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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (48033) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle 75cl. @ home. [ As Vlaamse Primitief Wild Ale ]
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, light hoppy, moderate yeasty, horse blanket - leather notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet, light light acidic and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (290608)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36903) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2004
A hazy orange beer with a fine head. The aroma is sweet with distinct notes of yeast and apples. The flavor is sweet yeasty and very spicy with a dry ending. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy golden with a creamy, white head leaving a neat lacework. Some traces of Brett in the aroma. Only a medium body, very dry with a vague underlying tang. Brewed for the American market where there seems to be a constant demand for Brett - also in other styles than Gueuze/Lambic. For a Belgian this is not the real McCoy, but still its quite fresh. Thanks to Degarth for sharing. 090406

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (24781) - Tyres, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2004
Bottled, labelled Vlaamse Primitief Wild Ale.
Cloudy golden. Aroma of honey and yeasty with a light touch of lemon. Sweetish with dense, rounded mouthfeel and notes of nutmeg. So flowery its like chewing on a flower. Resiny, herbal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
16th March 2008
Distincly water chesnut like in a way that strongly invoked Deus but not as srongly flavoured as that beer, this is also more hoppy. Dry finish with a lingering and bitter water chesnut aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23980) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 A slightly spicier version of Reinaert Triple, as if spice were added to the brew. 12/10/2008, rated 3.1 Surly Bird version at Sub Zero in Anchorage, Alaska. Cloudy pale yellow color, fluffy white head, delicate lacing. Aroma of sour and dusty lemons. Taste is bitter lemon with moderate funk. Tasty. 3.5

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
fiulijn (20265) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2004
Vlaamse Primitief
Cloudy blond color. Very difficult to describe, but surely disgusting! Corky, sour, too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18843) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
RBESG 2013. Bottle during Grand Tasting at De Molen. Hazy yellow beer with a decent white head. Sourish fruity aroma, rubber notes, yeasty, spicy notes. Spicy hop flavor, yeasty, fruity, citrus, grape fruit, biscuits, some peach, some floral notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
harrisoni (18219) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Bit of dirty gold colour with lasting off white head. Bit of sourness, bit sickly in mouth then goodish hops on the end. I did not get what others did out of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2004
Green label. The difference in the labels is slight differences in the hop variations, but its basically the same beer (importers words, and I agree). Pale, slightly hazy appearance. Aroma is fruity (apple). Flavour is slighlty minerally, yeasty, with a "green" hoppiness. A bit odd, definitely Belgian, maybe primitive, though after sorghum beer its a tough case to make.
Earlier Rating: 8/17/2003 Total Score: 3.3
Yellow, cloudy. Some bretty aroma notes, with nutmeg, bread and grapefruit. Palate is slightly astringent, with peachiness. The aroma hinted at a greater degree of acidity than there actually is. It also hinted at more funk that there actually is. The palate overall is kind of minerally. It smelled like so much more...

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