman808
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy golden straw colored, fizzy white head quickly goes away without lacing.
S. Extremely funky and swampy belgian Brett yeast funk on the front almost obliterate the undercurrent of barnyard stable and fruity esters of pear juice.
T. Oddly tortilla-ish dough flavor that segways into a medicinal / mutant herbal hop tone and....semi-spoiled papayas? So very wonderfully bizarre...
M. Lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, this one is really nice for fans of the weird and unusual like myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:32:57 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of JamesQuaff


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle at Pangaea for sharing this with me.

Poured into a tasting snifter. A beautiful hazy golden with a generous, clingy head that almost looked like krausen at first.

At first the three of us who split this thought perhaps we got a bad bottle. It had been in stock for quite some time. At first whiff it smelled like a diaper full of dill pickles. One guy recoiled from his glass. But as someone who regularly eats cheese that smells like a stable full of dirty socks, I pressed on. Beneath the extreme funk was a hugely complex array of fruity, yeasty and malty notes that insisted that I take a sip.

I was rewarded with a massive and round yeast profile, huge bready, wheaty malts, a medley of sour notes akin to pineapples and pickles in yogurt, and a dry finish that tipped it's hat to the 9% ABV. Immediately after first tasting I smelled it again, and the diaper funk was completely gone from my perception. I had absorbed it, become one with it, and I found myself craving it.

By the time I was done, I was practically licking the bottom of the snifter. Totally unlike any beer I've ever had before. Such a strange jumble of elements I can't fully wrap words around them, but man, they worked together really well. Will brave again.

UPDATE - tried a couple of fresher bottles not long ago... nowhere near as funky as my first Reinaert experience. Still a very good beer - mostly dominated by the bready malt and tropical/pineapple flavors. I must say I much preferred the aged version. Sticking my next bottle(s) of Reinaert in the crawl space and doing my very best to forget where I put them.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 17:42:22 | More by JamesQuaff
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 21:46:10 | More by khiasmus
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sour wild ale pours a dirty golden color with a big rocky head that fell fast--exponentially it seemed, as it should. A bouquet bursting with Belgian funk. Puckering green apples, leather, wool, lots of earthy stuff going on here.

The body is light, but the flavors are strong. Sour and acidic, tart and fusty, earthy and funky are all things that come to mind. Orchard fruit along with very pale malt provide balance to the rest. The beer finishes bone dry and you immediately want more.

This beer is full of oldness while at the same time being new and refreshing. That is what I like about sour ales: a complexity and depth of flavor. This wild ale hides its potent 9% ABV well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good example of brew with Brett yeast.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:18:01 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of weltywm


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Saranac snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Apple, Brett, Hay, and a slight whiff of hops.

Taste: More crisp green apple, intermixed with vanilla, moss, hay, hops, and wood. Very tart, and also sweet and sour. All of it is held together by that great funky brett taste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry, with a long mouth-puckering sour finish.

Overall: This one is very tasty. Not as funky as some other wild ales, but the taste is complex and well balanced. Would definitely buy again, and would love to see how it ages as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 05:13:41 | More by weltywm
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some hints of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of light malt, brett, Belgian yeast, light, fruity esters, a sugary element, and a slight bubblegum flavor in the finish. A lively and balanced flavor that gets better as you go along.

M: A lot of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer, and certainly easy to like. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 22:50:14 | More by avalon07
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden orange in color. A full finger of white head rises with great retention before falling to a moderate cap. Some lacing as well. For the high ABV, the appearance is quite impressive.

S - The first smell I notice is an acidic, slightly spoiled/fermented apple juice. Not quite vinegary, but definitely an apple juice past its prime. There is a clear undertone of barnyard aromas with hay and manure being the most obvious. Alcohol is undetectable.

T - Mild apple sweetness in the beginning with notes of pear, banana, and possibly pineapple. The sweetness is cut somewhat by a phenolic lemony character but strangely little to no acidity. Barnyard funk characteristics become evident mid to late palate. A good deal of the hay component from the nose with a dose of crushed aspirin thrown in and some very muddy, earthy, manure-esque flavors. An underlying light bread flavor is persistant throughout and is most obvious in the finish with the barnyard remnants. Finish is semi-sweet with a good dose of mustiness. Not a trace of alcohol to be found.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Often I feel this style is over carbonated but Reinaert hits it perfectly.

D - For what this is, it is extremely drinkable. Though this is quite a deviation from most beers, the sweetness and funk are balanced in such a way that the flavors never become overwhelming. Alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of being undetectable. Deceptive to be sure. Obviously a different animal than the majority of BSPA's, it seems this is a fine show case of "funk" without the overly acidic character of some lambics and gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 09:37:37 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Atron67


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle champagne cap

A- bright golden color with a big white fluffy head on top. sticky heady lace on top

S- lactic and acetic character throughout. in terms of scent its pretty dominated throughout without much malt or hops showing. not too surprising.

