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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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Added by BeerAngel on 04-30-2003

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Photo of HopDerek
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold with big foamy white head into a tulip glass. Good retention leaves some nice lacing behind. Smells of sour cherries, lemons, and apples, then grain, yeast, and Brett funk. Tastes a little bit of alcohol up front then some sourness of cherries and lemon zest. Honey and grain blend with yeast, straw, and funk with some peppery spices and clove thrown in for good measure. Finishes with a nice dry grass bitterness. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Not as sour as the nose suggested, a little bit medicinal at first but overall a nice mix of fruit, spices, and yeasty malt with a good bitter grassy finish. I wouldn't take this beer with me on a desert island, but I wouldn't mind having it again sometime.

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Photo of ATPete
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

normal size 11.2oz bottle not a squat.

The beer pours a lovely orange brown color with lots of visible, pulpy sediment locked in suspension. Carbonation bubbles stick to the bottom of the glass before jetting to support the hug frothy and lacing white head. The beer glows in the light, very nice. Alcohol shows up right away in the nose, slightly astringent, moderate funk, some citrus and bready notes. First though while tasting is that the beer was very tangy and bright, alive with carbonation. Fresh hop and citrus fruit notes and a layer of light, but musky and earthy funk that lingers on to the aftertaste. Medium bodied and slightly coating, very high carbonation. I wish it was more wild, but still worth a shot if spotted.

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Photo of Greencoat
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at cellar temp.

A: Before I even crack the bottle open, I should note that it's filled far higher than any other beer I've seen. Pours to am extremely clear straw-golden color with an absurd (4 finger) white head. I couldn't decant the whole 11.2 oz bottle off the yeast because the head was going to overflow out of a pint sized glass. This thing has bubbles racing to the surface at break-neck speed.

S: Tons of funk and barnyard on the nose.

T: Extremely funky beer, fairly dry with all kinds of hay. You'd never guess this beer is 9% off the first couple sips, until it starts warming up your throat. There are some interesting earthy background notes. Very tasty, and deceptively alcoholic.

M: A fairly full body for such a dry beer. The extreme carbonation gives it a nice lively feel. Also makes for some pretty serious burps.

O: I'll preface my overall opinion with this: My experience with wild ales is limited to sour bombs, so I've never really tasted anything quite like this before. That said, I thought this was solid - I don't know that I'll go out of my way to stock up on it, but I will be a returning customer.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass, this beer had a two finger head atop a deep yellow body, It was hazy, with numerous floaters.

Aroma hit me first with a lambic-like sourness, followed by doughy yeast, honey-lemon, and sparkling white grape juice. It also smelled a bit acidic, but not an acetic odor.

Taste was tart and peppery, with some doughy/yeasty character. The resemblance to sparkling white grape juice was also noticeable here. It was only slightly bitter, and mainly on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was quite dry, but nice.

Drinkability takes a little hit, because although it was interesting, the 11.2 oz. bottle was enough for me. I enjoyed trying this beer, but I had enough and didn't want any more.

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Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is hazy with some chunky yeast sediment floating in the glass.

S: Lemon, pineapple, green apple, bit of clove, honey, spicy yeast, bread. Lots of brett character

T: Slightly tart with notes of white grape, more tropical pineapple, clove, white pepper, biscuity, green apple.

M: Medium bodied with medium soft carbonation. Super dry finish.

O: Pretty good wild ale. Decent amount of brett character, but not overwhelmingly funky. Worth a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had this beer around 7-8 years ago... probably was my first encounter with Brett in all it's glory, before I was avidly reviewing beers and merely exploring different styles that were new and unusual.

Bright straw gold in the glass, racing champagne streamers of co2 rising to the surface. Fluffy head of white foam that rises above the rim of the glass in a convex dome momentarily, before slowly sinking into the glass like a deflated soufflé. Copious sheets of lacing in the glass.

Fruity notes of canned fruit cocktail or pineapple in the nose, not too funky in the scheme of things. as it warms there's a trace of wet hay and sourdough.

Dry and crisp, slightly astringent, plenty of effervescence. Fruity apple and pear notes, some dry hay and grassiness in the aftertaste. The earthy Brett yeast is fairly restrained and doesn't veer too far into weirdness. Overall it's a good representation of a Brett beer, an introductory one.

Paired nicely with Cabot clothbound cheddar.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge foamy white head that slowly descends, leaving rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is bready and funky with a lemon tartness. Bready yeast dominates, but allows other aroma to come through.

The taste is of funky, stale bread (in a good way), with lemon tartness mixing in. A shot of grainy sweetness in the back turns to a spicy, hoppy, dry finish. There's an alcohol sharpness, though it's not masking.

The feel isn't bad - I think it's sufficient, in both carbonation and body, but it doesn't quite "nail it" for me in the classic Belgian style.

Suffiently funky, with dominating yeasty breadiness, sour, though with a sweet and then bitter balance. It doesn't quite win "funky brew of the year" award from me, but it's still a very good example of a Flemish wild ale (funky, yeasty, sour) with classic Belgian Pale Ale character (sweetness and grassy hoppiness). An interesting brew.

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Photo of saccro
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden. thick white moussey foam. REAL thick. White egg white foam.

S - a little nutty. some spicy hops. sweettart aroma.

T - a little sherry. nutty. slightly sour, but not rodenbach tart. Brett. Perfect bitterness. Refreshing. A little alcohol after a few sips becomes evident. Does NOT taste like a 9% alcohol beer. Probably the most thirst-quenching 9ABV beer I've had. Catches up to you quick!

M - moderate carbonation. Med body. Easy to drink. After swallowing, swallowing once more you can taste the alcohol.

D - Tasty brew. Wild, I guess, but not so much. Not overdone. Like a Belgian pale with a little more to offer.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Not available here in Wichita. Picked this up in Boulder, CO.

