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


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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
De Proef Flemish Primitive pours to a beautiful, hazy, bright golden color with a very thick and creamy white head, and a very vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very aromatic and complex, with aromas of horse blanket, fresh leather, and fruity aromas of fresh raspberry. The palate is smooth and gentle, with fruity flavors of green apple, rhubarb, some crisp pale malt, and tanic, winey flavors. Reinaert finishes with a very dry , "yeasty", slight herbal hoppy, and peppery finish, that lingers on the tongue. This is a very complex, refreshing, flavorful beer that would make an outstanding aperitif, and would work well with fish dishes, or as a sharp contrast to very creamy and buttery cheeses. Iíd pair this one with a cheese course, or enjoy it to rouse the appetite before a nice summer meal served al fresco hot off the grill.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
This is the best brett beer Iíve had in some time. Funky chardonnay smells with hints of bacterial cheeses. I love it. And itís so light and crisp that it feels like you could drink it all day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a clear deep gold, nice and bubbly, producing an inch or more of frothy off white foam. It hazes slightly the longer it sits in the glass. Exceptional head retention and superb thick sheets of lacing. Mild tart funk accompanies bread dough and yeast in the aroma. Tasty beer - tart and funky with biscuit malt, yeast, dry grain, lime, hay, and peach pit. Weird, but very good. The peach pit flavor lingers, taking leather and bee pollen along for the ride. Smooth mouthfeel, very creamy carbonation. Enjoyed at cellar temp in a stemmed Belgian goblet. A wild ride, and a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gronlampa (5) - USA - APR 14, 2008 does not count
Simply put... My wife made fun of me for the fact that when I popped the cork and poured it into a snifter I unconsciously said "it... itís beautiful!" Sight, smell, and tastes. I donít know how to describe is aside from a very unprofessional, "it is a flowery bouquet of wonderful wild goodness." I am going to get kicked off soon for such lame reviews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2005
49F Take a step outside into the late morning spring sun blazing like a new star giving you the first tangible thoughts of summer. Now put a clear plastic bag over your head and look at the sun; youíre looking through this beer. Some beers put you over the barrel. Tangy tangerine, firm bosc pear, dried citrus rinds, and little tugs in the direction of fruit pits and kernals, tart apple, crabbapple jelly, and gooseberry puree swimming in wildflower pollen and grain chaff. But do you want the whole profile of this beer? Open the cellar door and step down the stairs slowly watching the dust rise after each footfall in the evaporating sunlight. At the bottom smell the must, and inhale the cool bog air from the condensation on the walls. Remember that postcard from Belgium of the old brewery next to the river? Youíre in the subterranean cavern of beer mecca; youíre in a dream of the beer holy land, Youíre in the barrel chamber. Look at those barrels! Theyíre crusted over with dust and dampness, dust and dampness repeated a hundred times a day for years. There must be twenty years of microbial fallout on those staves. Some of it dead, and some of it alive with the magic that makes Belgian beer sing like the sirens: Captivating. One of the barrels is leaking and beer is trickling down the side into a little pool on the floor. Hereís a straw. Thatís this beer. This beer is all of the above, and everything dirty in bedroom. I love it. P.S. The sediment is like being horsewhipped by a PIGNUN in your beer.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Had again. Thought this was excellent. A nice light sourness to it with a good almost tripel-like body. First rating 3.6 Under the name Reinhardts Flemish Ale at Bill and Steinyís party. Beer 16 for me. Has that funky sour aroma. The taste is not quite so sour, a little creamy. A little too malty. Odd and good, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2009
In short: A very wild and bretty Belgian blonde ale. Very dry and kick-ass.
How: Bottlesssss(many s) 330ml and 750ml, various vintages, various aging. This rating for a two year old 750ml, the best one Iíve ever had
The look: Partly cloudy dark yellow body topped by a large white head with good retention
In long: Nose is intensely farmhouse, the ďWildĒ of the name is obviously there for a reason. This yeasty beer brings an interesting mixture of bananas and Brettanomyces and hefty amount of dry grassy hops. Like a Weizen Orval blended with some Bam Bier or something. Whatever. Bretty beers can go sour or dry and the Flemish Primitive is really on the dry side of the spectrum. Really mouth drying, I felt like I needed water in between each sip. Some dry lemon skin and little pineapple here and there. Body is simply splendid, very fluffy and with its expansive carbonation every sip I took really filled my mouth. Very very wild. Although not a ďBrett BeerĒ per say this is as wild as more Brett beers Iíve had. IMPORTANT:The many bottles Iíve had were all different. Aging makes a big difference. Iím not a fan of aging beers but this one seems to need at least a year to develop its wild and dry character. This absolutely kick-ass bottle Iím reviewing is a 2 year old bottle and it was the vintage with an ugly creature wearing a red jacket and a cone on its head. Highly recommended. But whatís the deal with this beer? It goes by many names (Reinaert Flemish, Vlaamse Primitief, Flemish Primitive) and it changes label every year. Is this beer on a witness protection program or something?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2009
major floaties in this guy!! amber to gold appearance with a overwhelming thick white head. citrusy apples to oranges taste with a little yeasty aftertaste but nothing thats too bitter or that lingers all day. this stuff was the bees knees, i loved everything about it from the smell to the taste to the aftertaste. cant wait to drink again!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Orange-gold with lovely, tufted, white head / Delicate, earthy nose of orchard fruit and brett / Medium body, mildly tart and resinous, hint of sweetness, with great balance and lightly bitter finish / Perfumed flavors of orange, apple, pear, lemon, honey, stone, straw, and barnyard / Great stuff.

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