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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Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an A-B flute on 12/22/11

Light, pale golden and straw-hued. This is very clear. Foam was in no short supply, rising to over three fingers worth. I figured it would be gone in a flash, but it eventually settled to a lasting 1/3rd on an inch. While a few specks grace the upper wall, a sheet of lace catches just above the point of head retention. Very nice looking beer.

Poured right in the glass the aroma featured fruit notes - blackberry, blueberry and cherry; almost vinous in nature. As it warms and opens up the aroma turns to that of stinky cheese and a musty basement recently masked with air fresheners. At times it smells of partially fermented applesauce; I should know, I just cleaned some out of the fridge an hour ago. Mild syrup and grain hints. Something akin too corn, too.

The flavor profile is simpler than the aroma, but I enjoy it well enough. There is a grassy and floral showing upfront (this is an old-ish bottle - did somebody go heavy with the hops?) that bleeds into grains and subtle light fruit dollops. It's neither tart nor sour. Heck, it isn't even particularly funky; I'd say it's a clean funk, if that makes sense. Booziness is rather low; only with further warmth does an alcohol slickness emerge.

The feel is thin; though not inherently troublesome, it's watery and there isn't an appropriate crispness to make up for it. That said, carbonation would be spot on (it's a shade on the lower side) if the body were a bit more robust. There are dusty, grainy and dirt undercurrents that add an enjoyable fussiness to the feel. Over time, I come to like the feel more.

The more I sip at this the more I like it; lots of good things going on with little to room to find fault. I'd be inclined to buy a bottle every so often, but the price of entry is a bit steep for my dollar. However, I don't care to factor price into my review, so I'll just dub it recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of BrutalSusan
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nicely beaded two finger head. Settles after a few minutes. It's all about the tiny bubbles. Looking good.

S- Yeasty green apple aroma, very light and floral.

T- Pear and green apple dominate some faint yeast notes.

M- Very light and crisp. Sharp tiny bubbles tear your mouth up; feels sooo good. Very dry.

Overall a great beer I could definitely drink plenty of and often. (I was turned onto this beer by a photo taken after the guys at Jester King celebrated their first brew in the farmhouse, a table was covered with beer bottles and this was one of them).

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been holding on to this one for a few months now but I thought it would be a good opportunity to pour a lighter colored wild ale to pair with my spaghetti. I poured this into a 10 oz. Golden Draak Goblet.

It comes out whitish yellow with a glimmering body that reminds me of a light bulb. The beer has slight amber colored hints. The head is bubbly and clings to the side of the glass. This is quite an impressive looking ale.

I smell wild yeasts. There is a strong smell of normal bacteria. The label advertises that this beer has Saccharomyces and Brett. It almost reminds me of the Kombucha I drank earlier. There is a good strong yeasty character. I get some soft cracker and grain as some grass. The hops are mellow. I
detect some esters along with nectarine and lemon aroma.

The taste is similiar to the smell. The grainy character of the malts is enormous. I get some grassy hops as well as some funk. It finishes dry and bitter. The alcohol is not quite concealed. The mouthfeel is spritzy and fizzy as well as slightly grain coarse. A good palate cleanser. It goes well with me dinner. I would try this ale again. The appearance was great and the smell was good. I'm not wild about it, but I'd try it again.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy golden straw colored, fizzy white head quickly goes away without lacing.
S. Extremely funky and swampy belgian Brett yeast funk on the front almost obliterate the undercurrent of barnyard stable and fruity esters of pear juice.
T. Oddly tortilla-ish dough flavor that segways into a medicinal / mutant herbal hop tone and....semi-spoiled papayas? So very wonderfully bizarre...
M. Lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, this one is really nice for fans of the weird and unusual like myself.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during the Lions v. Packers debacle, Thanksgiving 2011. Poured from 750 synthetic cork and caged bottle into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pale blonde color with a decent half finger head that lingers for a rather long time, leaving some frothy lacing hanging around.

Smell: Sweet yeast and some bitter funk come through, good amount of spicy funk, with some clove and cumin brimming. Sweet honey comes through towards the end, balanced nicely by tangy tangerine and orange spice.

Taste: More of the tropical fruit aspect, with that really nice earthy spice coming through, well balanced by the funk and dryness of the Brett. This beer has a certain butterscotch flavor coming through, that mellows nicely.

Mouth: For the amount of in your face funk and a bit of sourness (not really sour though) it is very easy drinking, and balanced nicely by a beautiful creaminess.

Drink and overall: Very drinkable. This is an enjoyable beer. I'm a big De Proef fan...Zuetzuur is a great product, and I'm very impressed by this one. I will look for this in the future.

