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

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pinhead)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pinhead)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

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Photo of twelvsies
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wowzers. Alright, there definitely is something unique about this one compared to the others I've tried. Now I've got a great excuse to go back and revisit each beer and try them back to back, checking out the differences. This one is pretty noticable in my opinion. I was also hipped to the Shelton Brothers' website which has a few things to say about these amazing beers. This one has the highest IBU count of the bunch, so far.
Appears an orangy golden brass color, full of light, with a healthy snow white head that just will not die. Nice. This beer is so full of flavor it's rediculous. Flowers everywhere, fresh grass, funky barnyard hay and dirty crab apples picked up off the ground. Amazingly fresh, natural, and wild. This would be a great beer to take on a cliche sort of picnic, out in a field somewhere, with little rats and bird people running around doing obscene things. [Ok maybe scratch that last part. But I will say I love the Hieronymous Bosch paintings on the labels.] This one, as compared to the others, does indeed have a more pronounced hop content. While the others I've had were more floral, this one has a really juicy, oily, resinous, bitter twang to it on top of everything else that's going on in this beer. Excellent floaty, airy mouthfeel, and uber drinkable. A treat. Now I have to go back and try them all again, which certainly will not be a problem. Follow up notes coming soon, maybe... But in the meantime, go drink this beer, people.

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Photo of Billolick
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness or bottling info. The rear label does shed some light on this interesting artisinal creation. Moderate carbonation upon opening the bottle, pours medium golden amber, clear, off white creamy head, world class retention, extensive lacing and sticky sheeting, tons of tiny bubbles continue to rise to the top. Nose is full of sweet/sour, smoke, funk and yeasty wierdness. This is quite simply one of the tastiest, most complex Belgians I've had the good fortune to try, yeast glorious yeast, slight smokeyness, some sour, some funky/mustyness. Hop bite here, as noted by other reviewers is quite agressive, which is fine with me, it adds to the complexity and depth of flavors of this fine stuff. I'd love to try this with some BBQ or other hearty foods, would be great with some stinky cheese as well...go get some and enjoy, looking foward to trying the other varieties of this special stuff...back to Half Time I go!

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another impressie offering from De Proef. Pours a golden straw with a creamy beige head. Excellent lacing and retention. Fantastic nose has a big, musty barnyard funk presence. Old wood, moldy soil, horse blanket and leather. Citrus fruit, bready malts, caramel and a good amount of floral hops as well. Taste is equally delicious. Big candy malts, bitter hops, orange, peach, lemon, apricot and a musty funk that lasts through the finish. Crisp, refreshing body is very well carbonated. Top knotch.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can never wait to raise a glass of this fine stuff. The previous 3 labels/varieties I've had have been pretty similar with only minor differences. Let's see what this bad boy offers...

The head is relatively "loud" pops and crackles and makes a loud entrance right out of the bottle and while settling...a somewhat rocky surface, good retention, tons of bubble activity too, as if they were starving for release. Color is a orange-golden with extreme clarity...if it weren't for all the rioting bubbles. (second pour brought some sediment haze with it, giving it a whole different look.) Seriously one of the bubbliest beers I've ever seen, but the head is not ridiculous (a la Duvel).

Aroma is fresh juicy fruits (apple, pear, cherry), spices (clove, cinnamon, white pepper), and that huge hit of leather/horse-blanket that I remember so well from previous versions. Takes on a lot of interesting subtleties as it warms. Would be almost worth the price for the aroma alone.

Leathery pungency hits the back of the mouth immediately, and after that chills a bit there's ample fruits and spices, nothing too dominant, all of it mingling really well. Very similar to some saisons, Belgian and otherwise, and probably the most saison-like of the ones I've tried so far. Not as husky and raw, not as sour either. Mint and pineapple come into the picture as it warms. There is a slight sensation of oxidation, so I'm holding back from giving it a 5. Will have to try another bottle sometime. Twist my arm.

Mouthfeel is buoyant and crisp, and the finish leaves a generous yeast dirtiness on the tongue, which will draw love-it or hate-it reactions. I love it.

This is exceptional. Probably a little less wild than some of its counterparts, but so what, it achieves complexity and satisfaction and is a joy to experience. I will continue to give DeProef my money if this is what they'll continue to offer.

