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

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RATINGS: 699   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


nick35's rating

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick35 (12) - USA - JAN 8, 2004
The definition of smoothness. Its a strong pale ale with very low bitterness, probably primed with brettanomyces. The acidity is very light--this is not a sour ale. The alcohol is hidden, the malt and brett are light. Possibly this is Reinaert Triple with Brettanomyces as the priming yeast.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (307) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2014
A nice beer. Good and tart with a nice aroma. A really big head when poured but delicous

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
From a bottle. The pour is a pale orange with a white lace. The saccharomyces I imagine is more over powering the. The brettanomyces and give of this sour chalk taste with fruity, cherry-ish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1191) - Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2014
From bottle at Higgins. Fizzy, light rose golden color. Aroma is sweet plum and lightly tart yeast. Taste is bitter grass, lightly funky yeast, sweet pitted fruit. Aftertaste is more funky with the plum note remaining.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
This is fucking confusing: I think this is the right beer. Unknown bottle date. Pours cloudy apricot with a persistent cream pillow. Smells of apple skins, some funk some sweet malts, some musk. Flavor is sweet with some florals, some funk and corn, but mostly florals and moth ball. Medium bodied with moderately tight but reserved carb. Meh.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
This is blond and cloudy w/ a dense and long lasting white head, just about perfect for the style if you ask me. This is a decent wild ale that strikes me as rather complex but in a way that is interesting more so than good. There is a bit of a musty basement funk to and itís bitter to the point of being borderline metallic. They seem to have been going for something Orval-ish here but miss the mark.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (2880) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle - Tropical fruit, orange, Bret and other fruit esters. Clear golden orange with a rich white head. Sweet sugars, apricot and tropical fruits and a light bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (677) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours a very bright golden in color with a full, billowing white head. Fruity and sour aroma contains lots of grape and apple. I find some spices, pear and yeast as well. Very enticing. The taste is dry and tart. However, it doesnít contain the amount of tartness that is found in others of this style. More pear and apple are found, with some minor grape coming through more at the end. Grape aftertaste lasts for awhile, although it isnít very strong. The alcohol content hides itself well. Medium in body, sticky in texture, while having some lively carbonation. I like this one. It isnít as extreme offering in this style. While some might like this more because of this, I enjoy the ones that hit you with strong sourness much more.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mverity (263) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Flemish Primitive Wild (Surly Bird). Bottle from Proof. Pours a golden straw color with an inch and a half of bubbly white head. Sticky lacing from the very beginning. Head settles into a thick collar of differing size bubbles, clumps of head across the surface, and thin head where the clumps arenít present. Aroma is apple and grape sweetness, lots of yeast funk, and lots of dry grass. Taste is the grass and funk playing fairly well together. Light carbonation and medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1203) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle. Tons of carbonation. The bottle started overflowing after I just cracked the top. Hazy orange with a big off-white head. Sweet Brett and funk aromas. Surprisingly sticky-sweet with some candi and horse blanket.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Davhgbrew (925) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Cloudy gold color. Heavy white lacing. Aroma of sour apple. Sips medium to full with a fruity and sour flavor. High tingly carbonation..spritzy champagne like. Bitter and gueze like lambic finish..very tart and dry.


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