De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-14-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
258
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
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16
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19
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold golor with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is earthy and fruity, it smells like pears, hay, peppery spice, apples, lemon peel, cloves and some funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready/grainy malt and light floralness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has high but soft carbonation. It's easy to drink, and it sure doesn't seem like a 9% ABV beer as the alcohol is well hidden. I think it's a good overall brew. At $9.99 a bottle, it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly cloudy gold with big poof of white foam. Scent leads with musty dirt and grain, tart green apple and pear, light citrus. Tast follows suit, apple notes well developed and play with the musty and earthy yeast profile, cleaner citrus and tropical notes on the end with breadyness. Medium bodied, bubbly yet cream, dry. Solid offering, was expecting more from the brett.

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Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Surly Bird variation of Flemish Primitive Ale is gold in color. It’s hazy and looks to have a few yeasty particles swimming about. Carbonation definitely looks active. It yields a bone white head that stands about two and a half fingers tall. Looks good. It doesn’t look like it will completely dissipate. Impressive. Lacing was sticky, leaving billows of white lace in its wake.

The nose is good. It isn’t quite as strong as I’d like, but it smells good. It kicks off with a mix of earthy, musky, and funky notes. The funky side of it is relatively modest. I like that about it. It features just enough of that barnyard scent to make things interesting. It features a light fruity scent. Smells like apple or pear. Belgian yeast smells really nice and spicy. Pepper and clove are noted. Hops are more prominent than anticipated. They smell mostly grassy. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Smells good.

The flavor is excellent. The flavor is a great mix of grassy, spicy, and funky flavors. It’s very musky and earthy up front. Barnyard funk follows. It is moderate in strength, but complements the other flavors extremely well. It’s has a slightly acidic twist to it, but it’s mild. Belgian yeast is very flavorful and brings an excellent spicy mix to the table. Pepper and clove are the most notable spices. Hops are very grassy and earthy. There’s a hint of apple or pear on the tail. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t seem like 9% abv. Finishes earthy, spicy, funky, and a little dry.

Surly Bird has a lighter body. Carbonation is active, but it still feels soft. In classic Belgian fashion, it feels nice and smooth despite its light body and active bubbles. This stuff goes down far too easy.

De Proefbrouwerij has an excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale in Surly Bird. This stuff is delicious and is strong in all aspects. If you happen to see a bottle, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle. Really good stuff!

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Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of fdig23
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Station Taproom in Downingtown.

Appearance: Bright shimmering golden color with a small fluffy white head

Nose: Nothing at first, but after a few swirls a very vibrant nose of apple juice, over-ripe pear, and wet basement funk came through.

Taste: Immediately apple juice comes to mind, followed by a funky baked apple, wet moldy concrete basement flavor. Finishes with a hint of amaretto and piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and slick with decent carbonation, nothing too exciting here.

Overall: Great wild ale with some of the underlying belgian golden ale characteristics still shining through the wild yeasts. The funk is definitely there but its perfectly in balance and never overwhelming. Very quaff-able for both a wild fermented and a 9% abv brew.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of manaconn
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, tart apple, grape, pepper, lemon, earth, herbal, floral, clove, grass, hay, and light yeast funkiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and decent balance. Taste of pear, tart apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, hay, earth, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, earth, funk, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; nice fruity/peppery flavor balance; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale wild ale. Nice flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and easy to sip on for 9%. I enjoyed this offering quite a bit.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking bright, golden color. There is a slight haze to the beer along with a lot of carbonation creating a huge fluffy white head.
Aroma has the usual great Belgian nose. Strong floral hops and sugary, sweet malts. Nice fruitiness as well.
Taste has a strong fruity and floral hop shot. The hop tastes are cut short by a good dry shot of golden malts.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Refreshing at first, but then a very strong dryness takes over. It is a good dryness that leaves the pallet wanting for another sip.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A very nicely balanced Belgian strong that has a lot of nice tastes that hide a 9% ABV. Great selection.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I had Pinhead when I was in Baltimore about three years ago and really liked it. This is the first time I've seen a Flemsih Primitive since then so I had to buy it. Hopefully this one is as good as the artwork.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden yellow color. I needed several pours due to the overabundance of head formation. Several minutes later I found three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is about average, but a lot of it sticks.

4.0 S: This smells just as good as I would have remembered it if I could. Bold bretty aroma with peppery spiciness stands out immediately. Lots of apple, some pear and orange fruits. Pithy woodiness funk to go along with musty basement and musky outdoors. Lemongrass, hay, citrusy and floral hoppiness, and corriander. Very nice.

4.0 T: Taste is just as good. A little less funky that I was expecting, but well rounded and well balanced. Pepper and corriander spice. Lots of apple again, but this time pear might be even stronger. Generalized citrusy undertones. Hay, dry dusty wood, grass, apple orchard, and musty basement funk. Mild to moderate bitterness with a floral hoppy flavor. Bitter orange peel and an earthy tobacco to round it out. Booze is so well hidden I almost forgot to mention it.

4.0 M: Medium body. A bit overcarbonated, but a few good whirls and that is taken care of. Otherwise, nice spritziness and super smooth. No complaints here.

4.0 D: Well rounded, tasty brett beer. No major faults, good complexity, and well integrated flavors.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a full 2 finger puffy dense white head. Tons of little bubbles sprinting to the surface, very carbonated. Leaves a lot of lacing as the head slowly dwindles over a few minutes.

S: Smell of fruits like pineapple and a raisny fig. Yeastyness in there with a touch of funk.

T: You get a strong belgian pale taste upfront with a slight addition of hop. Interesting twist with the Brett yeast. Has a saison like spice to it. Alcohol is well hidden.

M : Real light on the palate, lots of carbonation. Crisp finish that is easy drinking.

Overall a great beer that is very unique. Authentic belgian taste. Want to try some of their other beers that are more sour.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of TequilaTom
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I've stared at this on the shelf for years, wondering about picking it up and giving it a try. Thanks to the Rare Beer Club, though, the choice was made for me in the positive. I'm not gonna argue. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises mild funk, coriander, wheat, lemon peel, black pepper, clove, cardamom, and a hint of both pine and pineapple in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the funk really melding well with the bitter citrus and heavy spice notes, allowing everything to blend together in a somehow uncluttered melange of Belgian abstract expressionism. Some light notes of green apple and/or pear pop up from time to time before being swallowed by the rumpus. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an exceptionally enjoyable brew, one that I'm now kicking myself for not picking up sooner.

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Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev +0.3%

De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.99 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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