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Wild At Heart - Brewery Ommegang

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phillyz on 10-31-2013)
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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  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 MgoJohnStamos
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oakaged88
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of crhea89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 bcm75
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of daryk77
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, orange hue, very clear.

S: Grassy, earthly, a bit of funk, slight cider.

T: Light and lively, very dry, tart edge at the end, fruit up front.

M: relatively thin, slightly acidic, good finish.

O: An interesting 100% Brett fermented beer. Surprisingly well balanced, hides alcohol very well, recommended

Photo of Streetcore
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ali1987
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kharma1425
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of athomasPSU
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mwilbur
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Mullen2525
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Zorro
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Greywulfken
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 nyrblue2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange amber with good haziness. Big, fluffy white head with tons of big bubbles. Rose to over two fingers in my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Light tartness with a Bretty funk of old lemon peels and flowery countryside. Dried apricot fruitiness and notes of pear orchard and floral hops. Interestingly complex with low alcoholic presence for 8%.

Apricot, apple, lemon peel, stale Brett, white wine dryness, powdery yeast, floral bitterness, kiss of jasmine and white tea. Apple tartness is mild, but noticeable in the finish. Some passion fruit in there, too. Firmly bitter at the end with leftover blanket funk. Good stuff. It really brings out the flavors in the cherimoya that I'm eating with it, and vice-versa.

Lots of carbonation that rushes up in the mouth. Body is soft without seeming too slick. Not greasy, just a little oily.

A tasty wild ale from the gods at Ommegang. They know Belgian beer and they seem to know my tastes. Soft comes the Brett, but the base ale was carefully crafted.

Photo of polishkaz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Wild At Heart from Brewery Ommegang
83 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.