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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

492 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 25
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

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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RuckusDu

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - About a 1.5 finger of mostly white head. Slightly yellow. Body is only slightly cloudy and wheat/gold in color. Strong lacing.

S - A little more earthy than I was expecting. Belgian yeast. Sweet and banana.

T - Belgian yeast, cloyee, and banana. Not good. More cloves and lots of citrus. Lemon and grapefruit.

M - Solid carbonation on a body you want for this style. Light but also a little chalky.

O - Hard to give it such a high overall score but everything was so good. Flavor makes it almost a drain pour. I knew an $11 Belgian Wild was too good to be true.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:31:22 | More by RuckusDu
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Patrick999

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drinking expensive beer for the hell of it.

A - Pours gold. Uh-oh....where's the head? Cork was in good condition.

S - Apple juice, some old shoe funk...smells like a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

T - Not as apple as the smell promised. Hoppy. Tastes a lot like Les Deux Brasseurs, except...

F - ...it's flat. Dead flat. Not ONE bubble to be found.

D - Damn it, this was way too expensive to be a drain pour. There was no reason to believe this was a bad bottle, so this pretty much pisses me off. This won't make me boycott a killer brewery like DeProef, though...I'll get over it by drinking a Les Deux Brasseurs.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:43:58 | More by Patrick999
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-18-2011 03:41:31 | More by aanth
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-01-2014 09:39:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-03-2013 02:23:37 | More by MNBeer1017
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-17-2011 22:05:44 | More by Soneast
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-20-2014 21:03:36 | More by XmnwildX12
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright orange/yellow and opaque. Fizzy four finger white head.

Aroma: Lots of belgian yeast esters. A hint of tart vinegar.

Taste: Pretty much comes off as a bit of a bland Belgian Pale Ale. The hint of tartness that comes at first that would suggest the Flemish/Wild Ale style is no where near strong enough to warrant that classification. What's left is a semi-sweet apple and pear flavor with very moderate bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of tartness and club soda. Hard to detect that 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with tons of effervescence. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale is not what I expected it to be and as a result a let-down. It seems stuck between styles with no specific flavors. Would I drink it again? No.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:49:38 | More by JamesMN
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly cloudy with the consistency and color of ginger ale. Smells only of brett funk. First sip is sour that is mostly funk. It bites with strength and conviction. It is fairly sour but the brett funk dominates and is not for the wimpy. This beer will not be many people's gateway to sours. The body is extremely light and the high 9% ABV is well hidden. As it warms some of the funk fades along with almost all of the carbonation - strange. Over time the beer becomes less and less tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:38:42 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Floydster

California

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle purchased from the Pizza Port Bottle Shop for about five bucks, reviewed from notes, poured into my Chimay goblet, light yellow color with a hint of orange tint, two inch soapy white head, pretty weak lacing but some decent retention, aroma has light hops, floral accents, light malts, citrus, oranges, lemons, and mildly wild yeast, flavor starts off crisp and dry with a very minor tartiness for the first few sips that went away later on, dry yeast and hops in the middle, finish has a lot of sweetness and hot alcohol, Belgian sugars and yeast add to the sweetness once it warms, thick and not typical of a wild ale, too strong and overpowering, slightly dry, sweet, and boozy mouthfeel, medium bodied, lighter side of carbonation, taste lingers pretty long, could not drink much more of this, heavy stuff and is filling even on an empty stomach, too sweet and boozy for my palate, not very wild and barely any tart at the beginning only, booze overpower this beer quite a bit, probably would not drink again, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:32:47 | More by Floydster
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dino213aa

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, golden blonde appearance with a white, froth-like rocky head. Lacing clings in disparate bands down the glass.

S: Definitely sour with notes of apple and lemon which is influenced by the wild yeast.

T&M: Starts sour and finishes hoppy with a hint of barley in between. As I continue this 750 the sourness fades and the hops come forth stronger. As previous reviewers have stated, there is a grass/hay/barley flavor throughout. A commendable effort in keeping the alcohol flavor in check, considering it's 9% ABV. Other ales approaching double-digit ABVs are not as capable of keeping this in check as this brew.

D: Not bad going down. Not terribly complex in my opinion. There is a lightness to this ale that would make it a decent session brew for the summer months.

Conclusion: This is an okay showing. I think the look and smell of this brew is more rewarding than the actual flavor. Sure you get a good shot of "Brett" yeast, but there are more complex and interesting offerings out there. I'd suggest Brewery Ommegang's "Ommegeddon" as a more interesting alternative to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:30:39 | More by dino213aa
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FMetzger

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:54:39 | More by FMetzger
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VaRam

Virginia

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

First time seeing this beer in the local shop, pours a nice golden color with a billowy white head. Smells of brett, but not overpowering. Taste is a bit dissapointing, as I was hoping for something with a bit more tang, but otherwise a rather balanced belgian ale. Overall a very drinkable beer and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:57:22 | More by VaRam
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 23:14:20 | More by jdhilt
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks smellsofstout for including this as an extra in our trade.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. 1/2 finger white, small bubble head.

Dark peach color. Not hazy but more of a solid color that I don't consider attractive. Like a thick cider.

I'm beginning to think I should not have included all the yeast dregs on the pour.

Aroma is initially a musty funk. Over time the must grows and becomes less appealing. Taste is too yeasty and bready for my liking. It lends to a heavy mouthfeel that masks the wildness factor I'm looking for. I'd enjoy this one much more with a lighter, crisper body and will do it again with a fraction of the dregs.

Alcohol noticeable on the finish of this 9% beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 16:10:49 | More by Yetiman420
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

06-11-2012 01:02:48 | More by DWolf
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

06-02-2014 12:09:00 | More by Schlafly33
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pourmeadrink

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

11-18-2013 14:31:57 | More by pourmeadrink
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nataku00

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-13-2014 01:36:00 | More by nataku00
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

04-29-2013 14:22:01 | More by wonothesane42
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od_sf

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-02-2013 02:00:38 | More by od_sf
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

04-27-2014 14:27:22 | More by devilfluff
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KimenTshom

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

02-27-2014 05:04:56 | More by KimenTshom
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pwoods

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle(9ish oz.?) purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into a Unibroue tulip/flute.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit skin color with a large pearly white - very fluffy and airy - head. Head takes a bit to fall to a thick fluffy skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Belgian sweetness along with plenty of yeasty esters. A hint of the Flemish style souring with a lack of the harsh acidity. Overall a bit subtle.

T/M: Wheat is very potent compared to any other wild ales that I've had. Some tartness from the wheat. The wild flavors are light and not extremely complex, largely drying and powdery, though there are some sour and tart light fruits in there in the form of green apples, white grapes, and maybe some apricot. Body is medium with lethargic carbonation.

D: Not a terrible brew but definitely a let down compared to the abundance of stellar wild ales from the US. Drinks decent enough and is interesting but probably not something that will have me buy another.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:23:31 | More by pwoods
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 03:31:02 | More by mrasskicktastic
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.