Wild At Heart | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild at Heart is an audacious new ale in our Brewermaster’s Obession Series. In a rarely-employed technique we use only wild brettanomyces yeast in primary fermentation - the very heart of the beer. The brettanomyces yeast imparts robust fruit flavors and aromas, and combines with Motueka and Topaz hops to create uncommon tastes and aromas.

Wild at Heart pours a rich amber hue, slightly hazy with a full white head. Tropical aromas include mango, passion fruit, pineapple, and a touch of slight lemon and lime. Complex flavors present a restrained fruity sweetness, green apples and a touch of tartness. Carefully balanced with gentle malt sweetness and moderate lemon and lime hop flavor. Faint hop bitterness is followed by a crisp, effervescent finish.

Added by Phillyz on 10-31-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wild at Heart is a very tasty, very drinkable wild ale. THe Brett yeast does wonders with the flavors - lots of ripe mango and pineapple. I never heard of the hops they used, but there are a nice addition. THis is very drinkable and highly recommended. I have read reviews that state some were disappointed that the beer was not tart and sour enough.... for my palate, it is right on!

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4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A deep, hazy amber whose white head is quick to fade.

Smell: The wild prairie vibe comes through in the aroma: the tart and tangy scent of brettanomyces in the yeast is runs even more wild with coriander, white pepper, and lemongrass, but is also softened by a sweet, milky, wheat-like smell, almost like the breath of a baby.

Taste: The first taste that hits the tongue is the tart brett charachter, but upon swallowing, a determined presence of maple sugar and cinnamon emerges at the back of the throat and floats forward over the taste buds. It's a great touch. The tanginess of oranges mixes with the sweetness of apricots, and this fruity flavor combo grows, along with hints of coriander and peppercorn. Also steadily increasing is a distinct maltiness, which mixes with molasses to create a light French toast taste.

Mouthfeel: The medium body boasts a ton of bubbles, and yet, the carbonation manages to not overtake the taste. Cheers to that--it's not an easy feat! The finish too manages to strike a balance between being smooth and dry. I did not notice any alcohol warming, but I was perhaps because I was distracted by the many points of merit.

Overall: Complex and full of character, this imaginative piece of folk art is actually well worth its hefty price tag. It's so tasty, in fact, that I imagine I'll neglect my wallet for more, if I come across it. It's too bad Ommegang doesn't add this to its standard lineup--I would be thrilled!

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4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer way more than I should've. The brett it was fermented with was nice a clean and made for an interesting, easy drinking beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A hazy medium amber colored ale with almost no head.

S: A fruity Brett aroma bring notes of tropical and light colored fruit like pineapples, apricot, pears and mango. A mild Pilsner malt sweetness and moderate hops aroma.

T: Tart and fruit flavors dominate followed by a medium bitterness then a light malt sweetness. Fruit flavors like the aroma include pineapple, apricot and mango with a bit of pear. There is a medium-light hops bitterness that combines with a moderate tartness to bring the balance somewhat bitter against the light sweetness. The finish is pretty dry with a light apricot fruity aftertaste.

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

O: A very good ale that reminds me of a straight lambic with the only fruit character coming form the yeast. The aroma is good but it doesn't telegraph the very good flavors waiting ahead.

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Wild At Heart from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 216 ratings