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Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Proefbrouwerij Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

25oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden color, with a good amount of bone white crackling head. Some floating yeast is noted. In the nose, mildly sour, with hay, lemon and floral hops apparent. Tastes of biscuity malt, small hop bitterness, faint bretty/sour notes and mild vinous qualities. Champagne like in flavor and dryness, and the mouthfeel is lighter bodied. Overall, this is a very nice wild ale, and more on the sophisticated side. Any lover of champagne would certainly enjoy this beer, as would fans of brett/wild yeast. Recommended.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly golden hazy color with an one finger frothy soapy stark white head. The head sticks around for a while and then recedes to some nice lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of a wheat backbone. There is a big smell of pear and apple juice. The taste follows the nose, a wheat back bone with a touch of sweet belgian yeast. The real superstar of the taste is the pear and green apple, apple juice taste. The taste is sour and very inviting. It makes you want more. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and slightly prickly. Almost like a champagne. Overall this is a very good beer, the aroma and taste are well balanced and make you want another.

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Photo of haazer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a highly carbonated golden brew with some turbidity. The head is a large mound of chunky white foam. It lasts for quite some time before settling. The tiny bubbles are ever-present. Nice foamy cap finally settles on top, lace smeared on the sides.

S- Very fruity. Some green apple, pears, and berries. There's a good deal of funk in here as well, with both wild yeasts doing work. Maybe some dark fruit in here.

T- The main flavor is pear, and a bit of green apple too. The musty, earthy, funkiness is in the aftertaste. Grassiness makes a presence too. Alcohol esters and black pepper round out the flavor.

M- Light to medium in body. High levels of prickly carbonation.

O- This is interesting. Kind of reminds me of a tripel in a way, with bits of funk thrown in. The funkiness wasn't as present in the taste, but the lack of the 9% abv adds to some drinkability. Worth having again for sure.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow with a substantial light and fluffy head. Some lacing on the glass. Serious rising carbonation in the glass.

Smells sour, grainy. Definitely a lot of wheat in there. It has an interesting aroma. Very different from the american style ales that I'm accustomed to.

Stings like a pilsner. Faint sour taste in the middle. Lacks flavor and complexity. The grainy, earthy aroma is very strong. Finishes with a light hoppy bitterness, which lingers for a few seconds.

The beer has a light watery body with strong carbonation, which you will definitely notice.

Overall, I find that this is an interesting brew, but hopefully not the best that the Belgians have to offer. Its very easy to drink and after a few sips it becomes better, but overall I wish it offered more in terms of flavors and nose.


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Photo of cooch69
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep hazy yellow with some light orange hues. Nice and chunky super rocky head that was about two full fingers.

Aromas at first reminded me of a really funky ale almost like a Gueuze. There was even a bit of sour notes in the nose. When I poured this I had no idea that it was 9% abv. I was assuming it was more like 5.5% abv.
Lots of fruit including orange, apricot, and pineapple. Some spices, mostly including cloves and a dry mustyness almost cedery.

Taste pairs along with the nose, only it's really not sour at all. More of a cross between a Saison and a Belgian Pale Ale. This beer is super dry and estery. Quite a sipper. Give this one a try if you want something that's Belgian and unique, but not necessarily really Wild or crazy.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dull copper in color, light to medium in body, with a one finger head and moderate turbidity. The aromas consist of pale malts, belgian yeast, saccharomyces, and brett. It's slightly sweet and slightly buttery. It's light and dry. The flavors are slightly tart and slightly sweet. You definitely get the pale malt and yeasts. It probably isn't as sharp or bold as it could be. The alcohol is well hidden. It's ok but isn't necessarily anything unique. It's a pretty standard Belgian pale with two yeasts. Solid beer, nothing crazy.

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Photo of sjverla
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Amazing. Apples, a little alcohol, funky, yeasty goodness. Deep, wet woods - like the forest floor.

Appearance: Frothy, white head. Perfect retention. Hazy amber. Wonderful lacing.

Taste: Immediately fruity, but the funk kicks in hard. Assertive and barnyardy. Not dissimilar to a strong cheese. Alcohol is a little hot. Dry finish.

Overall: My first real venture into wilds. And the name is apt. A serious assault on the palate, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of seand
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light bubbly golden amber with a huge amount of fluffily white head. A fair amount retains well, leaving thick clumps of lacing.

S: Yeasty, funky, and earthy, with notes of fermented apple juice.

T: Subtly sweet with fruit notes up front, leading into funkiness in the middle and quickly fading to a dry, somewhat tangy finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. The dryness on the finish is very nice.

Overall it's a very good beer. It's enjoyable, unique, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.89 out of 5 based on 615 ratings.
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