M- much smoother belgian golden malty characteristics than what i was expecting. very clean smooth flavor at the beginning which leads to a lightly wild flavor at the finish. not superly wild in its flavors, it does make itself very open to learning about sour ales, as well as being a solidly complex beer throughout.

M- full body and great carbonation level.

D- this is a solid beer throughout and a great lightly wild ale. this is great

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:27:44 | More by Atron67
Photo of ark57


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

This cloudy, pale golden beer is quite funky smelling. I like that. I imagine that if you do not like traditional lambics, this beer will not appeal to you because they use two yeats strains that are commonly found in lambics (Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces). The aroma is quite complex smelling musty, flowery, and of horse blanket. It is smooth drinking, with a fruitiness reminiscent of apples and honey. It finishes dry with some spiciness, probably from the high alcohol. There is a slight hint of sourness, that could just be an effect from the dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 15:29:41 | More by ark57
Photo of masikon


4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 01:19:25 | More by masikon
Photo of OStrungT


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange color, with a white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces. It fades to a thin layer on the top.

This beer has a yeasty earthy aroma. I can also smell some spices.It also has a slight sour fruit aroma. The alcohol is well hidden. I can also detect a very slight banana aroma.

This beer tastes spicy. Behind that, it tastes earthy. Not as sour as the aroma led me to believe. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden. It has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer is just a little over carbonated. It is full bodied. It leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. The ABV is almost not detectable.

I think this would be a good session beer, but one that you should be weary of due to the high alcohol content. It is a great beer, and I am glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 03:59:36 | More by OStrungT
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 23:57:31 | More by guitarmage
Photo of BretSikkink


4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:52:26 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of dbONE


4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 18:39:40 | More by dbONE
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 04:13:34 | More by philipquarles
Photo of allengarvin


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

750ml bottle, dispensed into a Bernardus chalice. It's a rather hazy bright gold color, with some suspended yeast chunks floating around. The nose is rather funky, with a strong fruity smell that reminds me nearly exactly of DubbleBubble bubblegum, with a earthy tartness lurking underneath.

Interesting flavor! I haven't had a wild ale with anywhere near this bitterness before. It's quite dry to start with, very tasty, with a grassy, floral hop flavor, before a strong leathery brett taste hits. It's tart, but by no means sour, and finishes very dry. I assume it's very well-attenuated. The body is full but not heavy.

Nice beer. The emphasis on hops really makes this stand out. I might add this to my regular drinking lineup. It's kind of saisony, with a funky edge.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 02:01:53 | More by allengarvin
Photo of mltobin


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

Purchased at DeCicco`s in Ardsley, NY. larger bottle w/ cork.

The appearance upon being poured into a tulip glass is a tone similar to apple juice with a one finger head that will quickly lace a way into a thin white ring around the beer. The smell also involves apples, tart, a bit sweet. The taste has a faint cinnamon spice to it, with some citrus. Mouthfeel is bubbly, similar to a sparkling wine, very interesting. Drinkability is here, nice beer, unique and fun, not your typical "belgian strong pale ale."

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:24:26 | More by mltobin
Photo of thecheapies


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

11.2 oz bottle purchased at a local, recently-opened bottleshop for $7.50. Fermented with Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces. Wanted to pick up more than one, but I figure I should just test one out first.

Yellowed gold color with true hue. Big, dense head with a nice fluff and lumpy surface. Decent uneven stick on the glass. Had to pour this one in two stages.

Tart apple-y aroma with lemon peel notes and milled grains. A bit perfumey with spice notes of green peppercorn and coriander. Acetic acid and Belgian yeast.

Follows the nose with lemon peel, cleaned linens, wet paper, chalkiness, a touch of dry vinegar, and ethanol. Brett did this beer very well. Considerably dry finish with some puckery imploding going on in the pockets of the mouth. Nothing outrageous to speak of, but hell, this is a Belgian Strong Pale!

Slick body with bubbles. Bubbles that follow the liquid into the mouth on each sip and give your palate a good mop. Noticeable alcohol.

Very impressed by this one. Will be back to grab another bottle or two. I'm sure they're not going through it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:32:27 | More by thecheapies
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Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light murky blonde with a garden smell, hay, funk, apple-tart. Taste confirms the bottle's Brett promises. Dry like hell with salt hints. Medium bodied, fresh, eminently refreshing. Delicious brew. A poet that no one understands. Piece of art, cheers John.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 20:37:32 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of benclimbs


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

Pours yellow opaque with a thick white head and plenty of lacing and carbonation...mmm mmm.

smell is citrus fruit, sour yeasts, a bit of light malts, bananas, and a hint of spice, also a bit of woody stuff going on.

taste is a terrific mix between sour and a blonde...wow!!! what a wonderfully balanced, incredible brew. great sweet, fruity biscuit notes at the start, then some sour tartness, then woah...some bitter hoppy dry character at the end.

mouthfeel is great, slick, then very dry at the finish, with plenty of delicious bubbly carbonation.

A great, surprising beer - one of the most balanced sours i've had!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 20:21:13 | More by benclimbs
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.