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Wild Streak - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tarheels4life23 on 01-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy. Almost murky. Dirty blonde color. The head? Eh, it's appropriate for a 10% beer. There was a pleasing height after the pour, but it's settled to a sleazy ring and surface pollution.

A very cunningly sweet note of bourbon barrel with only the softer sides of oak. Loaded up with Belgian ale maltiness with butterscotch, sugar cookie, squeak of pear, slight Bretty tartness plus mildewy funk, and an almost forgotten waft of maple smoke.

Butterscotch, tart apple, Bretty funk, pear, cookie malts, and Belgian yeast. Candi sugar presence actually cuts back on the sweetness from the whiskey, which has been transformed into something marvelous and light. This beer still retains authenticity in its style. Interesting aspects revolve around the character that the let-in-the-door Brett brings. The apple really gets juicy in the finish, especially after it warms up. The alcohol is here, but at 10%, I'm impressed by its own concealment. Again, I really love the subtle bourbon, especially in a style of beer where barrel-aging loves to boast.

Faster than sipping speed + actual 10% + deliciousness = dangerous! Feels right with happy carb presence and non-sticky, medium body. It's like this beer is wearing a mini-skirt.

Awesome strong pale with tasty bourbon/apple combo. It would get a 4 or a 4.25 as a BSPA, if BA would want to call it that. However, if you're calling it a Wild Ale, we gotta scale it back more than I want to. Recommended, nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A moderately hazy, pale golden ale. The head is long lasting and made of compact light beige foam that leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: A moderately light tartness up front blending with a light honey-like malt aroma. That's followed up by moderate bourbon notes and orange esters with a faint spice. No noticeable hops.

T: There are the classic Belgian Golden qualities f spice and light colored fruit with a soft malt body layered with a moderately light barrel character that shows some light Bourbon flavors. There is a light barnyard funk but it doesn't stand out amongst the other flavors going on. In addition to the yeast spice there seems to be moderate hops flavors of spicy and earthy hops. The balance is about even with a medium hops bitterness and medium malt sweetness that also brings some Pils malt character to the mix.

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

O: I'd describe it as a Bourbon barrel aged Belgian Golden with a light Brett character which first the name as in it has a wild streak and hasn't gone completely feral. It a nicely craft ale with good character and love to see how the the Brett develops over after a few years. It doesn't blow me away but it is still pretty good, however there are other sours I'd seek out for the price.

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Label says Blend #3.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly tart sour aroma with big hints of bourbon and fruit. Belgian yeast with good hints of funk, peppers, and clove. Big scent of the wild Brett yeast with some tart cherry hints. Strong barrel presence with some hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Champagne like fruit hints of white grape, pear, and apple along with a little lemon, orange, and banana. Sweet scent of candied sugar and slight honey. Malt hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Hops are very light. A very interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, funky, and whiskey tinged taste with good notes of bourbon and fruit. Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and peppers. Wild Brett yeast with a good taste of sour and tart cherries. Good barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Lots of fruit notes with champagne white grape, apple, and pear. Also some fruit notes of banana, lemon, and orange. Sweet taste of candied sugar with some honey like notes. Soft malt notes of straw, grains, and cracker. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and fairly drying. Alcohol presence is hidden very well.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on a Wild Ale. Good funky Brett yeast presence with some nice bourbon and fruit taste.

Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden ale color with a big billowy white head that settles into a fluffy cap. Very Belgian looking.

The aroma is mild. Some fruity notes from the yeast and some tart notes from the brett. A cross between tart apples, lemon, and juicy fruit.

Tart apple and pear come through in the flavor. The malt is fairly dry, lot of pils malt. Not very brett like. Not much of the oak shines through. Would not guess that this was barrel aged. Belgian inspired but weak-ish. More of a Belgian pale ale than a wild ale. Needs more funk.

Light and lively on the palate. Tingly carbonation burns the tongue. Refreshing and easily drinkable.

Disappointing for what it is should be, good beer otherwise. No real tart flavors so it misses the mark. Good Belgian pale ale though.

Photo of scootny
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice pour. Henry hazed wit a clean white head. Streaks and spots are generous on the sides of the glass.

A light covering sits on a golden fluid. Nose is light with pilsner malt laying down a feather bed of faint bready sweetness upon which notes of coconut, oak, vanilla, and sift bourbon.

