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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mltobin
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 ark57
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy, pale golden beer is quite funky smelling. I like that. I imagine that if you do not like traditional lambics, this beer will not appeal to you because they use two yeats strains that are commonly found in lambics (Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces). The aroma is quite complex smelling musty, flowery, and of horse blanket. It is smooth drinking, with a fruitiness reminiscent of apples and honey. It finishes dry with some spiciness, probably from the high alcohol. There is a slight hint of sourness, that could just be an effect from the dry finish.

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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 dbONE
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a belgian glass from a freshly corked large belgian bottle.
The dense white head wanted to be release ASAP so it appeared from the bottle and made it's way to the table top.
The aroma that followed from the foam was of Brett and slightly fruity spices. The palette welcomed the same notes from the nose but stronger with additional sweetness from candied sugar. The carbonation holds on so you get a good bursts of flavor with every sip.
This one finishes up sweet and dry with a hint of Brett and the very back that makes you reach for the rest of the bottle.
This one was good after about 4 months of cellaring and with a nice piece of grilled cajun fish and beans.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, dispensed into a Bernardus chalice. It's a rather hazy bright gold color, with some suspended yeast chunks floating around. The nose is rather funky, with a strong fruity smell that reminds me nearly exactly of DubbleBubble bubblegum, with a earthy tartness lurking underneath.

Interesting flavor! I haven't had a wild ale with anywhere near this bitterness before. It's quite dry to start with, very tasty, with a grassy, floral hop flavor, before a strong leathery brett taste hits. It's tart, but by no means sour, and finishes very dry. I assume it's very well-attenuated. The body is full but not heavy.

Nice beer. The emphasis on hops really makes this stand out. I might add this to my regular drinking lineup. It's kind of saisony, with a funky edge.

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Photo of katybee
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep semi-cloudy creamy yellow, this is similar to a wheat beer or tripel. And yet it was not disastrously sour or funky; the triple-processing mellowed the ale leaving it with a drier, flowery, perhaps apricot-like flavor standing on its own and not marred by excessive peppering.

Falling between a wheat beer, sake, and mead, it was perhaps similar to a barrel aged white wine. Would be great paired with flavored cheeses, breads and pastries.... probably not with pizza, doritos and chips!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale, crystal clear golden body with champagne-like strands of carbonation floating up. A super sticky white head, hanging to the glass like a cappuccino frothy head.

S - A pretty funky nose. Tons of bread and barn! Old wood, historical museum, and an attic all painted with caramel infused paint. Sweet and sour, funky and earthy.

T - Deeply complex, with a load of flavor. A yeasty overload and stimulation of the palate. Dry leather, funky wood, medicinal kick, spicy alcohol, toasted biscuits. A good deal of fruit skin and funky yeast twang. A wine-like quality in the finish. So smooth and flavorful. The abv is presented well.

M - Such a rich and luscious beer. This beer is complex in its mouth too, giving the palate a full bodied, smooth, dry experience. The fizzy carbonation contributes to the overall balance.


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Photo of benclimbs
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow opaque with a thick white head and plenty of lacing and carbonation...mmm mmm.

smell is citrus fruit, sour yeasts, a bit of light malts, bananas, and a hint of spice, also a bit of woody stuff going on.

taste is a terrific mix between sour and a blonde...wow!!! what a wonderfully balanced, incredible brew. great sweet, fruity biscuit notes at the start, then some sour tartness, then woah...some bitter hoppy dry character at the end.

mouthfeel is great, slick, then very dry at the finish, with plenty of delicious bubbly carbonation.

A great, surprising beer - one of the most balanced sours i've had!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold color with a pristing white bubbly head to it. Aroma had the distict sacchromyces bent to it. Dry citrus also compliments the mild sour aroma.

Clean dry bspa, stays away from the traditional belgian yeast flavors of clove, this one is nicely soured, not much of a fruit flavor to it, kind of like an imperial berlinerweisse that is bretted up. Really defies some style categorization, which ain't no problem. Could see it labeled a wild, a bspa, a saison, who knows.

A little more sweetness, which is perfectly counter balanced by the tart from the critters. Delivers enough hopping as well, not muddling the beer, still components of hops, mild citrus, brett, tart, dry all have their respective parts and don't overshadow each other. Its not aggro about any of them. Harmony.

Really enjoyed the price point on this, at only $4, its a welcome addition and probably a universal pickup anytime I see it. Hides the alcohol well. Good for hot days by the river/pool.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

De Proef Rainert Flemish Wild Ale, 750 ml bottle.

Hazed, pale yellow appearance, solid, bone white head.

Funky, wild, and weird aromatics. Citric, sour, and horse-blanket musty-fusty. And a little feline urinary by-product.

Super-tart on the palate, big sour pucker, coupled with a hoppy blast. Despite the potent power of this double attack, it gets downright mellow thereafter.
Very smooth and indubitably delicious. This went down easy.

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Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not quite sure what happened with my bottle. I poured it immediately after uncorking and, despite my efforts, could not get much head to form in my tulip glass. The plasticky cork looked a little funny on one side, so some carbonation may have escaped, but the taste is excellent and fits the description of other reviewers. Ah, well, it was probably my fault somehow.

Despite its sad headlessness, the beer still looks good, a swamp of yellow-gold murk glowing in the light. Particulate matter is suspended throughout giving a bit more meaning to the term "wild ale." I do have to take off points for the lack of a head, but I'll be sure to pick it up again at some point for a re-review.

