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


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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4229) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2005
Bottle. Large off-white head that was mostly lasting, excellent lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, slightly hazy, and a butterscotch hue. Malty, spicy and some clove notes in the aroma. Sweet, malty, spicy and vinuous tasting. Fairly smooth and also slightly tingly palate. Medium body. Quite enjoyable and quaffable IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
This is an interesting beer. It isnít my bag buy Iíll rate by the style. Aroma is very barnlike, and horsey smelling. Mostly due to the Bretanomycest and Sacchromyces, which this is a good example of. Appearanc is light yellowish and hazy, which again has to do with the yeast selection for this beer, which from my experience with Brett is right on. Flavor is very sour and slightly fruity, pineapple tasting mostly. This is a lot like Russian River Sanctification or Pizza Portís Mo Betta Bretta. Not my cup of tea, but an interesting beer none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6692) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
This bottle had a Pig Nun label. The golden colored ale poured with a short white head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor, too, is quite malty and a bit sour. There is an initial garbage-like gueuze flavor that settles down after a few sips and becomes more satisfying. I have never tasted anything quite like this, but I would try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pig Nun: Clear, golden color, fuzzy white head above...lovely, really... Sourness greets the nose at first, citric fruits, and well-worn socks...yeah, this is funky! Alcohol peeks in a bit too early...I havenít even tasted it, yet...it feels terribly strong....(yet itís "only" 9%) Taste: big, fat sour...almost hard to take, unless youíre into that stuff...and some of you are....you freaks...ahem. (who am I to talk?) yeah, this is a sour moífo...but not too bad, some tasty fruits, peach and apricot, mmm...very tangy, loads of citrus, huge sour on the palate, balanced by a judicious addition of sweet... ...I couldnít finish this bottle in one sitting, and capped it until the next day, where itís lost no carbonation and no flavor, at least not in the appearance or aroma. One weird ale, unique, but brimming with flavor and rather refreshing, if sour is your thing. As for me, the more I drink, the more I admire it. Glad I got an extra bottle, for saving. If I were a gueueze geek, Iíd give this sky-high ratings. Iím not, so there you go, but damn, this is a fine creation. I have to look out for more from these guys...anyone seen any Rat Riders around? (paid $10.49 at Cellarís, Roseville...i had to go out of my way for this one, being a fan of Belgian ales, and Bosch. Love the PigNun, but her inkwell holder is really creepy!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Not a Flemish Sour Ale, despite its label. This is far closer to a Belgian Strong Ale, and it looks the part. Hazy light orange color with lots of bite in that 9% abv. Wild yeast flavors. Not my bag, but others should like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (10082) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005
Hazy orange color with a white head, leaves behind a ring of Brussels lace as you drink it. Spicy, sour aroma lets you know its got that Belgian thing goin on. Fruity slightly sour flavor, with a mildly sour aftertaste. Good mouthfeel. This is an excellent summer thirst quencher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 10, 2005
Tons of wild yeastiness going on in this brew, big crisp bite to the nose with bretts and sour acidic smells mixing and attacking with the spiciness. Taste followed in the footsteps with a very lively carbonation to emphasize the sharp spiciness of the bretts and finished strong with a medium sour twang. Lots of citrus and hay throughout with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 3, 2005
Brassy-gold body with a slight hint of peach. Huge head of cottony, white bubbles. Superior lacing in the glass. Smell is of bandaids, medicine, dry cloves, public bathroom (urine, antiseptic), and a strong fragrant floral, gardeny scent. Big flavor. Lots of peach and lemon up front, with drying clove, to the point of being astringent. Also some wheat/doughy qualities. But overall, extremely bitter. Aftertaste is high alcohol and more bandaids. I can tell this is a well-crafted beer but the end result is something that makes me feel Iím drinking in an operating room.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Spoon Whacker. Pours a clear, orange color with a nice head. Aroma is faintly citric, with something vaguely funky working in the background. Slight malt flavor, some almost candy sweetness, and a definite yeast note that suggests at something wild, but is so kept in check as to make it simply a celery-like annoyance as opposed to any real feature of the beer. Almost herbaceous, but in the end, not particularly good. RERATE: 8/19/08, Reinaert bottling, and yes, I am embittered by the rebadge on this. I’m curious as to which of the various Bosch paintings this one corresponds to. In any case, Clear medium gold with a nice white head that collapses very quickly into a ring. Aroma is brett dominated, with that wet leather thing going on, and a touch of orange marmalade. Flavor is similar, but the end is clearly of bittering floral accented hops. Didn’t catch that at all in the aroma. Original rating was a 6,3,6,3,12, and this is a bit better. New numbers going up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Bottle Pig Nun: Great label. Pours a lovely peachy golden hue. Awesome aroma of slight wild sourness, funky, sweet yeasty. Big puffy white head, mostly lasting, leaving sheets of lace. Geat belgian mouthfeel. Steady carbonation. Sweet first, pineapple, band-aid, bready, medicinal, yeasty, pale fruit, clove, pear, medium body. Finishes with slight spice, yeast and peppery alcohol. Quite delicious in my opinion.

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