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Wild Devil - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

683 Ratings
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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American IPA w/ Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: Kadonny on 05-08-2008)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon first taste, this ale seems much more akin to American Wild Ales with the hop influence for a complex (if not contradictory) sour/bitter interplay.

Aromas of bright lime, tart under rippened berries, dusty/musty/attic-like character shape the nose while bruised fruit (esters?) of peach, appricot, green apple, and pears add to the growing list of adjectives to describe the aroma. The hops nearly get lost because of the strong musty, leathery notes.

While pouring a rust-colored hazy hue, the beer caps with a firm and froathy yellowish head that retains very well and laces strongly all the while. A very nice look.

Acidic tartness takes over the taste immediately and really bring the lemon-lime and berry character to life. Backup notes of decayed woods, leather, and dried tobacco round out the mid palate along with the bruised fruit flavor and mild brown sugar sweetness. Finishing with a zesty hop bitterness and citrus rind flavor, this is the spot where the hops really make their mark and leave a lasting impression.

A carbonated fullness holds firm through the acidic notes early for a creamy effect that's short lived. a quick transition to dryness of alcohol, astringency, and bitterness keeps the beer very drinkable and refreshing in the finish.

The normal take on a Belgian IPA is to take a Tripel or Saison-like beer and hop it to IPA levels. This more complex and challenging base style is much more funky and in Wild Ale or Lambic fashion. It makes sense see where this beer can go; similar to a few of the more hoppy Jolly Pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 16:17:58 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy head that sticks around. Some lacing.

S: Very funky, tart, barnyard, some sweetness. Not much in the way of "traditional" hop aromas (not in terms of IPA hop character, anyway).

T: A nice tartness on the front, followed by a slight bitterness and spiciness, and then malty sweetness on the finish. There is a definite floral feel to this beer, too.

M: Lots of carbonation, crisp, and dry. Despite the plentiful carbonation, still good body.

D: A very interesting beer. I enjoy it quite a bit, especially for the fact that it's completely different from anything I have had previously.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 21:00:17 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-12-2014 21:50:47 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly cloudy, dark amber body with a foamy, delightfully fluffy, whitish head.

Smell: A moderate dose of caramel maltiness in the nose with hints of grainy bread tucked in there as well. Plenty of aromatic, sliced citrus fruits, mostly pink grapefruit and orange from the original Hop Devil. Then, of course, there's the newfound musty, funky Brett notes.

Taste: Caramel-minded maltiness with a light touch of breadiness and a thin, lonely drop of sweetness. In comes an infusion of Brett-type flavors, with tastes of mildew-strewn leather saddles, abandoned basement cobwebs, and just plain old mustiness. Chock-a-block with phenolics. Then, back to the IPA for a burst of bitterness, acidity, and fruity citrus tastes. Semi-dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Lively, high degree of carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting composite of a bitter India Pale Ale and the funky layering of the wild yeast.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 19:08:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-02-2014 17:43:46 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2013 06:02:03 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting and tasty beer to say the least.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep amber with fluffy one finger slight off white head.Aromas were pretty much perfect and I dont say that lightly,a mix of awesome floral and citric hop,I mean just fresh and awesome.To go along with the exquisit hop aromas a slightly spiced aromas comes thru as well,liked spiced apple and clove,Flavors are what a Belgian IPA should be in my personal opinion,a mix of citric and piney hop with some spice and grilled pineapple.The mouthfeel at first was a bit rough around the edges but mellowed after a little bit.A great brew... seriously.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 22:36:58 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 15:08:42 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber orange with a big pillowy full thick white head.

Very assertive ripe banana with cooked peaches in the nose. Back label indicates yeast is completely Brettanomyces but there is simply no Brett character in the nose, and I'm very sensitive to Brett (and I like it.) None here but a wonderful floral and fruit character - no Brett funk whatsoever. I don't know if this is good or bad; I do know that this beer is a winner.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very inviting and indicates a very well made product.

Flavors complex and layered with a fruit/malt front, to a bitter hop citrus middle to a full burnt toast, roasted grain and light coffee bitter finish that goes on to a final finish of layered malt.

