Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

very good
615 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +2.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SiccarPoint
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden color. A tall, firm head that lasts. Very well carbonated.

S: Great smell, with citrus, pineapple, bready, yeasty scents.

T: Not too sour for a wild ale. This beer has a strong metallic taste that lingers. The metalic taste gets stronger with every sip. This really ruined the beer for me and overpowered some of the other pleasant flavors I could see were there; bread, Brett, spice, malt, bitter, lemon, and strong pineapple flavors were all there but were all overpowered by a metallic taste.

M: Good body for such a pale beer, good carbonation.

O: I see the taste reviews vary quite a bit for this beer and that many people loved it. Maybe this has one of those flavors some people can taste but others cannot, but the metallic taste was very unpleasant and overpowering to me. It just lingered and lingered in my mouth and ruined my tongue for the night. I tried to enjoy a Heady Topper after this one and all I could still taste was the metal flavor of the Reinaert. Yikes, I could not even enjoy a Heady!

I like wild Ales and funky flavors, but not this one. Never again.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of pweis909
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a golden colored beer with a thin white head (but carbonation is persistent/ maybe my glass could be cleaner) and loose lees that are easily poured from the bottle if one is not careful, leaving a cloudy beer.

The smell i, at first, disappointing to me. It is slightly metallic, like high school shop classes. I found this smell in many Belgian ales recently and wonder if it should be attributed to contact with the bottle cap? It's not particulary offputting. The disappointment arises because I smell littleelse. Perhaps by olfactory sense is currently dulled for some reason or other. However, as the beer warms, I get tropical fruits, sort of fermenting pineapple, and a bit of mustyness? Th metal persists.

The pineapple comes through in the taste, along with a leathery Brett flavor, alcoholic bitterness, and a carbonate bite, which is more of mouth feel than a taste, I guess. Some sips are too leathery, too Bretty, and some are slightly sweet and pineapply. It's weird the way my taste buds vacilate. I would prefer the leathery and bitter bits toned back and the sweet pineapple more front and center, but I can't claim to have tamed a wild yeast to do my bidding, so maybe I'll just accept this beer for what it appears to be today - which is sort of interesting, but maybe I wouldn't drink too of them.

My biggest criticism of this one is the ABV. If they could get this flavor into 6 percent, I think the bitterness that I find a bit objectionable might disappear. That slightly sweet pineapple at 6%, with a bit of leather, might be awesome, IMO

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, (there is a date on the cap 120612, so perhaps its best by that date or it was bottled 6/12/12, I bought it before December). This pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color with a large white head which has good retention. The smells are of a little funk, a hint of brett, but mostly apples, spices, cinnamon. The feel is medium, more high carbonination. The taste is pretty good, a little wild, you get the barnyard funk, and brett, a little fruit and some other malts and a nice dry finish.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.89 out of 5 based on 615 ratings.
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