The smell is quite striking and took some getting used to on my part. There are some typical Belgian notes, but its infused with a woodsy must that seems to be the hallmark of this beer. This must hit me hard as a taste probably because of my lack experience with the style. After initial surprise, the taste grew on me quite a bit. The dry aftertaste is a help because it cuts any lingering funk. But the funk is what will make you go back for more.

The beer could use a bit more carbonation for a nicer feel, but again my bottle could be an anomaly. The dryness makes for an easily drinkable beer but not significantly more or less than any good Belgian, which is in no way a slight.

This review is of the 750ml bottle.

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Photo of drums4matt
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle that reads "Bottle Conditioned Flemish Wild Ale" poured into De 'Proefbrouwerij tulip.

A: Pours a nice, tall, bubbly slightly off-white head that stays for a minute then dissipates less stickily than some other de proef offerings. Cloudy - chunky even - but of an inviting golden blonde hue.

S: Sweet graininess with big brett notes - oily and plastic-y. Some apple and banana yeast smell. Nice, complex alcohol notes that don't come across as their full 9%

T: A little sweet and sour up front fading to a little more of the malty, yeasty, funky, flavor that I've come to adore de proef for. Leaves with a slightly dry flavor and some hop flavor sneaks in and stays awhile.

M: Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is high and the bubbles whip the slick, full body into creaminess. The yeast and malt yield a nice, sweet chewiness to the feel.

D: Drinkability is good but the strength of the alcohol can catch you like a bear trap. This is a beer worthy of some nursing and attention.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a huge head that marks the chalice with interesting patterns of lace

Smell: Floral funk, with a lemony medicinal aspect

Taste: Opems like a BSPA, with a lemon and coriander flavor that develops in the wild direction by mid-palate, with medicinal funk ratcheting in all directions; after the swallow, earthy flavors pair with yeasty elements to provide a more wild ale finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting blend of the straight and wild; almost an introduction to the world of Brett for the uninitiated

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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 jbphoto88
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 CFHMagnet
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a fizzy finger and 1/2 of white head. The body is a muted deep straw color but you can't see through it. Mildly good head retention with no lace.

Smells sour. Slightly funky with grass, wheat, garden aromas and sour apples.

Sweet grass starts off the flavor revue. Pepper and spice give way to bananas and cloves. Grass, then wheat form a backdrop for all this flavor. I also get light grapes and green apples late in the game. This beer is intense with the level of flavors it has. Slight bitter on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It goes down smooth with just a little film near the back of the tongue.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Beejay
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Like a hazy pear in color. A great big fluffy white head. Looking nice.

S:Nice and crisp with a slightly sour note. Some citrus notes as well as possibly a hint of pineapple.

T: Very nice. Simple with a slight sour kick. Starts out with a nice sour hit, then develops with citrus flavor, and brown sugar. Finishes with a nice slightly yeasty flavor with hints of banana and clove. The booze is well hidden.

M: Very light, just a tad watery, with excellent high carbonation.

D: Slightly tart, very tasty. Easy drinking, and a wonderful beer to use as an intro to Belgian Styles.

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

A light pour makes my tulip glass overflow with foam. This is one frothy beast.

Bright golden amber.

Sucked off some foam so I could get a good whiff of the body on this one without all the tingly carbonation.

Strong brett aromas of funky barnyard, rubbery bandaid, medicinal alcohol.

Sweet citrusy and bready yeast. Again, the brett yeast pokes at me with a vengence. Musty and spicy through to the finish. The carbonation makes this one expand in my mouth and spread the flavors to every nook. Good full mouthfeel if there wasn't such a fizzy carbonation. Not a bad thing, quite unique actually.

Good unique drinker. Definitly worth trying in my book.

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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 champ103
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color. At first a large white head forms with good retention. As it finally recedes after a few minutes some sticky lace is left behind.
S: This is very interesting. A medley of fruit flavors: peaches, pears, apples. A wonderful funky barnyard aroma. Yeast and a biscuit/bread aroma.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of fruit flavors. Barnyard funk with yeast and biscuit flavors. What I find great is that all the flavors are so well balanced. Very subtle and just great.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol shows a bit, and with the prickly carbonation this is a sipping beer.

One of the best De Proef beers I have had. I like this better than the Jason Perkins or the Tomme Aurthur signature beers, and that is saying something.

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

Bottle into my Falstaff goblet.

A: Hazy orangey-straw color with not a really big Belgian head, but still a nice 3 finger head with tiny bits of lace here and there. Head dwindles down to nice ring pretty quick.

S: I've had several wild yeast beers and I'm starting to recognize the Brettanomyces' honey-lemon-nectar funkiness. There's some butter notes in there as well. Lots of stuff going on with this one.

T: Spice hits me upfront. Clovey candy sugar. Apple butter. Then into a bitter cardamon pod flavor. Ends nice and dry, a kind of banana peel bitterness. A nice nectary lavender alcohol flavor as well.

M: Nice medium feel here. Not as thick as some strong ales but no complaints at all.

D: A strong beer but one that goes nicely with taking it slow. It gains character as it warms and you could make a wee bottle of this last some time. Truly a wild experience. Try one on for size. You'll see it fits nicely.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with some floaties and tons of carbonation. Big fizzy white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Yeast, malt, spice in the nose. Funky but good.

Spicy tropical fruit up front, leading to bitter and palate cleaning alcohol. Dries right out with a bitter bite and alcoholic kick. Some wood, vanilla, pineapple, and peach nectar. This is very good.

Medium body and carbonated.

At 9%, this is surprisingly easy to drink. What a great beer.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.89 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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