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


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RATINGS: 735   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 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)


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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DialSquare (5030) - 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.

islay (2755) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Majority of 25.4 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-1-15. Labeled as “Reinaert Wild Ale.” I’ve 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. There’s 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. It’s more interesting than good, but it’s certainly not bad. It’s pretty tasty in fact.

maxwelldeux (4374) - 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...

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.

woodychevy (874) - - MAY 18, 2015
12 oz bottle at home. Thanks Carah and Laura! Super interesting- definitely leaning towards the barnyard/ funk side but that works for me. Pours a murky, light golden orange. Tons of brett notes- sour, funk and earth. Citrus and saison notes play well for some semblance of balance. Long, dry, and yes, funky finish. Pretty great. Totally enjoyable.

EvanFriend (594) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Very funky, a bit sour, straw/grass, a very small hint of sour cherry notes as well. Decent.

dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
750ml c&c bottle given to me by my Uncle in honor of Sir Dante, cheers buddys. Poured a slightly hazed rusty gold with a huge bright white foamy head. Aroma is funky and funky, lightly sour, brett, cherry, horse blanket, honey and old flowers. Body has a soft mouthfeel despite loads of stingy carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor is dry bread crust, lemon zest, cherry skin, flower petals and brett. Nice stuff and well hidden ABV.

jjgmd (2162) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours a hazy orange color with a massive rich foamy white head. Nose is sour with warming yeast, and fruity. Taste is full of yeast and cloves and balanced with mild sourness. Finishes on the same tasting notes, but mild eras it sits. Descent ! Quaff Score 7 / 10

JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
Golden medium bodied Belgian Sour with citrus, Brett funk and malts. Bottle was labelled Reinaert Flemish Wlid Ale.

kraddel (8129) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
Pours very unclear, amber , good but rather fast fading white head . Smell is funky , full of brett . Taste is dry , sharp , intense brett notes . Slightly sour , but mostly pure and intense funk . Great drinkability . Bit barnyard in the back . Beautiful beer !

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