Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
I took the bottle out of the fridge and took the cage off of the top of the bottle. I came back ten minutes later to a big booom and the pressure from inside the bottle popped the cork right off. Simply amazing for a beer bottled back sometime in 2009. The beer was poured into a stella glass
Appearance: Holy head of beer. The head reduces, but I keep filling up my glass to get it to the proper beer level for a review. There is also some nice lacing on the side of the glass too. The beer is also a hazy orange amber color. I know there is carbonation in the beer, but I can't even see any in my glass.
Smell: Very cirtusy here, clementines, tangerine, and grapefruit come to mind. Yeast gives the beer some funkiness and straw aromas too. Some leathery characterisitcs come up towards the end of the nose too. Very strange and hopefully the beer does not taste as funky as the smell.
Taste: Same as the nose, but even more strange and funky. Is the beer supposed to be like this? Not sure. Will find out more with every sip. At least the nice citrus makes everything taste better in the rear. I just waited ten minutes and the same funkiness is going on. Don't really know what to think other than the fact that one part of the beer didn't settle correctly over the last two years.
Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth, highly carbonated, and easy to drink once you get past the funk. Medium to full bodied.
Overall: It smelles good up front, but the funkiness took a little longer than I wanted to get used to it. I prefer sour and funky beers, but this one seemed too funky. I would like to try out a fresher version next time this comes out. This was a decent twist on a style I am getting accustomed too.
11-09-2011 01:47:39 | More by Flounder57
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Alright; this review is going to be a bit strange. I was shopping around a very out-of-the-way liquor store in Indianapolis when I saw a bottle of this, Victory’s Wild Devil. Now, since I don’t really know the last time this beer was brewed, or if it will ever be brewed again, I had to grab it. I know it’s old, but I have a feeling it could be good with some age on it; however, I’m still bracing for a grossly over-aged monster, just in case.
Brewed over two years before the date of this tasting (“Jun 10 09”). Here goes nothing…
A: Wow – ultra-carbonated. The orange body disappears under a huge tuft of cream-colored suds, quickly filling my 20 oz. tulip. After quite a while, the head finally clears to a dense retention, revealing (to my surprise) only a few ounces of actual beer in the glass. The body’s color is incredible, as well: a beautifully shining orange, crystal clear. What a monstrously active beer; even the lacing is wonderfully noticeable.
S: As expected, this has a rash of odd scents. To start off, there’s a big yeast presence: sharp skunk, lemon-pepper, some oxidized aromas, and an earthy texture I can’t quite identify. It’s like a new leather jacket, mineral water, or even cleaning supplies; like I said, hard to identify. There’s just a hint of fruity hop character left, mostly mango, and something that survived the years to an even greater effect: German malts. They provide a smooth, sugary backdrop, with abundant bock-style dark fruits. Very nice in that department, but everything else is a little strange.
T: You can tell that this has been sitting for a while; at first sip, it’s full-on Belgian skunk with a taste of dried lemon, copper, and black olives. It’s overpowering, yet still incredibly intoxicating. And, while it may be funkier than Robert Randolph, there’s a good amount of hop/malt textures that are still evident underneath: for instance, a bitter tinge of resiny pine has survived. While unexpected, they’re surely welcome, as well as the clean-tasting Euro-malts. These German influences help rock the barnyard bite with flavors of grassy cereal grains and moderate fruits (fig, grape, and lime). And what a smooth finish: super-mild dryness, with a weightless Belgian aftertaste. A very pleasant experience: I find that the more I sip, the more I fall in love with this powerful brew.
M: At first, it feels like this beer is in two layers: a slick, oily one, and a frothy, carbonated one. It might have just been the first pour, though, because the distinction isn’t apparent after the first quarter of the bottle. Carbonation is nice – prevalent, without being painfully crisp. A soft fizz.