Taste is sophisticated and complex. Harkening back to the nose, malt front is signature Belgian ale. Bourbon barrel contributes toasty caramel, coconut, oak, vanilla and wild sour cherries that are no doubt created by the synergy of Brett and barrel. Light funk as well. Finish is very dry and tightly bitter with an astringency that is surprising and refreshing. A tight, light sourness lingers with a hint of melon.

Feel is surprisingly light with a crisp carbonation the sometimes blossoms into full and creamy.

A superb spin on a BSPA. This is a great summer funk and barrel beer. Yum.

Photo of KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/25...pours cloudy amber, lighter below, heavy foam that fades and laces. Spicy, woodsy, ale malt nose. Light sweetness. Really flavorful taste. Fruity, bourbon infused - all of the flavor, but without the whisky booze punch. Big flavor. Really good.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, back label stamped Blend #2. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch and a half creamy off-white head that sticked around for a long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet, but also a bit light. It smells like bourbon, vanilla, apples, tropical fruit, and some apricots. I think the taste is similar to the aroma (except that it's stronger), with there being some honey and a sweet spiciness noticeable. There's also a nice lingering bourbon/vanilla finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has high but soft carbonation. I liked this brew, it'll be interesting to see how this one ages. $18.99 a bottle.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a very disappointing beer overall. There was barely notes of the bourbon barrel that this beer was aged in according to the label. The base beer did not offer much at all, with only a brett presence noticeable. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Very disappointing overall.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: medium gold body with a slight haze and some bubbling from the bottom; fat off-white head of fine filmed bubbles, thick lace down the glass

S: airs of bourbon barrels and orchard fruits; spices and herbs; rich champagne-like aromas

T: soft pale malts rounded off by the vanilla-esque bourbon barrel aging; dry wood flavors hover o'er brett's bottom-dwelling funk; suggestions of pale fruits and spices; sweetness of caramel and honey

M: smooth and soft and fuzzy and tingly; medium bodied and well-carbonated

O: one of those style-breaking ales, combining elements of an American wild ale (brett and barn), a BSPA (bourbon barrel aged like Curieux, with some common elements), and a saison. If you like any of the aforementioned, or pale ales in general, or bourbon barrel ales - this is a must. I have really enjoyed pale ales in bourbon barrels, like Curieux and Doom, and this is sure to please like-minded folks. In fact, this is a damn fine ale, one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of apples along with hints of bourbon from the barrel aging. Slight bits of oak and sweetness are also noticeable. The bourbon flavors begin to develop more as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The subtleness offered by the bourbon lend some complexity to the taste of this beer, but I thought this beer would be more interesting and dining get any funkiness offered by the brett.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle (Blend #2) poured into a Rastal Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy translucent gold-amber beer with an initial rocky thick white head. Died back to a persistent 1/8" head with persistent islands of lacing.

Smell: Fine/good bourbon notes - not the cheapo bourbon, but the good stuff aged for awhile. Some fruity esters and just a hint of mustiness under it all after a swirl. Mostly bourbon + vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon bite up front, some fruity esters + Belgian yeast notes, earthy bitter finish morphing quickly into a bourbon whiskey finish (vanilla, oak, sweet sour mash bourbon)

Mouthfeel: Slick, light carbonation, does not stick to teeth, some warming from the alcohol, but mild.

Overall / Drinkability: After reading what makes a Wild Ale per style notes here on BA, I really couldn't tell you if this is a wild ale or not. I think I would call it a good Belgian ale aged in Bourbon barrels though. The bourbon is the main theme of this beer, but it's not overpowering. Bourbon complements the solid Belgian ale. The alcohol though, while hidden (no harsh alcohol notes) does let you know pretty early on that it's present. Glad I tried it, but one big glass is enough per evening. Went well with steak, rice, and salad. From some of the other notes I've read on BA, it appears that this is a beer you'll really like, or just not find that impressive. Maybe that's the point, as wild ales are not for everyone. Some people really like them and others can't stand them. Definitely a beer that made me think while I drank it.

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- hazy medium gold. Full head.

Aroma- sour white grape and fresh cut grass on the nose.

