De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
82
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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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89
Very Good
De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Full sized 750ml brown glass Belgium bottle that has an unmarked thumbed cork retained with a silver colored cage and black steel cap. The main label is captivating in its Gothic starkness; I’m a big fan of Hieronymus Bosch, so the projected starkness of the contents with the lone main label and rather utilitarian back label is rather clever I feel. Listed at 9% ABV. Cost $8.99.

Appearance: Streamer laden hazed marmalade golden sunset body sits proudly below a fused white head that is honeycombed and deep at first. It soon laces the side walls of my Duvel Glass with a smooth smattering of fine spider webs. The

Smell: Simply awesome. Supremely stark yet shocking. Expected yet surprising. Fruity Tangerines and lots of fruity flesh in the aromas. Pungent wild yeasts give this a dimension that balances the biting citric nose. When it warms it comes alive, leaping out of the glass, beaudacious nose.

Taste: Pig Nun is allegedly 45 IBU’s, it certainly comes across well in this one. But it starts with a tangy lively Satsuma flesh body, sucking on the orange rind its sharpness cuts the mouth like an acidic paper cut that runs deep into the yeast encrusted thumb that fingers the wild malt clitoris. It’s moist from the get go, and doesn’t take much fiddling with to get excited and in the mood. It’s certainly a wild child that gives an old man like me a racy heart beat. This is gorgeous. The danky wild finish gets me hard.

Mouthfeel: Thick body is ultra conservative, yet the raspy citric pith like zesty depth that it exhibits is most certainly not. Dilating body ranges from effervescent to citric soda to Belgium Pale Strong Ale. It’s all here.

Drinkability: Well what I can say is that this fucker goes down quicker than the Titanic. Gorgeous romantic love at first taste aspects have me reeling head over heals about this one. I just lapped it up

Overall: Bloody Hell, after the rather disappointing Angelique and marginally better Diabolique, this one is a huge step forward. Back to its real Belgium roots and completely cloaked in funky Brett like wildness. Hieronymus Bosch would have been proud of this one.

Funky farmyard heritage has the human warmth of Bones McCoy with all the power from Scotty’s Di-Lithium Brett crystals yet somehow it’s produced by Spock the Brewer?!?! Still, it’s as popular as Captain Kirk so who cares!??

I’m completely intrigued to see how this one will age.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for the other five variants that’s for sure.

Far from Primitive…..Highly Recommended.

Feb 06, 2005
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON from Alaska

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork appears to be a stolen rubber part from the bottom of of a crutch, so somewhere in Belgium there's a man with a broken leg going in circles.
Smells of wheat germ, hay stacks, sunflowers, Kix cereal, and old ladies. What am I getting myself in to?

Golden straw in color with a tame head and a continually all points upwards effervescent cascade of carbonation.

The flavor is all over the place. It could be the famous elixir of our friend Zaphod Beeblebrox. Or remnants of a blind man's homemade supper. I'll take a poke at describing the taste, but I'll be wrong, and I probably won't even agree with myself.
Marshy funky wet fungus bread banana peel chamomile rosemary lemongrass mango peel super glue bandaids and rusty spoons. Speaking of rusty spoons, this ale is about as strange, unnerving and trippy as Salad Fingers himself. It has its own eshale flavor, unknown during the drinking act itself, which I describe as a single, stale Melba Crisp. Trying to take a big pull and avoid the rushing train of obscured creepy masked faces works for a start, but rewards you with a dry, caustic, back-tongue grimace. So there's no getting away from it, you've got to wrestle your way through this one. Soldier on, as they say.
Mouthfeel: Light, brisk and bubbly gives way to thick and salivated as the temperature progresses.
As for the warming flavor, it's still just as random, searching a pitch dark room of no familiarity for a light switch. I do wonder by what means the natural, wild yeast fermentation is imparted to this beer. Likewise, I wonder about the odd head buzz I'm getting only halfway through the bottle.
Like any Pavement album, this is better on the 2nd listen. Glass 2, while inexplicable as the first, I would call blissful. Maybe my buds needed some exposure to learn what to make of it. Now as for the head buzz...yeah, about that..that guy with the broken leg's got it rough.

Jul 27, 2007
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer starts with a fight to get the cork out as the carbonation offers no help. The body is a golden-orange clear with a big snowy white head after a rigorous pour. The carbonation seems to come alive with microbubbles as the beer warms. The head last for a good while and slides down the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a musty hog farm smell with a Limburger cheese rind quality to it and a sweet fruit quality that increase as the beer warms. There is a nice raw grain silage aroma in the finish. All these flavors are actually quite pleasant and work well together. There is a nice white Balsamic vinegar note that comes through as the beer warms as well.

