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


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RATINGS: 728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 The Lure:
Subtle brett seems to be teamed with a dirty yeast. Fluffy carbonation propulses a pine-y lotion along with diverse fruity esters. Plantanes emerge to take a look around, for the pleasure of the nostrils.

The Festivities:
Brettanomyces here is milder than Mo Betta Bretta, Sanctification and Orval, yet enunciates its herbal wildness with diligence. Tree bark surrounds the round malt body. A haystack is also perceived through the soft, cushion-y effervescence. Obviously not a 100% brett beer, but I could not be complaining, this is very well done.

You canít go wrong with a trip to a forest in the country.

As Reineart Flemish Wild: A brett charmer operating in a desert dry barn, luring the lemony acidity with his hard cookie flute...Mint and dandelions adorn the basket where the muscular brett cavorts and prances to the languid melodies of the learned player...All around, the freshness of harvest season is palpable as haystacks seize the air with their pungent liveliness...The intrinsical wilderness of the countryside is so appealing...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Funky aroma that reminds me of a mildly sour lambic. I get a touch of coconut, lemon, and lemonheads. Taste is unexpected. Iím thinking it should be sour, but is more on the sweet side. Kind of like a wit or wheat with some funkiness. Unique to me. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Had the Pig Nun version. A strong aroma of a box of bandaids. Heavy medicinal quality. I really could not get into this style, but it was definitely interesting and different from anything Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours a lite straw with a bubbly, loosely-knit head that settles into some nice lace. Aromas are sweetish apricots with some pungent horse blanket. I think the only bretta in here is bruxelensis because there really isnít much in the way of tartness. The flavors are very lite and fruity with some unpasteurized cheese flavors and a lushness due to the high CO2. The body is lite. Thie finish is clean and short. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
75cl bottle, no date found...pours a really pretty golden-bronze color...somewhat loose, but generous head leaving lace...corked. sweet woody cork aroma, buried under that is some barnyard smell like horseblankets in the sun and wet hay. well carbonated, and nice medium body...finishes w/ sweetness mingled with more barnyard and cork. Pretty decent...like a sweet triple with wild yeast in it...but not hoppy or funky enough for me to think its a stand out...just a good, enjoyably beer. I know Iíve had the bottle for at least 1 year, I donít know where or when I got it...wish I knew how old it was, maybe it was more upfront when it was younger?? Rather one dimensional know...the cork really hurts it...
Earlier Rating: 8/15/2004 Total Score: 4.1
75cl bottle 45ibu Pig-Nun lable Good pour, nice heading. Smells a bit of cat pea at first, but I donít mind it...aromatic, stinky beer! Wild yeast is the dominant flavor giver...many will be repulsed(like Laura), but I find it intriguing. Hops & especially bitterness make an impact...malt is subtle. Drank some with grilled King Crab legs...it comletely obliterated their taste from my mouth...it was a fun juxtapostion...bittersweet wildness dominates the finish. As it warms and flatens it becomes more friendly. Certainly complex, letís see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Clear, golden incolor on the first pour wiht a large white head formed from varying sized bubbles. Slightly barny aroma, a bit horsey and for some reason smelling a bit cherry-like. Very biting at first taste, quite tart and bitter. Lighter side of medium bodied and well carbonated. A touch drying. Alcohol comes through in the middle along with some malt balance and a touch of hop wraps up nicely at the finish. Interesting blend of Belgian Strong and a spontaneous fermented beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aromas of tart apple, funky brett and sour lemon. Taste is spicy and tart and grassy with lime, hay and candi sugars. Very interesting how all of the flavors meld.
Earlier Rating: 6/26/2004 Total Score: 3
I just donít get this stuff . Tasted like a few beers thrown together. Nice white head and aromas of sweet and both sour fruits. Tasted a bit earthy, like dirt, sour pears, oranges, grapes and cherries. Like a sour fruit cocktail. There is a bit of malt so itís not all sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Cloudy, well carbonated, pale golden with a quickly diminishing white head. Nose is of apples/cider, spice. Tastes sweet with candy notes up front, back of the mouth sour pucker bite, some alcohol but nothing offensive. Lively in the mouth, just as it was in the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
A weak aroma but it does have some qualities of being a Belgian strong because of the undeniable yeast and unripe fruit. Cloudy and a glowing yellow that looks exactly like a German hefeweizen. Head is soapy and thin layer across the glass and leaves little to almost no lacing behind. Qutie tart in its flavor with a large spice and yeast while being sour. A bitter aftertaste is also created from this; although i wouldnít say this was a prime example of the style, but iím drinking the rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
PIG NUN. 750 ml BC bottle. Almost clear, golden, white head. Rich malty, fruity, light carmel aroma. Big malty flavor, with the hop bitterness coming through nicely. Spicy notes present. I really like the way this has developed, and would be a wothy cellar brew. Not sure why this is rated so low, but I do recommend a little cellar time to help the flavors come together.

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