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


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RATINGS: 733   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
This is the best brett beer I’ve had in some time. Funky chardonnay smells with hints of bacterial cheeses. I love it. And it’s so light and crisp that it feels like you could drink it all day.

Emeister84 (2715) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2017
330mL bottle from Beer Run. Aromas of lemon zest, barnyard, green apple, hints of caramel, slight vomit. Hazy orange with a fairly lasting white head. Dry, funky, orange zest, herbaceous, peppery, faint toffee. Medium bodied.

luttonm (7152) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Soft head, a touch of yeast haze on a light orange body. Yeast and apples on nose. Sip is a bit flat and muted, peppery apples and a bit of tripel-like ester. Some honey flavored dustiness. I suppose this might be old, no real hops coming through. Any Brett is highly muted.

edgallow (4761) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2017
Pours a golden with a white head. The aroma is of sugars and fruity esters; there is an intense blend of tropical fruit. The taste is fruity and yeast. Later, this finish becomes more dry and bitter with a hint of grapefruit and hops. The taste also becomes more complex; a yeasty flavor takes over as well as hops that balance the sweet tone.

dnstone (4102) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2017
"Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Surly Bird)". Poured a clearish golden color with white head. Some light funk and hop character. Notes: On tap at Aces & Ales (Nellis), Winter Beer Fest, Jan ’17

ctipping (2325) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
330 mL bottle. Labeled Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. Pale yellow. Huge white head. Smells medicinal, fruity, and yeasty. Tastes medicinal, too. Brett and a little bit of sweetness that turns medicinal. Super high carbonation. Takes a while to swirl out the carbonation. Medium body. The medicinal sourness is unpleasant.

gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Pours with a big head. Cloudy yellow color. Big pretty lemon rind. Long astringent finish.

nickd717 (5094) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2016
750ml. Hazy golden color with a big, foamy, sticky white head. Funky, bretty, hoppy aroma with Belgian notes and hay. Dry flavor, not really sour, just funky, with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied, very highly carbonated. Actually really nicely done overall.

Iphonephan (7559) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2015
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick off white head. Aroma of butterscotch. Flavors of butterscotch with some brett funk. Pretty subdued.

drpimento (3925) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Technically good, but some odd flavors. Not terribly exciting. Good body. Everything else is average.

gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Decent sour but the alcohol content overpowered the sour taste and threw it off a little bit.

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