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)
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a see-through apple juice color. The slightest pour amasses n absolutely gigantic pillow of bleach-white head. This is one of the most (if not the most) blatantly carbonated beers I have ever seen. Bubbles rise like a swarm of locusts to the ever-growing head. Impressive, and a bit daunting.

S-Fruity with more than enough funk. Spicy and delectably sweet. I am flat-out impressed by the nose here. Possesses enough funk/tartness to really make me want a sip. This beer truly smells like hay. Sweet fruits are of the pale flesh variety (apples, pears, etc.).

T-Flavor is much sweeter than I was expecting. Also has a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Tastes like a flat, sweet champagne. The funk is less impressive than the nose suggests. Still, crisp fruits and residual sweetness. Alcohol becomes apparent. Hay and spice are detected as well.

M-Medium body. Carbonation is sharp, but not not overbearing. The beer looks as though it could pop your tongue via the carbonation. However, as I sip, I find the carbonation to be strong yet not over excessive.

O/D-The appearance and the nose really impressed me. However, the flavor did not live up to its preceding reviewing components. At under $4 for a 11.2oz. beer, it isn't a waste of money. I was a bit let down with this beer, but I guess it could be worth a try.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Grape and gourmet in Va Beach

A-a huge 4 finger carbonated foam head that sticks nicely to my pint. a lemon green type of color. somewhat opaque but i can see the light getting through.

S- grass aromas and unripened granny smith apples and a sour peach. A typical strong pale ale smlee but a lil more fruitier.

T- a pungent floral and granny smith apple taste with a lemongrass finish. i also get some of that peach i had smelled and it tastes very sour.

M- floral and sour feel. Pungent flavors hang around the mouth

D- with the high abv one of these would be good for the day. However, this would be a good beer to start off during parade day and have throughout.

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Photo of enfield249
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks for all the world like a pale ale from 4 feet away. Some floaties, no lacing but a head that last till the end.

S - Apples, sweet, sour.

T - Sour, some alcohol warming all the way around, plenty of sharpness from carbonation.

D - I really enjoyed trying this beer, but I only need one a year or so. Very enjoyable for that annual tradition however.

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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 BarrelO
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Straw-colored body. Head wasn't quite as big as I'd expect from a brett beer.

S: Strongly acidic with tropical fruits and sour apples.

T: IHere's where I got thrown off. There's hardly any funk at all, and it's mostly in the aftertaste. Mostly bready Pilsner malt notes. Largely indistinguishable from a run-of-the-mill BSPA.

M: Rather light and bubbly.

D: An OK Belgian, but not nearly as wild as I was hoping. I was expecting at the very least something along the lines of Orval, and this wasn't even close.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11/16/07

1) Ugly off-center bumblebee label & a plastic cork.

I pour out a good third of a liter, right on the line of my tulip, & wait for the inch & a half head to succumb to gravity.

A very deep gold, somewhere between yellow topaz & extra ripe pineapple in color. Murky, with endless carbonation the only thing in site. Chunky lace that starts to form barnyard animals in my wandering mind. Yeast & pepper break through as it warms.

2) Pineapple again comes to mind, lemon, SunnyD, rubbing alcohol. Not that bad on a cold night.

3) First thing I notice is that it must be too cold. Bitter lemon peel, alcohol abuse, & a leafy bitter finish. Even though it's been out for a few, let's sit on this. I'm suddenly not in the mood.



Okay, so I packed the bottle back in the fridge, & ignored it for the past two days. It happens. A little random midnight snacking later, & I decide to finish the bottle off(hoping it's still decently carbed).

Thank the beer gods for plastic corks. It pours out just as well as it did before. :)

Honey, lemon, coriander, & a more subdued leafy bitterness. The alcohol is less intense, but it's still there. If my initial impression was somewhere around a 2.5 - 3.0, it's now a 3.75. Not amazing, but very palatable & sufficient with my bowl of random leftovers.

4) Body is creamy, carbonation is midrange, & it goes down slightly, slightly greasy. The beer has noticeable weight to it.

5) It took two separate tries to get this to go down. It had to breathe a little, if you can believe that. A nap might be the best thing for this cranky bottle. Maybe one for me too.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Unsure of the year of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy dark golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts throughout drinking it, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of brett, light barnyard funk, sour citrus, oak, and earthy notes. Not overly funky, but the brett definitely comes out up front.

t - Tastes of brett, fruity malts, funk, citrus, oak, hay/grass, and bready malts. Again, some brett up front, followed up fruit and more earthy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Does not taste like 9% ABV.

o - Overall a pretty nice Belgian pale ale with brett. The brett stands out, though it isn't overly funky or sour. Glad to try it and would have it again.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 5 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours 99% clear medium golden color. Two fingers of white head, thick fluffy foam, leaving fantastic gobs of lacing. Thick column of visible carbonation. Really nice.

