Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
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RATINGS: 718   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2005
SPOON WACKER - hahahaha! Anyway a yellow appearance with a moderate head. A funky lemon and pine sol aroma. The flavor was mainly sour apples with little alcohol showing through. Not a bad effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
The aroma had soury light fermented fruit, slight citrus, and coriander. THe flavor had soury fermented fruit, coriander, citrus, slight vinious note w/ a honey sweetness. The beer poured a cloudy golden orange color w/ thick lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and slightly carbonated. Thanks Vac!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9525) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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 (5500) - 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 (4392) - 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.

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