O: I could imagine that this would be a very polarizing beer; at first, the tastes come in so strong that it can be unappealing. But, as soon as you warm up to it (and the beer itself warms), it shows its character as a rich, Belgian funk-fest. If you happen to find a bottle, buy it – the age does nothing to thwart the awesome tastes in this beer.
11-05-2011 19:37:18 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.6/5 rDev -6%
Bottled on date that says March 3, 2009. Poured into a tulip glass.
Little bit too much head on this one as it is about 10% beer and 90% slowly dissapating, off-white foamy head after a slow pour. Tons of lacing. When the head finally dissapates enough, the beer is a hazy bright copper color. Brettanomyces yeast is immediately evident in the aroma from the minute the bottle is opened. Some crisp and clean German malts come through as well, right after a good grapefruit citrus and pine hop aroma make their way up. Well rounded nose, maybe a little on the sharp side. The yeast definitely takes a large role.
Big funky attitude from the brett yeast, and that truly does become the character of this one, at least up front. After that nearly overpowering taste, some really nice subtle flavors come out. A citrusy orange taste is sweet in the middle of the pallet, along with those clean German hops. These make for a smooth feel, almost too smooth. Two years may have weakened the hops a little, but there is still a small bite from some grapefruit and pine hops in the back of the palate. An aftertaste of brett yeast and a touch of hop resin reside in the back of the mouth.
This is not a bad beer if you like a lot of funky brett yeast character in a beer. This is from two years ago, so it is possible that a fresher version would have more balance as far as hops go, but this one is just a tad too funked out. Still though, worth the buy if you see it.
10-26-2011 05:13:48 | More by chodinheaven
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
750ml caged & corked bottle. Bottle date: 9/21/09, so just over two years. Poured into a DFH signature glass.
A: Well, it's been written before but it is certainly true...over carbonated. Didn't even get cage off before it blew and started shooting everywhere. Poured what I could in glass. Tons of head. Can there be a five finger head? Off white, marshmallow type head. Cloudy orange color from what I got. Some lacing from the head.
S: It's hard to tell through all the head. There is some barnyard aroma. The hops are still there but I would assume died a good amount in the two plus years. I get some fruit, not sure what. Also some piney notes.
T: It's a pretty pleasant sip after all the head died enough to try it. You get some of the Brett on the tip of the tongue. No real hop bite. A good amount of sweetness in the middle. Along with some floral and pine notes.
M: Medium bodied. But not like a DIPA or anything.
O: I have to give this one a B+. Marked down a bit because of the explosion, and difficulty actually pouring a decent glass the majority of the bottle. Amazing how over carbed this was.
10-19-2011 13:34:23 | More by inlimbo77
4.04/5 rDev +5.5%
This brew poured out as a hazy yellowish color, the head was pretty big at first but settled down after a little while. The lacing was scattered and a little soapy looking on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off some strong hop and vinegar type of aromas. The beer definitely smell like it has some wild yeast in it. The taste of the beer has a tart/sour kick upfront that fades into the hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp on this one, it's dry also. Overall it's a unique brew but not really one of my favorites.
09-29-2011 15:08:42 | More by Knapp85
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Watch out - this one really is a Wild Devil! The sample I got popped and fizzed like champagne, and about half of it ended up in a towel. What I got poured a hazy, dark honey golden with a thick pale golden tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy, apple and citrus. Flavor is hoppy and slightly bitter with a sour apple overtone. Texture has average body and is somewhat fizzy. OK, not Victory's best, but worth a try. And do have a nice big thirsty towel handy in case yours goes off like Aetna!
09-28-2011 22:31:02 | More by Cyberkedi
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
Towering white head...firm. Golden color with considerable haze. The aroma is fresh, hoppy...ripe fruit and a bit of pine...lots of brett....interesting. The beer is not overly alcoholic, but the ethanol is notable. Wild, with a little funk. Bitter. This is a very enjoyable beer.
09-04-2011 03:14:08 | More by Suds
2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
After a little scare of the top completely shooting off and the bottle overflowing, this thing settles down enough for me to pour this amber tangerine dream. a cappuccino foam head has some great staying power.
