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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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 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 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 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!!! 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 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 masikon
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip yeast and all. Head came in very well for me despite what others have said, tall white and fluffy leaving lots of lacing and it reformed after each drink. Color was ciderish burnt orange with active carbonation and some floaties wandering through the glass. Nose was strong and complex with fruity aromas galore from bananas to strawberries , followed by a strong sour note. Taste hits the buds very sour but in a good way and prepares your palate for a wave of complex fruity flavors, yeasty and full this is easy to drink at 9 percent. Changes dramatically as it increases in temperature making each sip slightly different. Overall I really like this beer and will be on my way tomorrow to pick up a few more to see how this one ages.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cL bottle marked "Special Reserve", this brew is a hazy straw gold with a medium white head. The foam dissipates quickly, leaving a thin sheet and a bit of lacing. Smells predominantly of sour fruit esters (namely lemon and cherry) and barnyard/horseblanket. The funky brett character really masks the bit sweet malt that's in the background. On the palate, the malt comes forward first, though it's again soon overshadowed by the sour yeast. Surprising bitterness that actually works very well. Nicely balanced and quite complex. An impressive beer overall.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. It was a nice straw color with a slight chill haze. Head was white and pretty billowy.

Smell: I like the smell of this beer, it was really musty, barnyard, horse, funky. Also some clean grain, like a funky duvel.

Taste: Tasted like it smelled, a duvel with a lot of barnyard and horseblanket. I want to see it also had a citrus pith bitterness that dried up the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly bubbly carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: This was an adventurous tasting beer, I liked it. It was a very flavorful pale ale, and easy to drink. It also cut the fattiness of the pizza really well.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super hazy, golden-amber colored brew with a hefty amount of yeast flakes floating around. On top there's a just-off white head, about two fingers with a very gentle pour, builds up another finger with the final swirl and pour. Recedes slowly, the creamy thick bubbles widening out. There's also some brownish sediment flecks on top.

Yes. Huge aromatics of Brettanomyces and other funky, barnyard aromas. Oh so slightly sweet, but really just funky and wonderful.

The flavor again relies heavily on the yeast to get the point across, there's some mild, Continental hopping (grassy, slight lemon twist). A bit spicy as well, maybe some ginger or something. A tiny prick of heat reminds you that this is an adult beverage.

Given more time to mull, I'm struck by how hoppy this one is; noble, peppery, pale malt sweetness-enhancing, certainly, but also quite present in the flavor, which is interesting and delicious.

Perhaps just a bit less punch that the finest of wild ales in the mouth, there is a lot of carbonation but it's not at the same level as my favorites.

Last night, a new tripel. Different but enjoyable. Tonight, a new masseuse for when my wild-ale knot needs rubbing.

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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 OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange color, with a white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces. It fades to a thin layer on the top.

This beer has a yeasty earthy aroma. I can also smell some spices.It also has a slight sour fruit aroma. The alcohol is well hidden. I can also detect a very slight banana aroma.

This beer tastes spicy. Behind that, it tastes earthy. Not as sour as the aroma led me to believe. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden. It has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer is just a little over carbonated. It is full bodied. It leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. The ABV is almost not detectable.

I think this would be a good session beer, but one that you should be weary of due to the high alcohol content. It is a great beer, and I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light murky blonde with a garden smell, hay, funk, apple-tart. Taste confirms the bottle's Brett promises. Dry like hell with salt hints. Medium bodied, fresh, eminently refreshing. Delicious brew. A poet that no one understands. Piece of art, cheers John.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden orange in color. A full finger of white head rises with great retention before falling to a moderate cap. Some lacing as well. For the high ABV, the appearance is quite impressive.

S - The first smell I notice is an acidic, slightly spoiled/fermented apple juice. Not quite vinegary, but definitely an apple juice past its prime. There is a clear undertone of barnyard aromas with hay and manure being the most obvious. Alcohol is undetectable.

T - Mild apple sweetness in the beginning with notes of pear, banana, and possibly pineapple. The sweetness is cut somewhat by a phenolic lemony character but strangely little to no acidity. Barnyard funk characteristics become evident mid to late palate. A good deal of the hay component from the nose with a dose of crushed aspirin thrown in and some very muddy, earthy, manure-esque flavors. An underlying light bread flavor is persistant throughout and is most obvious in the finish with the barnyard remnants. Finish is semi-sweet with a good dose of mustiness. Not a trace of alcohol to be found.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Often I feel this style is over carbonated but Reinaert hits it perfectly.

D - For what this is, it is extremely drinkable. Though this is quite a deviation from most beers, the sweetness and funk are balanced in such a way that the flavors never become overwhelming. Alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of being undetectable. Deceptive to be sure. Obviously a different animal than the majority of BSPA's, it seems this is a fine show case of "funk" without the overly acidic character of some lambics and gueuze.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reinaert pours a nice hazy gold. Things are topped off by a billowy two fingers of head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left down the glass.

Reinaert packs a wallop in the aroma department. Brett notes and plenty of em strike first. Juicy and funky sour cherry notes shine. Cherry blends with a bit of a rosewater floral quality. Beneath the fruity/floral brett notes a bit of caramel shows up. A vague spice quality present as well. Some light earthy notes rounds out the aroma.

Onto the flavor. The flavor isn't quite as mind blowing as the aroma. It's still quite impressive, though. Strong funk from the brett still dominates things. Rosewater notes are much stronger on the palate. Cherry notes strike a bit of a dryish quality. Light caramel and spice make an appearance beneath the brett. Brett pops back up in the drying earthy finish.

Reinaert is light bodied with a bit of a hefty carbonation.

Note, this beer is not for newcomers to the world of brett. The funk is allowed to shine, but never completely overpowers things. The alcohol is almost non existent. This is one dangerously drinkable brew. This is a wonderful brew for lovers of the funk.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Atron67
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some hints of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of light malt, brett, Belgian yeast, light, fruity esters, a sugary element, and a slight bubblegum flavor in the finish. A lively and balanced flavor that gets better as you go along.

M: A lot of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer, and certainly easy to like. Drinkable.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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