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


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RATINGS: 733   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

tsetlock's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours light golden with fluffy white head. Some sour fruit tingle your nostrils, plus there is also a slight mustiness and a bit of banana thrown the mix. Tasty beer that is sour, some spicy sweetness but definately has a sour edge. A medium bodied beer with a oily feel to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
330 mL bottle. Labeled Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. Pale yellow. Huge white head. Smells medicinal, fruity, and yeasty. Tastes medicinal, too. Brett and a little bit of sweetness that turns medicinal. Super high carbonation. Takes a while to swirl out the carbonation. Medium body. The medicinal sourness is unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gephross100 (344) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Pours with a big head. Cloudy yellow color. Big pretty lemon rind. Long astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4183) - 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 (6245) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 (3173) - 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 (1921) - - 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 (4321) - 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 (2276) - 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.

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