Wild Thing

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Wild Ale
3.33 | pDev: 23.42%
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tpd975 from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pinkish hue with orange tones. Nice tall white head that exhibits good retention and some chunky lace.

S: Very strange aroma. Very musty like an ashtray in a musty basement. Hints of tart red fruit beneath but it is hard to get past the earthy ash aroma.

T: Very ashy, almost like this one is peated. Some dust, dirt, and mildew. The red berries are there but they never really get to come forward. Very mild tartness.

M: Average carbonation, its the flavor that is not doing it for me.

D: Just okay been a night of bad beer so far.

Aug 17, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty reddish color ale with a large dirty foamy head with good retention and not much lacing – this one was real gusher when I open the bottle losing close to a third of the bottle in the sink. Aroma consists of fruity notes with some weird smoke and funky ester which makes for one of the most unique aroma. Taste is also a mix between some fruity and somewhat sweet cranberries and currant with some dominant smoked undertones and funky barnyard notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Quite a unique experience and not sure the smoked malt and fruit with the funky yeast is the best match ever or something I would wish to have on a regular basis but glad I tasted this beer.

Oct 15, 2012
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 246, Bottled November 2009; Sampled April 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber hue that shows a clear, red-amber color and a lot of carbonation when held up to the light. As I pour this beer it has a definitely aroma of fruit (berries, perhaps touches of cherry like notes and even some currents. A deeper inspection of the nose only reinforces this and it even picks up strong fruit skin like aromas. The finish smells of whole grain cracker, a touch of fruity smelling nail polish and some phenolic, not quite medicinal notes. The cranberry aromas can be quite distinct if you don’t take too big of a draught of the aroma; the cranberry character seems to mix, pretty seamlessly actually (though this isn’t necessarily good), with the curing plastic aromatics, the combination of which can at times remind me of children’s aspirin.

The beer is quite fizzy and fairly dry tasting up front. It has some body / texture to it and is even a touch viscous especially in the middle. The beer finishes with a phenolic, plastic-like note that is a touch medicinal at times. The beer has a light tartness that could be solely contributed by the fruit added to this beer, but might also come from some sort of souring bug; regardless, the tartness is really fairly slight if you compare it to a traditional style of sour beer. The plasticizer like phenolics are really a bit much here, they are especially prominent in the flavor and linger, almost picking up smoky / burnt plastic flavors, in the long finish. This beer has quite a bit of fruitiness to it, it is not quite as apparent b/c the phenolics can be so noticeable, but flavor so of tart cranberries, tannic cranberry skins and currants that add a sort of foxy vinous quality to this beer.

Really not that great of a beer; the phenolic and curing plastic like character is just too much for this to be truly enjoyable. I have made beers like this in the past and, if you have the patience, a couple years of age can mellow this a bit. The downside of this is that the fruit character will further fade as well, but at this point I would hold on to the bottles for another two years. The fruit character, when it comes through, the soft grain character and the body are quite nice though.

Aug 03, 2011
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uturn from Florida

3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml capped bottle poured into a St. Louis Premium glass.

This is Batch # 246 with a total of 2160 bottles & bottled on Nov 24, 2009.

A: This beer poured with a very large head, even with a slow pour to keep it under control. The head did dissipate quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was nothing to brag about, maybe some light smoke, mild funk and a hint of cranberries.

T: The taste was all smoke to me, I couldn't get any of the cranberry or currant taste, maybe I just have some weak taste buds. I felt like I was drinking a Rauchbier instead of a Wild Ale. This brew was neither sour, tart nor sweet if that is possible. But also not unpleasant.

M: The mouthfeel was light and thin with a dry finish.

I think this beer would be great to use as a marinade. It was drinkable, but not something I would look for in the future. This is the 1st brew I've had from HaandBryggeriet which has disappointed me.

Aug 12, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured witj a small, off white head and a bit of lace. Aroma is malt, tart, a bit of fruit. Color is a slightly hazy, orange medium amber. Flavor is medicinal and heighted by the alcohol. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and thankfully short. These guys have done much better beers.

