Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale
BA SCORE
73.2%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 615 ratings
Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,937
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
615
Liked:
450
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
14.36%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
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29
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Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy sour? I swear I can't tell where the hops start and the sour ends. This is sour, bitter, dry, bites, but there's still a to of golden malt.

This is brett, malt, and hops turned into an intense monster and I'm just here lost in what might be the most intense beer (ignoring abv) I can think of.

Golden body with floating yeast for character and a thin white head.

Aroma of bret...and maybe malt?

This bites it's hard to drink but ti's really tasty. Definitely one of the more wild and unique beers I've had....without being weird sugary crap that Dogfish turns out.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright orange/yellow and opaque. Fizzy four finger white head.

Aroma: Lots of belgian yeast esters. A hint of tart vinegar.

Taste: Pretty much comes off as a bit of a bland Belgian Pale Ale. The hint of tartness that comes at first that would suggest the Flemish/Wild Ale style is no where near strong enough to warrant that classification. What's left is a semi-sweet apple and pear flavor with very moderate bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of tartness and club soda. Hard to detect that 9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with tons of effervescence. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale is not what I expected it to be and as a result a let-down. It seems stuck between styles with no specific flavors. Would I drink it again? No.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy glowing orange w/ a big fluffy white whipped-cream head, gravity-defying clumps of lace clinging to the glass. Classic Brett head.

Aroma is big on the funky, vinous notes. Vaguely sour, some green apple skin and white grape.

Taste is roughly grainy and coarse. Pale biscuity malt and less of the funk. Some more of the white grape/wine notes, some pear and apple too.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, medium-bodied. About right.

Overall a good beer w/ potential, might need to let the Brett do its thing for a while. Reminds me a bit of Fremont's The Lamb, which also had that coarse, grainy crushed-aspirin taste when fresh but improved considerably over time. I'd drink it again.

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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 PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JDavidRice
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sjccmd
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours golden orange, slightly murky with an uneven white head that collects in chunks of large and small bubbles. A little weird. Good lacing. Fairly carbonated

Really fascinating smell. Overripe tropical fruits, specifically guava and papaya. I've never had a beer with quite this smell. Bready, graham cracker malts in the background. Earthy and funky.

The taste follows along with the smell, but with even more graham cracker toasty malts. A nice touch of tartness. Very earthy. But then I get umami flavors perhaps from dead yeast. This aspect makes it a bit less drinkable. Some hop bitterness to round things out, but not much.

Pretty high carbonation. Full mouthfeel, somewhat silky. That umami flavor sticks in the mouth for a while. Not easy to finish

The smell was so fascinating that I had high hopes for this one, but I think there is a bit of dead yeast flavor issue.

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Photo of JamesQuaff
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle at Pangaea for sharing this with me.

Poured into a tasting snifter. A beautiful hazy golden with a generous, clingy head that almost looked like krausen at first.

At first the three of us who split this thought perhaps we got a bad bottle. It had been in stock for quite some time. At first whiff it smelled like a diaper full of dill pickles. One guy recoiled from his glass. But as someone who regularly eats cheese that smells like a stable full of dirty socks, I pressed on. Beneath the extreme funk was a hugely complex array of fruity, yeasty and malty notes that insisted that I take a sip.

I was rewarded with a massive and round yeast profile, huge bready, wheaty malts, a medley of sour notes akin to pineapples and pickles in yogurt, and a dry finish that tipped it's hat to the 9% ABV. Immediately after first tasting I smelled it again, and the diaper funk was completely gone from my perception. I had absorbed it, become one with it, and I found myself craving it.

By the time I was done, I was practically licking the bottom of the snifter. Totally unlike any beer I've ever had before. Such a strange jumble of elements I can't fully wrap words around them, but man, they worked together really well. Will brave again.

UPDATE - tried a couple of fresher bottles not long ago... nowhere near as funky as my first Reinaert experience. Still a very good beer - mostly dominated by the bready malt and tropical/pineapple flavors. I must say I much preferred the aged version. Sticking my next bottle(s) of Reinaert in the crawl space and doing my very best to forget where I put them.

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Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour... pear gold with hints of green and brown, great beading, a rocky white head that forms loads of lace.

Vanilla, clove, oak maybe (?), pale fruits with a bit of spice, no discernible alcohol profile, semisweet with zero "wild" side.

Smooth on the palate... some bitter apple skins, sweet bread, mellow caramel, the warmth of the alcohol content starts to show itself here, white pepper, a bit of banana... again, not really anything wild about this but it's tasty nevertheless.

Give it a go if you're curious.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from halftime beverage for 5 bucks. Not bad for a sour pale ale.
A - Well I got a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a while atop of a very hazy bright yellow beer. Not as clear as I expected but no sediment.
S - When I first opened it I was greeted by a solid fruit character of peaches or Strawberries with a bit of grain but in the glass the Brett really makes it'self know. Not overly sour smelling but it seems just enough.
T - Hits the tongue with more of a lemon juice and sour Brett funk. Not as sour as you would think as it rolls with some fresh apricot and malty grain bill.
M - Well the ABV is there but to me it's very balanced. Not very profound but just enough to carry the sour and earthy flavors of the beer.

Overall these guys make one kick ass Saison with Brett characters and going into this with the same expectations I was not disappointed. A nice high octane Belgium pale ale with some Brett funk worth trying in my opinion.

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Photo of jkermitj
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SiccarPoint
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip from 750ml bottle.

A: Burnished copper, very hazy. Lots of particulate stuff in there - unsurprisingly for bottle conditioned beer like this. Head attempts to escape the glass; repeated pourings are necessary. Once in place, head sits nicely, and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Big aroma. Tripel yeasty tones, but very summer-fruity. A bit like a strawberry-banana smoothie? (in a good way!) Some peach. Treacle or caramel underneath. The faintest hint of brett underneath all that fruity goodness - very slightly musty. You can tell it’s boozy.
T: Much less sweet than the aroma would have you believe! Alcohol is right there, carrying along an earthy brett character. Catches the back of the throat immediately; makes you pucker a bit, but not exactly straight-up sour - it’s more bitter. Strawberries are still there, but much tarter. Cranberry? Grapefruit? Lemon? Peach? Leather? Hints of tobacco? Burnt sugar definitely there, but not sweet. This is tough to describe.
M: Fairly boozy, but carbonation balances it perfectly.
O: Very interesting beer, and complex. Aroma is excellent, but for me the flavour profile didn’t quite match my expectations from the smell. Reminiscent of Goose Island Sofie, or Orval.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer poured into a tulip

A- Pours incredibly hazy straw yellow. A brilliant three finger of a white fluffy head.

S- A big hay character, a nice sourness. Sour dark fruit. White wine.

T- A pop of carbonation at first. A big barnyeard flavor. There is a nice hay character as well as grass and other herbal notes. A slight bit of soured dark fruit. Very grassy and some onion as well. A very lightly flavored beer. A well rounded flavor. pretty easy drinking.

M- High carbonation, a full body to this beer.

O- My only gripe is that the flavor isnt quite that bold.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some hints of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of light malt, brett, Belgian yeast, light, fruity esters, a sugary element, and a slight bubblegum flavor in the finish. A lively and balanced flavor that gets better as you go along.

M: A lot of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer, and certainly easy to like. Drinkable.

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Photo of rhhjr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 615 ratings
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