[Addendum: Seems this beer pairs well with music, judging from all the music mentioned in its reviews: Bauhaus, Morbid Angel, Black Sabbath. For me, it was working really well with Deadboy & The Elephantmen.]

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a very slightly hazy golden yellow body with a sea of microbubbles gliding to a thick meniscus of snow white foam that last long after the glass is empty.

S- There is a bright floral horsey sweetness with pear blossoms and overripe pineapple aromas. The smell of beeswax comes through in the finish.

T- The smooth soft sweet hint of malt gives way to a soft white cheese flavor and a softly sweet honey malt flavor with notes of lightly toasted grain in the background. There are some soft mango notes that linger in the aftertaste a bit.

M- The light mouthfeel is almost airy with a tight cleaning fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is very floral and fruity with no real sour qualities at all. The wild fun flavors are still present and work well together with the sweeter qualities. Just amazing.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Full sized 750ml brown glass Belgium bottle that has a silver cage and black cap restraining its cork. Well I say cork, but for the time that I can recall, this Proef bottling uses the ‘Newcork’ synthetic material, as opposed to the real thing. It has several codes embossed on the upper surface “EC 25D 23” on it. A simple Inkjet code of “RM 1105” is also printed on the side of the Cork. The main label has yet another one of the striking 16th Century Gothic artworks from Hieronymus Bosch. The ‘Pinhead’ label Surly Bird label has almost no information on it…adding yet more mystery to this strange range of brews from De Proefbrouwerij. Listed at 9% ABV. Cost $9.99 at Hi-Times, Costa Mesa, CA.

Limited information has this release “Pinhead” listed at 50-55 IBU's, so this has the highest IBU’s so far of any of the Flemish Primitive Wild Ales (Spoon Whacker was ~35 IBU's, Pig Nun ~45 IBU's, Surly Bird ~45 IBU's with extra finishing hops).

Appearance: The body remains unchanged from past FPWA examples; a simply gorgeous looking hazed shredded marmalade golden sunset body which is filled with a series of fast rising streamers that collect underneath a big fluffy white head. Head retention is excellent, the bubbles in the cap are very small and form a fine lacing on the sides of the glass, the surface of the head has a clean surface with a little infraction and irregular sized bubble here and there to break up the monotony. Carbonation is very soft, sprightly but gentle and finely dissolved. Yet again, the presentation is nothing short of excellent.

Smell: Hoppy traits with a yeast-laden fruity feel, like past examples, it has more than a passing resemblance to that distinctive nose of Orval. The Brett is still funky, but there are no farmyard aspects to it, it’s a clean hoppy funkiness, and it takes on a tangy citric finish. Appealing

Taste: Has a complexity that feels like it should be easy to break down, yet it’s not that easy to do. Brettanomyces is here, but for once it’s playing second fiddle to the hops. The dusty hops meld, blend and melt to form a soothing but dry bitter finish peppered with earthy spices. The soiled feel is still here from past examples, but its low key. Hints of lemon grass and feint citric flashes add the fruits. Dry fruity black pepper ending lingers, the final splash at the back of the throat is a hop laden one.

Mouthfeel: The soft palate and fine dissolved conditioning just accentuate the fruity funk and help the hops to shine through. No sign of the 9% ABV, where did it go? Very smooth.

Drinkability: Sitting down, watching the latest Doctor Who and gently working my way through this one, it is hard to forget how many glasses I topped up from my 750ml. A superb mix of simple Belgian traits all put together into a lovely inter-wrapped complex fruity Wild Ale. Very drinkable.

Overall: This latest variant of the Primitive Wild Ale allegedly has 50 to 55 IBU’s, and it shows, it really adds a lovely deep hoppiness which is firmly entrenched in Belgium tradition; it lends this brew a firm Orval-cum-Tripel character, simple yet complex. Pick up a couple of these, jolly good stuff.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden straw. The head was white and frothy and rose tall in the chalice falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity as soon as the cork was removed from the bottle. The fruits could be detected from across the room and had a pineapple character coupled with a breadiness from Brett. The aroma was slightly acidic and lightly tart with an earthy presence.

