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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 722   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


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aromas of tart apple, funky brett and sour lemon. Taste is spicy and tart and grassy with lime, hay and candi sugars. Very interesting how all of the flavors meld.
Earlier Rating: 6/26/2004 Total Score: 3
I just donít get this stuff . Tasted like a few beers thrown together. Nice white head and aromas of sweet and both sour fruits. Tasted a bit earthy, like dirt, sour pears, oranges, grapes and cherries. Like a sour fruit cocktail. There is a bit of malt so itís not all sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Cloudy, well carbonated, pale golden with a quickly diminishing white head. Nose is of apples/cider, spice. Tastes sweet with candy notes up front, back of the mouth sour pucker bite, some alcohol but nothing offensive. Lively in the mouth, just as it was in the glass.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2214) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
A weak aroma but it does have some qualities of being a Belgian strong because of the undeniable yeast and unripe fruit. Cloudy and a glowing yellow that looks exactly like a German hefeweizen. Head is soapy and thin layer across the glass and leaves little to almost no lacing behind. Qutie tart in its flavor with a large spice and yeast while being sour. A bitter aftertaste is also created from this; although i wouldnít say this was a prime example of the style, but iím drinking the rest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
PIG NUN. 750 ml BC bottle. Almost clear, golden, white head. Rich malty, fruity, light carmel aroma. Big malty flavor, with the hop bitterness coming through nicely. Spicy notes present. I really like the way this has developed, and would be a wothy cellar brew. Not sure why this is rated so low, but I do recommend a little cellar time to help the flavors come together.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2668) - 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.

3.6
   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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9588) - 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.

2.4
   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.

3.3
   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.

3.1
   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.


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