This is a very well made and delicious drink and inviting all around. Full character, layers and flavors come out best as the beer warms to a "cool room" temperature. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:32:12 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a dead-on clone of Burton Bridge Empire IPA...
Cellared this bottle since May, and the Brett is definitely there in spades.

Pours a lovely rusty orange, with a ridiculous amount of foam... pour slowly, this beast is alive! Thick lacing coats the glass, there was a convex rocky head that defied gravity for awhile before deflating back into the glass. Musty barn blanket Brett, some pineapple citrus peeks through too. Medicinal, wet hay, wild yeast smell. Alternately bitter and flashing sweetness in the initial sips. Long finish of leafy hop bitterness and some mild residual funkiness. The Brett is huge in a bigger quaff, very drying and musty, almost to a fault. I get some pine and straw, again very dry as Belgian IPAs are. Dusty dried pineapple is there in the background. Pretty complex, and plenty of wildness. The last third of the bottle slows me down a bit, probably best shared. This paired well with a 12 month aged Manchego.

Just purchased a 3rd bottle, and still loving it. If you like Wild Devil, seek out Burton Bridge Empire IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:53:49 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-11-2012 15:26:57 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with an off-white, two-finger head of bubbly foam. It left some nice patterns of lace.

S - It smelled of little of barnyard and of many floral notes. Some mild caramel and citrus aromas, too.

T - It tasted spicy and somewhat funky with a burnt toast caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a very interesting ale. The funkiness in an IPA is a unique treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 01:18:35 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's newest beer, Wild Devil, pours a hazy, very deep amber body with a crimson cast and golden-orange highlights at the base of the glass. The creamy yellowed-white head holds well and leaves average lacing.

The nose displays candied-caramelish-malt, spicy/grassy hops and fruit (apricot and summer fruits), and a bit of damp straw, mustiness, and leather.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium-bodied and foamy with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation that warms to become pillowy soft.

In the flavor, it offers notes of apricot, honey, drizzled caramel, spent hops, chalk, mineral, pine, and an earthy mustiness that's not too unlike like muddy ground and underbrush. A comparison to Hop Devil is inevitable, and there's certainly some of that still present, but it's softened and smoothed by the Brettanomyces. It's become a different beer, and yet the ties are still strong enough to recognize its origins. The bitterness remains, and it's fairly strong and blunt in the finish.

That bitterness of the original Hop Devil, however, doesn't seem to work real well with the Brett. It's kind of blocky, and not particularly well rounded. Still, it's an interesting beer and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 21:43:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/26/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, floral hops and citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of citrus, Belgian yeast, caramel and a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness. There's a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with the twist of adding the wild yeast, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 00:48:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Giant, four finger head of off-white foam on top of a clear, reddish-brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense, even lace on the glass as it settles down.

S - Strong, funky wild yeast aroma; distinctly brettanomyces with notes of damp earth, soft cheese, and apricots. Some toasted and caramel malts and, surprisingly, just a hint of fruity hops.

T - Toasty malt and light caramel up front with lots of powdery, funk that is strongly reminiscent of camembert cheese. Some pine hops show up very briefly towards the finish and leave moderate bitterness to compete with the funk.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is a strange one. For some reason, the hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would have expected and they blend in strange and not entirely unpleasant way with the brett funk. Unlike the the hop flavor, the bitterness is not seriously diminished and it is an unusual counterpoint to the wild yeast; a combination I have not encountered before. The net effect of the fruitiness from the yeast and hops combined with the bitterness is eerily similar to a full-flavored soft-ripened cheese like brie or camembert.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 01:27:29 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange touched brown with a thick frothy creme head. Nose is interesting. There is a mix of citrus tones from the hops used and the citrus of wild yeast. Very unique combination. Kind of a velvety edge to it as well. Flavor is a mix of bitter hop tones with lemony citrus and clearly evident wild tones. The edge bites, but in a smoother kind of way. Very unique. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is thick enough. A very interesting ale indeed. The most interesting use of wild yeast I have tasted to date. (But IMO, definitely not an IPA. It's a wild ale to me.)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:53:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed crimson hue...big, creamy beige head. Lovely looking.

