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

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Added by BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle, 750ml cork and caged...from a friend; thanks Chris! Poured into my La Chouffe tulip glass. This is a very interesting say the least. Basically due to it being a "Wild ale" according to the label...but also classified a "flemish". Starting with appearance: pours a hazy and pale straw color, with about a finger size fizzy white head. Head has little retention as it dissipates relatively quickly. A couple fizzy bubbles of lacing slides pretty quick down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very strong from the moment the cork is popped. And as confusion sets in...the "flemish" aroma isn't present! This really smells like a solid American Wild Ale. Big funk and tart notes up front. Citrus and wood are also noticeable.

Flavor is unique... I wouldn't say I love it, but I don't hate it either. The "wild ale" flavors fade out big time in the taste. Based off of the aroma, I expected more sharp tartness, or even a vinegar tone based off the beer still being labeled as "flemish". It's actually very mild...and more "Belgian pale ale" like. Some light fruits...very faint, yeast, and wood notes are the biggest. Theres a very small hint of tart/sour in the very end of the flavor, and it lasts for a few seconds. Overall...this is again, unique. Interesting, but bland at the same time. Was hoping for more...but at the same time...a very easy drinker! Booze is very well hidden for 9%!

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

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a finger thick bone white head that disappears pretty quickly but leaves behind a nice trail of lacing. Beer is a cloudy light amber color

S- Interesting. Smells very much like champagne with a wild yeasty twist

T- Pretty dry. Pretty similar to the smell... starts out dry and champagney. Finishes with a hint of wild yeast sweetnees

M- Light body with light carbonation

D- I forget what I payed for this one, but I liked it alot... it was worth whatever I paid for it to me. The high abv is very hidden so be careful. To style, I would say it doesn't quite taste where it should be... but I'm not a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales but if they all tasted similar to this one I'd change my opinion... enjoy


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Photo of ibbjamin
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $3.99 for a 11.2oz bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip to taste.

Large pillowey white head with heavy carbonation visibly present. Pale straw yellow in color. Cloudy yet transparent. Excellent pillowy retention floats about 3/4 of an inch above the beer. Thick rails of lacing.

Sweetness, wild yeast, lemon citrus, grassy hops and bread in the nose.

Taste is a little confused to me. The light citrus notes and grassy hops play off of the sweetness and brett yeast, but not in such great of harmony. Well contained 9% ABV.

Light to medium body with hefty carbonation. Saison type mouthfeel.

Not my favorite, but certainly not bad either. I would drink again, but won't seek it out.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt Orange cloudy sponge like head good lacing

S: sweet smell with brett funk

T: again Sweet Taste here like a wild triple but yeast attenuation is not very high with this one a lot of sugars left over I guess the Brett needs more time to ferment out the sweetness here I wish there was more Brett here and less sweet.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: not really very drinkable due to the sweetness

Overall: Too sweet could have been aged longer then released I also wish there was more brett funk but still it was good I did not hate it but there is flaws to this one in my opinion.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought to me by Pilpoportahopami when he and his wife visited from the D.C. area.

Pours a pale and effervescent golden color with a pure white head. The head is both frothy and hilly, clinging to the glass like crazy and leaving swaths of lace.

The aroma is nice and tart with plenty of brett character right up front. It is both lactic and musty with some nice cellar aromas. It also has a sweetness behind that his hints of lemon grass. Very fresh smelling.

Much like the aroma the flavor is initially brett heavy. It has that lactic tartness, and some cellar notes. Other flavors include sweet pale malt, lemon zest and a touch of grassiness. It has a bit of a minerally, character near the end and a touch of slightly floral hop character too. The more I sip the more I wish the wild yeast was just a bit more subdued. This beer is not only very sour, but very bitter as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with plenty of carbonation. This beer has a very sticky VERY dry finish that is not the most pleasant I have ever experienced. It leaves a bit of a lactic cheesey aftertaste on my tongue.

This is very drinkable for being 9%, and goes down quite nicely on this muggy night. The only thing that really hinders the drinkability is the amount of sticky dryness on the finish. All in all this is a pretty tasty sour beer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a VERY cloudy yellow/golden-straw color with a big, white, fluffy head. Scent is sweet with lots of green apples. Has the fruity scent of a delicious Belgian tripel with quite a bit of funk as well. Taste is very similar to scent, but much more hops than expected. Also less sourness. Although I was hoping this beer was really sour, I am definitely not disappointed in the taste. Initially I get the apple fruitiness, followed by some hay and brett flavor (I happen to be a fan of brett). Then the hops dominate to leave you with a crisp, dry, lightly bitter finish. I'd say this beer is pretty well balanced (still kinda sad it wasn't more sour). I am curious as to what the yeast does to this beer with some age on it. The mouthfeel is crisp and delightful. The drinkability is VERY high, especially at 9%ABV.