Smell is a mix of a typical grainy-sweet Belgian ale and a musty sour. That would be nice, but there's an odd aroma hiding in the background, kinda like a dirty diaper. I really dig the sour. But it's funk gone bad. So close to being very good.

Taste is good. The peak isn't as high as the delightful sour/sweet combo in the smell, but it also doesn't have that foul odor. The net is better, and quite good. Main downside is a medicinal bitterness in the back that I wish weren't there.

Feel is quite nice. Medium-light body, which I can barely pick up as the carbonation fizzes up the second it hits my lips. That carbonation lasts and keeps re-invigorating things as it slowly fades out.

A decent sour. If it were just clean, without the faint off smell and the less offensive off flavor, it'd be really really good. As is, it's passable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear (without yeast) dark golden color with a finely carbonated fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a thick white sheen.

Nose is abundantly sweet corn tortilla and unmalted wheat. Funky sweetarts come to mind, but ultimately smells to fresh for a wild ale...perhaps a year or two more in the dungeon would have been better. Too late now!

Yes, it is much tamer than I thought it would be as I was expecting more funk and sourness. This beer drinks more like a sweeter, tart Belgian golden ale. Very bready and tastes a bit like masa. Dont get me wrong, this beer is tasty and fun to drink, but some other DeProef brews are better. It does hide the 9% very well and the brett is evident and very much appreciated. The more it warms up and releases carbonation the better it tastes. Definitely a sipper here. I will probably buy another one of these for the cellar one of these days.

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Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a large, frothy, white head. Craters, decrepit-ly, slowly, and unevenly leaving a persistent foam blanket. Plenty of dry, sticky lacing remains.

S: Yeast, sourdough, raspberry.

T: Yeasty and bitter, with only a touch of the sourness that comes across in the nose.

M: Heavy and full. Papery, bitter punch that lingers on the palate throughout. The brett is more than evident.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really good. Giant head, tons of lacing. Yeasty accentuated with fermented raspberry. Yeasty, bitter, and steely... sadly not much in terms of the sour character that is evident in the nose. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of bonkers
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. It pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. The nose is funky, mostly sour. The flavor is also a bit sour with a dry finish. The beer is medium bodied and it is a sipper. I will not get this one again, IMO a bit too much brett.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pale golden hue, clear, with a one finger thick and fluffy white head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky lacing.

Light estery fruit aromas with a bit of spice, and plenty of sour phenols from the Brettanomyces.

The tartness and sourness sticks out at the beginning of each sip. Some bready malt is in the background, with some fruit flavors that highly contrast the sourness on the other side. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The sour flavors linger for a long time after each sip.

This is a very daunting beer, and show be avoided at all costs by those new to beer. Sour, tart, with a little bit of sweetness sneaking in. And oddly, a bit of creaminess. Recommended for those who want it.

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml synthetic corked bottle.

IT pours a nice clear gold with a hint of orange. The head is foamy and white and dissipates at a medium pace. It leaves some foamy lacing.

It has a bit of a subdued aroma for a brett beer. It is pungent at first but after a few sniffs it is light and malty, with some grassy, herbal hop presence.

It is a nice, smooth Belgian pale ale. It has hints of brett, but nothing overwhelming. It has a like lemon flavor, but it mostly bready, honey-like malt and a pinch of hops.

If you are looking for a beginners wild ale this is it.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= The pour reveals a light golden colored beer that has very very lively carbonation. Really bubbly looking. The head rises to three fingers and is almost a perfect white color. The head is a nice thick meringue head that has tiny bubbles and some bigger bubbles resting in the middle with great lacing. The heads retention is great and lasts throughout the drink. Lovely.

S= A balance of spicy belgian yeast as well as some sour tartness. The belgian yeast has a little bit of a peppery spice and some green apple in it. The sour notes are very lemony but it blends very well with the apple yeast. There my be some hoppyness in it but it is subtle compared to the yeast and sour notes.

T= Again the belgian spice and sour notes. Very very similar to the smell. Apple spiciness and just a little bit of tart sourness. I pretty much explained the smell and the taste matches it perfectly. The sour is much more subtle however and there is only a little of the lemonyness. There is a slight amount of alcohol warming in the throat. The finish is really quite bready and doughy. Really nice.

M= A little overly carbonated as the appearance noted. A semi dry finish in it. Crisp and clean for being a wild ale.

D= Pretty good. This is my second attempt from this brewery and I wasn't as disappointed this time. This beer wasn't as funky as I hoped it would have been or as sour really. A very light wild ale. Not bad by any means but not the greatest thing I've had and the price tag won't lead me back to it but it was worth a shot.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, cloudy body with a decent head that held well but pulled away from the glass.