Jul 12, 2010
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey, cloudy, and a little sediment in the bottom of this deep amber, rust colored beer. Very quick head, and I can't see any bubbling, but my tongue felt it.

The aroma has mild barnyard mixed with funky oak smoke and barrel with a little berry fruit Very interesting conglomeration of aromas.

The taste is funky smoke from a barnyard and a wheat field burning simultaneously. When this beer is cooler, you taste more of the currants and cranberries. Very unique and fun beer to try. The palate is a little dry and chalky. But the smoke and funk blend the palate and flavors together very well.

Apr 14, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brand new bottles that just arrived stateside.

Dark orange edges around a smoldering reddish cranberry center. Solid collar at the edge with a thin skim, and some speckles of lacing. Hazy with unfiltered micro-sediment.

Floral, earthy, dirty hay aroma. Not especially funky, or much distinctive Brett character in here.

Flavor is a little more intense, dry and bitter, grass and weeds. Some clover honey in the aftertaste, but not sweet. The bitterness seems derived from an herb, not hops. Kind of natural/organic, herbal, not the traditional sweaty Brett funk that one might expect. A little ashy, sort of jarring and out of place, maybe that's the wild yeast or herbs. Not much trace of the cranberries & currants listed on the label. Fairly full bodied, and easy enough to drink. Could use more funk or sourness, seems "young" and a little underwhelming.

Jan 30, 2010
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tempest from New York

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for about $10. Considering the brewer and the style, that's not a bad deal for a good sour. I thought it could fit right in with Belgian fruit lambic as well as American wild ales. There was a delicious tart cranberry and currant flavor that was complimented by tart lemon sourness and earthy, spicy wood-like notes. The beer was dry and sour, but not over the top. Relatively approachable and quite tasty.

May 17, 2010
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errantnight from District of Columbia

2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Definitely a disappointment after their last sour I tasted.

This one pours a hazy burnt rose with a nice couple fingers of head and solid lacing and nice retention.

Aroma is powerfully medicinal. Hints of the fruit (currants and cranberries) sneak through, along with a beguiling smokiness.

On the palate there's a good beer somewhere in here... it's just buried too deep. It's relatively blank up front, the carbonation is high, giving a prickly, metallic flavor and taste. Fruit flavors are secondary and only sneak in around the fringe in the back palate. They're nice, and I wish they were forward. This snaps off abruptly with an exceedingly dry touch. It's too clean of fruit flavors, and too heavy with off flavors.

It's not horrendous, but it's not good. And I could, perhaps, be being kind. Maybe it is horrendous.

Jul 17, 2010
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Diomede from California

4/5  rDev +20.1%

Nov 27, 2011
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #1 from Blind BIF Round 3, courtesy of zimmerbloke.

A-Pours a hazy amber with a fluffy tan head and generous sheets of lacing. At first glance I was thinking IPA but the dark-ish head makes me wonder. On further inspection, some black flecks are visible in the glass. Maybe some barrel aging here?

S-And we have some oakiness here, I think. Reviewing a beer with a nasty cold may not be the best idea, but it makes me feel better for sure. Hints of vanilla and caramel.

T-A tinge of sourness, highly carbonated, very dry. A mild cider vinegar flavor masks an underlying sweet malt with a bit of fruit. Interesting, and delicious.

M-Highly carbonated, as noted before, along with the driness.

D-Very nicely drinkable for sure. Quite tasty.

Dec 21, 2010
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by saying that you have never had a beer like Wild Thing unless you've had Wild Thing. A truly one-of-a-kind brew that took me by surprise.

Appearance is a deep copper/russet with a very slight cloudiness, it's very lovely actually and quite deceiving as, in look alone, one could easily mistake this for an English Bitter! This all changes on the first whiff.

Ahh, a beautiful sourness mixed with smoke! Never have I been confronted by such a paradox in the beer world - and damn if it doesn't work. The tartness of cranberries can certainly by ascertained with a second deep inhalation.

