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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cargo150 (1289) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Couleur blonde-dorée avec un col blanc assez résistant. Aromes de fuits jaune sure, pomme. Bien balancé, bonne acidité. Bière sure interessante!

wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Tasted on 7/31/12 from a synthetic cork and caged 750mL bottle. Pours cloudy dark orange with a thin white head that leaves very thin lace. The nose is super funky with cheesy dank basement, some cinnamon, and a savory toast aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet caramel up front, moving to all of the cheesy funk, a nice vinous sour note, and just a touch of cinnamon. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long super funky, savory toasted finish.

bellco33 (819) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Poured into a sample glass at the Farmhouse: Pours amber with a big offwhite head. Aroma of grass, hay, and funk. Taste is tart, lots of sour funk, grass, and grape pez. Medium body, medium carbonation, can’t get passed the Pez flavor.

rondphoto (4448) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2014
bottle @ Vino Belissimo / Lima OH --- Aroma of sweet yeast and tart grass. Cloudy medium amber with a big, rocky off-white head, thick bands of lace. Taste is slightly sour malt that becomes noticeably sweeter (with butterscotch) on the swallow before tapering nicely with a long sweet and sour finish. Sweeter than many Flemish Ales I’ve had, but solid anyway. Recommended.

beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours a golden orange color with white head. Funk, yeast, citrus, clove fruit and biscuit aroma and flavors. Medium light body and carbonation. Funk and fruit finish.

vandint (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Labeled as Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale - the Cunning Fox. I’m curious how this relates to the description for this beer, which appears to need updating. Pours a nice golden color - cloudy but consistent. Fairly big white head and nice lacing. Very fruity smell - mostly raspberries. Dry, farmhouse taste. Quite nice.

bpar73 (1118) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow-gold with a large, creamy, white head. Aroma and taste of malt, hops, dank Belgian yeast, fruit. Nice touch of sourness.

Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy, light yellow with white head. Aroma is very fruity, Brett, mango, grape. Taste is grape, tart, dry, crisp. Overall, alright.

flatmatt (1576) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
330 mL bottle as Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. Pours a murky orangey golden with a large white head. Sour raspberry candy aroma. Slightly tart, somewhat dusty pale malts and some funkiness, some tart citrus and herbal flavor. It’s alright, but it has a way to go.

tmrmwel (2089) - 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.

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