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Wild At Heart - Brewery Ommegang

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Phillyz on 10-31-2013

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bomber with a tight cork and wire cage into my trusty Left Hand Brewing big tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy honey orange with a significant 3 fingered frothy white head. Slight retention throughout the drinking time, mild lacing.

S - Candied oranges and lemons with some slight funk, slight Belgium like esters.

T - Lots of fruit get mango, orange, lemon, maybe a hint of pineapple, very slight sour and tartness, dry finish with biscuit.

M - Dry medium carbonation.

O - Was expecting a bit more sour, still well balanced, crispy and clean on the finish

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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!

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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-

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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.

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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

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Wild At Heart from Brewery Ommegang
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