I take my first sip and wow, a flavor combining the aforementioned olfactory profile that is unlike anything I've ever encountered. Nowhere in the limited literature for this beer does it say that any of the malt is smoked, but I'd be absolutely amazed is this wasn't the case! Not lightly smoked, but moderately so. Never in my life would I think I'd like to try a fruited and sour version of Aecht Schlenkerla, but damn if the doors of possibility haven't flown open after imbibing this elixir. Smoke and sour can work! The mix of mutligrains in this beer is again unspecified, but rye is certainly one of them. A dry, crisp tang finishes each smoky, spicy sip.

The mouthfeel on this unique beer is smooth with a slight peppery bite from the grains and wild yeast. A lactic tang is felt in the back of the throat.

Drinkability is moderate as one's senses are overloaded and momentarily confused by the original tastes and smells exhibited by Wild Thing.

One thing is for sure, this beer is the best brew I've ever had containing cranberries and it's one of the most original malted beverages I've had in a long time.

Mar 26, 2010
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falloutsnow from Illinois

2.51/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beertopia
Nov. 24th, 2009 on bottle
Poured into a Unibroue tall tulip/flute glass

While drinking this, I began to wonder that if I hadn't know this was a supposedly safe and marketed beer, would I have even considered ingesting this? The answer was an obvious, "no."

I like cranberries, I eat them raw every day for breakfast; I know cranberries. I similarly like tartness, almost to the point of excessiveness, and I enjoy wild yeasts when balanced with other flavors. This beer offers none of the above. It's a mess of plastic resin, unbalanced wild yeast, burnt inorganic materials, and cranberries gone bad, as in rotting. This is definitely not a beer to revisit, or even gamble with again, especially for the price charged.

Pouring the beer produces a 2cm off-white head, made up of medium-sized bubbles, that quickly descends to nothing atop the body, not even a ring of foam. Leaves little lacing or anything else to indicate there ever was a head. Body is a reddish-amber hue, both in and out of the light, mostly transparent, and with some aggressive-looking carbonation visible at all times.

Aroma of cranberries gone bad meets harsh plastic resin, burnt old shoes with rubber soles, and a bit of overripe sourdough expression.

Taste is better than the scent, but this is still far below average for palatability and enjoyment in a wild ale. Everything from the aroma is here, but more mild, so you get a slightly softer version of the rotten cranberries, plastic, burnt rubber, and old sourdough components. Also noticeable are some more pleasant cranberry and currant flavors, which allowed me to get through the glass of this I poured.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium light with fairly aggressive carbonation making. Resultant mouthfeel is crisp, but slightly prickly on the palate. Acceptable for the style, but nothing I'd declare "good."

Mar 01, 2012
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a De Glazen Toren tulip.

Batch 246
Total bottles 2160
Bottled 24.11.09

A: Pours a color somewhere in the middle between orange and red grapefruit. A small 1/4 finger head spreads out on top and hangs around for a while leaving some random lacing as it does. Carbonation is pretty active and does its' best to keep feeding the bubbly ring.

S: The very first aroma that hit my nose was chewing tobacco...strange as that sounds. Copenhagen or Red Man. As it warms, aromas of toasted grain and slightly tart fruit come out.

T: Once again, chewing tobacco. Chewing tobacco laced with tart/dry berries and toasty grain. Smokey with a hint of Juniper. Also, I definitely agree with Matt, there is most certainly a honey flavor in there, as well.

M: Not nearly as sour as I expected so I think that translated into the mouthfeel feeling "thicker". Subtle tartness and a lingering spicy dryness in the finish.

D: Very enjoyable. I wasn't sure what to expect when that first wave of chewing tobacco hit my senses, but it's the subtle layers of this beer that really shine.

Jan 30, 2010
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nickfl from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white foam, resting on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves just a bit of lace.