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Photo of makinbacon
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doing a group review right now with 2 friends. Drinking from a 750 ml. Cloudy pale golden color. Slight head. Nice carbonation. Little bit of funk, but well ballanced. Pumkin, hay, and tree fruit have been mentioned. Clean, slightly bitter finish. Consensus: Very good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a corked and caged bottle this beer pours with a sizzle. Lots of head, and the color of dried corn silk. The foam is just off white and pillowy making fluffy peaks that eventually settle to an 1/8 inch skim.

The nose is kind of funky in a good way. It smells like an old wool blanket that's been hung to dry outside. Weathered but familiar with a strong whiff of grains to back it up.

Taste is modest and simple. There is a strong cereal malt flavor with a touch of hop sharpness and a glimpse of bubble gum yeast. Very pleasing, slightly sweet and easy on the tongue.

Mouthfeel has a nice sizzle from carbonation and a fair bite of acidic bitterness. The finish is dry like an aged scotch but with a malt mustiness instead of earthy peat. A very tasty and easy to drink beer that is quite refreshing. This brew is a solid B+ and well worth trying out.

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Photo of armock
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of fruits spiced yeast and a little funky

T - Starts off with with some apple then has a not so good funky yeasty finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - I just didn't really enjoy this beer at all in the taste department and it seems over carbonated to me and I do like BSPAs and Flemish ales so this isn't a beer I'd recommend anytime soon

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Photo of tjfinkle
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into tulip enjoyed after dinner

Appearance- Dark orangish straw with nice carbonation and white fluffy head

Smell - Light citrus, with a hint of funk and some herbal notes.

Taste - Citrusy and funky with a slightly hoppy malty finish

Mouth- Light with notable carbonation and rather dry

Drink- Easy drinking beer, the dryness of the beer in combination with the light flavors makes this easy to enjoy drink after drink

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sour wild ale pours a dirty golden color with a big rocky head that fell fast--exponentially it seemed, as it should. A bouquet bursting with Belgian funk. Puckering green apples, leather, wool, lots of earthy stuff going on here.

The body is light, but the flavors are strong. Sour and acidic, tart and fusty, earthy and funky are all things that come to mind. Orchard fruit along with very pale malt provide balance to the rest. The beer finishes bone dry and you immediately want more.

This beer is full of oldness while at the same time being new and refreshing. That is what I like about sour ales: a complexity and depth of flavor. This wild ale hides its potent 9% ABV well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good example of brew with Brett yeast.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 purchased at the COOP... shared with a couple of righteous fellas..

Pours big... 3 finger foamy white head... hazy pale golden... pretty nice lace and retention is great.

Nose is earthy with dusty pale malts.. bits of brett funk... and lite lemon.

Flavor has all the nose elements with some Belgian lite fruits that still are pretty lite.. pear and hints of ripe apple.. the dank brett sorta is dull when colder but blossoms a bunch with warmth ... dirty wool... cobwebs... still pretty fruity with a bit of peach and there is something that makes me think this may be late/dry hopped in some shape or form.. hops are there.. grassy and mildly spicy...

Medium bodied with a great carbonation... the funk really grows with warmth.. but never gets overdone.. but Brett characteristics need time to bloom with this bottle.. I don't know about aging, but I bet it would be a neat experiment.

All 4's

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

This wild ale was fermented with two yeast strains, one being Brettanomyces, which is where the "wild" comes in. If you've never tried a beer fermented with Brett, you're in for a treat.

Big, bubbly, billowy white head drops down to a sticky lace. Crystal-clear dusty golden color shines in the light. Big juicy nose with aromas of basement, citric peel, earth and medicinal herb aromas. Semi-brash yet refreshing crispness, moderate body with a dry palate. The Brett has a lot of work to do here, and it leaves a bit of a mess--but a good mess, with a rosewater-esque solvent alcohol and faint tropical fruit from the esters. Biscuity malt flavor is very dry and quickly shadowed by a medicinal flavor that cleans house with mineral, woody and harsh herbal flavors. Vanilla? Obviously dry finish--bone-dry at that.

Though we said you'll be in for a treat if you never tried a Brett beer, it's more of a love-it-or-hate-it characteristic. For us, we love it as it pushes the envelope of where beer can go. So any beer geeks out there who like Brett, you'll love this one.

