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

De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Rat Rider)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Rat Rider)
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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Rat Rider)De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Rat Rider)

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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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farinag16447
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoelClark
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.5%

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and Brett. Taste is much the same with band-aid and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but pretty funky.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very light color, pilsner almost, golden to dark yellow, nice three finger head with moderate lacing

S: citrus, sour grapes, a lemon zest to it and a kiwi undertone

T: very mellow on the palate, imparts a sweetness similar to most belgian goldens with that biscuity maltiness, pillowy soft sweet finish, not exactly comparable to the American wild ale type, but still very well done, the sourness of the Bretanomyces is very restrained, the sour undertones come near the end and are almost hand in hand with the ligh hops. The untrained palate would almost mistake this for a more malty pilsner.

M: good goating for its light appearance, takes a few seconds to absolve the taste, good coating and lingering aftertaste of mellow hops.

D: Overall, very drinkable, not exceptionally noteworthy, and rather cost prohibitive, for the same price you could drink damnations all day which I feel is superior in almost every category, alas that is comparing different classes of beers. One thing I will note is the exceptional covering of the 9% alcohol, it is imperceptibly hidden in a sweetness and the floury maltiness. Perfect for entry level beer drinkers with ABV interests.

Narrative: "nah nah, just a couple days" he lazily smiled, "just until I get my things together." How could you say no? He was such a close friend in high school, sweet, cloying, palpable, but now he's dominating 2/3rds of your living room as his capricious abode. "See the plan is, I am getting my pilots licens-" you start to dreamily daze off while looking into his eyes, there's something empty to him, yet intoxicating at the same time, "yeah so basically after I foguht that guy I was out of Cici's pizza and it was a shithole anyway" he continues. Why are you letting him stay here? there's nothing exception about him but you just incurred signifcant expenses making him a nice dinner, it, wow his eyes look like poolwater, just a sweet discountenance that lures you in. "OH SHIT NETFLIX! ABOUT TO ADD SOME TITES! Thats what I call titles" ok at this point he's getting a bit irritating, but the way his bicuspids fortuitously lean against his incisors, that smile, he could leave his ASICS gym bag on your Z Gallerie coffee table all week. "Sure..sure.." you meekly reply, knowing that this short stay will be fulfilling, yet deceptive.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has yeast particles floating in suspension. It has wispy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is somewhat funky and has light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruits and yeast along with hints of smokiness. There are some notes of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but it is a slow sipper.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never has the term 'horse blanket' been more appropriate. The color is nice, a hazy orange-gold with a pithy head with slick oily bubbles. This beer reeks of soggy grain and dank soil. There is a light citrus note that fades in and out through the wafts of hay and sweaty wool. The taste is refreshingly matched. A light cidery snip is quickly overcome by earthy sour grain. It gets better with each sip and the finish is super long. Once the finish begins to fade it leaves a mushroomy orange peel covered in dirt taste that is quickly washed away with another sip. Needs some good cheese.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange amber with a quick fading white head.

Nose is big pure bananas..period.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced with nice carbonation.

Flavors are layered and complex. Fruit carmel front to a toasty mid palate that goes to green herbs, green pepper, celery and light salt. Flavors are good and the bottle is recent but there is a little "stale" taste that goes away towards the green herb bitter finish.

Entire flavor profile improves as one drinks it, there seems to be something "just missing" from making this a really good drink. Would likely go well with most food profiles

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Photo of stakem
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle care of h0ser81 on New Year's Eve served in a snifter. Pours a clear light golden yellow. Small tiny particulate is stuck in suspension when you take a close look. A finger of white head forms that quickly recedes to a thin film across the top and sticks in spots to a glass.

The aroma of this brew is stanky cheese mixed with a cardboard-like note. A bit of fruit like apples and apple skins is noted across the middle and sulfur brings in the back. The longer this brew sits in the glass and warms up, the more it starts to smell like a port-o-potty. I use port-o-potty selectively here because it quite literally smells of an aweful mix of certain parts that is attempted to be covered up by an essence of apples and funk. Regardless, there are bits and pieces of this that are enjoyable before it warms.

This brew encompasses every aspect of the aroma and puts a flavor to it. Tastes of lacto, cardboard and apple skins are immediately evident. There is a lingering clashing sweetness reminescent of unfermented wort that produces a pronounced flavor without getting too sweet. Earthy and herbal hops cling in the mouth providing a fair contrast to the sweetness.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with low amount of carbonation. A tangy amount of alcohol is noted. This one was a little too clashing for me, I wouldn't want more than a glass and even then a glass was hard to finish. I appreciated the opportunity to try this brew, thanks Jim! However, at $21.95 a bottle I will not be looking to try the other primitive offerings.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faintly foggy amber with lemon edges and swirling showers of fine yeast that slowly sink to the bottom of the glass. The alabaster colored crown peaked at two fingers and isn't giving ground willingly. Interesting foam topography and attractive lace easily allow the good score to be granted.

