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

De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Demon Fish)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Demon Fish)
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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Demon Fish)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Demon Fish)

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DantheMan75
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of teak
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of the_beerist
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of TheSacredRaritan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rmolledo
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*aged bottle*

A: poured into an appropriate glass. nice hazy straw colored with a small white head. beautiful lacing.

S: spicy and fruity. malt and cheese like hop aroma.

T: malty, musty, fruity and phenolic. not as sour as I anticipated (this is my first wild ale). I get a candy sugar flavor in there somewhere. pretty tasty all in all. very dry finish.

MF: moderately high carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

D: I give this a great drinkability because I just about lost it when I read this was 9%. I was thinking like 4 or something. Very good strong sour ale.

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Photo of kbutler1
1.84/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a straw yellow/gold with a 1-2 finger head. Aroma is more funk than sour with notes of fruit. Has a belgian smell to it. The taste is funk, alcohol, spice, then funk again. Slight bitterness to it. Not as crisp and dry as the style should be IMO. Too much alcohol taste and not even balance here. Mouthfeel is light/medium. Not as carbonated as the style I think should be. Maybe with time this would even out.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This was sent my way recently as an extra courtesy of the generous OldStyleCubFan, he also has good taste in baseball, thanks Todd! Demon Fish sports a tarnished copper body but takes on a straw golden appearance when backlit. There's a decent amount of haziness but this bottle just got in my possession a couple days ago so it's to be expected. The perfectly white head grew to two fingers easily and crackled down to a cap that looks like mold with clumps here and skimming there. Thin sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink.

Right off the bat there's a quick hit of diaper funkiness but it settles into pig farm, which really both smell similar now that I think about it. Musty attic plays a big role in the aroma as well. Cereal graininess is way, way in back if I dig deep enough. A touch of decomposing fruit makes its presence known too but the diaper/farm funkiness steals the show. This beer changes amazingly with each swirl of the glass, each and every time it's funky though.

The flavor takes a detour from the path the nose led me down. There's a quick hit of the aforementioned funk but it fades as nice notes of lemon and wildflower take hold. The wildflower is jammed in here by the fistful with that dusty, summer field quality I so thoroughly enjoy. There's a touch of maltiness on the finish that's somewhere in between cereal graininess and light caramel. This one drinks pretty easy. I thought it might be more of a chore with all the funk in the nose.

De Proef nailed the mouthfeel on this beer. It has that great Belgian airy quality that creates a light, frothy feel to the beer. Actually as this sits a minute the mouthfeel dies down upfront but the rest remains frothy. The finish is slightly dry with a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel really boosts the drinkability of this beer with the light airiness and although the funk would usually make me drink a little slower the quickly moving lemon adds some refreshment.

Demon Fish is another good brew in the Flemish Primitive series. The guys at De Proef really know how to make a good beer when they put their minds to it. This one is certainly worth a shot if you see it on the shelves. Thanks for the bottle, Todd!

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Photo of jampics2
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle @ Buckeye Sour Tasting 2009. Wasn't a sour at all, but one of the many nice wild ales that were available. Overall, my least favorite of the 3 we tried - the Surly Bird, Pinhead, and this - the Demon Fish. Subtle differences added up and the Surly Bird was the best of the bunch!

A = Straw colored, nice amount of carbonation.

S = Smells like light malt and a serious case of the funks. Musty, horsehair, and a bit of stale hops.

T = Bretty and bold, but doesn't come together as well as the Surly Bird or even the Pinhead. A citrus taste up front then slammed by brett. A break from the funk yeilds a clean cereal grain taste, but it is dominated by some funky hangings-on.

M = Not good but not bad. Seemed perhaps a bit light in visco. for the style.

D = Suffers from the fact that it's not very interesting. Wouldn't want another, though I'm happy to have tried it (and only paid for a 4oz sample pour).

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Photo of jjanega08
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy straw color with a nice creamy frothy two finger head. Great retention and lacing on it.
S= a little lemon and orange citrus to it with small amount of funk and a tickly of sour.
T= interesting boozy, yeasty, fruity sort of taste. Not sour at all. Tastes like slightly spoiled oranges and funkyness. Interesting indeed.
M= a little dry finish and smooth.
D= average. Quite funky and fruity. Not my fav and I will prolly not have it again.