Taste-a truly interesting and exceptional ale! Starts with a mildly grapey sourness then quickly transitions into a gentle carbonation with wheaty note, then turns mild with a lingering vanilla bourbon barrel finish. The high alcohol is completely masked. Truly an exceptional brew. Purchased this bottle 3/2014. Tasted 5/31/2014.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of zac16125
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a chalice
Blend #5

A: Pours a very hazy pale apricot color with 1 fingers width of white head that dissipates down to a thick film that remains throughout the duration of the drink. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Oaky, vinous white wine, some Belgian yeast estery aromas, subtle booze, a bit of citrus and faint muted hops. The wild yeast presence is fairly faint, really not much funk or tartness at all.

T: Some bitterness, a good degree of booze (much more than I was expecting), barrel notes with a fairly big oaky vanilla, some burnt plastic, belgian estery banana and some typical BPA spicy notes. Again wild bacteria notes are pretty faint, with just a subtle funkiness.

M/D: Fuller bodied for the style, average carbonation, ABV certainly noticable (a bit more than I am used to for the style), and drinkability is fair.

O: Not the best example of wild ale in that the wild bacteria doesnt particularly shine, but its quite an enjoyable beer with a fairly big complexity and depth of aromas and flavors. If the price wasnt so high I would most likely drink this again, unfortunately its not really worth the high price tag in my opinion. Still an enjoyable beer though.

Photo of cvm4
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with a golden hue body that's slightly orange. Has a frothy eggshell head that sticks around and has great lacing.

S - Has a muted smell to it. Granted I'm still picking up some brett, mild mild tartness and faint fruit.

T - A little more tart funk on the nose, but it's a mess flavor wise. It's like a bit of fruit (apple/peach), a bit of bourbon barrel, hint of vanilla and belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. A bit boozy with a dry finish.

O - Nice Belgian base beer. But, the execution is all wrong. The beer is a muddled mess flavor wise with no real aspect of the beer shining through.

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label and branded good hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a local TX bottle ship and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, but I'm not sure what style this is - apparently it's a bourbon "barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast called Brettanomyces." "Blend #1." I'm reviewing it as a golden ale. 10.0% ABV per the label. 2014 vintage.

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 one finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess. Retention is subpar; it fades inside 30 seconds. I can get a little lacing by tilting the glass, but hardly any holds.

Body colour is a murky dull orange-copper. Nontransparent; semitranslucent. Appears undercarbonated. No floating yeast particles/sediment is/are visible.

I'm really unimpressed with the appearance overall. It's lackluster for a golden ale.

Sm: Features the wild side of brettanomyces nicely, not just the funky side. Has a light tartness with plenty of straw and hay. Golden malts, crystal malts, and Belgian pale malts. A tinge of wood/barrel. I find the bourbon character when I look for it, but it's quite reticent, and I'm forced to wonder just how long (i.e. short) this was aged in bourbon barrels. I'm not criticizing; the bourbon is incredibly subtle and does work here - contrary to my expectations. Don't expect a smattering of chocolate, vanilla, and heavy toasted character though; there's just a kiss of bourbon. The aroma also isn't particularly "wild" - the brettanomyces is quite subtle as well. It's certainly not sour.

I hoped for a bit more wild character and I'm glad the bourbon isn't real prominent. It's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I did expect this to have more of a unique character given what it is, but I'm optimistic.

No hop profile is noticeable. No overt alcohol (or other off notes) are detectable.

T: The bourbon doesn't hit until the third act, and while it's certainly subtle, it still feels very out of place in this golden ale build. Some might the kiss of chocolate and vanilla to be effective, but I think it's too radical a departure from the rest of the flavour profile.

The wood barrel itself barely manifests at all. There's no rich oak notes here, just a weak hint of vague wood barrel you wouldn't notice if you weren't searching for it.

Most of the wild brettanomyces character is right up front in the third act, with an indistinct vague tartness/fruitiness joined by plenty of crystal malt and some generic funkiness. I love that Ommegang is coaxing nuances out of brettanomyces, but a bit more overt sour or "wild" character is really what I want. Subtlety isn't doing the yeast any favors; I think every consumer will want more.

The golden ale foundation is enjoyable if a bit insipid. Pale malts, golden malts, crystal malts. There's some generic floral hop character, but little else hopwise.

Overall, I'm finding this flavour profile to be surprisingly bland and boring given the wild and bourbon elements involved. Even the golden ale base offers little in terms of depth of flavour. Duration and intensity of flavour are both average. It's got plenty of subtlety - maybe too much - but it lacks complexity and intricacy. The would-be nuances of the beer are so buried that one wonders why the brewers even involved the barrel aging and wild yeast in the first place. You want to do a wild brett bourbon barrel aged Belgian golden ale? Fine. But commit to your processes and ingredients. Embrace the flavours, don't shy away from them. This beer is in serious need of a bolder approach.

