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


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Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 2010
750ml
$11.49
West Lakeview

Pig Nun is my second from the Flemish Primitive series, the first being Spoonwhacker. Pig Nun pours straw golden that glows when backlit. There's only a small amount of haze in this fairly clear brew. The head was easy to conjure up and grew quickly to two + fingers of clean white frothiness that eventually fade to a finger and leaves sheet lacing behind. Pig Nun is a very appealing beer.

I get a nose full of wildflowers the second I stick my nose in the glass but as it warms it becomes barnyard run amuck. Pig pen, horse and wet hay are the first things I can think of and the wildflowers certainly take a back seat. The aroma changes rapidly with this beer. I get the big barnyard a couple times in a row and the next smell brings the wildflowers to the front. There is a slightly sweet maltiness in the background and a touch of golden fruity esters.

The flavor is good but seems too faint for what the nose laid down. The fruitiness shows up first and actually leads the way with ripe, glistening orchard fruits. Unfortunately there isn't much of the funk that the aroma suggested would be there. The flavors seem a little light and one dimensional. The finish brings a bit of floralness. While still good I expected more from this wild ale.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The body is on the lighter side and very well done for a big beer. Carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum without being prickly or overbearing but does have a nice zing. Finishes slightly dry.

A couple of glasses are enough for me. It's easy enough to put down but I'd like a little more flavor to savor. It is still enjoyable and somewhat thirst quenching.

Pig Nun is a solid brew from De Proef. The nose was loaded with funk but it just didn't transfer into the taste. I expected more, especially after sampling Spoon Whacker, but it fell a bit short.

Reviewed: 5/18/08

Price: $11.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 0
Pours a clear, golden color. Huge, two finger plus white head, that rather rapidly reduces to about 3/8", and stays due to an active carbonation level. Impressive lacing.

Aroma is sugary/caramel sweet, with a slightly sour contrast. Nice tones of bread and yeast, with a degree of fruity-ness in the form of apple, orange zest and a hint of banana.

Taste follows the nose well. Sweet and malty, with a floral hop overtone to it. Seemingly acidic, sour and dry. The more I have, the more I taste green grapes. Nice, smooth finish, and it is here the alcohol makes its presence known by lending its warmth.

Medium in body, smooth yet dry in mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

This is my first try at this style -- so I am a bit of a newb...
But, I like it. Has a certain white wine (chardonnay?) feel and taste to it. Refreshing, satisfying. I am already envisioning many food pairings for this. As I understand, the other Flemish Primitives are just variations of this same style - I must give them a try also.
Highly recommended!!!

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a clean light yellow colored body with tons of tight bubbles rising to the surface. Head is huge, slightly off white and soapy looking. Varying sized bubbles reduce fairley quickly. Once it falls, a nice coating stays atop the body.

S - Tart with some lemon and lime smells. Citrusy yogurt. The brett is strong in this one. There's some barnyard funk creeping around in the back with a touch of horse blanket.

T - Starts off with some tartness right away, sort of lemony. Barnyard flavors kick in, with barnyard floor, horseblanket, and a sort of musty flavor. Not huge flavors, so they don't become over the top, but they are definitely here. Lime yogurt come in, making it apparent the influence that brettanomyces have here. Very lactic and tart at the same time. Finishes with a bit more tartness and a touch of acidity.

M - Medium bodied with slightly fizzy carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D - This is my 3rd of the De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ales and I have loved them all. Very wide array of flavors. Worth seeking out.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 9 15 3 7 2008
Nice golden and light amber color. Smell is herbs, some lemon, and (for lack of a better word) "beer" smell. Taste has the yeast flavor came out more than expected. Malts were obvious also. Citrus was not as obvious as the smell might indicate. Taste was somewhat less than the smell would have me believe. Feel has high carbonation. Light feel to it overall.

Overall, good but not great. Was hoping for more of the sour and citrus flavor. Good beer, but not necessarily one I'd go back to all that often.

Served In: Pint Glass

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