Smell – Nice yeasty malt aroma with good spices and hops to boot. Very balanced aroma. The yeast is like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s almost like a musty cabernet. Maybe eucalyptus?

Taste – The yeast stands out the most to me, which is strange for a pale ale. There are a lot of hops in there, though. There’s a predominant musty character to this brew, like mint or (again) eucalyptus. Although the yeast and hops are strange, they’re balanced. A bit of sweetness comes in at the end, but mostly it’s a sour finish.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, but it’s not smooth by any stretch.

Drinkability – Definitely a topic of conversation. I don’t know that I’d want to suck down another one, though.

Comments – This is a very interesting brew. I was disheartened to see only four other reviews. I’d like to see what other experienced BAs have to say about this one.

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Photo of audiojon
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't quite know what to make of this one. It's slightly tart, but not what I expected from a "wild ale." Scent is off a bit, kinda funky, but not in a pleasant way at first. Once the yeast settles a bit, the scent is easier on the nose, but it is not indicative of the taste at all. Taste is good, not great, and not very "wild." Tart at first, this quickly fades to sweet, then finishes a bit tart again. I barely taste the brettanomyces, perhaps it's the saccharomyces that is the predominant yeast here. All in all, not a bad brew, but not something I would regularly pick up. If you are looking for a wild ale in particular, look elsewhere.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 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 offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a slight haze. The huge, rocky, white head forced
me to take several attempts to finish pouring the beer in my glass. A decent amount of lacing
was left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Loads of berries! Blueberries, raspberries, grapes, cherries, and strawberries all make
an appearance. A touch of breadiness is also in the background.

Taste: Big fruity sweetness all the way down. As you continue to drink it, a bit of tartness
slowly grows on the tongue.

Palate: Body is leaning towards the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation level was low.
Aftertaste reminded me of Welch's grape juice.

Overall: A bit unexpected, but it was a good beer. I'd be interested in what would come from
letting this beer sit for some time behind the bar in my basement.

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

A: Drab honey lemon color with a touch of haze from the chill. Head started fizzy but a solid inch of sudsy off white bubbles remain.

S: Green banana peels, dried hay, grass clippings, dirty socks and citrus rind.

T: Starts off with mild dry grains, spicy yeast and unforeboding yellow apple. Musky flavors come next mixed with cooked corn, unsalted crackers and candied pears. Honey nectar is the last flavor to cross the palate with hints of nilla wafer, golden raisin and a floral nature. Alcohol hides itself well even at warmer temps.

M: Medium body, soft with just a touch of carbo sting.

D: As my mouth adjusted and the beer warmed, it definitely grew on me. This beer is still generally boring.

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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 scottoale
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml. brown bottle with a cork and cage, no freshness date. It pours a light honey gold with haze and an active floamy white head that settles, eventually.

Musty, dusty, sweet and sour to the a good way. Lemon, green apple, parsley with a yeasty, sour twang. It tastes much the same as it smells...rather nice, but by the same token...rather un-eventful. You would never guess that this ale is 9% ABV, it's masked very well.

A medium body with some chalkiness from the residue, and a lingering sweetness. Easy enough to drink, but nothing real special here.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours golden orange, slightly murky with an uneven white head that collects in chunks of large and small bubbles. A little weird. Good lacing. Fairly carbonated

Really fascinating smell. Overripe tropical fruits, specifically guava and papaya. I've never had a beer with quite this smell. Bready, graham cracker malts in the background. Earthy and funky.

The taste follows along with the smell, but with even more graham cracker toasty malts. A nice touch of tartness. Very earthy. But then I get umami flavors perhaps from dead yeast. This aspect makes it a bit less drinkable. Some hop bitterness to round things out, but not much.

Pretty high carbonation. Full mouthfeel, somewhat silky. That umami flavor sticks in the mouth for a while. Not easy to finish

The smell was so fascinating that I had high hopes for this one, but I think there is a bit of dead yeast flavor issue.

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Photo of drewbage
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a fresh bottle provided courtesy of the fine folks at Lucky Baldwin's Sampled in a Piraat glass.

Pale gold deep haze and large fluffy head that sticks

Aroma is buttery with large horsey notes from brett

Flavor is golden raisin malt that is slighty sour to start and increasing with the co2.

Interesting golden brew with some of the notes of the bacterias that make Rodenbach and the like so complex, but this example is lacking something that takes it beyond the curiously sour beer that it exists as now.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(11.2oz bottle). Pours cloudy golden with lots of floaties and small white head. Aroma has sour cherries, caramel, and spices. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with both fruits and pit fruit to go along with a modest sourness. The sour, though, is not very noticeable. Medium to full bodied an thick texture. Kind of disappointing....

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