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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale

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.

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Photo of rickymo2
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour cherry and banana nose, cloudy pretty peach color with thick loose head, dry sour flavor, very little sweetness, lingering hint of tomato, pleasing bite left on the tongue

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2-year old 750 ml bottle served in a tulip.
A: Hazy amber to light tea under a lacy, 2” off white foam cap that slowly reduces to a thick film.
S: Wild barnyard nose, fermenting wet straw, over-ripe fruit, lemon.
T: Barnyard infused over ripe fruit is mellowed by tart lemon with wood and leather. M: Light bodied with a very fine soft moussey texture.
O: Age knocks off some of the rough edges producing a tart, refreshing yet mellower beer than when fresh.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden with a tint of orange. Massive foamy head lingers for a long time. Sticky, thick and foamy lacing retains excellently, up to the top of the glass. The aroma is of sugars and fruity esters; there is an intense blend of tropical fruit. The taste starts out as predominantly fruity; the finish has tones of orange and sugar (like orange soda). Later, this finish becomes more dry and bitter with a hint of grapefruit and hops. The taste also becomes more complex; a yeasty flavor takes over as well as hops that balance the sweet tone. As for feel, this is a sipper. I consider it a medium to slightly full bodied beer, a modest carbonation but just right for a brew of this complexity. I enjoyed.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy orangeish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind and there are chunks of sediment floating in the body.

S- Somewhat mild lactic acid aroma plus some musty funk brings to mind vinegar, white grape juice and lemon.

T- More white grape juice and lots of it. Also some honey and flowery notes. Slightly tart, less so than the aroma would lead you to think. Moderate malt presence while the alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Has some light tang to it with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty good but I feel like it wasn't quite worth the money I spent on it.

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Photo of bnes09
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Good color, head and lacing. Only slightly sour. Tropical fruit flavor and ginger, medicinal spice. Odd funk. Unbalanced. Leaves a rough aftertaste in its wake. Tastes almost as if it's been infected. I would suggest looking elsewhere for a good sour.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a slight haze. The huge, rocky, white head forced
me to take several attempts to finish pouring the beer in my glass. A decent amount of lacing
was left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Loads of berries! Blueberries, raspberries, grapes, cherries, and strawberries all make
an appearance. A touch of breadiness is also in the background.

Taste: Big fruity sweetness all the way down. As you continue to drink it, a bit of tartness
slowly grows on the tongue.

Palate: Body is leaning towards the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation level was low.
Aftertaste reminded me of Welch's grape juice.

Overall: A bit unexpected, but it was a good beer. I'd be interested in what would come from
letting this beer sit for some time behind the bar in my basement.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Very vinegar, acetic aroma. Touch of musty horse blanket, with a floral note. Flavor reveals a sweet, slightly toffee backbone, which is surprising, and a lightly lactic sourness. That sweet character is really unexpected. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

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Photo of MisterGone
4/5  rDev +2.8%

When I saw that this was a Flemish wild ale, I expected some sour. However, the fact that there wasn't much was well offset by the other very strong characters present. On my own, I don't identify profiles like "barnyard" or "straw," but those are admittedly exactly how this beer starts. The yeast combo gives both the banana and stone fruit. There is a touch of hop in the finish. Overall a solid brew, with the emphasis on the wild, not the "flemish."

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Photo of Celtics17
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big earthy, barn yard feel to this wild ale. Very little sour power, but big fruit characters. A slight spicy feel in the back of your throat. Tasty wild ale, but I wanted more mouth puckering flavor and mouthfeel.

Some of the fruit notes are bananas, very slight mango character. The smell was the best part of this sour..

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Murky light apricot, near white solid head, tight bubbled cling lace.

S - BARNY, straw, a bit acrid and malt way underneath.

T - Barn, a little Merthiolate and bandaids, settles to sharp tang and malt.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - This beer is pretty good for the stye, but it's not my favorite style. A little too funky for session for me.

