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 BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into some snifters. Picked this one up in NY.

Reinaert had a saison look with a cloudy straw yellow color with some small golden spots and some sediment. Smells consist of barnyard scents, hay and yeast with grain. In taste this does come off as a BSPA with some wild yeast giving off a barnyard musty taste. Some grass from the hops used. Some bread with faint fruits such as banana, light spices. The feel is light crisp and refreshing with just a light touch of funk, very faint. Good carb and ok drinkability, not my favorite brew.

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Photo of Trappissed
1.91/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Wow, this tasted terrible. Pure nasty yeast and funkiness. Just to be sure and scientific about things, I tried it out of another glass and out of the bottle. The rest went down the drain. I normally like BSPAs, but I actually thought this would be a wild/sour type ale based on the name. Either way, it was disgusting no matter what you call it.

Just happened to see this at a BevMo that I'd never been to before and thought it looked interesting. This just reminds me that I need to do proper research before trying a beer I've never heard of. I'm sorry, but this beer angered me deeply.

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden brew is topped with a fluffy off-white head that clears out quickly and leaves some small streaks of lace. Sour fruits and mild grass aromas are noticed at the nose initially. Tastes spicy up front, with some mild sour fruits mixing in after a bit. A very slight alcohol heat lingers. Taste is mild, which works well for me, because I haven't completely developed a taste for wilds and sours, so I don't want them too crazy. Mouth-feel is medium, and it goes down fairly easy, but demands sipping obviously. Not bad, but not completely my cup of tea.

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

Cloudy light honey color. Fluffy white head. Some floaties. Spotty lacing.

Smells of sour fruit -- , grass. Nice, but nothing to write home about. A little too restrained.

Taste goes along with smell, but it's much more bold. Alcohol is very well hidden. Sour fruit -- nectarine, Meyer lemon and star fruit come to mind -- grassy hops in the finish.

Medium body, restrained carbonation. Dry but not chalky at all.

A nice drinkable wild ale -- it's balanced and interesting without being too crazy -- refreshing and hides the high ABV all too well.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My ever expanding trek into sours continues, after having Consecration on tap (bleh), I had this.

Big frothy white head, golden yellow, big carbonation. If this liquid came from that fox, he's better than a goose that lays golden eggs.

Barnyard, fruity, with some bready yeasty smells. B-I-N-G-O.

Alternates between hoppy, musty, sweet, bitter, for sure complex. Like Goldilocks not being able to make up her mind for so damn long. Gosh.

Nice, but not great. Wouldn't drink again. I didn't like the way the tartness dominated most of the beer. I guess that rules out Beatification for me. I'm gonna lay off the sours until Sanctification rolls around, back to bourbon barrel aged with fruit infused "normal" imperial beers.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle at refrigerator poured into a snifter.

A - Translucent golden brown body with a thick head that slowly dissipates to a thin coating with a clump of bubbles in the middle.

S - Lemon, vinegar, slightly medicinal, herbs, musk. The nose is a bit too medicinal for my liking, but there is a nice complex variety of smells. As it warms, fruit notes come forward a bit more - green apples and citrus.

T - Surprisingly hoppy. The sourness of the yeasts doesn't work well in concert with the bitterness, though. The finish falls a bit flat for me. Once your palate gets accustomed to the shock of sour and bitter at once, this brew becomes more enjoyable.

M - Good carbonation levels, and feels pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - Not bad, but I would have toned down the hops a bit, and let the brett do its thing. This beer grows on you, though. Definitely worth a try for fans of wild ales, but it won't blow you away.

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Photo of almightyme3
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting brew that I had picked up today just to try. I am a big fan of flemish beer, and was interested to see what this one was about.

a - golden yellow, a tad hazy.

s - honey, mostly honey... with a little funk behind it. Well carbonated, a small head and decent lacing.

t - tastes just like it smells - crisp, with honey, malt, a little citrus, and finishes nice and bitter.

m - mouthfeel is great, you can smell alcohol and taste it, but after a few sips, the nagging sensation disappears and you taste the bouqet - rye bread, honey, citrus, oak, clover and more.

d - very drinkable and dangerous at 9%... you can feel your tongue tingling afterwards.

Highly recommended, my firat time trying this beer and I will go back and get it again. De Proef doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 750ml bottle, poured into snifter glass.

Pours virtually no head but an instant lacing across the top of a slightly hazy light golden brown brew.

Initially smell is clove/banana with slight malts. Yeast and sour notes give it a taste of slightly undercooked sourdough, but bits of spice awaken the palate and prove to be a nice albeit mild brew. Finish is nice, but alcohol leaves a little heat in back of throat, but not completely undesirable. Mouth feel is full and beer is quite drinkable as I plan on sitting on the sofa and reflecting on the evening before turning in for the day.

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Photo of xmorgan
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle form Bev-Mo, 750.

