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


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RATINGS: 734   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 IBUs)
PIG NUN - Released Fall 2004 - (45 IBUs)
SURLY BIRD - Release Date: May 2005 - (45 IBUs, extra finishing hops)
PINHEAD - Release Date: Fall 2005 - (50-55 IBUs)
DEMON FISH - Release Date: August 2006 - (50-55 IBUs, 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 Jacksons Rare Beer Club. 94 points - World Beer Championships

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Pig nun bottle. Like a pilsener brewed with an English ale yeast, and about 10 % Belgian ale added later. Not much in the way of fruity or spicy flavors of most Belgian ales here. Better as it gets warm, with an odd earthy/buttery aroma coming out. Decent but nothing special. More hoppy than most Belgian ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Bottle: Dull golden, hazy, large rocky white head, attractive lacing, nearly zero carbonation.   Sweet fruity aroma, slightly yeasty, very candyish on the nose.   Slight sourness on first sip, otherwise a sweet yeasy/bready flavor dominates.   Not as fruity on the tongue as it was on the nose.   Fairly good body and mouthfeel.   Sweet & Sour bready finish.   Much better than the Amber.   Wish I had the Grand Cru to try... damn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2005
750ml. bottle with the Surly Bird label. Pours a hazy golden color with a fairly thick white head and great lacing. Funky, fruity aroma of pears, yeast and barnyard notes typical of a beer with Brettanomyces. Flavor was mildly tart, with the funky Brett flavors coming through. This was a fairly young bottle and would like to try again in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
Couleur blonde paille, belle mousse blanche adhrant la paroi du verre. On y reconnat facilement le caractre des levures sauvages en arme mais dune intensit moindre de celle dune bire fermente exclusivement avec celles-ci. Flaveurs sauvages, vieux bois humide et dlments de la ferme, foin poussireux, vieille cave humide. Limpression gnrale demeure un brin chaotique et sale, mais tout en restant plaisant boire. Agrable prsence en bouche, corps dpaisseur moyenne, douce carbonatation, finale sche et tartrique. Bouteille, Downtown Liquor, Boston, Juin 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Original Rating (8-4-9-4-18=4.3): Horse blanket, sweat, barnyard aromas abound with pears and melons filling it out into something that smells like food. Opaque tan-gold with a low but lasting white head that leaves some fine lacing. Dusty, musty, fruity, pear flavour with plenty of barnyard brett character that evokes a humid basement. Horseblanket and wood are the lasting sensations on the tongue along with an herbal, hay-like, grassy note after the very tart finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Expansive bubbles fill the mouth with liquid joy. I think I like it - wish I knew which release this was... who kept that bottle? Bottle savoured with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
Rerate - Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale (8-4-7-3-15=3.7): Musky, floral, apricot, peach, mushroom, funky brett aroma. Opaque orange-yellow body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, white head that recedes to lasting cover with some lacing. Very sweet, cakedough yeast character with plenty of fruitiness and herbal hops with funky brett character in the finish. Medium body is doughy with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a cloudy golden color with some floaties and a thin white head. Interesting aroma and flavor of horse blanket, spices and fruits. Medium body, dusty texture, soft carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 3/14/2005 Total Score: 3.6
Pours a hazy light orange color with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of fruits, brettanomyces, funk and spices. Exellent flavor of doughy yeast, fruits, brettanomyces and spices. The body has a light to medium thickness, a creamy texture and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 The Lure:
Subtle brett seems to be teamed with a dirty yeast. Fluffy carbonation propulses a pine-y lotion along with diverse fruity esters. Plantanes emerge to take a look around, for the pleasure of the nostrils.

The Festivities:
Brettanomyces here is milder than Mo Betta Bretta, Sanctification and Orval, yet enunciates its herbal wildness with diligence. Tree bark surrounds the round malt body. A haystack is also perceived through the soft, cushion-y effervescence. Obviously not a 100% brett beer, but I could not be complaining, this is very well done.

You cant go wrong with a trip to a forest in the country.

As Reineart Flemish Wild: A brett charmer operating in a desert dry barn, luring the lemony acidity with his hard cookie flute...Mint and dandelions adorn the basket where the muscular brett cavorts and prances to the languid melodies of the learned player...All around, the freshness of harvest season is palpable as haystacks seize the air with their pungent liveliness...The intrinsical wilderness of the countryside is so appealing...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Funky aroma that reminds me of a mildly sour lambic. I get a touch of coconut, lemon, and lemonheads. Taste is unexpected. Im thinking it should be sour, but is more on the sweet side. Kind of like a wit or wheat with some funkiness. Unique to me. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Had the Pig Nun version. A strong aroma of a box of bandaids. Heavy medicinal quality. I really could not get into this style, but it was definitely interesting and different from anything Ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours a lite straw with a bubbly, loosely-knit head that settles into some nice lace. Aromas are sweetish apricots with some pungent horse blanket. I think the only bretta in here is bruxelensis because there really isnt much in the way of tartness. The flavors are very lite and fruity with some unpasteurized cheese flavors and a lushness due to the high CO2. The body is lite. Thie finish is clean and short. Very nice beer.

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