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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mantissa
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Philousa
2.1/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured an opaque tawny gold with little head. Faint Belgian pale malt backbone behind strong spices - some allspice, clove, mainly other strong, bold spices I can't identify - and honey with white grape juice. Taste is sweet, not unlike unfermented malt, and honey followed by the heavy spices as in the aroma and some umami. This one feels thick and syrupy with a dry finish.

Really not a fan. This was too thick and sweet, and the complexity derives from overbearing spices. I almost dislike the spices in this as much as cinnamon in a beer. Almost. This one is heavy handed, which is not something you want in a Belgian. Give me an IPA to get this cough syrupy feel out of my mouth please.

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Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded golden honey orange body with a deep billowing marshmallow textured white head, forms fine even lacing with tiny bubbles floating around in this effervescent wild ale. Aroma is filled with tart lemony notes, spicy floral hops and brett funkiness...a good blend of different things going on from the first sniff. Strong herbal/spicy yeast with leathery tannin notes coming off giving the beer an assertive bitterness. Some sweet biscuit malt breadiness with light honey and citric rind fruit notes blending together, amongst a spicy yeast and light herbal hop blend. The complexity builds as it warms, including more of an alcohol presence...I didn't initially notice that this beer weighed in at 9% abv. Texture is nice on the palate, a bit of bear when it comes to dryness but I think it compliments the wild yeast nutty/funky/leather characteristics. Effervescent carbonation tickles the nares with a couple of those sips, nothing too abrasive for me. Definitely a medium bodied complex beer all around, that I wouldn't go rushing out for I'm glad I tried a 11.5 ounce portion, satisfying but anymore of it I would have had enough after my single serving.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a dull amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some zesty and tart orange flavors with a touch of sour apple in there. Some pale, sweet, bready malts are there as well as a bit of caramel. It has a strong candied fruit sweetness to it though that is a little dominating.

The taste also has a mix of zesty and tart flavors to it. The sweeter, candied fruits are balanced by a tart, slightly sour fruit quality. Notes of caramel, sour orange and bready maltiness all come out in it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty decent beer but it felt a little overly sweet and candy like at times. The tart, sourness helped though and was the highlight for me.

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Photo of graha739
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Giovacchini
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- golden appearance with a frothy white head

S- sour, apples, funk, alcohol, bread, and yeast.

T- funk, a lil' barnyard, grain, spice, pear/apples, and alcohol.

M- bitter with nice carbonation and alcohol warmth going down.

O- I enjoyed this beer. It has a nice funk and bitterness which are characteristics i am just now starting to enjoy in beer. Will be trying again.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Corsendonk glass

A hazy orange-gold color that yielded a very fluffy three-finger white head.

Fairly sweet in the nose with apple and bready malts. A bit musty and funky.

Fruity and funky. Malt is sweet with notes of caramel. Lingering bitterness. Little bit of a boozy sting, but not too much.

Crisp a light body with a fair amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

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Photo of chunkeemunkee
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, sour maltiness and a note of fruit. In the taste, a dry sourness, green apple and a bit boozy. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry mix of green apple and a alcohol in the aftertaste. Sour but boozy, a bit too dry and yeasty but nice follow up with green apple.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jpajpajeff
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up over the weekend at RSVP in Portland and pouring this 750 into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a crazy three finger head that has somewhat reduced to one finger ans left some nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a clear golden straw yellow with lots of great signs of carbonation coming through the center of the glass.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, spiciness, bready malts, funky aroma. smells good with a wild side to it.

Taste: Same as above and the funkiness and the wild side is actually blended well with the sweetness of the apples, pears, vanilla, and Belgian candy. Fantastic. Pretty chill Brett beer compared to others I have had and very super enjoyable with the crazy funkiness that I love so much.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light to medium bodied, dry, easy to drink, and delicious.

Overall: pretty solid beer and I am happy to have stumbled across this one. Haven't seen it before, but will be enjoying more in the future.

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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 polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very intrigued by this bottle when it popped up on the shelves at work.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: 3 fingers' sparkling, fluffy white head over a crisp golden body with plenty of tiny strands of fast, tight nucleation. Head drops to a thick coating with a pleateau in the center, leaves gauzy lacing.

Interesting smell that evolves, starting with a typical white grape jelly into a green & herbal character, with a little dry mineral note & then, very curiously, something resembling Thai peanut sauce. Reminiscent of Orval, not an overwhelming Brett smell.

Pretty smooth white grape juice & pear up front in the taste, soon drying & introducing an earthy, grassy, hay-like, lightly bready & mineral character. Mixed in is a notable alcohol dryness, verging on unwieldy but keeping itself in check. Settles on a pleasant pear flavor.

Medium-full-bodied, buoyantly carbonated, definitely drying but not scathing.

Again, really reminds me of a bigger Orval or an imperial saison, not what I expected by very positively surprised. Wonder what it would be like to age.

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Photo of 1p5v
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of elNopalero
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light golden color. Floral aroma with a distinct tartness rounding it out. The flavor reminds me of spring berries—strawberries, mostly, for that combination of sweetness with a bit of a sour, funky feel to it. Dry, with a bitterness that snaps as it finishes.

(Note: Per @show I’m posting this review here, vs. one of the many other entries for the same beer.)

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Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at a local, recently-opened bottleshop for $7.50. Fermented with Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces. Wanted to pick up more than one, but I figure I should just test one out first.

Yellowed gold color with true hue. Big, dense head with a nice fluff and lumpy surface. Decent uneven stick on the glass. Had to pour this one in two stages.

Tart apple-y aroma with lemon peel notes and milled grains. A bit perfumey with spice notes of green peppercorn and coriander. Acetic acid and Belgian yeast.

Follows the nose with lemon peel, cleaned linens, wet paper, chalkiness, a touch of dry vinegar, and ethanol. Brett did this beer very well. Considerably dry finish with some puckery imploding going on in the pockets of the mouth. Nothing outrageous to speak of, but hell, this is a Belgian Strong Pale!

Slick body with bubbles. Bubbles that follow the liquid into the mouth on each sip and give your palate a good mop. Noticeable alcohol.

Very impressed by this one. Will be back to grab another bottle or two. I'm sure they're not going through it quickly.

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Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of adrian21
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold with a few floaties bobbing to and fro. Expansive white head settles into a lumpy blanket of thick foam. White wall retention. Bottle art has the Stark direwolf on it. But not really.

Aroma rocks my socks. Bright brett slightly green apple sour sweetness, bountiful golden fruits and cloves - the harvest is upon us! Smells a little like Drambuie actually.

Tastes like cinnamon sugar coated pear wedges. Dry, course finish puts a damper on the whole bright, springy beer.

An excellent example of a focused wild ale. It can be as complex as you care for it to be or a simple post-run refresher. I'm a big fan.

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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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