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Photo of slackattack
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml into tulip

A- hazy, opaque straw colored with nice persistent head. Nice lacing left behind during the drink.

S- pretty upfront with some barnyard funk and hay then gives way to some sweetness that reminds me of apricots.

T- taste pretty accurately follows the smell. Starts awesomely funky and "bretty." As that passes I get the slightly sweet stone fruits and then finishes with a hint of bitterness.

M- dry with lots of carbonation. I don't know if it's in my head or not, but it seems to leave an oily sort of film on my lips. That sounds unappealing, but it doesn't upset me at all.

O- I'm falling in love recently with this farmhouse, wild yeast fermented style of beers and this absolutely does not disappoint. One of my favorites.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into PALM tulip glass.

A: Hazy amber with finger and a half of white head with some of the best retention I've seen.

S: Wild yeast, cotton candy and bubble gum. Almost indulgently sweet.

T: A funky yeast dominates with hints of the sweet bubble gum and cotton candy. A sweet/sour war on the back side almost takes your breath.

M: Medium body with fresh carbonation. Fills out the other traits nicely.

Another excellent Belgian today.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer tulip. Celalr temps.

Appearance- Clear golden with big bubble white head that leaves some remnants behind.

Smell- Brett funk and malt dominates this. It starts off, funky lemony flavors then the malt aromas take over. Thats really it.

Taste- Like the nose. Brett starts off funky, then the belgian yeasty malts come in and finish is Belgian candy sugar. Like a belgian pale with some brett funk in it. Banana, lemon, bread, mild funk.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full carb with light body. Easy to drink. No pucker in this one.

Overall- A lightly funky Belgian pale. Thats it, nothing more.

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Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep murky gold with all sorts of big, ugly floaties, yet a beautifully thick, rocky head of lumpy foam. Smell is tart and dry, focusing on a funky floral aroma, backed up by a nice pale malt sweetness, straw, lime, and champagne-like notes. More pale malt upfront than expected, the tart, funky qualities fall back alongside a more typical Belgian yeast profile before kicking into gear with spicy fruit, lemon, and flowers. Smooth and textured - almost chewy, in fact, before drying out in the finish. Not quite as good as I remember the Primitive Wild series being, though the fantastic aroma is still the best part.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredible (4+ fingers) head that creates a lasting, frothy dome. Plenty of chunky and spotty lace. The liquid is golden with the faintest of hazes. Simply gorgeous.

Semi-sweet and semi-sour aroma with a good dollop of fresh stone fruit.

Starts like a pale ale but it becomes sour very quickly. There's enough sweetness to bring some balance. Lowly carbonated but still a thin body.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: A cloudy pale golden body with loads of speckled floaters dangling at the bottom giving off effervescent magic. Topped with a creamy froth of rocky white glory.

S: Sweet fruits, mango, papaya, pineapple, tart cherries, soft packing foam, funky old pawn shop aroma, pond water, slight booze presence and berry wheat bread.

T/M: Harsh grainy spice hits the back of the throat instantly. First drink is like a mouth full of dirt. Dirty barnyard flavor, cinnamon, pepper, chalky yeast, strong tea tannins and grapefruit. Fruit flavors come out more once warm and the dirt profile drops off a tad. Finishes dry with a filmy coating similar to eating sharp cheddar. The aftertaste reminds me if cajun style boiled peanuts.

O: I love the funky barnyard addition to the hearty spice bill. This is a sure sipper that packs a punch. The ABV snuck up on me quick due to not being present in the taste. All in all a great brew.

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Photo of anarchia
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light orange, lots of yeasties floating around. Thick head leaves some lacing. Aroma is funky: very sour-fruity (raspberries, grapes, lemon) with some straw/hay. Strong carbonation in the mouth. Sour but not overly so; lots of grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, fruity flavors in general. Extremely dry finish with a pleasant bitterness to finish things off. Really incredible beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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 bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a large, frothy, white head. Craters, decrepit-ly, slowly, and unevenly leaving a persistent foam blanket. Plenty of dry, sticky lacing remains.