I don't know what I was expecting, but this is a combo of a belgian sweet earthiness and some american hoppy notes. Has a little mustiness in the background too, which is interesting. Gives it a little touch of unrefinement.
I honestly don't know what to make of this. I get the feeling that everything that was in battle in the nose washes out and battles each other. Just seems like a softer version of Hop Devil, really. Not quite as brash, but I'd like a little more sweetness to balance it out a bit.
moderate to high carbonation gives a nice tickle. high drinkability, but all the flavor does is confuse me. I'm not opposed to drinking this, but I'm not excited to be drinking it either. I won't be getting this again.
08-27-2011 19:12:40 | More by etaggie09
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours a dark ruby red color with a two finger frothy yellowish beige head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Funky, earthy aroma with a strong barrel and brett character. Musty with hints of toasted oak and barn countered by some earthy pine and sweet citrus.
Chewy medium body that's on the fuller end with again, a strong barrel presence and lots of earthy oak. Dry musty brett flavor gives this beer some nice funk/tarntness which is countered by the bitter hop character. Som bready yeast adds fullness to the body but it's still pretty quaffable. Hints of pine needle compliment the dryness from the oak and brett but is balanced by hints of citrus fruit. Pale malt backbone with a dry finish.
07-29-2011 01:02:29 | More by corby112
3.6/5 rDev -6%
Drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle cork almost jumps out of the bottle and there is a little gushing of foam on the bottle. I did sit on this bottle for about 1.5 years.
Beer pours a cloudy chestnut hue with voluminous eggshell white foam pouring out. Aroma is pine sap and a little mild fruit or maybe cloves. I also get just a little bandaid/vinyl scent that dings the aroma down a notch. Probably good I didnt sit on this one any longer. The bandaid fades completely after my glass sits and breathes for a little.
First sip reveals an average to light body with almost no carbonation. Very smooth drinker.
Flavor is some caramel but moves to pine sap and grapefruit rind hop astringency. I dont get much funk or yeast hits in the beer, which I sort of anticipated from the name. This is a decent beer but Im not ecstatic about it and wouldnt seek it out.
07-25-2011 03:25:51 | More by sulldaddy
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
Picked this up off the discount rack at my local beer store. No date on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's been there a long time. Not being a hop head I've not had Hop Devil, so I can't compare it to that.
The cork needed little encouragement and each pour was 2/3 head. Poured into an Ommegang Cervoise goblet. Lacing was left down to the bottom of the glass.
This is a far more balanced beer than I was expecting. Malt still comes through the hops and funk. Sweet and and a little spicy up front with slight lingering sourness. Very little sediment poured out at the end.
I'll be going back for the other bottle in the store. I'm very impressed and will finally explore Victory's other offerings.
07-23-2011 01:37:32 | More by photonicgnostic
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from corked bottle into glass.
Look: A powerful pour with lots of active carbonation causing a mountain of a head. Pours as a lighter amber with a white head that laces.
Taste: Sweet tones; caramel, syrup. Earth; hops, malts, and florals, citrus.
Taste: Much like the taste, all tones are present. Nice complex taste with the hops mixing with sweet accents.
Mouthfeel: Lots of active carbonation. Good coating and mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Easy to drink, maybe a little too bubbly.
As a HopDevil fan I was expecting a punch-you-in-the-face experience with Wild Devil. I was surprised to see how well balanced this beer was. Another nice brew from Victory.
07-14-2011 12:35:51 | More by cagocubs
3.05/5 rDev -20.4%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden/amber. It's super carbonated and the bubbles are huge; a fizzy three-inch head develops and slowly recedes to a surface film that hangs around for a while. The cork came out of the bottle with no hesitation. If I didn't have my hand on it, it probably would have broken a window.
Aroma: It definitely has that "farmhouse" aspect. Complex nose with strong notes of cherry, lemon, and menthol. Generally floral, barnyardy and sweet with a funky and vinous edge. There's a medicinal/chemical off-aroma there that also reminds of me of household cleaning supplies, which isn't exactly pleasant.