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Photo of riored4v
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4/29/10

Poured into a tulip. Hazy, straw colored body with a 1 finger head that faded quick. Some decent lacing.

Smell had some cherry notes along with a musty, horsey aroma. Mildly sweet and fruity. Overall it was fairly mellow.

Taste had some definite musty flavors along with dark cherries. Estery accompanied by a mellow sweetness. Mild sourness and fruity flavors. Slight earthiness as well.

Mouthfeel was light in body with high carbonation and bone dry finish.

Drinkability, for 9% was excellent. No signs of ABV and a mellow blend of flavors. Very "light for 9%.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, cloudy with a small amount of sediment in the bottom of my glass and a nice creamy head.

S: Sweet, grassy and a little malty.

T: Sweet and woody, spicy with a slightly sour finish. High ABV hidden well by a nice malty finish.

M: Light bodied, mellow and crisp, even a little peppery.

D: Easy to drink

Good beer, really good beer - unique and tasty. Definitely worth my $4.00 but I probably wouldn't have more than one or two in a single sitting.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Paul picked this up for me as a treat the last time I saw him, thanks man!

Appearance- Poured a light shade of muddy brown out of the bottle. Not the most attractive color, but a very nice two and a half fingers of off white head rise off the body from a moderate pour. Head retention is pretty good and eventually dies back to a thin sheet across the top. Mild amount of lacing left down the side of the glass.

Smell- Quite strange and not what I was expecting exactly. Smells initially and most strongly of sweet dark fruits. Maybe some candied plums and figs. The nose reminds me oddly very much of a bock beer. Just the faintest whiff of some funk underneath the sweet smelling fruits.

Taste- Much milder than the nose would have suggested. Sweet dark fruits present still and again remind me particularly of candied plums. Fairly light in body however, with a surprisingly long and dry finish, and a mild touch of barnyard funk present as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and much lighter and better carbonated than I was expecting. Drinkability it pretty good too given the long finish.

Overall, I liked this one better than I was expecting when I saw it come out of the bottle and took a whiff. Very interesting nose and flavor profile, not what I was expecting to say the least. Still reminds me of a bock fermented with wild yeast.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A cloudy, pale straw brew that pours into a nice head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

S -- Musty, piny, a little citrus.

T -- Citrus, funky grassy tones. Lightly hoppy and dry. A very faint malt backbone.

M -- Thin and light, with a light stickiness I didn't really expect.

D -- Not really impressive but okay, might be a nice intro for the style. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason I though this was going to be a Flanders Red. Oh well.

Pours a hazy light gold with a big white foam head. Smells faintly of horseblanket funk with a bit of lemon. Also, is that .... malt?

Taste is lightly soured. THere's some lemon, some funkiness with a kind of hay/grass component, and a splash of residual sweetness. Not a fruit sweetness, just a kind of ... sweet/sour effect.


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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a full billowy white head with great retention and tons of Belgian-style lace. Looks great.

S: Musty, partially fermented pear juice that's been left in an attic. Has a sweet smell about it with how dry this is. Some banana esters make an appearance.

T: Bosc pear, yellow apples, classic Belgian pale ale flavours. Restrained but clear Brett flavours, definite musty, rustic undertones but really in the background. Some wine like (maybe White Burgundy), Old World ester flavours. Quite interesting, very balanced, it's not going crazy in one direction.

M: Medium-bodied, with a soft carbonation but crisp. Very light acidity.

D: This is an elegant easy drinking beer for its size. Complex, but not a beer I'm going nuts for just yet, but I really liked it.

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Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is sweet, spice, fruit, and malt in back.

taste is smooth, somewhat sour, spice, a little malt, wild yeast, fruits, and banana, ends dry, a little tart, and a little bitter.

overall a nice wild ale.

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Photo of saccro
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden. thick white moussey foam. REAL thick. White egg white foam.

S - a little nutty. some spicy hops. sweettart aroma.

T - a little sherry. nutty. slightly sour, but not rodenbach tart. Brett. Perfect bitterness. Refreshing. A little alcohol after a few sips becomes evident. Does NOT taste like a 9% alcohol beer. Probably the most thirst-quenching 9ABV beer I've had. Catches up to you quick!

M - moderate carbonation. Med body. Easy to drink. After swallowing, swallowing once more you can taste the alcohol.

D - Tasty brew. Wild, I guess, but not so much. Not overdone. Like a Belgian pale with a little more to offer.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I grabbed this at random as we were doing a belgian sour/wild tasting. Being a Flemish Wild Ale, I was expecting Flanders Red or Brown style, but this is definitely more of an Oude Gueuze/Lambic style.

