Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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614 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 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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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faintly hazed golden color with a billowing large sticky bright white head. Funky nose of tart apple pie and pear pie, ripe tart wine grapes, sweet candy, caramelized banana. Really big nose.

Great beer with big flavor and a long finish. Husky grain on the tip of the tongue. Tart fruit, apples and pears on the middle of the tongue, belgian funk, hay and earthiness. White wine grapes throughout much like a fruity chardonnay. Banana and nut bread on the back of the tongue with a dry grainy bitterness and a touch of fruity alcohol heat. Faint spiciness and clove throughout underneath it all. Finish is of a long lasting banana and wheat taste. Despite all this flavor the beer manages to finish clean and crisp and refreshing with the alcohol being very well hidden. Feeling it just after half a bottle. Really great beer. The fruity malt and hop really plays off the funky brett flavors really well. I dont think this is a hate it of love it brett beer. I think this is a you have to love it beer. Awesome. Feel Belgian but at the same time it doesn't.

Swirling in the yeast now.

the yeast takes away a little from the fruit and gives the beer a bit more of a spice but its nose bad. This could also have to do with the beers temperature change though as well.

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

A: 1/2" white head over golden straw liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Honey, marigolds, pears, earth, grass and green apple.

T: Spicy, cinnamon, pepper, and grass up front. Pears, green grapes, and green apple in the middle. Earth and horse blanket funk in the finish.

M: Very pleasant, medium viscosity and a high level of very fine but foamy carbonation.

O: Earthy and spicy with only a hint of funk in the back end; this is one of the more unique tasting wild ales I have tried.

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Photo of Rutager
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours straw-gold with 3 fingers of billowy white head that has great retention and leaves some nice heavy lacing.

Smell. Nice bretty funk and spicy belgian yeast, some green apples, melon and pears with a little old musty wood.

Taste. Funky and bitter, some aged hops and fruity yeast with some belgian spice and old wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Started out great, but the bitter flavours with the belgian spicy yeast didn't make it the easiest drinker. Not a boring beer, I'll say that much.

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

Poured from 750 ml. Bottle into tulip glass. Hazy yellow, nice frothy head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass

Smells of banana, cloves, lemons, apples, with a slight hint of tartness.

Tastes like it smells. Hefe yeast, biscuits and bananas. Slight lemon. The tartness in the smell is not as evident in the taste. The 9% alcohol is well disquised.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, lingering on the palette.

Overall, a fairly good beer. I would not seek it out again, but would not be disappointed if we cross paths again down the line.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale silvery-golden hue with plenty of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam with good retention. I like it!

Smell: sweet malt with a decent helping of grain and a light tartness. A hint of Bretty funk fills out the wild ale card. Simple, but I like it.

Taste: malty taste with plenty of toast and biscuit in the flavor. The funk is much more prevalent than in the aroma, and the tartness of the aroma is nearly absent in the flavor. Still, it's an overall interesting and satisfyingly wild flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Awesomesauce.

Overall: a very satisfying beer. I would like a little more tartness, in a perfect world, but this is quite good indeed.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - About a 1.5 finger of mostly white head. Slightly yellow. Body is only slightly cloudy and wheat/gold in color. Strong lacing.

S - A little more earthy than I was expecting. Belgian yeast. Sweet and banana.

T - Belgian yeast, cloyee, and banana. Not good. More cloves and lots of citrus. Lemon and grapefruit.

M - Solid carbonation on a body you want for this style. Light but also a little chalky.

O - Hard to give it such a high overall score but everything was so good. Flavor makes it almost a drain pour. I knew an $11 Belgian Wild was too good to be true.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent anticipation buildup from the lovely 750ml corked bottle to the frothy pour - couldn't wait to dive in. Aroma is citric in nature, but not overly so. First taste is complex - hints of roasted malt, orange peel, over a foundation I'd almost characterize as chewy and mead-like. The beer finishes strong, with the variety of tastes lingering well after the swallow and only a slight hang. This beer is incredibly refreshing, light enough for a warm summer afternoon, yet complex enough that each sip can be relished.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Brawley's snifter from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy golden hue with a ton of floating yeast. A brilliant white head floats upon this golden elixer and fades away rather quickly. Delicate drips of lacing fall down the sides of the glass.

S- Candied lemon peel, thyme, thai basil, banana, bubblegum, citrus zest, funky yeastiness, clove, sour apples, and 12 grain bread. This is a fantastic assault on the sences!

T- Sugared lemons dusted with black pepper... banana's and spicy basil and licorice. Some notes of funk and wet straw, cloves, white grapes, Asian Pears, Granny Smith apple, and a bit more yeasty barnyard. This is really awesome! Nice notes of sweet plantain's and bubblegum, funky barn stall, and touches of citrus.

M- Crisp, fruity and somewhat dry. Lemony, peppery, and full of fiesty, funky, and wild yeast! Breathe in and it feels like you're walking thru the stables at the county fair.

O- I really wanna grab a couple of 750's of this and sit on them for a while. The alcohol gets more noticable as it warms up. Nice blend of grape must, sweetened lemons, black peppercorns, under-ripe apples and wet grassy funk. I highly recommend this as a Brett friendly Wild Ale for BA's looking to get into sours.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of chadmoe1
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 1/13/12

A -- Pale brown/yellow, huge white head that settled down to 1", tons of lacing

S -- Fruit/sweet with definite brett funk, some pale/lightly toasted malt

T -- Bitter and dry; very little grain/malt taste; brett seems to overwhelm and dominate

M -- Very high carbonation, dry

O -- Reminds me a bit of Russian River Sanctification but not nearly as complex. I wasn't sure what to expect with the Wild Ale vs. the Belgian Strong Pale Ale...I get the wild ale, but not really the strong pale ale (though it is deceivingly high in alcohol).

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- poured a bright golden color that was moderately hazy. Big three finger head that took a few minutes to settle down into a decent layer of foam. Not too much lacing.

Smells exclusively of Belgian yeast. It's a wonderful scent- mild and complex. Definitely go for a big sniff before you imbibe.

The taste is wonderful as well- nowhere near as tart as I was expecting. On the contrary, it was pretty sweet (malty not fruity or alcohol driven) with very balanced dose of the yeast. Slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is again wonderful- very refreshing. Light to medium bodied with full carbonation, but not too prickly. I might go back and get this beer again sometime in the next week.

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

not my favorite wild ale here. 750ml cork and cage rig, pours a very light, slightly hazy blonde color with a jovial bone white head. smells like applewine and a spring meadow. also belgian yeast and honey. flavor is identical, but very very light. green apples in the finish. the mouthfeel is so so light, almost to a fault. there isnt as much sour from the brett as i might have expected here. bitter at the end, maybe from the dry hop additions. plenty of bubbles though, and a delicate palate. overall not as exciting as some, but a good beer overall. for the price there are much better local wild ales here in colorado.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.89 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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