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

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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)

http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/beers/flemprim.asp

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


3.8
   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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6153) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2542) - 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).

4.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5177) - 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)

3.4
   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.

3.7
   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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Pig Nun. Hazy, golden sunset beneath a thin layer of fluffy, white clouds. A rather subtle, slightly fruity aroma. Granny-smith apples, light flowers, peach skins, dry biscuits, light barnyard, light toasted cereals, honey and a small amount of peppery alcohol. The body is fairly light and effervescent, reminiscent of an elegant tripel. Flavors are fairly sweet with a light layer of funky barnyard before a mild bitterness at the finish. The finish is light and slightly warming. An interesting beer and one I was looking forward to trying. It seems that all of the right elements were there, but it just doesnít work out as well as it seems it should. Tasty and interesting, but not wholly satisfying.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2004 Total Score: 4.1
Surprisingly light in color, light golden yellow and almost clear. Virtually no head. The aroma is strong and very reminiscent of a mild lambic. Tons of Brett, giving the familiar horse blanket, straw and various other "natural" products. Sort of thin and light in the body. The flavor has all sort of strong Brett tendencies, however they are all light and unassuming. There is great flavor of light citrus, dry hay, a touch of sweetness and a substantial tartness that gives it a unique spin. This is a great beer and probably a wonderful entry beer into sour beers. Very similar to a lambic in many ways but perhaps more approachable than most lambics. Oh yeah, and the alcohol is so well-hidden, I forgot it was 9%. Drink this if you can get it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Hazy yellow and orange in colo. Very bubbly with a thin tight head. The aromas were bursting of orange peel, corriander, cinnamon, and lemon. Light bodied, quite sour and tart, clean finish. A nice example of a flemish sour ale.


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