The flavor was complex from the first sip. The first impression that came to mind was that the beer was somewhat less bitter than expected from a 50-55 IBU beer (Shelton Bros website). In reality the beer had a substantial bittering but many other flavors were present at the same time. The flavor was earthy and peppery with a spice presence that was interesting and complex. The flavor also contained a slight fruity sweetness on the palate at first sip, but those flavors immediately were overpowered by pepper and bittering, which made the flavor both complex and interesting.

The finish was dry with a lasting earthy and peppery character long and pleasantly into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation made for a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol in the beer was only really present in the warming which occurred after consumption. The beer drank exceptionally smooth for a 9% abv beer.

Quite a treat to have this one today, since today has special meaning. This beer was one I have been looking forward to trying, so all the better.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. RW 1105 stenciled on the synthetic cork. Purchased at Greenlife in Asheville for $8.20.

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Photo of numenor1
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Synthetic cork, eh?

Hazy golden orange with a rocky sticky white head. Overwhelming aroma of pineapple, and passionfruit with a slight acidic note and obvious brett. Initially juicy, and difficult to characterize. Laden with earthy, spicy hop flavor and tropical fruit. Hops are definitely to the fore when compared with their earlier beers. Very lively, bright flavor. Finishes dry with earthy hops and faint grapefruit. Medium light body with vibrant, assertive carbonation. Hugely drinkable.

A sexy, racy beer, and my favorite Flemish Primitive yet. Hard not to give it a 5 for flavor, but oh well, i didnt. I guess i'm holding out for their next one.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jesus hopped up christ this is probably the best belgian strong pale I've put lips to at this point. Huge fluffy, creamy white head that has ultimate staying power and lacing is slick and slide leaving islands of goodness. I wasn't a big fan of the diabolique/angelique line from this brewery but this breaks out as something to reckon with.

Huge fruity aroma, Orange, Bananna, wild. Some sour tone to it that my wife picked up. Strawberry is deep in the aftertaste with some wine like quality to it. I guess because I found it so wonderfull the word sour just didn't come to mind but it indeed has a twinge that is delightfull. Belgian yeast theme works out. Looks like a typical tripel but ends up with more complexity and less of the harsh carbonation. It has that "wild" twinge to it almost like a lambic in some ways.

Notes: Wow what a frickin amazing brew. Complex, drinkable, light and full of flavor. If this was local, priced right, and identical I'd be all over it by the caseload. As it is, I'll still pay for this when I see it, truly a magnificent belgian pale.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with large head, slight lacing, body is golden and slightly cloudy with a hint of orange. I prefer a yeastier pour with these primitive ales than with other beers. The aroma contains some holiday spices, along with the signature wild yeast.

Taste contains spicy malts, maybe some clove, along with light fruits. The wild yeast contributes some barnyard flavors, add more yeast to your pour if you like this flavor. Mouthfeel is full and lively, this goes down with little effort.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a gorgeous golden effervescent gold capped by a two finger pillow of white Brett goodness.
Aromas of hay, Brett yeastiness, barnyard, musty wood, "horseblanket" lots of wheaty grassiness, wildflowers, haybales.
flavors of wildflower honeys, hays, yeasts, Brett, spicy white peppers, tons of complex fruity spiciness, pears ou poive.
mouthfeel is effervecently beautifully perfectionism, I can't wait to try Spoon Whacker, next on my De Proef wish list. If you are looking for stellar wild fermentated Belgian ales, drink from the professor himself!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"I don't wanna be a pinhead no more... "

--The Ramones

Rich golden amber with an orange juice infusion and a blizzard of yeast. The pearl colored crown is gloriously creamy, sticky and rocky at once. I swear that I can identify a Belgian ale by the head and lace alone.

The aroma is immensely enjoyable from afar... and from up close too. For some reason, the orchard fruity aspects of the nose are dominant from several feet away, while the funk is only assertive at a distance of several inches. Pinhead smells like a tremendous BSPA-wild ale hybrid that will be anything but a Brett bomb.

Delicious, sweet, sour, spicy, fruity, barnyardy, balanced, complexity personified. Those are my initial stream-of-consciousness impressions. Pinhead is probably the most BSPA-like and the least wild ale-like of all the Flemish Primitive Ales. Although I'd have to have them side-by-side to be sure, this beer is as good, if not better than, Surly Bird.