To its credit, it hides its 10% ABV rather well. I'd guess it was 7-8.5% if I tried it blind.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit overcarbonated. Nice presence on the palate, with medium body and moderate weight. It's not the delicate, fragile texture of the best golden ales, but it does work well for this flavour profile.

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

Dr: By no means worth buying at its awfully unreasonable price point, but it's a decent little golden ale which is nowhere near as innovative as its description might lead you to believe. Expect a middle-of-the-road golden ale with some brettanomyces character of minor interest and some barely noticeable bourbon character. I wouldn't buy this again.

I will say it's very drinkable for the hardly noticeable 10% ABV, but the quality just isn't here.

Probably the most unreasonably priced beer I've had in the last year considering its quality (and I'm including Goose Island's four sisters in that analysis).

B-

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alright, we can now attest that the Brooklyn Brewery "plays well with others" as they release their first American-type "Wild" ale for the rest of us to enjoy. No longer cowering the the catacombs of the brewery- Wild Side comes out with frenzy!

The beer pours with a half creamy, half zesty appearance. As the all billows up the snifter, its creamy visual weight begins to layer with the hazy golden ale sinking and its eggshell foam climbing toward the rim. Its creamy foam texture laces the glass concentrically above its milky body beneath.

Its funky-sweet aromas share the common apple, orange and lemon character of the golden ale, equipped with peppery scents in balance. But here comes the cork-like must and weathered oak notes to follow closely behind. Its lime-like briny scent is almost sweaty even as elements of terse caramels and vanillans soften their blow.

Tamer in taste, its the equal culmination of light breads, wheat and honey that gives rise to angel food cake malt. As its sweetness is overtaken by spice and earth on the middle palate, its peppery acidity balances the sweetness to near perfection even as the musken-dried citrus flavors layer upon. Supple brine notes introduce the ales mineral character while its faint bourbon and champagne flavors close the session with a ton of confidence.

Medium-light throughout, the beer still retains much of its sweetness and malt structures and gives the beer as much of a creamy mouthfeel as it does an exuberant one. Stuck between ale and wine, the beer trends dry, acidic and earthen as a light powdery honeycomb of texture sheds its restrained warmth.

The potential in this beer excites me much more than the actual flavor of the beer does. In its relative youth, its "Wild" character still needs more earthen rise, more piquant dryness and more leathery texture- this will come with maturity. Its wilder side is still to come!

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Blend #4 bottled in early 2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, bourbon, oak, toffee, light vanilla/coconut, hay, straw, grass, herbal, light honey, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, bourbon, oak, toffee, light coconut/vanilla, hay, straw, grass, herbal, light honey, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, bourbon, oak, toffee, light coconut/vanilla, hay, straw, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged Belgian strong ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Slatetank for sharing this one with me. The brew appears a clouded solution looking not too far off from fresh squeezed peach juice. Somewhat of a golden copper with spotty lace hanging on the glass.

The smell opens up initially of vinegar then some unidentifiable fruity aspect. Some barrel character comes out like vanilla seemingly smoothing things out with a minor alcohol edge. There is almost a peach or apricot-like jam aspect but with little to no sweet appeal to the nose, just subtle nuance.

The taste is boozy to the point of being a little distracting to the rest of the profile. There is a fruity to fusel solvent edge about it. Some barrel character is there tasting of vanilla and hint of tannic astringency. This has some bite but dryness as well towards the finish.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. There is no denying that this is an awkward arrangement of booze and barrel with slight wild attributes that make this quite fruity and dry. This brew has some high points to it but overall the alcohol seems excessively jacked up and warming. Not as bad as the rumours I was hearing but at the same time, im glad I got in on a share of this and didnt have to shell out the big asking price.