Wild ale is well crazy. Pours a hazy yellowish. white head with ok retention and a light amount of lacing.

smell: well that is where this beer is week sauce... it smells slightly like urine. It has a funk, not a lot like urine, but it has a funk to it that could put a few of the week off.

Taste: complex, salty, citrusy, malty, spicy and sour. It is soooo complex. Excellent with salami, and blue cheese, as I had some, I was inspired to go and get some and eat it with this beer.

I really dig this beer, it is a treat in terms of the warming feeling (9% helps) and the complex tastes.

But the smell can put one off.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow/peach with a thick coating of white bubbles topping the beer and lining the glass. Very good head retention with a constant stream of bubbles supporting the cap for several minutes. Smells good, tropical fruit and pineapple, musty, grassy, juicy fruit, earthy, a bit chalky. The flavour was fruity up front, more citrus/lemon than tropical though. Lingering bitterness. Moderate tartness through the middle, along with the earthy funk and wet grass. Fairly dry with ample carbonation and a lighter body. A bit coarse in texture. Alcohol wasn't evident. Solid overall. It had a great aroma and nice flavour, but I wasn't sold on the bit of harshness in the texture. Not a fatal flaw, but keeps it from being superb rather than just good.

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

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $10.

A: Pale gold with a huge white head, about 3 or so inches, nice clarity, violent carbonation, lots and lots of bubbles moving through this one, excellent head retention.

S: Sour, nice bit of funk in there, slightly medicinal, really about all you can smell is funk in this one. Not that that is a bad thing! Just a little more depth would be nice.

T: Interesting beer, lots of floral flavors, almost like chewing on a bunch of flowers, not sour, but still a little funky, has a few wine like qualities as well. Not huge on flavor, but still decent.

M: Extremely dry and light, feels as if nothing is in your mouth, crisp carbonation, feels like drinking air, easily one of the lightest feeling beers I've ever had. Very interesting.

D: Because of the lightness and how crisp it is, this goes down extremely easily for a beer weighing in at 9%. Not a whole lot of flavor, just an interesting beer. I don't know If I'll seek this out again, but I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at DeCicco`s in Ardsley, NY. larger bottle w/ cork.

The appearance upon being poured into a tulip glass is a tone similar to apple juice with a one finger head that will quickly lace a way into a thin white ring around the beer. The smell also involves apples, tart, a bit sweet. The taste has a faint cinnamon spice to it, with some citrus. Mouthfeel is bubbly, similar to a sparkling wine, very interesting. Drinkability is here, nice beer, unique and fun, not your typical "belgian strong pale ale."

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

De Proef. So strange, so intriguing. This one pours a hazy orange with a dwindling head. What I love most about all De Proef beers is the nose. So full of flowers and a ripeness from the unique yeast strains. Flavor is more malty than I would expect. Really nice. Melting caramel, a nice ripe fruityness, and a dry earthyness. Smooth and creamy. Lots of great flavors here, a bit on the sweeter side and a little bit heavy, but with good reason considering the 9% ABV. Good beer.

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Photo of Atron67
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle champagne cap

A- bright golden color with a big white fluffy head on top. sticky heady lace on top

S- lactic and acetic character throughout. in terms of scent its pretty dominated throughout without much malt or hops showing. not too surprising.

M- much smoother belgian golden malty characteristics than what i was expecting. very clean smooth flavor at the beginning which leads to a lightly wild flavor at the finish. not superly wild in its flavors, it does make itself very open to learning about sour ales, as well as being a solidly complex beer throughout.

M- full body and great carbonation level.

D- this is a solid beer throughout and a great lightly wild ale. this is great

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Photo of flannelman808
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great funky beer! Try it if you can find it.

The nose is not very apparent. I get some cereal and some grain. Maybe a little bit of funky yeast or something, and not too much else.

The beer has a very carbonated mouth feel. Almost like a champagne, and as such there is also great head retention.

The beer has that oat, cereal citrus flavor that so many saisons have. But with more alcohol backing. Not in a bad way though its a good tasting finish which includes alcohol. Though at 9% its pretty well masked.

All and all this is a great balanced great tasting unique funky beer. Go try one already.

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Photo of atpben
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into my duvel glass. Appears a very nice golden yellow color with a dense head. Lots of funk in the aroma with hints of peach and some light citrus fruits. More funk in the taste with some light citrus notes. This beer has a wonderfully long, slightly bitter dry finish. A wonderful sipper and very refreshing. I haven't had too many other wild ales yet but I really enjoyed this one. The only problem is I can't have more than a couple glasses at a sitting. Will try again for sure.

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Photo of dougfir
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

A - pours a nice hazy golden straw. One finger thick white head that sticks around for a while.

S - smells crisp and light with definite notes of brett/sach (calling it urine is a stretch though).

T - A bright crisp start that smoothly transitions into a funky slightly sweet saison-ish body. Finishes dry and crisp.

