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

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RATINGS: 706   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 IBU’s)
PIG NUN - Released Fall 2004 - (45 IBU’s)
SURLY BIRD - Release Date: May 2005 - (45 IBU’s, extra finishing hops)
PINHEAD - Release Date: Fall 2005 - (50-55 IBU’s)
DEMON FISH - Release Date: August 2006 - (50-55 IBU’s, 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 Jackson’s Rare Beer Club. 94 points - World Beer Championships


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2007
PIG NUN 75cl: This is a magnificent beer with good Brettanomyces character, reminiscent of aged Duvel. The head was thick, white and rocky. It lasted for the entire pour leaving lacy patterns on the inside of my tulip glass. Some sugary sweetness with hints of citrus notes and mild clove phenols (certainly not medicinal). Bitterness balances sweetness very nicely and promotes a slightly astringent finish (also from carbonation). I would gladly drink this regularly if it were available.


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 (4565) - 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 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"Surly Bird: pretty weird beer. Not wild.sour in the traditional sense, but there’s 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 (1687) - 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 (2143) - 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 (2282) - 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 (4015) - 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 (429) - 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 (874) - 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 (1390) - 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.


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