S - Strong lactic acidity with a hint of woody vinegar. Musty funk is complimented and enhanced by the aroma of pungent cranberries. There is a hint of hops, or some other herbal, balancing aroma in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some fruity notes of sweetened cranberry and currant. Slightly acidic musty funk notes kick in towards the middle with a nice, funky blue cheese character. Finishes with mild herbal hop flavors and more cheesy funk as well as bready toffee notes and some lingering fruit. Mild hop bitterness helps to bring everything together in the finish and adds balance that the bready malt and relatively thick body require.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite complex and interesting, this is an unusual beer. There is an unmistakable wild yeast character in this beer, but it is much milder and less acidic than some other non-traditional wild ales. The funk is very cheesy and works nicely with the mild, herbal hops as well as the malt. The acidity shines in the aroma, where is really brings out the fruit, but is surprisingly subdued in the flavor, which is only mildly tart. Overall, it is a subtle and well balanced beer that is unusually quaffable despite its alcoholic strength and wild character. Not an easy beer to find, but worth the search.

Mar 25, 2010
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adrock314 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NewGeneric for this one.

Poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a murky rose gold color. Off white head that doesn't stick around all that long. Some decent lacing.

S: Earthy, sour, funky. Getting some sweet fruit, mostly cherry. Some bready yeastiness as well. Maybe some honey. Woodland scents...mossy? Very interesting.

T: Wow. The taste is similar, but at the same time very different from what the aroma would suggest. Starts out sweet and tart. Cherry, cranberry, currant, maybe some pear and apple. Mid palate there is a distinct woody character that comes from nowhere and disrupts the flavors that you are expecting to continue on. Sip after sip it takes me by surprise. From there everything just fizzles out. The finish is actually quite mild and the aftertaste is very tame. Astonishingly different.

M: Very nice. Slightly spritzy, but soft overall.

D: Pretty good. Its giving my palate a workout, but it is just so intriguing that I could probably keep drinking it all night trying to decipher all of the little nuances of flavor.

My first offering from HaandBryggeriet and I'm really glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Apr 22, 2010
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51mmz0rz from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle dated 24.11.09, batch 246, (total bottles 2160).

A: This stuff nearly jumped out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, luckily I had the glass nearby. Head is dense and billowy. Carbonation is obviously high. Head fades slowly, kept alive by the heavy carbonation. As it goes, it leaves a great lacing. Body is glowing reddish amber.

S: Smell is sour, and a bit strange, maybe herbal? Almost thinking minty tobacco. I actually kind of like it.

T: I don't like it as much in the taste...beer is pretty clean overall, not funky or sour as I was hoping. There isn't much going on here except the minty tobacco flavor, but it's not really off putting since it doesn't linger.

M: Nothing to complain about here, light and highly carbonated.

D: Finishes extremely clean, though the flavor profile is less than expected. Hides it's alcohol well.

Mar 02, 2011
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Beerenauslese from California

3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in my cellar for a year. Batch 246, bottled 11/24/2009. Label says 2160 bottles produced.

Really, an American wild ale from Norway?

This gushed a bit when opened, but I was ready, and contained it as I poured it into a Bruery tulip glass. Body is copper/red, and pours easily to a half inch of light beige foam that eventually dissipates to a cap. Motile lacing, but some of it sticks to the glass.

Predominant smell is funk, musty wet horseblanket, but also kind of like the inside of a running shoe. Also some band-aid. That is balanced by some green mint. After you get past that, there are notes of red currant berry fruit, and notes of strawberry. I am picking up more currant than cranberry. There is also a rose-like perfumy element. Some toasted malts. All in all, a pretty weird nose, both intriguing and off-putting at the same time. Ah well, it's a little bit of wild Norway preserved in a bottle.

I am drinking this at cellar temperature. It tastes slightly tart, and pretty dry. There is a red berry taste that I would say is more from the currants than cranberries. I expected the cranberries to really render this astringent and tannic, but it is not, so maybe more currants were used or Norwegian cranberries are different from the tannic, bitter Massachusetts varieties I am more familiar with. Pretty dry with a slightly bitter finish. There is a bit of mint in the finish, maybe from the hops. I wouldn't be surprised if there are some juniper berries or tips in this, as it also has a gin flavor.

The mouthfeel is delightful. Light and with good carbonation, this is like champagne, with a light mousse-like body and dry. There is just a little bitterness in the dry, peppery finish.