Specific flavors include sweet golden fruit (apricots, peaches and pears), a wonderful herbal quality that is difficult to identify (hops probably), pungent clove, cardamom and just enough Brettanomyces to add a sour-funky edge and to justify the Wild portion of the name. Every one of the ingredients contributes something of value.

What would a world-class ale be without a world-class mouthfeel? When it comes to high gravity Belgians, the best combine a clingy viscousness with an airy creaminess that is sublime when done right. This brewery does mouthfeels right more often than not.

Does De Proefbrouwerij plan to re-release any of the Primitive Wild Ales that have been brewed in years past. My vote would be for both Pinhead and Surly Bird. It's probably close to impossible to find at this point, but this beer is an easy recommendation for anyone who loves both BSPAs and Brettanomyces. If the Ramones had tasted this beauty, they would have changed their tune. Or at least their lyrics.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml. After I popped the synthetic cork, it poured a golden orange with a nice and sticky white head that sticks all over the glass. The aroma is fruity and peppery with that is just a bit sour with nice funky wild yeast. This is a wonderfully complex aroma! Makes me drool just smelling it! Taste starts out a bit fruity that make room for a nice peppery and bitter finish. Wow! What an excellent brew. If you really enjoy the funky Belgian brews like I do, you will surely enjoy this.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Opaque glowing golden straw color. Some particulates. One finger of creamy white head with average retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Nose is full of sour over-ripe fruit including peach, pear, and green apple. Tangy and pungent hops. Bit hit of Belgian yeastiness.

4.5 T: This is one damn tasty brew. Slight clove and pepper from the yeast, but it's minimal. The brett comes through and mixes well with the base beer. There a hay and grassiness to it as well. Good hop bitterness and some pungent flavor. Peachy fruitiness to cap it off.

4.5 M: Medium body. Mix of smooth and biting carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

4.5 D: I can't imagine this is 9%. It drinks like a 4% brew. Complex and won't get boring.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

light slightly hazed gold, with a thick forthy white head.
big floral smell that actually smells like wildflowers, wow. funky barnyard horseblanket smell beneath that. followed up by crab apple, not just apples but definitely crab apples, so strange, but very good, faint pineapple after that. some of the floral aspects seem to come from the hop family. i have never smelled something that brought about such strong farm/barnyard imagery, that was not in fact a barnyard. it becomes sort of grainy as it warms. some almost candy-like sweet aromas come out too, that almost remind me of those strawberry hard candies, that are wrapped like strawberries.
the taste is somewhat surprising after smelling this. the fruit is much more pronounced here with tangy apple and pineapple, and mild sweet pear. somewhat peppery and spicy, though this doesn't seem to be due to the alcohol. it has a lot less wild funk than expected, with it really only playing a minor role here unlike in the aroma. some of that horseblanket flavor is here too. there are some yeasty bread-like flavors in here too. with warmth the flavor of those hard candies come out too.
fullish medium body with fizzy carbonation, that feels very natrual to this beer. nice and dry too.
if this kinda beer is your type of thing, and it is mine. drinkability could not be higher.
a VERY interesting beer that is more than worth the 10 bucks to give a try. one of the more unique beers i've had the priviledge to try.

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Photo of burnstar
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light gold with a medium persistent white head. Smell is very nice with notes of apples bananas and cloves. Some yeastiness and earthiness as well. Taste is somewhat sweet with some wild yeast tang in the middle and some herbal floral hops in the finish. Earthy again and a bit phenolic. Spicy and light fruit notes. Pretty balanced and quite tasty. Medium bodied. Finishes a bit dry although the alcohol isn't very noticeable at all. Easy to drink. Overall a very nice and complex Belgian pale.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with my favorite 14th century (or is it 15th?) artist once again proudly on display (H. Bosch). $9.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA.

Pours a pretty slighty hazy yellow with golden highlights and a medium-large fluffy head in my Corsendonk chalice. Aroma off the head is sharp, slightly organic/farmyard (but only a moderate amount, not overpowering), sharp that's begging me to drink it.

