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De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale (Demon Fish) by De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
9.00 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2010
750ml

This was sent my way recently as an extra courtesy of the generous OldStyleCubFan, he also has good taste in baseball, thanks Todd! Demon Fish sports a tarnished copper body but takes on a straw golden appearance when backlit. There's a decent amount of haziness but this bottle just got in my possession a couple days ago so it's to be expected. The perfectly white head grew to two fingers easily and crackled down to a cap that looks like mold with clumps here and skimming there. Thin sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink.

Right off the bat there's a quick hit of diaper funkiness but it settles into pig farm, which really both smell similar now that I think about it. Musty attic plays a big role in the aroma as well. Cereal graininess is way, way in back if I dig deep enough. A touch of decomposing fruit makes its presence known too but the diaper/farm funkiness steals the show. This beer changes amazingly with each swirl of the glass, each and every time it's funky though.

The flavor takes a detour from the path the nose led me down. There's a quick hit of the aforementioned funk but it fades as nice notes of lemon and wildflower take hold. The wildflower is jammed in here by the fistful with that dusty, summer field quality I so thoroughly enjoy. There's a touch of maltiness on the finish that's somewhere in between cereal graininess and light caramel. This one drinks pretty easy. I thought it might be more of a chore with all the funk in the nose.

De Proef nailed the mouthfeel on this beer. It has that great Belgian airy quality that creates a light, frothy feel to the beer. Actually as this sits a minute the mouthfeel dies down upfront but the rest remains frothy. The finish is slightly dry with a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel really boosts the drinkability of this beer with the light airiness and although the funk would usually make me drink a little slower the quickly moving lemon adds some refreshment.

Demon Fish is another good brew in the Flemish Primitive series. The guys at De Proef really know how to make a good beer when they put their minds to it. This one is certainly worth a shot if you see it on the shelves. Thanks for the bottle, Todd!

Reviewed: 7/18/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 8 10 4 6 2008
A - Pours a cloudy dull yellow color with tons of small particles floating around in it. Head is a light butter color and a full two inches on the poar. Its got pretty good retention and is made up of all sort of different sized bubbles.

S - Whoa, bring on the funk. This is full force here. Barnyard is no kidding. Pretty sure this has the smell of cat pee too. Horse blanket big time along with barnyard floor. This smells like it might even be too much for me and I love the funk.

T - The funk is strong in this one Luke. Starts off with barnyard flavors. Hay and barnyard floor. mustiness and light urine. Small bit of yogurty brett comes in. The funk is becoming too much for me. Might have to take a break and come back here...nope still too much.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Nice body for the style.

Overall - This one is just becoming too much. Some of the barnyard is good, but becomes cloying in its force here. I can't do it. This beer is too much for me.

Served In: Pint Glass

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