Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #44
Ranked #9,089
3.95 | pDev: 14.18%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Very Good
Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale
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Reviews by rodbeermunch:
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yellow, white 1/2" head. Aroma was sour, citrus, mild grain.

This one nicely wasn't big on spice rack, lemon, pale malts. Mild sweetness to countereffect the sourness and maybe brett? Hides alcohol quite well.

This is such a conflux of styles. Pale ale, wild ale, berliner, whatever, its good and affordable. Just don't come across it as much as I'd like anymore.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

This wild ale was fermented with two yeast strains, one being Brettanomyces, which is where the "wild" comes in. If you've never tried a beer fermented with Brett, you're in for a treat.

Big, bubbly, billowy white head drops down to a sticky lace. Crystal-clear dusty golden color shines in the light. Big juicy nose with aromas of basement, citric peel, earth and medicinal herb aromas. Semi-brash yet refreshing crispness, moderate body with a dry palate. The Brett has a lot of work to do here, and it leaves a bit of a mess--but a good mess, with a rosewater-esque solvent alcohol and faint tropical fruit from the esters. Biscuity malt flavor is very dry and quickly shadowed by a medicinal flavor that cleans house with mineral, woody and harsh herbal flavors. Vanilla? Obviously dry finish--bone-dry at that.

Though we said you'll be in for a treat if you never tried a Brett beer, it's more of a love-it-or-hate-it characteristic. For us, we love it as it pushes the envelope of where beer can go. So any beer geeks out there who like Brett, you'll love this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I think of Flemish ales, I think of the Flanders Red Ales or Oude Bruins- but what happns to these ales if no cherries are employed, or if the taste is centered around crisp pilsner malt instead of toasted brown malt? De Proef shows us the way with Reinaert.

This "Wild Ale" starts with a deep golden pour that's lightly hazy with its yeasty veil. Even as the carbonation fuels a long-lasting white froth, the ale exhibits strong champagne-like zesty quality even as the beer remains firmly grounded in malty pilsner roots.

Strongly aromatic, the scent is lightly pungent with straw, dried limes, musty cellar-like woods, light sea air, day-old bread, and an overall grainy scent wafts over the nose as the initial taste is dry and minerally. Cracker-like early, its taste then is lead by cider, white wine, musty attics, peat moss, and an overall floral bit that resembles honey suckle at first but finishes like bitter rose peels- equipped with stern stemmy bitterness and a strong echo of wheat to close.

Mid-light in body, the ale is dry, crisp, and clean overall. But its the pleasant astringency of vegetal bite that gives the ale a grassy, bitter close that lingers deeply on the tongue. Impressive is the ales strength, very little of that warmth or power is ever felt- preferring softer undertones in its story...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small patches of foamy lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is also a good amount of sediment that settles to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is very sweet and fruity with some slight yeast and funk aromas. Taste is also quite fruity and yeasty up front with some funky and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a musty and funky bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice funky aromas and flavors.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of barnyard, earthy and spicy yeast in the nose along with some hints of fruit.
T: The overall taste has both notes of sourness and sweetness with notes of apples in the flavors. The yeast also contributes earthy and spicy flavors; the spiciness persists through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a lot of dryness throughout the taste, especially in the finish.
O: Considering the strength, the beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. You just need to get through the intense amount of dryness.

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Photo of drew74
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a full billowy white head with great retention and tons of Belgian-style lace. Looks great.

S: Musty, partially fermented pear juice that's been left in an attic. Has a sweet smell about it with how dry this is. Some banana esters make an appearance.

T: Bosc pear, yellow apples, classic Belgian pale ale flavours. Restrained but clear Brett flavours, definite musty, rustic undertones but really in the background. Some wine like (maybe White Burgundy), Old World ester flavours. Quite interesting, very balanced, it's not going crazy in one direction.

M: Medium-bodied, with a soft carbonation but crisp. Very light acidity.

D: This is an elegant easy drinking beer for its size. Complex, but not a beer I'm going nuts for just yet, but I really liked it.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faintly hazed golden color with a billowing large sticky bright white head. Funky nose of tart apple pie and pear pie, ripe tart wine grapes, sweet candy, caramelized banana. Really big nose.

Great beer with big flavor and a long finish. Husky grain on the tip of the tongue. Tart fruit, apples and pears on the middle of the tongue, belgian funk, hay and earthiness. White wine grapes throughout much like a fruity chardonnay. Banana and nut bread on the back of the tongue with a dry grainy bitterness and a touch of fruity alcohol heat. Faint spiciness and clove throughout underneath it all. Finish is of a long lasting banana and wheat taste. Despite all this flavor the beer manages to finish clean and crisp and refreshing with the alcohol being very well hidden. Feeling it just after half a bottle. Really great beer. The fruity malt and hop really plays off the funky brett flavors really well. I dont think this is a hate it of love it brett beer. I think this is a you have to love it beer. Awesome. Feel Belgian but at the same time it doesn't.

