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De Proef Flemish Primitive

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

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RATINGS: 694   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (2000) - 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 (650) - 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 (249) - 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 (1089) - 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 (882) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (1660) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours a light hazy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of funk, bananas and pineapples. Taste is heavy malt, banana, pineapple with spicy yeast. Very interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
I was, at first, terrified by this beer because of a lot of very ugly floaters. Big, scary, yeasty things. Not for the faint of heart, and cannot be avoided by a proper pour. But when I poured it, the floaters broke up and vanished. The taste was good and malty. I am not a huge fan of super yeasty and malty beers, but this one was very drinkable for me. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmsulliv (157) - - JAN 31, 2014
Sweet brett aroma. Golden. First taste is very sweet and slight wild yeast tartness. A little too sweet. Nice and dry ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Aroma is malts, sugar notes and a slightly odd sour/tangy notes. The flavor is malts, mild grain sweetness, fruit and a sour/tangy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle, labeled as Reinaert Wild Ale. Aroma is bretty, cheesy, dusty, cotton candy, bready, piss--really funky. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a large white head with excellent retention; leaves some sheeting lace. Taste is extremely yeasty, wheat cracker, lemon rind, piss. Ends on a lightly hoppy bitter note. This is crazy weird shit. Highly carbonated. This literally smells and tastes like piss. WTF? At first it just smelled like a nice bretty wild ale, then this piss character presented itself. Iím not talking about a nice catboxy American hop character, but like a dirty menís urinal piss smell. I thought it would go away, but it just got stronger. Seriously, what the fucking hell? Second thoughts, 10 minutes later: the piss character plateaued and then dropped finally. Itís still there, but itís not as off-putting. These are the most fluctuating scores Iíve ever given to a beer, I think. I had it in the upper 3ís, then dropped it all the way down to 2.2, then I raised it up to 2.9. Sit, Ubu, sit! Good fox.


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