S: Yeast, sourdough, raspberry.

T: Yeasty and bitter, with only a touch of the sourness that comes across in the nose.

M: Heavy and full. Papery, bitter punch that lingers on the palate throughout. The brett is more than evident.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really good. Giant head, tons of lacing. Yeasty accentuated with fermented raspberry. Yeasty, bitter, and steely... sadly not much in terms of the sour character that is evident in the nose. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge.

Pours a golden orange with fluffy white head.

Aromas of tropical fruit, grain and mild tart.

Mild tartness of green apples, lemon, earthy Brett, grassy, and a Chenin Blanc wine quality.

Light bodied with decent carbonation.

Not a straight up sour. Very mild, almost too mild, for the liking. I would characterize it like an apple crystal lite. No sour pucker or Wow factor, very pedestrian.

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Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is hazy with some chunky yeast sediment floating in the glass.

S: Lemon, pineapple, green apple, bit of clove, honey, spicy yeast, bread. Lots of brett character

T: Slightly tart with notes of white grape, more tropical pineapple, clove, white pepper, biscuity, green apple.

M: Medium bodied with medium soft carbonation. Super dry finish.

O: Pretty good wild ale. Decent amount of brett character, but not overwhelmingly funky. Worth a try.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 5 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours 99% clear medium golden color. Two fingers of white head, thick fluffy foam, leaving fantastic gobs of lacing. Thick column of visible carbonation. Really nice.

Smell is a mix of a typical grainy-sweet Belgian ale and a musty sour. That would be nice, but there's an odd aroma hiding in the background, kinda like a dirty diaper. I really dig the sour. But it's funk gone bad. So close to being very good.

Taste is good. The peak isn't as high as the delightful sour/sweet combo in the smell, but it also doesn't have that foul odor. The net is better, and quite good. Main downside is a medicinal bitterness in the back that I wish weren't there.

Feel is quite nice. Medium-light body, which I can barely pick up as the carbonation fizzes up the second it hits my lips. That carbonation lasts and keeps re-invigorating things as it slowly fades out.

A decent sour. If it were just clean, without the faint off smell and the less offensive off flavor, it'd be really really good. As is, it's passable.

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Photo of sitarist
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked & caged bottle with no visible date code.

Pours a cloudy straw color. Two fat fingers worth of rocky white head falls to a cap that leaves behind a few wisps of lacing. Steady streams of bubbles rise up.

It has a subtle, yet complex aroma. Hints of wet straw, lemon, apple, pear, biscuits, and clove.

Flavor follows suit... biscuit dough, apple, pear, clove, g-spot juice, and saltines.

It is light to medium in body, I do not feel the carbonation. Alcohol is hidden, and is easy to drink. Not cloying, but it does have a strange aftertaste.

I have mixed feelings with this one... There is a lot to like, but is underwhelming.

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Photo of weltywm
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Saranac snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Apple, Brett, Hay, and a slight whiff of hops.

Taste: More crisp green apple, intermixed with vanilla, moss, hay, hops, and wood. Very tart, and also sweet and sour. All of it is held together by that great funky brett taste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry, with a long mouth-puckering sour finish.

Overall: This one is very tasty. Not as funky as some other wild ales, but the taste is complex and well balanced. Would definitely buy again, and would love to see how it ages as well.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a fizzy finger and 1/2 of white head. The body is a muted deep straw color but you can't see through it. Mildly good head retention with no lace.

Smells sour. Slightly funky with grass, wheat, garden aromas and sour apples.

Sweet grass starts off the flavor revue. Pepper and spice give way to bananas and cloves. Grass, then wheat form a backdrop for all this flavor. I also get light grapes and green apples late in the game. This beer is intense with the level of flavors it has. Slight bitter on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It goes down smooth with just a little film near the back of the tongue.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.89 out of 5 based on 612 ratings.
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