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


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RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 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 (3274) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 (As Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale, reviewed Aug 04) Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of clove and pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Not bad, nifty yeast, but the aftertaste is a bit disconcerting...metallic and maybe even a little husky. The residual sweetness is somewhat like saccharine. Rather odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Bottle (Pig Nun version). A hazy orange color with a white head. Citrus (orange, lemon), apple, lambic-like aroma (although without the dry musty element) and light pepper. A nice full fruit flavor with coating malts, medicinal, and bread. Quite enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 11/12/2003 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle. Hazy yellow in color with a fluffy and creamy white head. A light fruit aroma (banana and grapefruit) with some pepper. A harsh bite at the front that mellows only slightly as it settles. This beer seems to be a fusion with a lambic without the sourness. In place of the sour finish it has a "wild" quality (i.e., fresh, unrefined).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 12, 2005
Pig Nun bottling, LOTS of yeast/bread in the nose with a strong wood and cellar character in the flavor. Interesting lactic character in the finish, and pronounced bitterness. As it warmend a medicinal phenolic became more pronounced, but was not offensive. Very unique and interesting, despite the hefty price tag I would buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2005
Cloudy orange beer with airy light beige head. Refreshing fruity nose with hints of cakes, wet wood, yeast,fruit yoghurt and rubarbejam. Taste is light malty and has some touches of bread. In the 2de fase hints of fruit, spices, honey and sweet alcohol takes the upperhand. There is a light fizzyness on the pallet with a nice tone of malt in the afthertaste and some nice fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5219) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 Bottle. This is the "Spoon Whacker". Pours hazed amber with a small spritzy whire head. Nose is tart fruits, light yeast, brettanomyces funk and hints of cheese. Maybe some light leather as well. Nice, though! Taste has some lighter tartness with more fruit, flowers, light yeast, alcohol notes, light honey, sweet malts, light spiciness and light funkiness. Body is almosttoo carbonated feeling and is moderate-full. Carbonation leaning towards an effervescent triple or slightly undercarbonated champagne. Finish leans heavily on the yeast notes with some graininess and tart fruits. Nice beer! (8, 4, 7, 3, 15)

Bottle. This is the "Pig Nun". Hazed amber with a small white head. Nose has LOTS of funk and barnyard to it. Light cheese notes, damp basement, earthy decay, etc. Big yeast coming through as well as dried fruit. Taste has lots of barnyardy and horseblanket notes with yeast, grains, light citrus, lots of earthiness, crisp hoppiness and spice. Body is bubbly and a bit effervescent. Sort of champagne-like at times but ypical of Belgian Strongs. Finish is tart fruits, yeast, grains, earth tones, dank basement, barnyard and horseblanket. Not much different than the Spoon Whacker. (7, 3, 7, 3, 14)

Bottle. This is the "Surly Bird". Pours an effervescent amber with a sturdy off-white head. Nose is tart fruits, slight hoppy bitterness, horsey notes, light funk and barnyard. Taste is hoppy and slightly spiced with overripe fruits, light leather, horseblanket, light earthy notes and barnyard. Body is bubbly but medium-full. Finishes with more hop bitterness, lighter tart fruit flavors, soft earth tones, barnyard and horsey notes. Pretty good stuff! (8, 4, 7, 3, 15)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 23, 2005
Pour is hazy golden with a bubbly, fizzy white head. Appearance resembles a triple somewhat. Aroma is very fruity and spicy. Taste is somewhat like a triple as well, spicey, light body, but also adds some sour barnyard goodness to the mix. THis beer leaves an odd sour feel on the tougue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Triple fermented, two wild yeast strains...Huge rocky long lasting head...and ,really, isnít the best kind?...yeasty bread dough aroma with a hint of sourness...The first sip confounds me....let me try again...Texture is wildly effervescent; it tickles the back of the throat...climbs back up and into the nose...tastes like orange-pineapple-apple-cut grass-and perfume. I would sample this again...especially with my buddy, Carl, who knows how to describe weird beers like this way better than I can...

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