Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
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RATINGS: 716   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Poured a hazy, golden, with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of spices, citrus, and fruits. Tastes of the same. Has a light sour apple finish to it. Lively body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours with an orange-gold body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is different. itís slightly sweet yet slightly sour and spicy (All Spice?)...Not to my liking. The flavor is very similar but more subdued and a little more tolerable. Light bodied and smooth yet slighty warming.
Earlier Rating: 3/24/2004 Total Score: 2.5
This brew pours iwth a cloudy golden body topped by a very thick foamy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is spicy and fruity (orange) with malty notes and a really wierd spicy note. The flavor is slightly sour, yeasty and spicy with a slight fruitiness and a wierd note. Medium bodied, tingly from the carbonation and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2005
"Spoon Whacker" Foamy head, cloudy bright orange. Really funky aroma, lots of brett and sour apples. Taste is quite sweet, finish is off bitter and a little astringent. Finish gets more astringency. Tastes cheap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2005
Spoon Whacker. Attractive hazy peach juice in color. Light colored, well laced head. Extremely funky aroma, very inviting, with a light sour/tart aspect, light pepper, barnyard and full of fruits, such as green apples and pineapples. While the aroma is actually very impressive, the flavor is a major letdown. Cloyingly sweet malts (kind of malt liquorish) with grainy and metallic flavors. Not enjoyable (flavor wise) at all. But the aroma is very nice.
Earlier Rating: 10/20/2004 Total Score: 3.7
Light Gold. Gentle aroma of apple cider, lemon, vanilla, honey and pure yeasty funk. Strange, unassertive brett character. A funky brew, almost Fantomesque in its yeast taste. Nice, tart, coating flavor, quite fruity, with notes of pineapple, apples, orange and lemon. Fizzy carbonation. A flavorful brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 POursa hazy golden hue with a halo of a white head. Aromas of apples, honey, a little pine, pepper, and mildew. Flavors of parsley with a slight sour bitterness to the finish and an underlying flavor of "bad breath" if there is such a thing. 5/4/6/3/13 re-rate relying on old notes, the last time I had this brew i rated as such. Poursa cloudy golden hue with a frothy white head that dies quick. Aromas of apples, hints of strawberries, and a light murkiness. Mouthfeel is fluffy and similar to a trippel. Minty, light deus-like bitterness with lavender/florar flavors. Brettanomyces at there best with a pleasant finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
Spoon Wacker... Poured a golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, apples, and light caramel as well. Taste of yeast, pear, apples, and light alcohol. Very wild tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4341) - 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 (6954) - 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!)

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