Taste: Dominated by harsh bitterness; piney, resiny notes poke through. Very dry, slightly sour and moderately astringent finish. I was looking forward to an explosion of hop flavor, but it really fails to establish itself with any certainty.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with coarse carbonation.
Overall: Victory is trying to marry German with American with Belgian, and the beer simply doesn't convey this. I'm not picking up on a German malt character or American hops - just overpowering bittnerness, funk and off-aromas. It's a struggle to get through this bottle, even when sharing it.
07-08-2011 04:25:34 | More by turnstile
3.6/5 rDev -6%
Never before have I experienced a beer quite like this. And it really was an experience right from the moment I untwisted the cork wire. The cork popped and went flying across the room before I even fully got the wire off. It started foaming ridiculous amounts instantly. It was insane! This shit does NOT stop bubbling! The head retention was amazing too. The first glass felt like I was pouring from a newly tapped keg. ALL FOAM. I couldn't begin to imagine how many yeast cells must still be active inside. With this beer, Victory takes bottle conditioning to the next level and it was very much appreciated.
06-24-2011 00:56:01 | More by steffigal22
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from 22 oz bottle into beer clean Delerium Tremens tulip. Bottle marked as bottled on September 21 2009.
A: Very very very carbonated. I poured, waited 3 minutes, poured again, all the while watching bubbles run down into the sink. Waited, poured more, and the head on this thing is huge. It just won't quit.
The beer itself is dark golden color. Very clear - only a small chill haze.
S: While the funky brett is evident, it pales in comparison to the hops shining through. Floral notes are evident, but muted by horse-blanket earthy aroma. Very complex and nice.
T: The hops are muted in the mouth. It's not gone, but it's on its last legs. Seems like the beer can't quite decide what it wants to be. Sour washes over the back of the mouth as the slight hoppiness sits gently on the front.
Not bad at all, but not great in any way. Not quite sour, not quite pale.
M: Heavily carbed, and you can tell it in the mouth. Very distinctly Belgian. The sour stays - not in a pucker, but in a deep, abiding... bad breath sort of way.
D: The after-taste/sour lingering isn't terribly pleasant. Alcohol is very well masked by the sour notes, making it more drinkable than it really should be.
It's a good, not great beer. Definitely in between styles - may be better either aged (to completely remove the hoppiness) or more fresh (to leave it there).
I'd rather drink the Hop Devil.
06-22-2011 02:06:05 | More by Ell
4.25/5 rDev +11%
Poured from caged & corked bottle into tulip. I'm a big fan of the standard HopDevil, so a Brett version = yes please!
A: A very gentle pour results in a towering rocky head that lasts and lasts and lasts. It took probably 5 minutes just to get a full glass. Pours a rich orange amber, a touch of haze, incredible effervescence, and very sticky lacing. Beautiful.
S: Wow this is yummy - the HopDevil base peaks through with its lovely caramel malts and floral hop character, though the Brett character is everywhere. Barnyard funk galore.
T: Outstanding. Beautiful hop character - floral and citrus with a mild bitterness sets the stage for lovely sweet Brett-infused caramel and biscuit malt character. Bittersweet aftertaste and a nice, long, smooth finish.
M: Lightish, a little creamy, with an almost mousse-like texture from the extreme carbonation. You definitely fight with the carbonation in this beer, and it's the same in the mouthfeel...maybe just a bit much.
O: While the classic HopDevil is evident behind all the Brett, this is certainly its own beer. I haven't had too many Belgian IPAs, but this is no slouch. I could go for a little more true IPA character, but it's hard to complain here.
06-05-2011 02:29:48 | More by machostacos
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
750mL into snifter. man the cork came out with a bang. and so did the foam! this thing is going nuts out of the bottle and will hardly stay in my glass. not a good start.