At first I found this beer a little off-putting, but the more time I spent with it, the better I liked it. There is noticeably a little more alcohol (7.5%) than a wild ales typically have. While I think this is an intriguing wild ale, it has disparate elements that do not come together as a whole. Maybe less additions would be better? Makes me wonder what a simple Norwegian coolship ale would taste like.

Oct 22, 2011
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peabody from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light brown ice tea color with two fingers very white small suds.
Smell is very pungent fruit and laced with seedy sourness.
Black currant with cranberry lending to a dark sweet blackness. A smokey oak aroma that funks up this wild thing.
Taste is very dark and grassy like. Cherry cola and sour grapes/cranberries.
Mouthfeel is very clean and makes you want another drink.
Drinkability is just OK here. Wish it had more sour to it.

Apr 11, 2010
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aerozeppl from New York

2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured an interesting mix between a murky red and orange. Came with three fingers of white head as it did gush a little bit upon opening.

S: The amount of ash in the nose was totally offputting. Someone described this as an au ashtray and I really cannot argue with that. There was some cranberry and oak but the stale cigarette smell was totally overwhelming and disturbing.

T: Ashtray. I was really looking forward to this beer too. I got some of the cranberry but the ash was overwhelming. Maybe a touch of oak. No sourness or lactic acid or anything like that.

M: Light medium body. Carbonation was a little sharp.

D: I went through the reviews to see if anyone else got what everyone who tasted this did and I did not see anything. Maybe this is an infected bottle. Either way not something I would ever drink again.

Dec 14, 2010
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BradLikesBrew from Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky mahogany body with an off white head.

Raspberry, vinegar, cranberry, and funky aromas.

Green apple tartness, cranberries, and cider with a distinct medicinal eucalyptus finish that really ruins what would otherwise be a fine beer.

Coats the tongue like a cherry cough drop.

Yeah, can't get past the medicinal stuff.

Jul 27, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

1.76/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up from West Lakeview Liquors. I liked Haandbakk so I figured I'd give this a whirl. Batch 246, bottled Nov. 24th, 2009, and one of only 2160 bottles. Don't I feel special? Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Gusher alert! The fill level was almost to the cap, so there wasn't much time to react - consider yourself warmed. Pours with a quick-dissolving white foam that settles to a thin, partial ring of bubbles. Opaque medium orange-brown with salmon tinge to it.

S - The advertised currants and cranberries are present, as is a touch of lactic acidity. However, these flavors are dominated by a horrendous mix of smoke, inner tubes, and a slightly meaty character. As the beer warms up the fruits fade and things grow increasingly medicinal. Basically, as bad as it smells when you open it, it will only get worse.

T - The taste is even worse - more rubber and mineral flavors, charred oak barrels, with only the faintest hint of cranberry. Finish reminds me of an inner tube slathered in smokey BBQ sauce.

M - Medium body, gritty texture, with some zesty and harsh carbonation. The only nice thing I can say is that the alcohol is well-hidden.

D - An unequivocal drain pour, and shockingly bad compared to Haandbic, a beer made with very similar ingredients and methodology. Not sure what local yeast floating into this beer, but I'd advise against future open fermentation if this is the result. Delightfully awful - it's a shame I didn't get to share this with more of my 'friends'.

Dec 02, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Oct 09, 2012
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant amber to crimson hue, with a pinkish-white head about a finger thick. Retention is above average for the style, and lacing is pretty good too.

S: Assertively hoppy for a wild ale. Cranberry and currant aromas linger in the backround, and brett is well pronounced, with woody, barnyardy notes.

T: Flavors are a lot less prominent on the palate than in the smell. Barnyard and wood are present, along with notes of tart berries. There is an astringency to the beer that I cannot get past. Almost medicinal in a way.

M: Medium bodied, and quite smooth.

D: This beer is drinkable, but there are aspects that may be off-putting to some consumers. Perhaps the beer needs to develop a bit longer in the bottle.

May 05, 2010
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grittly from Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -70%

Mar 09, 2014
Wild Thing from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 81 ratings