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

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RATINGS: 708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2711) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, tart apple, grape, pepper, lemon, earth, herbal, floral, clove, grass, hay, and light yeast funkiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and decent balance. Taste of pear, tart apple, grape, lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, hay, earth, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, earth, funk, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; nice fruity/peppery flavor balance; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale wild ale. Nice flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and easy to sip on for 9%. I enjoyed this offering quite a bit.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (882) - Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy, light yellow with white head. Aroma is very fruity, Brett, mango, grape. Taste is grape, tart, dry, crisp. Overall, alright.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1132) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
330 mL bottle as Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. Pours a murky orangey golden with a large white head. Sour raspberry candy aroma. Slightly tart, somewhat dusty pale malts and some funkiness, some tart citrus and herbal flavor. Itís alright, but it has a way to go.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow with an enormous creamy head. Aroma is yeasty with brett, hay and whiffs of horse blanket. Full creamy body with soft but mouthfilling carbonation. Flavour is tart and yeasty with brett, farmyard, wood, camphor and kandi. Dry earthy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4582) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2014
11.2oz bottle at FFF. Not sure what version. Unfiltered orange-tan. Foamy white head, laces the glass well. Zest brett sourness. Barnyard mud. A touch brutal in a champagne way. Still maintains some nice luscious carbonation. Dry white wine notes. Approaching American sour test tube tones. Solid, but not perfect. Brett Tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"Surly Bird: pretty weird beer. Not wild.sour in the traditional sense, but thereís all kinds off odd fruity flavors and aromas, some tart, some floral, some sweet. Definitely unique enough to make me want to try other versions of this stuff."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1696) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Surly Bird version on draft at Edmunds Oast. Slight haze on this golden colored brew with a small bubbly white head. Earthy, slight musty aroma with hints of tropical fruits, phenolic spice and a light honied sweetness. Flavor is a bit oxidized and one dimensional with similar characteristics. Not terrible by any means.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
boxofrane (2187) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Bottle from mari?s. Pours clear yellow with a huge white head that dissipates slowly with tons of lacing. The aroma has vinegar, apple, acetic notes, lemon. The taste is earthy, funky, mushroom, dirt, Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2285) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle. The aroma is earthy, mushroom, barnyard. The flavor is better then the aroma. Earthy, citrusy, mushroom, barnyard. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4038) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Location: Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14, as Reinaert Flemish Wild

Aroma: Nose is yeast/spice, some funky notes, and fruit
Appearance: It pours an orange color with a medium off-white/beige head
Flavor: Sweet and yeasty flavor, some funk, and some spice as well
Palate: The body is medium, with a decent mouthfeel and some funky feeling finish
Overall Impression: Solid, but not amazing example of the style. Just good enough to not be completely forgettable, but not all that memorable either.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (441) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2014
A nice beer. Good and tart with a nice aroma. A really big head when poured but delicous


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