Beer Profile: De Proefbrouwerij’s Flemish Primative Wild Ale

Profiled by Ken Carman for


Tons and tons of head that fill the glass with pillow and big bubble rock. A bit hazy with a pale yellow: no more than 3 srm, more like 2. This is a beautiful beer, on the light side. Head hangs and literally coats the glass: refusing to leave.

Aroma: sweet, rhubarb-like with a scent of orange. Some pale malt in the background.

The mouthfeel and taste are where it really shines. While no heavy quaff, the caramel-ish malt in the back ground makes it have as firm, somewhat bready, feel to it. This blends well with the slightly sourish, rhubarb taste that hangs in the mouth long after you’ve swallowed. Orange peel, pineapple, rhubarb combined with hint of brett. Though head is substantial, carbonation is slight, but pricks the tongue slightly.

There’s a great sweetness that also lingers, just a hint of brown sugar.

Listed at 9%. Until it warms you’d never know.

Rate Beer has it at 93. Beer Advocate=89.

Some claim it a Belgian Strong Pale, some a Saison.

I think it’s just damn good.

4, 4.6 if I could.

Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “prefecto.”

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