This beer came highly recommended by Mr. A.J. Kuehner (craft beer connoisseur extraordinaire from Pennsylvania). Look for him on Google+ (+AJ Kuehner)
The website, proefbrouwerij.com, didn’t provide any information regarding this specific beer, so let’s just get it poured and see how it is.
Here we go.
This beer came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 9.0%.
I poured a relatively clear golden color with a bright white, somewhat soapy head. It was sized nicely and the retention time was rock solid. The lacing looked pretty good too. It was a very attractive looking beer in my opinion.
The nose released a nice musty hint of funk at the very beginning. It then developed some grassy tones with whiffs of hay and yeasty goodness. It also produced a fragrance of green grapes as well as some lemon pepper spice. About midway through I detected a quick scent of soap which dissipated shortly thereafter. All in all, a pleasing bouquet I thought.
The taste had a tolerable tartness and sourness, which was composed of lemon citrus, green grapes and a light touch of green apple. It also had a bit of funkiness that reminded me of some Brettanomyces. It was quite grassy, bready, yeasty and it also had a sturdy amount of peppery spice. I found no alcohol, which surprised me somewhat considering the 9.0% ABV.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Only slightly sharp, very dry and crisp with a lively carbonation. A modest amount of warmth was discovered from either the peppery spice or the alcohol. More than enough flavor was left on the palate after each sip too.
I tell ya. I thought this was a great beer. I want to thank A.J. for recommending it. I’m sure glad I took his advice and picked up a bottle. It was such an enjoyable and easy drink and one that would fit well at any point during the year. It’s definitely worth a try if you can obtain a bottle. So, with that being said, pick up a bottle of the De Proef Flemish Primitive Wile Ale (Surly Bird) and enjoy. I think that you would agree with me in that it’s a “diamond in the rough” that should be sampled on a regular basis.
Thanks for reading and commenting everyone. I really appreciate it.
Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 4.2 out of 5