Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 IBU’s)
PIG NUN - Released Fall 2004 - (45 IBU’s)
SURLY BIRD - Release Date: May 2005 - (45 IBU’s, extra finishing hops)
PINHEAD - Release Date: Fall 2005 - (50-55 IBU’s)
DEMON FISH - Release Date: August 2006 - (50-55 IBU’s, 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 Jackson’s Rare Beer Club. 94 points - World Beer Championships

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (679) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Tap at Grill Next Door. Pours yellow gold with a lacy white head. Aroma is peppery, floral. Flavor is wheat, very slight sour, some resin bitter to the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mrnoluv (158) - long beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Light floral smell, not strong, golden appearance, very very light sourness, was expecting more, not really much which was a big disappointment. Good kick with the 9% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aroma is sweet and full of fruits, a little sour. Taste is high in carbonation and a list funky but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2013
11.2oz bottle shared. Pours parly cloudy yellow with white head. Aroma is a bit funky, a bit horse blanket, a bit sour. And a bit good. Flavor is a mild sour and Brett and funk. Nicely blended and tasty. No real alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a hazy light golden color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet notes, yeast, mild tart notes, citrus, grass, light funk, dusty character, light toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (889) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Surly Bird - very interesting, paired well with my Cuban samich. Has that Belgian yeast sourness to it, but very subtle. Nice palate, hint of hop in the finish. Impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6416) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap, "Surly Bird" version. Mildly hazy pale golden color. Thin white head, leaves good lace. Good smooth, sort of soft, bright lighter carbonation. Slightly bigger body, but not 9% big. Good citrusy, lightly funky, sort of lemon, light grassy hop aroma. Maybe just a light bit of lemony cleaner type flavor. Moderate tart taste, moderate bitter - those extra finishing hops are noticeable, and very nice. Makes for a very unusual, pleasant easy drinking wild ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2113) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head, Decent Lacing S: Black Pepper, Corriander, Yeast, Apple T: Black Pepper, Yeast, Oranges M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Yeast, Mildly Spicy Overall, a really nice saison, whoever coded this a belgian pale was wrong. Great spicy and tast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1073) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle pour golden with lots of sediment. Nose some sour, fruit and ester. Taste sweet up front, fruit ester, ending with some sour and bitter. Nice progression of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
750mL shared at Woodshop 8. Pours a full haze peach pour with okay foam. Nose is super sticky twizzlers, sweet potato. Taste is minerally, soapy, sticky...tastes like a drained, infected barleywine. Biting palate with heavy minerals.

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