Fruity aroma, sweet and sour, funky stuff, whiffs of spice and straw, hayloft and orange, lemon and sod, a little apple...ah!!!

Slides into the palate assuredly...a nice blast of hops, blanketed by the Belgian yeast, coating the mouthfeel, hops spiking up a little from below. Little bitterness remains, but plays consistently on the palate. Delicate, and tasty buzz. Very smooth, easy drinking, ...but full of character, chock-full of juicy, jazzy hoppy flavor.

zesty stuff, flush with Belgian funk. Great drinker, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 07:34:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was 90% head 10% beer. Not amused, not amused at all. After 45 minutes of pouring, breaking up the head and pouring more breaking up the head pouring more, I found that the beer was dark amber to brown and pretty hazy, but this could be due to the fact that interrupted pouring and violent explosive carbonation drove all the sediment off the bottle of the bottle whatever. Head is huge, did I mention the head? Carbonation is unreasonably high. Its really irresponsible to have a beer that is carbed this high. Some lacing left on the glass but me physically breaking up the head may have affected the beer's ability to form decent lacing so I'm in the fence about that part of my review.

This beer is a brett bomb, so I guess that what wild means. Brett b I suspect. Not a lot of lactic in the aroma, kind of a funkiness, yeastiness. No hops to speak of, this is the Hop Devil but "wild" right?

Beer is super carbonated in the mouth, it almost burns as I drink it because of the heavy carbonation. Its quite funky in the palate with a hay like feel to it. Its not sweet at all, at all, and it finishes a little dry. Its kind of bitter....I guess....I suppose. Whatever. Its not an IPA, good attempt. I'm not going to get to try the Midnight sun brett belgian ipa so this will have to do. fun.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:02:30 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded amber caramel hue with a large cream tinted beige head forms thick and fluffy. Excellent belgian style lacing spread beautifully across my Piraat chalice. Slightly opaque clouded body compared to the standard Victory HopDevil.

Aromatics take off the gloves with funk filled nose with mild band aid and barnyard funkiness. Fruity highlights come correct as well with tart apple and mild apricot preserves. With complementing strong citrus and caramel malts, a great combination, I'm typically not big on the American IPA Belgian combos but this does the trick in the sense that HopDevil isn't like the typical American IPA to begin with. My problem lies when the grapefruit hop bombs are blended with those spicy Belgian yeast blasts, this doesn't rub me the wrong way so far.

Flavors are impressive with the range of flavors but it does get stuck on the Brett trip. Strong spicy bitter leather blended with underlying caramel malt sweetness and citrus/pine hop accents. Throughout the whole experience there's wild cider fermentation notes that come around with an earthy robust musty tone, with more barnyard funk stepping through. And underlying hop burps come bursting through with the more you sip.

This is a must as far as texture goes creamy textured carbonation with fine backing bubbles borders on a mousse at times with champagne like edges. Medium bodied with slight oily hop resins being pronounced due to Victory's whole flower hopping methods. Quite a unique experience that finishes with a lacquering of fresh leather and earthy powdered chalk from the yeast tones.

Drinkability is impressive with the complexity using a wild yeast strain in their flagship IPA, you gotta love the fact that this beer is so damn sessionable. It is it's own unique creation that I applaud Bill and Ron for pulling out for their Philly Beer Week, since the April bottling I'm sure the complexity has grown and with time it will continue to. I just wasn't willing to age any Hop Devil based brew, I like hops fresh!

I got this bottle from Fathead's for 9.95 and they weren't sure how much it really was.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:53:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly renovated Victory Brewing Company.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a 1/2 finger of brite-white head. Retains nicely and leaves good looking lace behind. The aroma is similar to the Hop Devil that we all know and love. Hops, citrus, spice, and caramel backing but the Brett does make its presence known with a tingling tartness that seems to intermingle with the hops.

