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


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RATINGS: 731   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

Sparky's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
750ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head. The nose is earthy fruity light funky. The taste is funky yeast, spoiled fruit, earthy mineraly spice and some apple juice in the mid-range. Medium mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4038) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2016
750ml. Hazy golden color with a big, foamy, sticky white head. Funky, bretty, hoppy aroma with Belgian notes and hay. Dry flavor, not really sour, just funky, with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied, very highly carbonated. Actually really nicely done overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5658) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2015
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick off white head. Aroma of butterscotch. Flavors of butterscotch with some brett funk. Pretty subdued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2883) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Technically good, but some odd flavors. Not terribly exciting. Good body. Everything else is average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Decent sour but the alcohol content overpowered the sour taste and threw it off a little bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
mckamey (2) - - AUG 21, 2015 does not count
This is not a sour. And this is definitely not a Flander's sour. This is not a sour. And this is definitely not a Flander's sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1430) - - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish golden color. Aroma and taste are fruity, tart, and some funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4056) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2015
750ml bottle from Savor Growl: murky gold pour with big white head and strong retention. aroma of yeast, grass, little barnyard. tastes are pine, herbal, peach, citrus, honey. light barnyard funk. clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Majority of 25.4 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-1-15. Labeled as ďReinaert Wild Ale.Ē Iíve had this cellaring for about a year, I estimate. Strong, fruity aroma features scents of bubblegum, apricot candy, cotton candy, raspberry, and gummy candy. Very distinctive aroma. The smell is a bit too sweet and sugary for my tastes but impressive nonetheless. Pours a cloudy bronze with much suspended particulate and a moderate amount of beige head. Interesting, dry, yeasty, funky taste. Flavors of armpit, apricot nectar, peach, lemon tea, and a touch of Band-Aid. Thereís a disconnect between the fruity-sweet aroma and dry, funky taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body. Unremarkable palate effects. Overall, interesting and memorable. I gave an extra point in the overall score for that reason. Itís more interesting than good, but itís certainly not bad. Itís pretty tasty in fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (4291) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a moderate white head on there. Nose is floral, but has some menthol and eucalyptus coming through for me. Taste is sour and earthy, but seems a bit stale to me. Not really what the nose implied at all...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkyCrow (99) - Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Draft. "Wild ale". Cloudy, amber color. Fine white head that sticks to the glass. Strong sour raisin scent. Hint of hops. Very little alcohol flavor. Twinge of sour, yeast. Smooth, somewhat acidic, pretty nice.

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