Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Also known as Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale.
Also known as Vlaamse Primitief.
There are 6 different labels and six different versions of this beer. All are similar.

The name refers to a description of the Hieronymus Bosch painting used on the label.

SPOON WHACKER - Released Fall 2004 - (Original Recipe -- 35 IBUís)
PIG NUN - Released Fall 2004 - (45 IBUís)
SURLY BIRD - Release Date: May 2005 - (45 IBUís, extra finishing hops)
PINHEAD - Release Date: Fall 2005 - (50-55 IBUís)
DEMON FISH - Release Date: August 2006 - (50-55 IBUís, roasted malts, and lots of Saaz aroma hops)
RAT RIDER - Release Date: TBD - (Recipe undetermined)


Commercial description: Fermented three times with two different yeasts, including a strain of brettanomyces - the "wild yeast" of lambic brewing. Pale golden color with an enormous rocky white head. Brett and spicy aromatic notes, with a malty-juicy note on the palate. Finishes with Brett and dry hop notes. April 2003 selection - Michael Jacksonís Rare Beer Club. 94 points - World Beer Championships

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3851) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2014
bottle @ Vino Belissimo / Lima OH --- Aroma of sweet yeast and tart grass. Cloudy medium amber with a big, rocky off-white head, thick bands of lace. Taste is slightly sour malt that becomes noticeably sweeter (with butterscotch) on the swallow before tapering nicely with a long sweet and sour finish. Sweeter than many Flemish Ales Iíve had, but solid anyway. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1652) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours a golden orange color with white head. Funk, yeast, citrus, clove fruit and biscuit aroma and flavors. Medium light body and carbonation. Funk and fruit finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandint (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Labeled as Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - the Cunning Fox. Iím curious how this relates to the description for this beer, which appears to need updating. Pours a nice golden color - cloudy but consistent. Fairly big white head and nice lacing. Very fruity smell - mostly raspberries. Dry, farmhouse taste. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (927) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow-gold with a large, creamy, white head. Aroma and taste of malt, hops, dank Belgian yeast, fruit. Nice touch of sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy, light yellow with white head. Aroma is very fruity, Brett, mango, grape. Taste is grape, tart, dry, crisp. Overall, alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
330 mL bottle as Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. Pours a murky orangey golden with a large white head. Sour raspberry candy aroma. Slightly tart, somewhat dusty pale malts and some funkiness, some tart citrus and herbal flavor. Itís alright, but it has a way to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1699) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow with an enormous creamy head. Aroma is yeasty with brett, hay and whiffs of horse blanket. Full creamy body with soft but mouthfilling carbonation. Flavour is tart and yeasty with brett, farmyard, wood, camphor and kandi. Dry earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2014
11.2oz bottle at FFF. Not sure what version. Unfiltered orange-tan. Foamy white head, laces the glass well. Zest brett sourness. Barnyard mud. A touch brutal in a champagne way. Still maintains some nice luscious carbonation. Dry white wine notes. Approaching American sour test tube tones. Solid, but not perfect. Brett Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9647) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"Surly Bird: pretty weird beer. Not wild.sour in the traditional sense, but thereís all kinds off odd fruity flavors and aromas, some tart, some floral, some sweet. Definitely unique enough to make me want to try other versions of this stuff."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Surly Bird version on draft at Edmunds Oast. Slight haze on this golden colored brew with a small bubbly white head. Earthy, slight musty aroma with hints of tropical fruits, phenolic spice and a light honied sweetness. Flavor is a bit oxidized and one dimensional with similar characteristics. Not terrible by any means.

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