T- The taste starts with a mellow tartness that leads into a wet woody flavor and a faint cola nut hint. There is some Limburger cheese notes that finish with a faint fruity sweet green flavor. Some interesting pear and corn hints linger with a tartness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a dry finish. There is an increased white wine alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- This is a wild ale with some very bold and interesting flavors that I have not come across in other beers. The flavors are bold but work well together. I don't know if age would change it more but it is great to drink now.

Dec 03, 2008
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shbobdb from Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Holy freakin' shit man.

When you were at your grandfather's funeral, did you lick his face? Did you try and make out with your grandmother's dead body -- or any dead body for that matter?

If you did, the taste of this beer is all too familiar.


But let's start from the beginning . . .

This beer pours with a head that other beers *wished* they had. It's like a cloud about to go nimbus -- it starts out white and grows and grows. The oils from my moustache, which can ruin many-a-head leave this beer with a billowy cloud that most beers wish they had.

But then you smell it.

It smells like dead people.

It tastes like a waxy corpse.

Wow.

As a microbiologist, I wanted to like this beer. 'Fridge-cold, it started out at a managable level of 'funky-as-hell' but as it warmed . . . damn. Couldn't manage it.

But here's the cool part -- this is the base beer in a series. This is ground zero. From here on, they add IBUs and they add IBUs to balance out the corpse-taste.

I'm pretty pumped to see how it goes from here.

Dec 26, 2006
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked, explodes out of bottle, pours a five+ finger pillowy white head that takes forever to fade leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Alcohol nose. Starts with a sweet alcohol flavor, then raisins, nice finish, hints of an alcohol aftertaste. $10.05 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Apr 02, 2006
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle, plastic cork and caged. First time for me with a plastic cork in a beer bottle. No pop at all when the cork was removed. Makes me worry but this is a style I am not that familiar with so maybe the norm? (I think I have had 1 or 2 other wild ales).

Pours out a cloudy, dark yellow with no head at all (hence the no pop thing). No bubbles and it looks flat. Smell is my favorite part of this beer. Pure funk and sourness. Yeast notes come through as well.

The taste is much different than the smell. I expected more of a sour, funkyness to come through but it doesn't. Bready and yeasty with some band-aid, medicine stuff coming through as well. The ending really just drops off and leaves you with nothing.

As I said, I have little experience with this style (wild ale). I think that I have had maybe 1 or 2 others. From what I have tasted, this is a very good example of the style. Is it for me? Maybe not but still a wonderful experience for the price. $4.99 at Amity Wine in Connecticut.

Sep 09, 2007
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly straight-forward Belgian golden ale, this is probably the most mainstream of the Flemish Primative beers. It's mostly clear (but still slightly hazy) with pumes of standard-sized effervescent bubbles rising quickly through its golden body. The head is a huge dollop of creamy white froth that seems to just sit atop the beer forever. Once it drops however, it leaves some very nice craggy rings of lace about the glass. The nose delivers a mild dose of restrained Brettanomyces, some very nice fruit (berries, orange, cherry), and a hint of sweet malt; all of which carry over into the flavor in the same order of appearance. A softer, more fruity, and Brettanomyces-enhanced Duvel is what comes to my mind at first sip. Yet it lacks the superior balance of the aforementioned... not that it's subdued but ever-present bitterness doesn't do the job... it's just that it's a softer beer overall. It's carbonation is gently restrained and its medium body is soft and silky-smooth across the palate. Not unlike their other beers, the alcohol is very well hidden, but can be found with a bit of looking. Still, it has great drinkability. Kudos!

Apr 02, 2005
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden-orange color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. This one has a high level of carbonation.

The aroma is floral and fruity...lemony and yeasty. The flavor is yeasty, and spcy, sweet right upfront. It is then dry the rest of the way through.

This one is very easty drinking for its strength. I found it to be an unusual brew that I would like to try again.

Apr 03, 2006
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden color, fuzzy white head above...lovely, really...

Sourness greets the nose at first, citric fruits, and well-worn socks...yeah, this is funky! Alcohol peeks in a bit too early...I haven't even tasted it, yet...it feels terribly strong....(yet it's "only" 9%)

Taste: big, fat sour...almost hard to take, unless you're into that stuff...and some of you are....you freaks...ahem. (who am I to talk?)
yeah, this is a sour mo'fo...but not too bad, some tasty fruits, peach and apricot, mmm...very tangy, loads of citrus, huge sour on the palate, balanced by a judicious addition of sweet...