Flavor- well it's sharper and harsher than the previous rounds- must be that additional hops. At first taste, it's a little too much. Even though there is a syrupy/honey-like texture to the mouthfeel (it's not sweet, but it's the consistency of the beer). Kind of the flavors and sweetness of unripe fruit- it has sweetness, but it's not sweet. Pineapple tartness. Pepper. At first I thought the heat in my mouth was from dinner, but now I realize that it's a black pepper from the beer. Wow. Definite sharp hops at the end of the swallow. No indication of the alcohol anywhere in the taste or mouthfeel (and that is doing it right!). With the others, the flavor improves with warmth.

Overall very tasty, and the drinkability is amazing. It totally ignores the alcohol, and it's easy to drink this in record time. I have another in the cellar- should I? Nah, I shouldn't! Not tonight, at least.

I am really enjoying this series, and can't wait for what's next!

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that falls quickly. Spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: lemon zest, yeast, and some grassiness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malt level with some lemon zest, tart green grapes, earthiness, and a decent bitterness. A bit of sourness arrives late while swallowing. Some alcohol warming in noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer. More than one or two glasses would be hard to pull off in a session.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of tboom29
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden in color, with a full white head that disappeared quickly.

Lots of belgian funk in the nose. Sweet fruitiness as well.

A little tart, but still quite mellow for the first taste. The yeast really comes through and is very enjoyable, gives a nice, fairly smooth mouthfeel. Some fruit/raisin in the back, along with some tart apple.

Overall a good flemish sour, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged; synthetic cork says FP0108. Nice strong pop; into Ommegang chalice.

Pours with greater viscosity than expected - translucent eggshell head goes quickly. There's definitely some haze and some floaties in there.

Awesome ginger-spiced yeast electricity. At first, brett sourness is a little quiet but that hay and horse blanket character is welcome. Brightly spiced with a little pine hoppiness.

Let this one warm. At first, the funk is light, yet it's still dominant, with faint esters of coriander, clove ginger and orange peel. The horse blanket texture is quite huge for this one even though it is not overbearing. Well done.

I like the palate on this - the barnyard essence gives off a certain huskiness while the citrus acidity keeps it in balance.

Not an inherently drinkable style but this one works quite well. From what I've encountered of the De Proef Flemish Primitive series so far, it's been a positive experience.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle poured into a la fin glass

A: great hazy pale body, fluffy bright white head

S: light and soft, very little of the horse blanket wild yeast funk that the others posses in spades. some tangy citrus quality, clove.

T/M: again light and soft. great coating of the mouth but gentle, balanced by the aggresive spice on the finish. like the nose, only hints of the funk found in the other Primitiv's. Still some hay and horse musk. lemon and orange zest that is very refreshing and clean, dries on the finish spicy with lots of clove, some cinnamon.

D: much more approachable than the others, though I prefer the funk of the wild yeast. an awesome cheese beer, both soft and hard but I think this would go especially nice with some aged hard cheese, cheddar, gouda, etc...that has had some time to dry. rock.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If the psychedelic pinhead painting on the label was any indication of things to come, this would be quite a beer. The cork was easily extracted, and the beer poured out clear golden in color, with a high level of carbonation typical of many Belgian beers. The Duvel Tulip was large enough to contain the resulting foamy head. The aroma was very floral, which was probably due to some real flowers like Chamomile being added in the mix. The taste wavered back and forth between delicate and robust, being floral and creamy at one moment, and spicy, and malty the next. The beer was actually medium thick on the palette, but the carbonation made it feel much lighter. A touch of sourness and a peppery aftertaste finished things off. Despite the name, there was not much primitive about this one. If this fine beer can spontaneously ferment in Flanders, it must surely be God’s country.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10.49 for a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours out to a cloudy pale golden, forming a small white head with poor retention and no lacing. Moderate carbonation, not overly brisk as most Belgians are. The aroma is heavenly. Tart apples, barnyard, sour funk, dusty basement. The mouthfeel is lightly spritzy with a medium dense body, flittery champagne like carbonation and light all around. The taste opens with tart tropical fruits, sour funk, and has a moderately strong herbal hop bitterness. Minimal vinegar funk, and no off flavors. The finish has quite a bit of wheat cracker flavor to it. Kinda like a BSPA fermented with Brett. Not very sweet. I love the combination of sweet and sour in lambics, and this could use a tad more sweetness for me to really enjoy it as much as it smells. Still, a good beer, but probably not worth the price on this side of the pond.

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Pinhead) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
4 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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