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


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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 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 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2005
750ml. bottle with the Surly Bird label. Pours a hazy golden color with a fairly thick white head and great lacing. Funky, fruity aroma of pears, yeast and barnyard notes typical of a beer with Brettanomyces. Flavor was mildly tart, with the funky Brett flavors coming through. This was a fairly young bottle and would like to try again in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
Couleur blonde paille, belle mousse blanche adhérant à la paroi du verre. On y reconnaît facilement le caractère des levures sauvages en arôme mais d’une intensité moindre de celle d’une bière fermentée exclusivement avec celles-ci. Flaveurs sauvages, vieux bois humide et d’éléments de la ferme, foin poussiéreux, vieille cave humide. L’impression générale demeure un brin chaotique et sale, mais tout en restant plaisant à boire. Agréable présence en bouche, corps d’épaisseur moyenne, douce carbonatation, finale sèche et tartrique. Bouteille, Downtown Liquor, Boston, Juin 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Original Rating (8-4-9-4-18=4.3): Horse blanket, sweat, barnyard aromas abound with pears and melons filling it out into something that smells like food. Opaque tan-gold with a low but lasting white head that leaves some fine lacing. Dusty, musty, fruity, pear flavour with plenty of barnyard brett character that evokes a humid basement. Horseblanket and wood are the lasting sensations on the tongue along with an herbal, hay-like, grassy note after the very tart finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Expansive bubbles fill the mouth with liquid joy. I think I like it - wish I knew which release this was... who kept that bottle? Bottle savoured with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
Rerate - Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale (8-4-7-3-15=3.7): Musky, floral, apricot, peach, mushroom, funky brett aroma. Opaque orange-yellow body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, white head that recedes to lasting cover with some lacing. Very sweet, cakedough yeast character with plenty of fruitiness and herbal hops with funky brett character in the finish. Medium body is doughy with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a cloudy golden color with some floaties and a thin white head. Interesting aroma and flavor of horse blanket, spices and fruits. Medium body, dusty texture, soft carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 3/14/2005 Total Score: 3.6
Pours a hazy light orange color with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of fruits, brettanomyces, funk and spices. Exellent flavor of doughy yeast, fruits, brettanomyces and spices. The body has a light to medium thickness, a creamy texture and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9191) - 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 can’t 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. I’m 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 I’ve 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 isn’t 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 I’ve had the bottle for at least 1 year, I don’t 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 don’t 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, let’s 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.

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