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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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3.9/5
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616 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,295
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
616
pDev:
14.36%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite wild ale here. 750ml cork and cage rig, pours a very light, slightly hazy blonde color with a jovial bone white head. smells like applewine and a spring meadow. also belgian yeast and honey. flavor is identical, but very very light. green apples in the finish. the mouthfeel is so so light, almost to a fault. there isnt as much sour from the brett as i might have expected here. bitter at the end, maybe from the dry hop additions. plenty of bubbles though, and a delicate palate. overall not as exciting as some, but a good beer overall. for the price there are much better local wild ales here in colorado.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had this beer around 7-8 years ago... probably was my first encounter with Brett in all it's glory, before I was avidly reviewing beers and merely exploring different styles that were new and unusual.

Bright straw gold in the glass, racing champagne streamers of co2 rising to the surface. Fluffy head of white foam that rises above the rim of the glass in a convex dome momentarily, before slowly sinking into the glass like a deflated soufflé. Copious sheets of lacing in the glass.

Fruity notes of canned fruit cocktail or pineapple in the nose, not too funky in the scheme of things. as it warms there's a trace of wet hay and sourdough.

Dry and crisp, slightly astringent, plenty of effervescence. Fruity apple and pear notes, some dry hay and grassiness in the aftertaste. The earthy Brett yeast is fairly restrained and doesn't veer too far into weirdness. Overall it's a good representation of a Brett beer, an introductory one.

Paired nicely with Cabot clothbound cheddar.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a huge head that marks the chalice with interesting patterns of lace

Smell: Floral funk, with a lemony medicinal aspect

Taste: Opems like a BSPA, with a lemon and coriander flavor that develops in the wild direction by mid-palate, with medicinal funk ratcheting in all directions; after the swallow, earthy flavors pair with yeasty elements to provide a more wild ale finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting blend of the straight and wild; almost an introduction to the world of Brett for the uninitiated

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/bronze color with a one-finger, cream-colored head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of fruits with strong apple and cherry notes. There was a slight funky aroma.

T - It had a nice sour, funky taste with a powerful fruity flavor. Again, mostly sour green apple and tart cherry.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is a really good wild ale. It reminded me of a good farmhouse saison.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; best before 11/1/2012(code L1101). Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, grape, floral, clove, black pepper, wood, grass, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with a moderate malt balance. Taste of tart apple, pear, apricot, lemon, peach, grape, clove, black pepper, floral, honey, bread, grass, wood, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, floral, grass, wood, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and earthy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable slow sipper.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 cork and cage

Poured into delerium tremens glass.

Pours a finger of white head. Great retention with some splattered lace. Color is a hazed copper faded orange.

Aroma: Oranges, bananas, cloves, seems to have some bugs as well. Maybe some brett. A little sour notes. I actually like the aroma a lot.

Taste: Very dry taste. A lot of fruit notes, bananas, cloves, dry grassy hops. The brett sticks out a lot as well. No where near as goo as the aroma was. A big let down.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and funky. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry and funky.

Overall, it was a decent brett beer, but nothing amazing. It is fairly drinkable. When I red the label I was really excited to try it, because I thought it would taste like some of my favorite styles, but I was wrong on that.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reinaert Wild Ale
"Triple Fermented using two yeast strains"
"Saccharomyces Brettanomyces"
No apparent freshness dating.
750 ML bottle. Plastic cork was difficult to dislodge.

Appearance: The first pour is completely clear, and deep-golden in color beneath a fluffy, big-bubbled head of rocky white. The bubbles rising from below buoy the head, but eventually it falls and then dissipates. Average lacing. Secondary pours display chunks of yeast in suspension.

Smell: Sweet. Candyish. Fruity. Mineralish. Hints of manure and mud, as well as a touch of dried tobacco leaf.

Taste: Sweet. Candyish, like rock candy. Fruity. Berry-ish. Mineralish. Spicy. Muddy, and slightly barnyard-like. Leathery. Wet straw. Surprisingly not really tart. Reinaert Wild Ale
"Triple Fermented using two yeast strains"
No apparent freshness dating.

Appearance: The first pour is completely clear, and deep-golden in color beneath a fluffy, big-bubbled head of rocky white. The bubbles rising from below buoy the head, but eventually it falls and then dissipates. Average lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Candyish. Fruity. Mineralish. Hints of manure and mud, as well as a touch of dried tobacco leaf.

Taste: Sweet. Candyish, like rock candy. Fruity. Berry-ish. Mineralish. Spicy. Muddy, and slightly barnyard-like. Leathery. Wet straw. Surprisingly not really tart. Moderate bitterness. It's rounded and balanced, but somehow it might be better if it had a sharp edge here or there. Lingers nicely on the palate with a long-lasting finish. Grassy. Floral. Slightly lemon-ish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Gently effervescent.

Overall: Interesting. Complex. Refreshing. Funky - but not too funky. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, significant amounts of large light chunks of yeast sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and a light amount orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy half finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of barnyard funkiness along with hay, light fruits (white grape and apple), and spicy + earthy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with some lighter notes of light fruit (white grape and apple) sweetness. Overall there is a light to moderate amount of sourness and funkiness with a moderate amount of barnyard and hay flavors. There are light flavors of both spicy and earthy yeast as well. There is a light amount of hints of oak towards the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of dryness

O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer as I had no idea when I was drinking it that it was a 9% ABV beer - though I am not sure I would describe it as easy drinking since it has a fair amount of funkiness and sourness. Also, this is one of the beers with the highest amount of dryness that I have experienced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazed light yellow color with a very set head and n real lacing. A bit of a collar. The nose carries some wry faint grain and straw with just a touch of spice. Flavor has lots of lit grain. Not terribly appetizing. Light with plenty of carbonation. Dry finish. Nothing exiting.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of bone white head that settles quickly, but leaves great lace. The body is slightly hazy, with a deep golden color.

S - Mild sourness, tangy wheat, and a musty/wild aroma of brettanomyces. Tart, green apples and white pepper in the background.

T - Dry, pils malt with graham cracker notes and earthy, cheese like musty notes. Green peppercorns and a meaty yeast note in the middle. Finishes with some earthy hops and moderate bitterness along with distinct wheat tang.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - While I respect the complex wild yeast character of this beer, it is a stretch to call it drinkable. The aroma is very pleasant, but the flavor is almost bit over the top for me. The cheese like character of the wild yeast in this beer seems to be a trademark of De Proef wild beers; and while it lends a unique and interesting quality to the beer, it hardly inspires me to seek this out as a regular for my beer fridge.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 616 ratings
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