A: a hazed orange blanketed with a dense white head. this head is huge and has great retention.
S: smells like a belgian. a chalky earthy characteristic most common. however, there is a vinous brett quality that peaks around as well. hard to tell this was an IPA to begin with there not being a large hop smell.
T: brett coming through on the palate much more than the nose. something is a slightly unpleasant though. tastes medicinal/band-aid-like. i know some of this may be expected because of the brett. wish there was a more pronounced hop body worked in as well.
M: not effervescent, but very very bubbly. the bubbles actually feel large, not fine and prickly.
D: not bad, just not living up to the hype i had in my mind. worth a try.
05-16-2011 02:41:20 | More by Jimmys
4/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Deep honey color. Thick off-white, rocky foamy head. Good head retention and lacing.
S: Slightly sour with a "farmhouse" quality...
T/M: The Belgium yeast balances out the hops very nicely. Mild citrus flavors and some very pleasant spice notes. Mid-ow carbonation and medium body.
O: A very tasty beer. I would like to have this one again, but as with most beer it is best enjoyed with others.
04-08-2011 16:01:48 | More by aeminter
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
750ml bottle, served in a snifer. Bottled 4/22/09. Opened about 2 months ago. I think I got this in the Secret Santa BIF
A: Pour dark orange, similar to an IPA. Massive head that slowly receded to roughly 1/2 finger. Decent lacing around the top of the glass
S: Lots of brett. In fact, mostly brett. Notes of lemon rind, cat piss and pepper. I'm indifferent about the smell
T: Certainly a good amount of funkiness with this one. Light tartness (was definitely expecting more). Faded, bitter hops. Other flavors I got were leather, wood and light lemon. The longer the beer opened, the more it moved towards being a funky IPA as some citrus appeared
M: Medium bodied. Light bitter, tart finish. Surprisingly light carbonation
D: This was interesting. Pretty sure I had it fresh and it had a much more bretty funk to it. Decent either way, but probably not one I'd age
03-31-2011 14:20:36 | More by Brez07
1.43/5 rDev -62.7%
A 09 bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips.
A- a steady pour yields four big fingers of off white rocky head that rises and holds above the glass. When the head settles in time some nice chunky lace holds and holds. The body is a hazy deep copper orange in color. I gota say this looks great.
S- oh no! Something is wrong here. I get brett and lots of it but not in a good way. This smells like a dumpster full of nothing but band aids. There's a old ointment found under the sink and some wet laundry left in the washer for a few days. This just smells terrible. I've had a good amount of bretted ipa's including this fresh but something went wrong in this.
T- I'm finding it hard to swallow the first sip. Just really bad. Lots of medicine, like chewing an aspirin. Loads of bretty mustiness and a touch of bone dry biscuit. Each sip I find more tasking to swallow. Hops are completely gone. Light lemon zest buried in the back. With lots of warming it starts to pull together a bit but by the time you start to swallow it all falls apart.
M- a bit less then medium in body and big carb. So dry you can't even believe it.
O- overall this is either a bad bottle or past its prime, way past. I enjoyed the wild devil fresh not my fav but solid. I hoped with some time that the brett would kick in some more since it was very light fresh. This is closing in on abomination. I am challenged by each and every swallow and that's not in a good way. I will have to try another older bottle and some fresh again to see what's up.
03-24-2011 22:31:29 | More by oglmcdgl
2.58/5 rDev -32.6%
Bottled on April 22nd, 2009. Quite disappointed in the dating since this was a new sight for me at the store. Poured into my Maudite tulip.
Appearance - Four full fingers of head that dissipate quickly into the glass. Soapy and very porous head qualities end up creating a clumpy froth in the end. The beer itself is murky pale brown that is quite bland looking. Opaque and appears to be thick and heavy. All in all, I am not too impressed with this beers appearance.
Smell - Uh oh. This smells like a baby's soured diaper. Well that's not any good at all. The slight tart citrus in the background is just completely masked by. . . well. Waste. This smells just absolutely horrible. A tart Belgian yeast smell lingers but is unpleasant.
