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Wild At Heart - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
83
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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phillyz on 10-31-2013

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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by Monkeyknife:
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear gold color with two fingers of rich white head.

Aroma of yeast, pear and mango.

The taste was ripe pear, mango, yeast, and fruit cocktail syrup.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a moderate carbonation.

Not bad, but a bit on the sweet and syrupy side.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A hazy medium amber colored ale with almost no head.

S: A fruity Brett aroma bring notes of tropical and light colored fruit like pineapples, apricot, pears and mango. A mild Pilsner malt sweetness and moderate hops aroma.

T: Tart and fruit flavors dominate followed by a medium bitterness then a light malt sweetness. Fruit flavors like the aroma include pineapple, apricot and mango with a bit of pear. There is a medium-light hops bitterness that combines with a moderate tartness to bring the balance somewhat bitter against the light sweetness. The finish is pretty dry with a light apricot fruity aftertaste.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A very good ale that reminds me of a straight lambic with the only fruit character coming form the yeast. The aroma is good but it doesn't telegraph the very good flavors waiting ahead.

Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wild at Heart is a very tasty, very drinkable wild ale. THe Brett yeast does wonders with the flavors - lots of ripe mango and pineapple. I never heard of the hops they used, but there are a nice addition. THis is very drinkable and highly recommended. I have read reviews that state some were disappointed that the beer was not tart and sour enough.... for my palate, it is right on!

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger white head which fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely juicy, zesty, and yeasty aroma with a big mix of citrus fruit esters. Upfront scent of Belgian yeast with some funk and Brett yeast hints. Fruity scent of tart cherry, green apple, pear, and banana. Big aroma of citrus fruits with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, passion fruit, melon, peach, lime, and slight grapefruit. Some candied sugar. Backing presence of pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Subtle earthy hop presence. A very interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, yeasty, and mildly tart taste with a big mix of citrus fruit esters. Belgian yeast with some funk, spice, and wild Brett yeast. Mildly tart taste of cherry. Fruit notes of green apple, banana, and pear. Big presence of tropical citrus fruits with notes of mango, pineapple, orange, lemon zest, peach, passion fruit, lime, melon, and grapefruit. Citrus hops are fairly bitter. Soft bready backing of pale malt with notes of cracker, grains, and straw. Light background presence of earthy hops. Some sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar as well. A pretty good and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, creamy, spritzy, and pretty smooth. Fairly drying. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty twist on a Wild Ale. Big juicy citrus presence with a subdued sourness. Odd but it tastes pretty good.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently drank this from a
Tulip glass poured out of a 22 oz bomber bottle. I noticed a Large 2 finger head that quickly dissipated with little to no lacing as I drank. There was a sulphourous aroma and a pale golden color. As for the flavor, I experienced a bready malt forefront with some pleasant lemony flavors. It was effervescent and had medium carbonation with a bitter and slightly sour finish. I liked it and think it would be a good introductory beer to the world of sours, however I wished for a more tart flavor.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 08/27/13.

A: Hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass. A bit too opaque to see much visible carbonation.

S: Bit of fruitiness and yeastiness. Some Belgian funk to it as well as a malt sweetness. Hits of hops in the background and a touch of spiciness.

T: Reminds me of a light belgian double as it has a similar fruit profile. Raisin and grape are pronounced. Just a touch of farmhouse from the Brett and no developed sour yet.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Crisp and dry finish. Almost a champagne like feel.

Overall it is a very drinkable mild belgian ale with a nice fruit aspect. Would need a few more years to develop the tartness I like in my Brett beers. Agree with others that it comes off saison like.

Photo of joeseppy
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudied honey with a wonderful tight two inch foamy formation. Could of exacerbated more carbonation.

Smells like beer. As an advertised wild ale I was expecting something....say....more bretty and wild, sour and tart....but no. I get more a sweet maltness as a corn adjunct or a modified corn syrup. Really not appealing.

Syrupy sweet upfront and becomes more "sourish" in the back. Reminds me Kirin beer. Rice and/or corn sweetness. Alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy. Finishes dry and carbonation is sufficient.

Really this is ok. A rare pleasant Sunday afternoon and I'm not enjoying this. Not going to drain pour it but gotta move on. Life is too short to drink what you ain't liking. Where's the American wild ale in this??? All in all my wife scarfed it up and would give this a 4 overall, she dug it so that has to count for something.

Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate sized pure white head. The head settled into a thick ring.

The aroma is sweet with a slight yeast spice. Pale malt sweetness with perhaps some candi sugar and a light hint of clove from the yeast. This is also a very subtle tart note. The aroma is nice but not very strong.