Photo of tomordonez
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ale aged in bourbon barrels. “Belgian inspired golden ale”. Smells like wood and a little bit of whiskey. The small head dissipates to flat in a few minutes. Very noticeable taste of wood and whiskey. Some bitterness. Earthy. It tastes like a beer at cold temp. At room temp this is not a beer. Strong but it has a learning curve, you either like it or love it but not hate it. It was worth $20.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color; for a 10%er, the head is pretty darn impressive, leaving a few streaks of lace behind

Smell: The oaky vanilla tones of the Bourbon barrel are most prominent, with the bready yeast tones of a Belgian Golden underneath; hints of peppery spices add complexity

Taste: The first thing I notice is the bready backbone though it is quickly subsumed by the Bourbon barrel treatment that brings a punch of vanilla and Bourbon flavor; very fruity and spicy in the mid-palate, with apple, pear and stone fruit flavors spiked with white pepper, clove and cardamom; with all that is going on, the Brett is an afterthought at this stage of the beer's development, most noticeable in the dry, leathery finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a misunderstood (and poorly named) beer as it is not an American Wild and I think many raters (including myself, before I read the label carefully and thought about what I was drinking) have knocked the beer's scores because of a mis-conception; in the nomenclature of this site, this beer is a BSPA, not an American wild; let me quote from the label..."Brooklyn Wild Streak is our barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast called Brettanomyces."

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer and I'm a little surprised to see it reviewed so low. It has a nice sweet tart taste with some earthy hops anchoring the whole thing. I don't find the pour murky at all- golden with a very finely beaded pure white head. This is not yet a sour, but there are hints of "wildness" here. Right now it is pleasantly fruity with a nice bitterness and an undercurrent of light sourness. I enjoyed it, particularly drinking one on a terrace in New York with a view of the Empire State Building.

Photo of JGam115
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque gold, fluffy white foam. Ripe raspberries, lite biscuits, kids paint. Vanilla hints woven with lite tartness and malt. Good stuff.

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in an oversized wine glass from the corked and caged 750ml.

The color is red tinged but mostly sunny golden with thick puffy head with very fine bead and webbing of lace collects. The smell is both vinous and lightly woody with herbal aroma intertwined with the wild yeast scent that enhances the light malt aroma. The feel is very good, moderately high carbonation with low sweetness and gentle fruity texture almost like dried fruit with a sweet yet dry finish with medium bitterness and low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with light white grape crisp yeast with a mix of the vinous notes of champagne and light woody brett flavor characteristics with malt adding a little support in the way of sweetness but not much else. The flavor dissipates gradually but leaves some hop bitteness and herbal character along with a mild barrel tannin in the taste as it recedes. The taste is interesting and very drinkable - I like the finesse that it isn't oppresive with any bourbon yet it still leaves you wanting something, perhaps it may just need time in the bottle to condition?

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blend #3

A: Pours a golden copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice thick cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Light funk, some barnyard, grape, lemon, oak, and a hint of vanilla sweetness. Nicely complex without being overwhelming

T: Much more barrel forward. Starts off with the oak and vanilla, which both provide quite a bit of sweetness. The alcohol and fruitiness cut the sweetness a bit and makes way for a light funky barnyard note and some mustiness. Finishes with a very light bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely a different take on a wild ale, but it's nicely layered and complex. Makes a nice sipper, especially if it's chilled and you can enjoy it as it warms and opens up. A bit pricey at $20 for 750 mL, but it's very unique and unlike any beer I've ever had

Photo of BillRoth
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprise after reading a few reviews. Agree it was not much of a big tart beer as the name would suggest. But still was very impressive. It poured as a good saison style beer with nice full head and good retention/lacing despite higher octane.. Beer had a very attractive appearance in my Belgian tulip. Aroma wafted off glass and clearly signaled both funky tartness and some vanilla and wood. Soft but still very present. Based on reviews I had half the bottle at 45F and half at 60F. The warmer beer was probably not what the brewers had in mind, but I found it delightful. The beer was complex with soft hints of brett and vanilla melding with gentle hop bitterness and strains of malt sweetness . there was a hint of yeasty breadiness and a ?? hint of butterscotch. It seemed to be calling for food so I pulled out some nice goat cheese and a baguette. Don't know if food aficionados would agree or not, but I thought the gentle complex flavors of the beer paired well with the bright but still rich cream flavors of the cheese. The mouth feel was very nice with soft carbonation and easy drinkability.
Overall, I thought this would be a big beer that would probably stand on its own. It does the solo act just fine, but this beer was made for some fun inventive matches with food. The cook in me would love to try this a few more times and play with some flavor matches and contrasts. As noted by others though...the fairly high price will probably not help support this. Still recommended. Really enjoyed it.

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