Appearance: This beer poured a cloudy golden-orange color which seemed to glow in the glass. The white head rose up to three fingers with an extremely careful pour. It settled at an average pace, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the top of the brew for the entire drink. The foam ramped sharply up the side of the glass, attesting to its stickiness. There were solid sheets of lace left behind.

Smell: A combination of sweet and sour on the nose. Pungent sour apples and grapes were present, but they didn't have an overly sharp, funky sourness that I was expecting. The sweetness was candy-like and thick. A nice dose of old wood lingered underneath, helping to add some complexity. Hints of hops were just detectable. Unfortunately, there was a rather strong metallic smell present, too. It detracted from, but did not ruin, the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and slightly coating. It was smooth upfront, picking up a crispness as it moved back into the mouth.

Taste: Rather typical Belgian pale. Sweet malts and apples emerged upfront to be quickly overpowered by bitter hops and dry alcohol. Wood and sweet vanilla rose up on the finish. The alcohol was pretty strong and lingered well into the aftertaste. I didn't find it overbearing, though; it was just about right.

A solid offering.

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Photo of Gusler
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something I rarely do is drink two of a new beer, but this one is quite intriguing and I feel my first rating was a bit harsh, still a bit confused about the taste, must be the yeast.

The beer pours a blurry lemon yellow color, the head is substantial in size, creamy in consistency, bright white in color and as it dissolves, and a thick and glutinous sheet of lace is left behind to seal off the glass. The nose is a bit medicinal, sweet malt, citrus like, with the start sweet and loaded with malt, top is middling in feel. Finish is tart as in lemon like, the acidity cautious, the hops spicy in their bite and the herbal like tones are quite evident, quite dry aftertaste that lingers on after the beer is long gone

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Photo of Celtics17
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big earthy, barn yard feel to this wild ale. Very little sour power, but big fruit characters. A slight spicy feel in the back of your throat. Tasty wild ale, but I wanted more mouth puckering flavor and mouthfeel.

Some of the fruit notes are bananas, very slight mango character. The smell was the best part of this sour..

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml pours a slightly hazed goldenrod body with a large fluffy white head. Patchy sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is banana, pear, musty yeast, and campfire ashes.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with spritzy carbonation.

Taste is complex. Fruity banana, pepper, bitter earthy hops, dusty gravel, cobwebs, musty yeast, twangy lemonrind, and some phenols. Finishes dry and bitter.

Complex and enigmatic. Seems undecided whether it wants to be a wild ale or a Belgian pale ale. Bitter hops seem to get in the way a bit. A pleasant experience but overly challenging.

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

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

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

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

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; best before 11/1/2012(code L1101). Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apple, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, grape, floral, clove, black pepper, wood, grass, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with a moderate malt balance. Taste of tart apple, pear, apricot, lemon, peach, grape, clove, black pepper, floral, honey, bread, grass, wood, and earthy yeast spiciness. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, clove, black pepper, honey, bread, floral, grass, wood, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and earthy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable slow sipper.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taste- sour bitterness, honey, spice, and herbal

color- golden yellow, champagne-like

smell- estery, leather, sour and yeasty, citrus

body- full, sour

appearance- fluffy, light white head

notes- bitter, sour finish, makes you pucker, gets the drinker's attention. beer is brewed with the same wild strain of yeast that is used in lambic

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Murky light apricot, near white solid head, tight bubbled cling lace.

S - BARNY, straw, a bit acrid and malt way underneath.

T - Barn, a little Merthiolate and bandaids, settles to sharp tang and malt.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - This beer is pretty good for the stye, but it's not my favorite style. A little too funky for session for me.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, significant amounts of large light chunks of yeast sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and a light amount orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy half finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of barnyard funkiness along with hay, light fruits (white grape and apple), and spicy + earthy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with some lighter notes of light fruit (white grape and apple) sweetness. Overall there is a light to moderate amount of sourness and funkiness with a moderate amount of barnyard and hay flavors. There are light flavors of both spicy and earthy yeast as well. There is a light amount of hints of oak towards the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of dryness

O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer as I had no idea when I was drinking it that it was a 9% ABV beer - though I am not sure I would describe it as easy drinking since it has a fair amount of funkiness and sourness. Also, this is one of the beers with the highest amount of dryness that I have experienced.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dolemite77
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy amber from a 750ml bottle. Aroma is about as funky as any I've had from de proef... I never in my life would have thought that a barnyard smell would ever be a positive thing in a beverage. I don't get as much horseyness with this one as much as wet hay and dustiness. Flavor is on par with the aroma. Yeasty funk, with the superdry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall this is a good drinking beer, that is a good example of what a couple of yeasts can do to a beverage.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw yellow with a thin white head that disappears wuickly.

S - Lemon, grass, hay start out and then the funky barnyard characteristics kick in. A little green apple is also present.

T - Lemon, grass and hay but then turns slightly sweet with green apple and only a hint of the barnyard funk you get in the aroma.

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Unique. Barnyard funk of the brett along with a sweet Belgian Strong Pale make for an interesting combo.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 cork and cage

Poured into delerium tremens glass.

Pours a finger of white head. Great retention with some splattered lace. Color is a hazed copper faded orange.

Aroma: Oranges, bananas, cloves, seems to have some bugs as well. Maybe some brett. A little sour notes. I actually like the aroma a lot.

Taste: Very dry taste. A lot of fruit notes, bananas, cloves, dry grassy hops. The brett sticks out a lot as well. No where near as goo as the aroma was. A big let down.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and funky. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry and funky.

Overall, it was a decent brett beer, but nothing amazing. It is fairly drinkable. When I red the label I was really excited to try it, because I thought it would taste like some of my favorite styles, but I was wrong on that.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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