Taste - Thankfully the taste is better than the smell. A very Belgian-like feel to this beer overall. Very full of yeast and lemongrass. Slightly sour and tart from start to finish. Not nearly as hoppy as expected; especially being derived from Hop Devil. Despite my love for sours, the slight tartness couldn't save this beer for me. It's just very rotten tasting overall. I did enjoy some redeeming qualities; such as the slight spice and brett yeast used.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability - An extraordinarily dry beer that leaves the tongue asking for water. As soon as I swallow, my mouth feels as parched a desert; like the liquid just disappeared into nowhere. Light bodied and appears too heavily carbonated at times. I was excited for this beer, thinking it would be different and unique. But it was a huge letdown for me. Not sure why this was even on the shelf. Perhaps they found it in the back? Either way, If I see a newer release I won't hesitate to pick it up and compare notes. But the taste itself does not appear to be skunked or infected.
03-24-2011 19:51:04 | More by Jesse13713
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
this is an inpressive interpretation of a solid orval style bpa. a but cloud amber orange with a beautiful belgian blond head. contracts into cauliflower shapes. hard stuff to accomplish. nose of musk... brett hints and pine citrus that has hints of munich twig. palate is sweet but a cut of bitter. this is proper sweet. and its proper clean. another consistent foreign rendition by victory. and a elite form.
03-20-2011 01:18:52 | More by rtepiak
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured into chalice glass. Hazy honey color. Head of beige composed of huge bubbles; retains very well. Occasional patches of lace on the glass.
Strong citrus hop aroma with a sweetness to it.
Hops present upfront tending toward lemony. In the middle the Brett and malt presence begin to show up and the hops become spicier. Finishes with a strong wild yeast taste and a lingering zesty spice.
Luscious mouthfeel; the large bubbles play on the tongue.
A great twist to an already good IPA. A beer ponderable in complexity. Over indulging would bring greatly diminished returns. Savor this one.
03-13-2011 22:23:20 | More by baldben
3.83/5 rDev 0%
I've been meaning to try this one for ages and finally got the chance tonight... Bottle was a bit of gusher... Dated March 27, 2009...
A - More than three fingers worth of light tan head with is both big and chunky as well as mildly creamy... A deep rich copperish bronze color with a faint amber hue... Burst at the seams with ultra rapid carbonation... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...
S - Belgian yeasts... Loaded with brettanomyces... Some grainy notes... A touch of tartness... Simple, straight-forward, slightly overpowering, but quite intoxicating none the less...
T - Yeast and brett are first and foremost and sit atop a strong hop base... Some distinctive sour notes emerge as well... Touches of pepper and spice...
M - Light to medium bodied... Intense hop bitterness... Exceedingly dry... Quite dense... Harsh intense carbonation on the tongue...
D - A very interesting offering from Victory... Rumor has it that it has been discontinued and I needed to try it before I lost the chance... Quite happy I did and would recommend others grab bottles if even the chance...
03-13-2011 02:52:55 | More by philbe311
4.1/5 rDev +7%
750ml -> Dogfish Head Chalice. Split with my buddy Greg on brewing/bottling day. We're harvesting the yeast from this for our first sour. Bottling amber ale (Fat Tire clone). Brewing an experimental batch and a bourbon porter. Haven't had this brew in about two years. I remember enjoying it quite a bit at first taste, first full review is below.
A - Murky, apple cider appearance. Light brown. Big fluffy head and lacing.
S - Slight hop notes, sour citrus
T - Hops not nearly as present as I'd expect. Nice breadyness (almost like sour dough) with a sharp quick tartness.
M - Feels about medium bodied and very clean.
D - Very easy to drink as it's not incredibly high ABV and suprisingly not heavy on the palate. I'd drink this again without question. Seems to be a difficuly one to find around here.
03-12-2011 19:13:44 | More by tbrown4
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.