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

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

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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

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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of helios7
3.4/5  rDev -13%

VERY funky. Savory.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear, orange color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hop, Belgian yeast, sourness, hint of hop, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong Belgian yeast, sourness, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and slight hop. Overall, weak appearance, complex aroma, good feel and body.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 10.99/25.4 oz bottle at Vintage estates in Boardman. OH
Bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma spicey
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1.5 cm central island – each pour causes massive foaming
Lacing fair – a couple of large thick reefs and some small ones
Body light gold, hazy
Flavor spicey and yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great sour aroma, fairly lactic, with lightly floral notes.

Flavor is moderately sour, slightly dry, with a touch of spice. Not as much ester character as some.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Don't really taste much 'wild ale' in this brew. Just a really good Belgian strong pale.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SAmpling a cellar temp 750 ml bottle with my friend Stopper. Bottle has been cellared for 3-4 years. The beer is poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a very hazy copper hue with minimal eggshell white head that foams up about1 cm and fades to a wispy edge layer and a large island.
Aroma is funky wet blanket, musty straw and a little band-aid phenol. The last part worries me a little, but it is very mild.
The first sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. The carbonation rolls across my palate with a gentle action.
Flavor is actually not as funky as I anticipated from the nose. SOMe tart notes show through with a little grain and some wet straw husky notes. Finish is a little dry and I dont get any hints of the booze on this one.
The beer is interesting but I find myself thinking that I am glad to be splitting it and not consuming a full bottle on my own. I wouldnt try this one again, but that is personal preference, I suspect many folks would love the beer.

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 72.5% out of 100 with 258 ratings
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