...I couldn't finish this bottle in one sitting, and capped it until the next day, where it's lost no carbonation and no flavor, at least not in the appearance or aroma.

One weird ale, unique, but brimming with flavor and rather refreshing, if sour is your thing. As for me, the more I drink, the more I admire it. Glad I got an extra bottle, for saving.
If I were a gueueze geek, I'd give this sky-high ratings. I'm not, so there you go, but damn, this is a fine creation. I have to look out for more from these guys...anyone seen any Rat Riders around?

(paid $10.49 at Cellar's, Roseville...i had to go out of my way for this one, being a fan of Belgian ales, and Bosch. Love the PigNun, but her inkwell holder is really creepy!)

11-1-05, over 6 months later, and I cracked the second bottle, sourness is nearly gone, and it's a very mellow affair...sitting in the closet did this one some good. Now to track down Surly Bird and Spoon Whacker!

Apr 14, 2005
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jakester from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet, and it's a good thing I did.
By the way, I'd like to meet the person who does these De Proef labels. They are all bizarre, including this one. That ain't tobacky he's smokin!

Pours, with great care, a hazy gold/amber with an absolutely HUGE rocky head of white foam and bubbles. Carbonation is highly effervescent. The head "falls" to a 1/2 finger coating, leaving fantastic, thick lacing all over the glass. This beer tried to jump out of the glass when I poured it, but I wouldn't let it.

Aroma is wonderful, fruity as hell, with notes of pears, apples, figs (like a Fig Newton), yeast, and spices like cloves, pepper, vanilla, and some light caramel late. No real hop smell detected. This is going to be good!

First flavor is, well, it's hard to describe. Actually, the first flavor is light malt, but there's so much other stuff going on in there, it's tricky to taste. Next comes fruits like apples, pears, and figs, and spices like pepper and cloves and vanilla. Hop bitterness is here, but well muted, as it should be. It's medium sweet, with a slight sourness also. The sourness enters late and intensifies during the sip. This is so yummy! Aftertaste is sour, sweet, yeasty, fruity, and spicy. Really!

Mouthfeel is full bodied and highly effervescent. It then dries out a little, and becomes sour, but not overly so. Finish is a very long tartness, with the lips sticking together slightly from sugar. Great burps!

After trying this one from De Proef, I want to try them all. This Flemish Primitive stuff is so complex and tasty and pretty and smelly, how can I not want more? Highly recommended.

Dec 01, 2005
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clvand0 from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a tall head that has nice retenion and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma starts out really sour then falls back a little and becomes acidic and spicy. The flavor is extremely sour at the first, but that character fades really quickly. The remaining flavors are spicy and acidic. The body on this one is moderate and the drinkability is just ok. I don't care for the extreme sour that fades in the beginning on this one.

Mar 01, 2006
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy gold with thick white head that sticks around with good lacing. this is how this beer should look plain and simple.
the aroma is intensly fruity with loads of different fruity smells... strawberry banana, citrus, mango, pear, apple, pineapple. they're all apparent at some point in the bottle or another, great complexity. there are also cloves, a light peppery quality, and light plastic-y type aroma, that might be a product of the funky yeast characteristics. an almost sweet barbeque sauce smell shows up as it warms too, as well as a little alcohol.
the taste is tangy and acidic. citrus and pinapple seem to be most dominant. mango and apple sit in the background. it has a funky dry yeasty mustiness. minty floral hop aftertaste. hint of hay in the aftertaste too. as it approaches room temp a faint molasses flavor shows up.
medium bodied with lively carbonation and dry as a bone. good drinkability, has well masked 9% abv and very easy to sip the entire botte away over a couple hours. an excellent funky fruity belgian pale.

Dec 09, 2005
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden yellow beer. Has a big bubbly bright white head with a good lace. There is a strong dry apple cider sweetness in the aroma. About half way thru the glass the aroma takes on a odd combination of spice and leather. The taste is very earthy , the taste reminds me of the smell of freshly turned top soil. Some hints of apple sweetness and as the beer warms some dry leather character comes out. The mouthfeel is dry and clean. The finish is a smooth dry hop bitterness. After every mouthfull your not left with a bad taste but more of "that was interesting let me have another hit of that".

May 13, 2005
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden body, sparkling, with a large, rocky, off-white head towering over. Nose of honey fruit malts, cedar, banana, sour grapes, vinegar, and yeast. Wow. Pretty crazy mix here, but I like it. Light brandyish malt up front. Grass and hay take over, along with a very dry vinous fruitiness. Cobwebs and musty cedar wood are there too. Hints of light sourness and wild funk in the bitter, sea air, musty finish. Very dry with predominant grass hay overall. Interesting. Medium bodied with a very effervescent feel. I'm curious to try some of the other Primitive Wild Ales after this delightful experience!