M - Dry, yeasty, leaves me wanting more.

D - Easy to drink even with it being 9%.

Overall I think this is a great beer for a great value. It is perfect for a hot summer Sunday afternoon (like today). Very refreshing, and I absolutely love the brett/sach wildness in this ale. Not overpowering at all like some other reviewers mentioned, but still plenty there to give it a good flavor. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes wild ales.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks smellsofstout for including this as an extra in our trade.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. 1/2 finger white, small bubble head.

Dark peach color. Not hazy but more of a solid color that I don't consider attractive. Like a thick cider.

I'm beginning to think I should not have included all the yeast dregs on the pour.

Aroma is initially a musty funk. Over time the must grows and becomes less appealing. Taste is too yeasty and bready for my liking. It lends to a heavy mouthfeel that masks the wildness factor I'm looking for. I'd enjoy this one much more with a lighter, crisper body and will do it again with a fraction of the dregs.

Alcohol noticeable on the finish of this 9% beer.

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Photo of pwoods
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle(9ish oz.?) purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into a Unibroue tulip/flute.

A: Pours a murky grapefruit skin color with a large pearly white - very fluffy and airy - head. Head takes a bit to fall to a thick fluffy skim and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Belgian sweetness along with plenty of yeasty esters. A hint of the Flemish style souring with a lack of the harsh acidity. Overall a bit subtle.

T/M: Wheat is very potent compared to any other wild ales that I've had. Some tartness from the wheat. The wild flavors are light and not extremely complex, largely drying and powdery, though there are some sour and tart light fruits in there in the form of green apples, white grapes, and maybe some apricot. Body is medium with lethargic carbonation.

D: Not a terrible brew but definitely a let down compared to the abundance of stellar wild ales from the US. Drinks decent enough and is interesting but probably not something that will have me buy another.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a slightly haze golden yellow color with tons of yeast bits floating around. Good carbonation but no lacing.

The aroma was lemony with a subdued earthy funk (brett & sac). I love it when they have that punch in the face funk but this one was pretty mild. Good but a bit disappointing. The taste was also good but missing that sour and funk bite. Starts off like a BSPA and then starts to build to sour and then just stops well short. For a wild ale, I'd mark the score lower but for a BSPA it's really good.

Oveall, a good beer but wasn't what I was hoping for in the end. Do recommend if you can easily get and aren't expecting the big funk/sour that you find in American Wild Ales. For me, one is enough but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of northaustin
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

when poured this beer looks great. it also has very good consistency. its flavor is an acquired taste and i could easily see someone not liking its flavor but i do like its flavor which tastes very bottle, usually not too expensive. ive only had a few flemish ales but i really like this one and i recommend trying it if you have not already.

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Translucent honey color with firm white head consisting of foam and medium sized bubbles.

S = Bananas, wet hay, white pepper, light cloves, lemon juice.

T = Sour from lemon and sourdough, fresh Sencha green tea leaves, slight plastic taste, wet horse blanket (yes, I said it), good funky barnyard tastes.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, slight sting of alcohol and carbonation which is just perfect for the style.

D = This is a very nice wild beer, good Saison qualities but also some other wild notes. Good to go with food like roast chicken with a lemon butter sauce.

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Photo of roblowther
2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml corked & caged. Looks pale gold with almost no head. Smells of banana, cloves, honey, and sour cherries. Taste is very sour, with a musky stable-like taste. It has a wet hay, very very sour taste. The mouthfeel is spot-on with nice carbonation up front and a great slick finish. Drinkability is limited by the sourness. It seems like a good execution of a style that just is not for me. Wow. Wood, hay, and sour-y sour. I'm sure someone will love this. Someone who isn't me.
An addendum. When it warms, it's not beat around the bush. urine.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- this comes out of the bottle a murky golden yellow color with a finger of white head. lots of floaters can be seen. head is sticky, but quickly becomes a skin on the top of my glass.

S- bready malts, summer fruits like apple and pear and a little belgian yeast. that wild "barnyard" smell is here too. this kind of smells like a rotten duvel, if that makes sense.

T- taste is strongly of bread like malt, and lots of the barnyard funky taste. its almost cheese like. belgian yeast, and apple can also be tasted. no trace of alcohol.

M- medium bodied and fizzy. this one left my mouth dry. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- one of the "funkier" beers i have tried. easy to finish, and one was enough. im still getting used to the idea of wild beers, this one might have been a bit much for me right now. definitely an acquired taste.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of equal parts sugar-coated pears and barnyard funk with very light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the funk takes a backseat to other flavors. Belgian candi sugar coats light fruits with a small amount of tartness that does little more than even out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good - it's got a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished off the bottle without any problem, and could come back to this in the future.

Overall this was a tasty beer, though I would've preferred a bit more tartness considering the name, though I agree that it is more of a BSPA. Worth a shot.

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