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Photo of popery
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bring on the funk. This beer has more funk than it knows what to do with. On top of that, it's sweetly funky, like a horse pooped in a glass of lemonade, and I mean that in the best possible way. Of course, dung in lemonade can only be so good, but I digress.

I like a good funky beer. I've been slowly stockpiling Avery 15, my previous holder of the funk crown. I wouldn't say that Demon Fish necessarily tops the Avery in pure funk, but it is more difficult to drink due to the funk. I got through about two thirds of the bottle and had to call it quits. My stomach was fomenting a mutiny. I'd bump down the drinkability further, but I don't think that de Proef' even expects anyone to finish a 750ml solo. To be fair, I attempted to share the bottle with a few other people. Only one out of three soldiered through their initial pour.

The flavor is sweet apples and lemons. There is some hop character in there, but it certainly wasn't at the forefront of my mind while I was drinking. The beer brings little tartness, so look elsewhere pucker-fiends. The feel was fairly smooth. I'd really like to give this beer a higher score for sheer audacity and funk, but I need to leave some room for other de Proef' offerings because I'm confident that I'll need it.

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Photo of chiral3
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The bottle I obtained had no date, but the label was an image of some evil anthropomorphized bird with what appears to be another bird's carcass in the lower left.

Poured a dense straw-colored hue with a nice white head (maybe a finger's worth). Viscous enough that the floc and chunk remained suspended for the most part.

Farm, albeit dry farm and not wet. Horse. In my opinion it was not too sour. Rather, it impressed me as a solid Trippel that used a different yeast. The yeast was both at the forward and backward of the swallow; bookends containing a bright and clean malt. Again, solid beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk (labeled as Reinaaert). Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, and funk. Flavor is somewhat indescript. Some funky melon, milk cheese, and other sweet fruits. Decent beer.
6/4/6/4/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of magictrokini
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reinart Flemish Wild Ale in bottle. Aroma and appearance are good. Nice golden pour with good carbonation and a nice head. A sweet nose with a hint of sourness. Starts off like a slightly bitter tripel, good sweetness, some spice, with a good malt flavor. Then it turned to ass in my mouth. Vomit-like sourness destroyed this beer for me. I like Flemish sours, but this was unbearable. Maybe the bottle needed more aging.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge chunks of floaties dance against a beautiful hazy orange colored body topped off with a big rocky white head.

S: a big sour lemony/banana aroma with some sour fruitiness, oranges, and some barnyard funk (hay).

T: The initial flavor yielded sour tart oranges, ending cleanly and quickly. There is a sour fruitiness of apples and oranges with a barnyard funkiness from the brett. There were noticeable medicinal alcohol notes as well some wild flower spicings. The brett truly takes center stage here flavor wise and finishes with a light acidity.

M: medium, fizzy carbonation with a sour bitterness of oranges and strong alcohol fusels on the back of the tongue.

D: Very nice experience and not for the faint of heart or for those unfamiliar to style. It is the incredible wild yeast strain (brett) that will keep you coming back for more alluring you for the next sip. Intriguing to say the least.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml, no discernible date or batch labeling. poured into tulip.

very clear, golden straw color. lots of head that stays around, becomes rocky. great lacing.

FUNKY barn aroma and horse blanket plus fresh, wet hay. frankly, i've NEVER more appropriately used the words "funky", "barn" and "farmhouse" to describe the aroma. it really got to the point where i almost smelled, well... manure!! not necessarily in an entirely bad way... but i'm saying this to give you a sense of just HOW strongly "on-the-farm" the aroma gets here... coupled with the phenolic note, plus only hints of yeast and dough, this is NOT for the novice drinker!

taste has malty note behind all the barnyard. champagne fruitiness peeks in for a moment, but soon returns to the stinky barn, wet old horse blanket, rotten apples, plus more phenols, bordering on medicinal. moderate to gentle bitterness with hay-like character to the hops.

not too thin, some smoothness. lively but gentle carbonation.

whoa... this is too much for me, i think. hard for me to really finish it. actually had to mentally block out all the funky farm smells and flavors in order to even pick out any other nuances - a difficult task.

also difficult to categorize for style.

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Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Gold with a light white head. Smell is bright, funky, dusty and spiced yeast. Taste is somewhat bland, dusty and light funk. Almost numbing clove like effect on the mouth. Thin, and quite dry. Faint sweetness and lightly funky with not much flavor. Fizzy mouthfeel.

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