The taste is a mix of sweet and tart. Quite fruity with green apple, lemon and some light tropical fruit notes. Almost a champagne fruitness. There is a slightly tart note from the brett but not very strong. Some pepper. Some bitterness in the end from the hops, mainly grassy.

The feel is light with very airy carbonation, burns just a little. Sweet and crisp on the palate but does have a bitter offset in the finish from the hops. Slightly dry. Not very tart.

A nice beer but not quite what I expected from a brett added beer. Its not very tart. Its dry and drinks very well, good palate cleanser.

Photo of Gobigvt7
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy lord what a disappointment. I've been sitting on this bottle for almost a year, in proper conditions, usually the perfect timeframe for a beer of this type. Instead, I get a bready, slightly metallic, sweet saison-esque beer with next to no brett character. 100% Brett-fermented? I'm blown away by how bland and un-brett-like it is. Did this get pasturized? Where is the funk? Why hasn't it dried out? Why isn't it more carbed? To the guy below advocated to BA to give this beer a break, implying that the subpar ratings are due to the originating brewery being Ommegang than they are due to the beer itself being at fault, I advocate you lose the blinders and get with the program, your review reads almost word-for-word like the description on the bottle, which this beer blatantly fails to fulfill. Not a trace of sour. A zero on the tart scale, despite aging as the bottle requests to bring more acidity to the party. Aside from a passable appearance, this beer is a shell of what it is supposed to be, making it literally hard to swallow.

Photo of fourstringer
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable dating on the bottle, but is the 2013 vintage.

A: Slight hazy, golden yellow with orange tint. Very nice body on this one. 1/2 finger clean, soapy white head that rapidly fizzles to a film. No lacing to speak of.

S: Citric/lactic acid tartness, Belgian yeast. Lemon. Orange. Light funk. Tropical fruit. Pale malt notes with grass, cracker. Very nice.

T: Lactic/citric acid sour and yeast-driven spicy start with a prompt appearance of noble-type hop bitterness. Dry finish with a light lingering tartness. Citrus, especially lemon. Traces of vanilla and indistinct spice. Some grape and slight raisin as it warms. Slight alcohol - low for 8% ABV. Good stuff.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with light body. Mild prickliness, but overall the feel suits the flavor profile. Drinks well.

O: Tasty brew. Most comparable to a Belgian pale with the sourness ratched up a notch. I would have been ok with a stronger brett/sour element, but as is, this is quite good. I'll sit on my second bottle and see how some time treats it...

Prost!

Photo of Greywulfken
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep gold, slight haze, slight bubbles fizz up from the centre; lush cream-colored head drops some lace behind

S: muted fruit and honey caramel-sweet malts; some herbs and flowers, toast and rye (?)

T: the brett was lost on me, too much sweet and sugar without any citric tang; the funk of the brett was subdued, the mouth wet and juicy - I had hoped for a more dry brett experience; that said, a fruity and slightly musky/dank yeastiness pervade; honey sweetness

M: medium bodied and slightly tacky; smooth wet fruits and barnyard musk across the tongue; some brighter grassy feelings across the roof

O: a nice wild/brett ale, on the sweet/wet side, with a modest brett tang and funk; some juicy orchard fruits and grassy/hay-like wet barn action, but nothing that really tickled my palate.

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a tulip to a nice orange with a huge and fluffy white head that fades slowly to a half inch or so with some lacing
S: smells fruity with notes of pear and mango and slightly tart on the nose.
T: taste is tart green apples, mangos, and pineapple. Swallow is more mango fruity goodness with a bit of sweetness
M: the beer is on the lighter side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: It's pretty good. It isn't too sour and could stand for some more time but as it sits now it's very solid. This beer will never be at the level of other popular wild ales due to a lack of souring bacteria so that has to be accounted for. As a 100% brett beer it drinks pretty well and kicks the crap out of Brux when fresh.

Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 3+ inch bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Brett funk, melon, grainy hops, and an earthy mineral note.
T: Pineapple, citrus, melon, mango, and a hint of grainy hops and sweet malt. More fruit forward than anticipated. With warming, the malt comes more forward as well as a note of cherries.
M: Light-medium body. Clear and fruity bright. Effervescent. Dry and mildly bitter finish.
D: A decent brew...certainly some interesting characteristics here (a wide range of fruit notes). Good, but not superb. Worth a try.

Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Healthy pop from the corked and caged bottle.

Clear golden amber colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell mildly sweet with an agreeable floral scent. Slight sour scent like sour citrus like lemon. Very faint funky I call it horse blanket. Mild coriander scent. scent of pear and flower nectar. Faint green apple and sandal wood.