Feb 17, 2007
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale yellow with lots of bubbles rising to white ringed scum.

Aroma is soft sourness mingled with fruit peach, tangerines ect. mingled with light spices.

Taste is like the aroma nice brett flavors hitting before the fruit and lingering thru out pear, peach, grapes on light malt base. Finish is embedded with cloves, nutmeg, pepper and good earthy yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is right around medium, a good level of carbonation which seems to kick it up a notch in the finish.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable wild ale which I have had cellared for a while.

Feb 04, 2007
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uturn from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Dec 01, 2011
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear and pale golden with a froth and moussy white head which gracefully fell to coat the glass.

The aroma was distinctly Belgian and wild with Brettanomyces leading the charge and a light estery yet subtle fruitiness somewhere behind. The fruit filled the air as the head fell with pineapple and citrus. Holding the chalice close brought the wilder aromas, holding it back a sweeter and more fruity presence emerged.

The flavor was lighter than I would have predicted. The bittering was executed in such a manner that the fruitiness was not overpowered yet the bittering was decidedly present. Some alcohol flavors were present and light Brett flavors, but nothing overpowering and everything was controlled and well crafted. Some sweetness exists, but only fleetingly on the tip of the tongue and then those flavors meld into a complex blend of fruits, Belgian yeasts, and crisp hop bittering.

The finish was dry and lightly fruity. The body was medium light to medium at best and well done making for a fruity, interesting experience. The alcohol warming was present immediately after consumption letting you know to be careful with the Pig Nun.

750 corked and bailed bottle. 45 IBU incantation, meant to open the lesser one first (35 IBU), but oh well. This beer will not be for everyone, at first sniff many may run from the Pig...hang in there, other than the Pig being 9%, there should be no fear...

Mar 14, 2005
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merlin48 from Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third De Proef Flemish Wild Ale. These can only be identified by the different label art that depict different Bosch paintings. Cool idea. This one has a pig dressed in a Nun's habit on the right side of the label art. Thus, "Pig Nun". Corked and caged, the body pours into a chalice a blazing, radiant, burnished gold body. One inch, bonewhite head has great retention and leaves patchy and chain lace in its wake.

Aroma is delightfully complex, with a fruity pineapple and banana opening that is quickly eclipsed by an assertive hops profile that is grassy, floral, and herbal. Wild yeasties are in check, with subdued earthy herbs and wild flowers leading a dominant hops character.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium bodied, with a hoppy bite on the tongue.

Taste is exceedingly complex, but not as wild as the Spoon Whacker and Surly Bird. Bitter herbal hops rule, with a nice component of Saison like pasture herbs, spices, and earthiness. Fruity pineapple and mango play a major role, but seem to get a rude slap in the face by the bitter hops each time they emerge. Musty, dank yeastiness is present, but more muted than in its counterparts, making this the most accessible of the De Proef Wild Flemish Ales. No gravel licking or twig chewing in this one. Spiciness is restrained, as well, with some hints of pepper and coriander. Nicely clean herbal finish with a predominant dryness.

Man, this one is supremely drinkable. Tamer than the Surly Bird and Spoon Whacker, but still has enough wild character to engage the most sensitive palate. I enjoyed the Saison like, dry and citrusy character. Can't wait to get my hands on the next incarnation from De Proef.

Oct 04, 2005
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lou91 from California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer was excellent from beginning to end. Cool packaging, excellent chunky noisy head and wonderful wild yeast funkiness. The capper is the taste. Rich layer upon layer of flavors – honey, citrus, wild yeast funkiness all in a refreshing easily drinkable package. Warming just magnifies all the good aspects. I liked the spoon whacker more but I did not take notes so I’m not sure why.

Nov 09, 2005
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yelterdow from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very disturbing label. Purchased from Ramsey Liquors for $9.49 in early 2006, this bottle has been cellared for about six months.

Served in a Unibroue tasting tulip at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a light to medium gold color... crystal clear in the beginning, becoming much cloudier after the yeast addition later. Great soapy, elegant head that towers in the glass... frothy and inviting. After several minutes the topper settles to a thin mat, leaving plenty of lacing behind.

Smell- Immediately, I get funk from the wild yeast combined with sour cherries and fermenting garbage... deferring soon afterward to the not-so-nice Band-Aid notes. Aromas of lavender incense and other perfumes are noticeable. Quite a take on the BSPA style.