A - Light golden color champagne color, spot on with an Oude Gueuze. Thin lacing on top with a small amount of sediment present.

S - Spicy, brett-induced horse blanket nose. A mild piney/grassy smell as well.

T - So, this is the first wild fermented Brett I've had that wasn't sour. The nose led me to believe it would have that tang associated with the style, but there is nothing more than perhaps a mild tang that any beer style could potentially present. What there is, is an immediate bitterness provided by the brett that truly gives an insight into what this yeast provides before souring a beer. While I'm missing the sourness, I'm intrigued by the base flavor here. The bitterness is reminiscent of a good Pils, but is obviously not hop driven. There is a very mild citrus tang and sweetness in the background, enough to balance the gulp without taking the spotlight off the brett. All in all, a surpising, intriguing taste that is a very safe into to wild fermentations, will truly show you the flavors of a brett, but will not make a sour-seeker happy.

M - Mild carbonation and very light mouth - unusual and misleading for a beer with 9% ABV.

D - As with most Oude Gueuze styles, the lightness and poppiness is always refreshing and easy drinking. It's the overwhelming sourness of wild fermented beers that usually causes your gut to limit how much you can ingest. In this case, The sourness is gone, and the beer is very easy drinking. Be ware of the 9% on this guy.

**About an hour later, and I've just finished smoking a straight ligero cigar, which has numbed a lot of the bitter receptors on my tongue. This beer, as it warms and breathes (and as a result of the cigar) really starts losing the Brett power, and settles in to a Saison style beer. I saw other reviews describing it this way, and now am in full agreement. The belgian yeast (Saccs in this one as well as bretts) really start to come through with fruit boquet flavors of a Saison.

Serving style: 750ml bottle, 50 degrees, breathed for 20 minutes, tulip glass.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brown 750 corked and caged, really nice classy label; no date to be seen

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold beer; just a ghost of super-fine sediment in suspension; large stark white head fades to a super thick film with good retention.

Smell: Really nice earthy, fruity, lightly funky beer; there's definitely a spicy alcohol presence as well here, underneath everything else. At 9% abv, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Taste: Nice very light malt flavors, a big kick of spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast, and a mild, funky Brett presence. This is definitely a Brett beer for those just getting into the style, or for those who really like Belgian Strong Pales. My wife and I decided this is kind of like a Delirium Tremens, with a slight kick of Brett. Ends semi-dry and a touch hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium, slightly peppery alcohol

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Really really tasty, mild-mannered Brett beer. I've been craving something just like this for a long time, a beer with a substantial Brett presence, combined with some spicy yeast and a touch of sweetness. Really nice beer.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting style. Poured a hazy golden color with a good, creamy head in a tulip glass. Good retention and lacing.

Nose of pine, sour fruits and funk.

Tastes like a cross between a wheat and Belgian sour - a nice combination. Pleasantly sour taste with a touch of bitterness thrown in. Might be some fruit thrown in, but that's not the theme here, to my mind. That might not sound attractive, but the balance is about right.

Nice effort

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Photo of mwilbur
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed and reviewed on 1/30/10.
Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (yeah, not ideal, but I had no other glassware on vacation).
A: Pours a cloudy lemon (becomes a dark cloudy pear flesh color at the end of the bottle) with high carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Sweet honey and floral notes hit first--very, very pleasant. Smells like a prairie full of wildflowers in bloom. Not much brett here, which surprises me (in a good way since brett can be overpowering at times). Lemon peel. With warming, soft malt and floral hop notes arise.
T: Ah, there's the brett! But it is nicely balanced and is playing well with others. Quite complex...different and better than the aroma. The sweet honey and floral notes are still present, but not as dominant as in the aroma. Funk of brett, mineral earth notes, lemony citrus, astringent yeast, and mild black pepper...and I'm sure I'm not getting it all. Wonderfully balanced and complex. With warming, honeydew, cantaloupe, and a hint of under ripe peach come through.
M: Light-medium body (a surprise for this ABV of 9%). Mild effervescence. Soft and smooth at first with a drier tart finish. Taste lingers nicely on the palate. Refreshing.
D: I continue to be impressed with this brewery. An outstanding and complex brew. The brett doesn't overpower (as I was fearing it might), but instead blends perfectly in with the rest of this wonderful elixir. Perfect for a sunny spring day. A treat and certainly one to seek out. Extremely drinkable.

Revisited this one and wasn't quite as good. There seems to be a trend I am noticing with The Prof's's best to drink them fresh. They don't age very well and lose a lot of their complexity.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 616 ratings