Starts out spicy and citrus with a long lasting after taste of pepper on the tongue. Very lightly sour but this has some flavors that really latch on to the tongue, but in a good way. Slight banana and apple flavors with something that bites the tongue a bit. Persimmon flavor and bite of astringency like it isn't quite ripe. Quite tasty. Exceedingly complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this exceeded my expectations in every way. I'm not a fan of wild ales but after this one I may have try more of them. This beer is excellent in every way.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

75ML C&C bottle – Lost Abbey stemware
Notes taken on 122/17/2014

A: Soft golden straw honey color with a touch of cloudy yeast in appearance. Active and sudsy looking pure snow white froth swelling over top. Dissipates rapidly leaving some wide swaths of lace gripping to the glass.

S: The nose suggests sourdough bread with lemon grass, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of strawberry fruit. Not particularly funky or barnyard to me but also not that bad actually. Leaves you with more of a wetted grass like aroma.

T: Starts off very cidery with a light touch of farmhouse yeast. Not funky or tart at all and actually quite sweet on the lips. Stale sourdough bread and lemon peel makes up most the other flavors along with some golden fruits and more apple cider notes. Very low perceived bitterness to this and the alcohol is kept really well hidden. Not particularly great to me and a big step down from the nose. Drinks more like a subpar Belgian Pale. Just getting a bunch of cider like flavors here.

M: Moderate to moderately heavier body as the beer sits kind of flat on the palate with a light syrupy thickness to it. Touch of drying in the finish but mostly clean and flatter. Mouth feel is not doing any favors to improve the overall experience.

D: Wild at Heart was a bit of a disappointment coming from Ommegang. Really not much depth of flavor going on for a Wild and a poor mouth feel making this a bit of a chore to drink much of. Would be more passable as a BPA I think. Wouldn’t really recommend this one.

Photo of Vixie
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice copper color with a nice large off white head. The head does seem to take it's time dissipating. Seems to be a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my Duvel glass.

Starts out sweet and malty. There's lemon, and something funky I can't quite put my finger on, but sort of reminding me of the smell of raw bread dough.

Nice and fruity up front, mainly getting apple, citrus, and pineapple. The sweetness gives way to a hop bitterness at the end, leaving some lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Fairly solid feel, the high carbonation makes itself known.

I have to say up front that wild ales are one of my least favorite styles. I have had some that were so tart that I couldn't drink much of them. What some see as a weakness in this beer, the lack of tartness, I see as a positive. It actually reminds me a bit of a triple, although lacks the spice that style has. I enjoyed the blend of fruit and hops in this, and had just a hint of funk to it, but not enough to overpower. Much more drinkable to me than others of this style I have tried.

Photo of Phillyz
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hay colored, almost amber. Two finger foamy head which disappears within twenty seconds.

S: Brett, light booze, light wet grass, mild funk

T: tastes like a dubbel with Brett. Acidic notes, and slight pineapple

M: well carbonated, and nice medium body

O: mediocre rendition of a wild ale. Maybe with time it will get better. It's not very tart.. at all. The bottle says it will get more tart as time passes, though.

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip glass. Pours a bright, hazy light copper color with a big bubbly white head that lasts for several minutes before receding into a covering of the top of the glass. Lacing is sporadic small bands around the glass.

Aroma is light fruit, pears, apples and some mango and a little Belgian funk.

Taste has some sourness and funk but they are fairly subdued flavors. The base for the beer is slightly sweet malts and light fruit, with the funk and sourness as very mild follow-on flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. The malty base is strong and sweet, no alcohol presence and the carbonation level is just right. The tartness and funk add a bit of complexity to this beer.

This one won't satisfy real Wild Ale fans, but for me it was a tasty slightly tart beer, more of a Saison than a Wild Ale, but still very enjoyable. Not Ommegang's best, but certainly worth trying. I am in the process of drinking the whole bottle and it is enjoyable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with branded black/grey hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired a couple hours ago at me local CO bottle chop and served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which I'm quite fond of. Reviewed as a wild ale since the label clearly identifies it as such. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Not real creamy. Fairly fluffy. Head retention is good - about 6-7+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent copper of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a wild ale. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Faint berry. Any sourness is quite restrained/limited. Belgian pale malts. Crystal malt. Tropical fruit: mango, passion fruit. Fruity hop character. I don't pick up any brettanomyces yeast character - at least none of the funkiness or farmhouse character I'm used to. Lightly starchy too; it's kind of a dry aroma.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't delivering on the "wild" aspect.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: More fruity than expected: plenty of supple mango and passionfruit. Belgian pale malts. Light tartness. Fruity and floral hop character. Any sourness is extremely limited/light. I don't get any traditional brettanomyces funkiness/farmhuse character. It's a bit underwhelming for a wild ale. There isn't much complexity or intricacy here. It's fairly subtle, but not particularly nuanced. Certainly balanced and quite cohesive, but not gestalt. The fruitiness is nice, but it doesn't deliver the sourness necessary to succeed in this style. The "wild brettanomyces" is a lovely gimmick, but the execution here is underwhelming overall.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour.