Taste- A slightly artificial sweetness hits the front of the tongue right at the sip, then comes the Brett, sour cherry, funky character that the nose previewed. Sweet and sour, the aftertaste is mildly bittering from the hops and slightly dry. Good, but not as delicious or refreshing as some of its brethren.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly at first, this beer improves over the course of the tasting... becoming seafoamy and smooth, and pleasantly mouth-filling. It swells until there's no more room to grow, then dismantles in the mouth a bit clumsily. The wild nature of this offering brings some interesting aromas and flavor, but drinkability is compromised. Ballsy though... I love a brewer who dares to create recipes like this.

Aug 30, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering goldenrod with Champagne-like carbonation that loses a considerable amount of energy before the two minute mark. That was more than long enough to have created an expansive cap of aged ivory that is as soft and as sticky as the inside of a freshly toasted marshmallow. Abstract patterns of lace only help what was already a great looking beer.

The nose is easily the equal of the others in the series that I've had so far (Surly Bird, Spoon Whacker). It helps if one likes the smell of beer inoculated with Brettanomyces. Actually, that should read 'it's essential that one likes... '. Yeah, it smells like a horse blanket, but it smells like the best damn horse blanket that I've ever run across.

Pig Nun and Spoon Whacker were the first beers to be released in the Flemish Primitive Wild Ale series, hitting the shelves in the fall of 2004. I was concerned that after almost three years in the bottle, this BSPA had seen better days. I'm happy to report that my fears were unfounded, because it has aged like a dream. Of course I didn't taste it fresh.

According to the listed IBUs (35 in this case), this is the least hoppy beer of the series. I can tell that it favors the 'golden malt' part of its personality, but I can still appreciate a fair amount of lemongrassy hoppiness. I'd have to call it balanced in the end. I'm amazed that so much flavor (crisp pears and Golden Delicous apples) and so much bitterness have managed to survive. Like I said, this is one beautifully aged ale.

I can't forget the dominant member of the infinitely complex flavor profile: Brettanomyces. If you don't like a colossal amount of funkiness in your beer, don't bother. Having said that, the reason Pig Nun is so amazing is that the wild yeast doesn't overpower the other ingredients. Instead, it complements them perfectly.

I'm on the fence about the mouthfeel. In the final reckoning, it falls just short of the rest of the beer's attributes because it lacks an appropriate amount of heft, creaminess and expansiveness. It's still damn good.

It's always difficult to compare beers consumed more than one year apart, but I feel pretty comfortable in saying that Pig Nun is at least the equal of Surly Bird. As far as I'm concerned, this is a wildly successful Wild Ale series that I hope the brewery keeps alive in one form or another. Bring on Pinhead, Demon Fish and (eventually) Rat Rider. Who knew that pigs are Catholic?

May 24, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A plexiglass white colour with creaminess throughout. Nice carbonation throughout. Skunky and socks aroma for sure, but smooth and interesting. How about a Wild Ale group? Sugar offsets the citric orange and lemon tartness, a change of pace. Full mouthfeel of yeast.

Jan 15, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Bosch's paintings, they fit so well with Belgian beers IMO. I got this at Bauer Wines in Boston for 8.99.

It pours a cloudy peach, I think I might have disturbed some of the massive amount of yeast by accident. The head is ivory white with good retention and generous lace left behind. The aroma is herbal and complex. Theres lots of Brett leathery character, as well as lemon, heather, and apple and cinamon.

The taste begins with lots of Brett farmy, horsey flavors. Theres loads of spicey flavors and some fruit as well. Cloves, ginger, cinamon, nutmeg and other spices are very noticeable. Flowery, spicey hops and yet more complexity to the mix. A sourness builds in the finish and melds with a hefty hop bitterness to make a long, interesting dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly but light carbonation. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Brett and spice flavors are off the hook. Theres also a welcome hoppiness. I recommend it.

Apr 15, 2006
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jul 05, 2013
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Billolick from New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness or vintage dating. Pours light amber with very active carbonation, resulting in a huge gassy head, slowly receeding and leaving a center cone of fluff for awhile, gobs of lace, of course, wild bubbles rising to the top and a Brett induced sour and lemony nose, yummy and good looking suds so far. Flavorful, Belgian stunner, Brett yeasty goodness, barnyard funkyness, pepper, melon, lemon/lime, smoky-- yeeha, this is complex, tasty Belgian to the core! Belgian lovers rejoice, and go get some.

Jun 12, 2006
De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pig Nun) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 82 ratings