Swirling in the yeast now.

the yeast takes away a little from the fruit and gives the beer a bit more of a spice but its nose bad. This could also have to do with the beers temperature change though as well.

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Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason I though this was going to be a Flanders Red. Oh well.

Pours a hazy light gold with a big white foam head. Smells faintly of horseblanket funk with a bit of lemon. Also, is that .... malt?

Taste is lightly soured. THere's some lemon, some funkiness with a kind of hay/grass component, and a splash of residual sweetness. Not a fruit sweetness, just a kind of ... sweet/sour effect.


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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent anticipation buildup from the lovely 750ml corked bottle to the frothy pour - couldn't wait to dive in. Aroma is citric in nature, but not overly so. First taste is complex - hints of roasted malt, orange peel, over a foundation I'd almost characterize as chewy and mead-like. The beer finishes strong, with the variety of tastes lingering well after the swallow and only a slight hang. This beer is incredibly refreshing, light enough for a warm summer afternoon, yet complex enough that each sip can be relished.

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Photo of riored4v
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/29/10

Poured into a tulip. Hazy, straw colored body with a 1 finger head that faded quick. Some decent lacing.

Smell had some cherry notes along with a musty, horsey aroma. Mildly sweet and fruity. Overall it was fairly mellow.

Taste had some definite musty flavors along with dark cherries. Estery accompanied by a mellow sweetness. Mild sourness and fruity flavors. Slight earthiness as well.

Mouthfeel was light in body with high carbonation and bone dry finish.

Drinkability, for 9% was excellent. No signs of ABV and a mellow blend of flavors. Very "light for 9%.

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Photo of zonker17
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Falstaff goblet.

A: Hazy orangey-straw color with not a really big Belgian head, but still a nice 3 finger head with tiny bits of lace here and there. Head dwindles down to nice ring pretty quick.

S: I've had several wild yeast beers and I'm starting to recognize the Brettanomyces' honey-lemon-nectar funkiness. There's some butter notes in there as well. Lots of stuff going on with this one.

T: Spice hits me upfront. Clovey candy sugar. Apple butter. Then into a bitter cardamon pod flavor. Ends nice and dry, a kind of banana peel bitterness. A nice nectary lavender alcohol flavor as well.

M: Nice medium feel here. Not as thick as some strong ales but no complaints at all.

D: A strong beer but one that goes nicely with taking it slow. It gains character as it warms and you could make a wee bottle of this last some time. Truly a wild experience. Try one on for size. You'll see it fits nicely.

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Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle w synth cork and cage. the cork is marked w "RWG.08". tasted in late may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden straw w orange honey tones. bottle sediment disturbs easily, with lots of particles and cloudiness. 2-finger white head, fades to wisps and ring. consistent lacing, but sometimes thin.

aroma: lots of overripe fruit (apple, pear), hay and must, with just a touch of barn aromas. hay notes match w grassy, herbal euro hops. all a bit subdued however. hint of peach skins.

taste: malty and bready, with those slightly overripe, sweet fruit flavors of apple and pear again, plus white grape and peach, again quite heavily ripened. mixes with pepper and spiced phenol note and touch of dried citrus peel, cleaned up by moderate bitterness from euro hops. twinge of acidity underneath.

medium body w moments of lightness, yet smooth, with touches of resin astringency into the finish. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly and helps with an almost creamy body.

this ain't bad. but their special releases are even better.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of abecall98
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this beer on a whim to try something new.

A - copper colored with a nice lacey white head. Looks great.

S - I can smell some funk and some slight sour fruit, but not very strong in this department.

T - Very funky, yeasty, and slight acidity and sour bit. Tastes of green apple and sweet red apple. Still rather light in this department of flavor. To me, funk is something that backs up to a flavor profile, but without much sweetness going on in a wild ale, there is not much the funk can do.

M - creamy, and light mouthfeel. In and out. Not much left behind. Nice for something belgian. The slight funky aftertaste isn't all that great without the sweetness to balance it out.

D - having a hard time downing this one. Too yeasty, funky and unbalanced to be really that good. The 9% abv. is hidden, but the aftertaste is just too much to be good.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThirstyBird for the opportunity to try this one. 750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured the color of straw with a skim of white foam around the edges; clarity was murky. Nose was sour apple, oak and ethanol at the back. Taste consistent with nose, but much more muted. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent with a dry finish. Easy drinking, but not much of a wild element per se. That being said, I really enjoyed this brew and am looking forward to try other offerings from this brewer.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of philipquarles
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cL bottle marked "Special Reserve", this brew is a hazy straw gold with a medium white head. The foam dissipates quickly, leaving a thin sheet and a bit of lacing. Smells predominantly of sour fruit esters (namely lemon and cherry) and barnyard/horseblanket. The funky brett character really masks the bit sweet malt that's in the background. On the palate, the malt comes forward first, though it's again soon overshadowed by the sour yeast. Surprising bitterness that actually works very well. Nicely balanced and quite complex. An impressive beer overall.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 618 ratings