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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 joeseppy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge.

Pours a golden orange with fluffy white head.

Aromas of tropical fruit, grain and mild tart.

Mild tartness of green apples, lemon, earthy Brett, grassy, and a Chenin Blanc wine quality.

Light bodied with decent carbonation.

Not a straight up sour. Very mild, almost too mild, for the liking. I would characterize it like an apple crystal lite. No sour pucker or Wow factor, very pedestrian.

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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 Hojaminbag
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange body with huge white head. Tons of retention on this stuff, the head sticks around forever. Leaves loads of sticky lacing. A fantastic looking beer.

Smells a little sour, the bretts are noticeable. Some dark fruits.

Dark fruits, grapes. Just a slight taste of the bretts, producing a little bit of sourness.

Extremely creamy mouthfeel, dry and sour in the finish.

OK drinkability.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a light orange/gold color with a good sized white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells yeasty and earthy, and a weird fruity/spicy smell too that I can't describe. The taste is yeasty, fruity sweet/sour at the same time. It's mainly apricots and a bit of apple I taste, but there's some other fruit in there. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and very crisp and dry. The drinkability is good, but the alcohol kicks in after a few drinks of the beer. Not a bad beer, I don't know if it's something I could drink all the time but I would definitely drink it again.

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

I am a big fan of this brewer, and I bought this 750 ml bottle with great desire from Hi Time Wine in January 2007 for $8.99 (?). Pours a pretty translucent golden with a decent, but not exciting white head. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is at first sweet orange, but then morphs to tart limes and a weak organic mustiness. Flavor takes these, increases the organic, adds a weak sweetness, and a handful of spices (moderate black pepper and a few others I can't identify). Tasty, but I'm not loving it like some of my favorites from this brewer. Burps from the carbonation are somewhat mushroom-like. And I am actually disappointed by the drinkability- I know what they can do, why isn't that same smoothness here?

Overall, a decent brew, but I hoped for more from the geniuses at De Proef.

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

The corked and caged bottle unleashes an appealing sour apple aroma with enthusiastic carbonation. The taste has a slight measure of alcohol with a sour fruit and acidic twang. There are notes of crabapple and a funky barnyard presence arrived at by design.

This is a strange beer. It is difficult to compare to traditional ales brewed with saccharomyces or even to “wild” ales such as lambics inoculated with lactobacillus. The body is coral-orange. It trails stylish lace. And the taste is notable for its succinct dryness and abrupt finish.

I can’t recall now whether or not the bottle had yeasted lees, but I sensed my serving was not particularly fresh. Still, it warms well and gives the palate something to think about.

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Photo of Crosling
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light Gold.

Gentle aroma of apple cider, lemon, vanilla, honey and pure yeasty funk.

Strange, unassertive brett character. A funky brew, almost Fantomesque in its yeast taste. Nice, tart, coating flavor, quite fruity, with notes of pineapple, apples, orange and lemon. Fizzy carbonation. A flavorful brew.

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Photo of YankChef
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a rodenbach glass

appearance: pale golden color with orange hues, somewhat hazy with a fluffy head that quickly dissipates to a whisp that just covers the beer.

Aroma: sour with other bret funky aromas that are hard to describe. Cheese like aromas that would go along with blue cheese and brie rind

Taste: Layers of interesting flavor with some orange, grapefruit and maybe even a little leather. A certain amount of bitterness is definitely present along with warming alcohol towards the end that is kind of raw.

Overall: This tastes like a raw and unpolished la fin du monde with an interesting head. However the flavor doesnt pull through for me and while this was interesting I do not think I would seek it out again. The alcohol presence is a little bit high and makes this slightly difficult to drink.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Town Hall snifter.

A- Poured a one finger white head that dissipates to a thin bubbly layer on top, nice golden straw color, nice carbonation, looks like Champaign.
S- Really light refreshing aroma, love the mild sour notes, yeast, nothing too overpowering though, sweet, some spice, apple, really nice aroma to this beer.
T- Very similar to the aroma, really light easy drinking Wild Ale, some apple, spice, yeast, mild funk comes out, floral/grassy notes.
M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, really fizzy, crisp finish, easy drinkability, does not drink like a 9% abv beer.
O- Not bad, nothing mind blowing, I could easily drink a few of these, I did enjoy the beer, but its nothing I would have any interest in finding again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $10.

A: Pale gold with a huge white head, about 3 or so inches, nice clarity, violent carbonation, lots and lots of bubbles moving through this one, excellent head retention.

S: Sour, nice bit of funk in there, slightly medicinal, really about all you can smell is funk in this one. Not that that is a bad thing! Just a little more depth would be nice.

T: Interesting beer, lots of floral flavors, almost like chewing on a bunch of flowers, not sour, but still a little funky, has a few wine like qualities as well. Not huge on flavor, but still decent.

M: Extremely dry and light, feels as if nothing is in your mouth, crisp carbonation, feels like drinking air, easily one of the lightest feeling beers I've ever had. Very interesting.

D: Because of the lightness and how crisp it is, this goes down extremely easily for a beer weighing in at 9%. Not a whole lot of flavor, just an interesting beer. I don't know If I'll seek this out again, but I am glad to have tried it.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.89 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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