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Wild At Heart - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
83
good

172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phillyz on 10-31-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

heerboth, Sunday at 04:27 AM
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Thollemb, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Bockerdoppel91, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Inglewood, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 13, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

draheim, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Fluffmeister, Aug 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Denzo, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

bourassa23, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tharper178, Jul 25, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

utopiajane, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

griffey123, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photchkiss, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Vixie
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Vixie, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cam12, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jim_carignan, Jul 10, 2014
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2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Gobigvt7, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MisterBisco, Jul 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

muletrane, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Nrhurd, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Scottgilbert1, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AMCimpi, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Magnettis, Jun 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

t420o, Jun 27, 2014
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Wild At Heart from Brewery Ommegang
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