The nose is pale malty, musty, earthy, herbal, spicy and funky. The barnyard quality of the wild yeast doesn't overwhelm the other aromas (like Belgian ale yeast), which makes for a balanced and enjoyable experience.

Rat Rider tastes like a well-brewed BSPA with a modest contribution from Brettanomyces. It tastes more like the former, which is why the above style makes the most sense. Even though this bottle has probably been aged for a bit (it hasn't been in my possession that long), it has held up as only high-ABV Belgian ale can.

The white bready pale malts are slightly sweet, the hops still manage a decent amount of countering bitterness, and the various yeast strains make up the lion's share of the flavor spotlight. This is an especially herbal-earthy-spicy member of the Primitive Wild Ale series, although it's been way too long since the last one for any valid comparisons to be made. It's also pleasingly tangy and the alcohol is buried without a trace.

Mouthfeel is really the only area in which age has taken a toll. Even then, more bubbles would have assured the next highest score. A muted 'pop' on cork extraction was the first clue that the beer wouldn't be expansive and silky in the mouth.

In the final reckoning, Surly Bird, Pig Nun and Pinhead are my three favorite offerings in the De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale series. Spoon Whacker and Rat Rider are right behind... and Demon Fish is pure evil. This is delicious beer if you like BSPAs and don't mind a little sourish funkity funk.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very hazy golden color with a inch of very fluffy head and lots and lots of carbonation. the glass stayed laced through out the course of the beer. haven't had any other in this series, but as for other wild ales i've had this was much different. upon the first sip i was not impressed at all, it took me a few to really get into it. after a couple sips i began to enjoy it much more. still nothing to great here but good enough to give it a try if you never had it.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a friend at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Served in a wine glass, it appears bright yellow and hazy. The label doesn't lie, this beer does tasty primitive. It's not the deepest in flavor out of the primitive series, but it's still tasty and fits the bill. The funk has a leather taste with cuts of lemon peel and earthy herbs. Very tasty, but not on par with other sours. Still worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear blond with a massive and sustaining head. Tons of lacework and carbonation.

S: Barnyard funk, a bit hay-like, phenolic. Rotting lemons and light grainy sweetness. Bit of banana and pineapple.

T/M: Hints of sweet fruits initially (pineapple, mango), but dries up quickly. Spicy, a bit medicinal, very phenolic. Light and crisp body. Band aid and husky grain in the eternally dry finish. Pretty damn nice stuff.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a vibrant, golden yellow with three fingers width of white head. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S- Barnyard hay with some mustiness. Little bit of citrus fruit is discernible.

T- Some mild sourness upfront with lots of yeast. Subtle bits of fruit esters with a semi-sweet finish. Also some spiciness is detectable along with bittering hops.

M- Well carbonated and light bodied. Little too dry for my liking.

D- The 9% abv wasn't noticeable. However, the taste wasn't really doing it for me so it was hard to put this one away.

Overall, wasn't too impressed with this beer.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is a weird one. The word primitive does not do this beer justice. It reminds me of a French Syrah.

The beer pours a light amber/straw color and has bone white frothy head. Good head retention as well.

The smell of vegetation, hay and cereal overwhelms. I might be able to detect some dark ripened fruit as well.... Dates? Figs? Something sweet.

The taste backs up the smell in my opinion showing what i can only describe first as "barn yard"(this is where the french syrah comes to mind). I feel like this would make a fantastic food pairing beer. rich cheese or even steak would go very well. I get some hop character, and some degree of sweetness as well. Again I am thinking of a Fig like sweetness. This beer is almost grainy like a fig as well. But this sort of rural hay like flavor really takes over. Im not sure if its great or horrible. Im thinking somewhere in the middle. If I was eating a rich burger, or steak with it I think I would LOVE it.

All things considered this beer is pretty drinkable for its strength. The alcohol does not come through very much, its only really noticed on the back end of the flavor.

This is definitely a beer worth trying, if for no other reason then it is very unique.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

You never know what to expect from one of these.
It pours a very nice yellow/orange somewhat opaque in a tulip glass. The head comes up fast and dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is unique. When I was a kid my grandparents took me to the California State Fair and the smell of the livestock exhibit is a nice memory and is present in this beer. I'll call it funk with some citrus added. It's a pleasant musty smell and quite pleasing. There is plenty of citrus in the taste, oranges and a little lemon. There is a big dose of apple as well. It's a little sweet. The mouthfeel is moderately heavy. The alcohol is nicely disguised. It goes down easy in spight of the ABV.
This is a great wild ale. It gets very hot around here in the summer and you can be sure that I'll be enjoying this very refreshing brew while we sizzle our way through the season.
Mow the lawn, grab one of these and relax.

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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Rat Rider) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 71.1% out of 100 with 38 ratings
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