No alcohol or spice comes through.

Mf: Smooth and a bit dry, with enough coarseness to coax out the flavour. Well-carbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Good thickness. Decent body.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Suits the flavour generally well, but doesn't complement it or feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not worth the price tag. It has a lot of likable elements, but ultimately it doesn't deliver on the wild ale premise; there's no real sourness per se. It's more of a Belgian-esque experiment with wild brettanomyces, which is all well and good, but doesn't result in an impressive brew. That said, it's very pleasant and I'll easily kill the bottle. It's good but not great work from Ommegang. I'm only critical because of Ommegang's usual quality. I'd recommend friends give this a try once, but I wouldn't buy it again. It's a worthwhile experiment.

High B-

Photo of draheim
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL (bottled 8/27/2013, best by 08/2016) into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a nice fluffy white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is a touch grainy and grassy; vinous, floral. Pear, oak, green apple.

Taste likewise has a slightly coarse grainy quality, rounded by sweet fruit juice and dry oak. The Brett yeast lends a subtle tart, grassy funk but it's pretty subdued. Has a mustiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely round. Drinkable.

Overall a good but not great beer. Maybe I should have let this age a bit longer to let the Brett really shine.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, honey, bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, honey, bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian strong ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV. Labeled as a wild ale, but this felt more like a Belgian strong pale ale overall. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of utopiajane
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pastel and soft yellow with a slight orange blush . Hazy and with a creamy head of off white foam that fell slowly and left a thin layer on top. Nose is a bit of lemon peel and powdery floral. A touch of malt sweetness and hardly any funk at all. it's earthy but it does have a scent I cannot identify. When I first smelled it I wanted to say toasted. It's faint but it's there. Taste is sweet and malty with a mish mosh of fruit from citrus and tropical combined. It's got a touch of something sour on the palate. It's dry and earthy and it has ample carbonation but it is not lively or buoyant on the palate. I am missing a funky brett presence, any kind of juicy/tantalizing acidity and frankly the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. It is not very well defined in the drink and drinks with a bit of difficulty and some effort as it is tremendously sweet. Finishes dry but sticky and with some hop presence in the finish that is a little bit of bitterness. A bit of a disappointment. This actually drank very much better as it came to room temperature.

Photo of CochonKing
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a light gold with a clean head and no disproportion in the bubbles.

Smell - Smells of hay and malt with light citrus under tones. There are some notes of barnyard in the back typical with brett, but not overwhelming.

Taste - Light and malty with the right amount of funk in the rear palate from the brett. It has a clean and crisp finish of malt that tapers off into the more nuanced notes of the brett. Brett tends to be a fairly overwhelming yeast, but it works here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light bubbles. Would be excellent as a palate cleanser.

Overall - A good beer but not as impressive as I was expecting. The beer itself would pair great with cheese due to the funk that comes from brett.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. This bottle is about six months old.

A: Brassy golden color with a good amount of haze. Fine-bubbled white head stands at an inch in height. Lacing is spotty.

S: Earthy funk is the backbone of the nose. Stiff and even, though not overpowering. Maybe even a little cheesy. Loads of fleshy tropical fruit scents coming from both yeast and hops. Pineapple, mango, and pithy exotic fruits. Fairly peppery too.

T: Much the same on the palate. Earthy, musty, funky, and cheesy yeast are the foundation. Tropical notes are also prevalent. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, and fleshy exotic fruits fight through the funk. Crackery malts. Good dose of peppery spice. Mild touch of tartness. Strong tropical esters. Funky/tropical mashup for a finish.

M: Medium bodied. Well attenuated, though there is still room for it to dry even more. Carbonation scrubs aggressively like a champagne. Some alcohol warmth.

O: This is a heavily funkified beer. Funkier than George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. If you're a hardcore Brett fan then you will be in your glory. It lacks the finesse and complexity of the great Brett-centric Belgians. The approach is much more direct and bludgeoning. But the one-two punch of Brett and New Zealand hops rewards in its own way, if not a little over zealously.

Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Nothing too special. Tastes like a Belgian pale ale with mild fruit and spice notes. Only minimally sour.

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Wild At Heart from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.