The taste is more of the same, with the Hop Devil taste being most prominant. Tingling hop bitterness and a touch of citrus that are balanced by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. Much like the aroma, the Brett isn't very assertive and adds a more subtle tartness to the surroundings that compliments the spice and hop characteristics well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly slick feel at times.

This was quite interesting as I've never come across a Brett infused IPA before. I can't really say that this take was hugely memorable or anything for me but I do have to give Victory credit for trying something outside of the box.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 16:24:11 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle. Poured chilled from the 750ml to a double walled tumbler.

A - Hazed deep golden amber/apricot shade with creamy ecru head comprised of spacious bubbles measuring about 3 fingers high and makes a lot of lace

S - Mild lychee, golden pear and grape aroma w/ a mild brett funkiness and sweet malt scent w/ ligt stone fruit tinge

M - dry yeast & spice combine w/ sweet fruity malt and mild spice w/ a citrus tang from the hops. Finishes slightly nutty w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and pine bitterness in the finish

T - A tasty tropical yeast element w/ red grapes and mild pine hops keep the flavor of bretty funk under wraps and the mild toasted sweet malt flavors blend well together w/ subtle light sugar and citrus accents w/ mild apricot fruit and earthy yeast playing off the mild lingering pine finish

D - A great ale all fermented w/ brett? I am surprised and the taste is delicious a truly drinkable IPA w/ belgian influence. I like how the malt a d fruit shadow the hop flavors w/ subtle brett funkiness adding light/shade contrast.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:59:29 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well balanced pale and crystal malt scent along with a moderate hop aroma. The Brett funk adds quite a bit of character to the aroma. The hops are still there, but the tartness of the Brett really enhances the experience. The taste is decent. It has a solid IPA taste that goes down smooth and finishes quite bitter with a touch of Brett sourness. It's pretty subtle, but definately there. I'm not sure the two mix well together. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a bit of a disappointment. I would like to see this beer fermented with a Belgian Abbey yeast along with an increased abv. and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:57:52 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge 75% head rises and fades slowly with lots of big bubbles, and leaves a thick lacing, hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose has lots of funk and wild barnyard, horse hair, dry, lightly malty, very light hops and bitterness.

Taste also has lots of barnyard funk, wild yeast, a little horse hair, touch of malt and hops, semi bitter, some nice wild Brett flavors but not too heavy on them... yet. Light citrus and orange peel too.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Finishes somewhat bitter with light hops, some nice funk and wild barnyard Brett, very dry, light malt flavors and slightly spicy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:13:38 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-03-2014 03:31:38 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 3rd, 2009 Bottling Date; Sampled June 2009
A very careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. This leaves tons of lace on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides with a rocky, un-even surface. The beer is a murky, light amber hue that shows a hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of phenolic Brettanomyces notes, butyric acid (though this is not overly aggressive), spicy hop and caramelized crystal malt character. The phenolic / medicinal note really starts to come on after a bit and makes it so the herbal hop character is not nearly as noticeable as one would expect from a beer with an IPA hop bill.

A peppery carbonation tickles the palate with substantial effervescence as this rolls across my tongue. The finish has a lingering herbal bitterness that provides a nice bite. The flavor is phenolic and a bit medicinal tasting; the Brettanomyces provides a sharpness and a biting quality to this beer. The Brettanomyces is not as dominant as it was in the nose, the hops are able to provide a piquant, citrus oil note that softens with just a hint of caramelized malt sweetness in the late middle of each sip; this brings out some notes of bergamot and sweet grapefruit. The crystal malt influence is quite evident and even a bit distinct because it is not something that heavily influences most Brettanomyces beers that I have had. The body of this is light enough to be pretty quaffable, but it still has some residual body from the malt; this might actually be a bit better if it had dried out a bit more.

This is an interesting beer, it doesn't quite work for me as it is not very balanced and doesn't quite mesh all the flavors together; especially the crystal malt seems a bit out of place here. Still not bad and I am glad to be drinking this right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:50:45 | More by Gueuzedude
Wild Devil from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.