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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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/marmalade, 2 finger fluffy pillow, splendid lacing

S: wild yeast, lemon peel/grassy, pine, mild sweet candy

T: lemon peel, sweet candy, belgian yeast, grassy/pine floral finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Another fine Belgian gem! It is the law of Belgian
for them to make mighty fine beers? Would buy again
and highly recommend.

DELICIOUS, TREAT YOURSELF + WORTHY FRIENDS!

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Brewed early July 2012.
A: Pours a slightly hazed pale golden lemon (hint of green hue about the edges) with high carbonation producing a 2+ inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Astringent citrus hops, soft melon, honey (emerges more with warming), white pepper, with just a hint of brett and a hint of belgian spice. Some fruity yeast notes. A splash of malt.
T: Funky and musty brett notes up front, a quick whiff of peach and melon, spicy and slightly funky hops, and all throughout there is a very interesting and definitely prominent note of leather (kind of a funky leather tobacco mix).
M: Carbonation tingle and sweety soft up front. Turning more astringent and bitter with a slight alcohol burn toward the finish.
D: The leathery funk is strong in this one...which certainly lends an interesting twist. A solid brew from an outstanding brewer. Honestly not one of his best, but his standards are quite high. I like the idea behind this series...would be great to have them all lined up at a tasting.

2/27/14: This one has held up very well over time. It has remained mostly intact. With aging, the mouthfeel has really softened (less carbonation, bitterness, and alcohol burn). Still produces a nice 2+ inch head. Ratings now would be 4.25/4/4/3.5/3.75

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Photo of codsmith
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge and thick cream white foam head that is long-lasting. Dark yellow, but very hazy and no clarity. Should be clear throughout.

S: Heavy fruit esters that are very pronounced. Pear dominates off the nose, but very well balanced.

T: Pear, spice and slight malt character that are all rolled into one. It finishes off with a slight bitterness.

M: Heavy carbonation with a light-to-medium mouthfeel.

O: Very tasty and well developed. The only true negative would be lack of clarity.

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Photo of JonathanSuarez
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of KDawg
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear gold color with a very foamy head.

Extremely funky aromas. It's dominated by funk and yeast with aromas of tart oranges, sour apples, and bruised citrus tones.

Good depth with real good notes of tart oranges, sour apples and a lot of funk. The finish is slightly clipped though.

A great wild ale. One has to like funk aromas and flavors in their beer though.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Giggy
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love to dry different beers and different styles. This is really and different beer.

A: clear light golden with a white, light head

S: very barnyard, hay, grass, wet dog, earthy

T: very dry...band aid, Bannana, sour, pepper or coriander

M: medium body, soft carbonation.

O: nice & light

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Photo of HopHead29
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Shwaa for the awesome b-day gift.

Pours almost crystal clear and ends up a light hay color. There is an inch of white head that seems sticky as it sits for quit a while. There is a decent amount of wavy lace.

Then nose has some light fruity esters, light "band-aid" aromas, light tartness, and barnyard horse saddle.

The taste is similar to the nose. There is that strangely pleasant taste of band-aid with flavors of fruity esters, Belgian yeast, and an earthy/mineral taste. A barnyard funkiness is really working and I just can't put my finger on the exact resemblance but this one is funky as hell. There is a very subtle tartness that quickly fades into a bitterness. The 9% alcohol by volume is completely hidden underneath the strange and tasty flavors.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation. There is a smooth. There is a prickly feel that comes with the carbonation.

Overall, pretty impressed by this unusual brew. This is unlike any other wild ale I've had because it really brings out the barnyard qualities. Very funky and strange, yet delightfully drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of mynie
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That, my friends, is some bottle art. Wild ales from Europe should not come wrapped in cartoons, and nor should they evince the contemptibly measured boldness of a so-called "edgy" brewery's logo. They should look like a scene out of Hitler's nightmares.

Aside from that, pours a lightly hazy gold with a really nice head. Much more similar to a BSPA than a wild. Actually, it don't look or smell nothing like a wild--just, crap, is this just a Belgian Pale?

Not that there's anything wrong with that, aside from that fact that in today's age of 15 dollar bombers, I kind of like to know what I'm paying for...

So, okay, it's a BPA. And it's a pretty one. But it smells a little too soft. Nothing at all is offputting--light citrus fruit, light pepper, and a real light yeasty sourness. But you notice there were three "lights" in the last sentence.

Tastes much more firm. Sweet citrus and berries run into nodes of mineral water and black pepper. This odd melange gives way to a more traditional, grassy finish that's similar to a good, light saison. There is just a teeny tiny little hint of brett in the back end, so maybe this is indeed a wild--only it way more resembles a BPA than a wild, so whatever.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of caninedevotion
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of biercycle
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a huge, white rocky head, almost Orval like.

Smells of some funk, diacetyl butteryness, and notes of brett barnyard.

Taste is up front green apple, sweet, with earthy funk that goes into a more bitter middle and ends on a slightly metallic, sharp, floral, and funky end. Surprisingly bitter but balanced. Still, somewhat one dimensional and boring.

Lighter to medium body with medium to high carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly well masked.

A hoppy, somewhat fruity and floral funky beer that lacks something, maybe more malt or more funk would help. This WOULD be great with some slightly spiced/herbal food though.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into a tulip

Pours a pale golden yellow with a foamy one+ finger white cap. The cap settled rather quickly to a thin layer. Mild visible carbonation.

The aroma is of medicinal/herbal hops, overripe fruit, and an underlying funkiness. The funk is most reminiscent of band-aids and horses with a damp muskiness lurking.

On the palate, the flavor profile flips itself from the aroma. The aroma was more fruity, herbal with the funk laying low. On the palate, the funk is much more prominent while the fruity, medicinal feel takes a backseat.

Band-aid and horse funkiness with a damp must are prominent, while overripe fruit and herbal hops come in on the back end. The hops are biting and spicy, cutting through the funk for a herbal hop finish with a minor touch of funk.

The feel is on the lighter side of medium, with a touch of prickly carbonation that accentuates the biting, spicy hops in the finish.

This is a nice little BSPA. I wasn't expecting the funk, but it was a welcome surprise. I will be seeking this out again. Solid on all fronts.

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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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