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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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rawfish
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sanitarium16
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gspeer711
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8%.

Appearance: The body has a light amber color with soapy light tan head. It has a hazy look and some visible carbonation. The head quickly settles out and lacing is very minimal.

Smell: The aroma has a funky phenolic character with some fruity notes, light grain, and cereal. The fruity notes remind me of unripe mango, sweet passion fruit, and tart apple peels. The sweet fruity notes come out more as the beer sits.

Taste/Palate: It’s mostly sweet and fruity up front. I get pear, apple and a touch of mango. I also get sweet cereal and grainy notes which quickly turn to tart funky yeast and mild bitter hops in the finish. The palate feels smooth and fairly full yet still carbonated.

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Photo of hardy008
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark gold color, with an almost 3 finger white head, which has good retention and lacing. The aroma has mango, peaches, pepper, and pale malts.

Tastes mostly sweet with mango, peach, pepper, and pale malts. Is a nice tasting beer, but I don't detect the Brett, or any tartness at all. Tastes more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Nothing wrong with that, because I like Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but that is not what this tastes like.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. This is a nice tasting beer, but I have to mark it down somewhat for not being an American ild Ale as advertised on the bottle. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BethanyB
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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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugganooch
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

75ML C&C bottle – Lost Abbey stemware
Notes taken on 122/17/2014

A: Soft golden straw honey color with a touch of cloudy yeast in appearance. Active and sudsy looking pure snow white froth swelling over top. Dissipates rapidly leaving some wide swaths of lace gripping to the glass.

S: The nose suggests sourdough bread with lemon grass, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of strawberry fruit. Not particularly funky or barnyard to me but also not that bad actually. Leaves you with more of a wetted grass like aroma.

T: Starts off very cidery with a light touch of farmhouse yeast. Not funky or tart at all and actually quite sweet on the lips. Stale sourdough bread and lemon peel makes up most the other flavors along with some golden fruits and more apple cider notes. Very low perceived bitterness to this and the alcohol is kept really well hidden. Not particularly great to me and a big step down from the nose. Drinks more like a subpar Belgian Pale. Just getting a bunch of cider like flavors here.

M: Moderate to moderately heavier body as the beer sits kind of flat on the palate with a light syrupy thickness to it. Touch of drying in the finish but mostly clean and flatter. Mouth feel is not doing any favors to improve the overall experience.

D: Wild at Heart was a bit of a disappointment coming from Ommegang. Really not much depth of flavor going on for a Wild and a poor mouth feel making this a bit of a chore to drink much of. Would be more passable as a BPA I think. Wouldn’t really recommend this one.

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Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AGust82
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
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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Photo of jpmccann
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer has a great gold color. It has a great smell of funk, grass, and some bright citrus. The taste is where it all falls apart, its a decent beer, but the aroma made you think that your going to get a great sour beer, but all you get is a minerally, slightly hoppy ale. Overall it had potential based on its aroma, but the taste is a big fall off.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coorsy
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of REVZEB
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatGreer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of s35keith
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and tart unripe apricot, with some dry white grapes and minerals.
T: It tasted like tart pears and apricots, with some grassy hops and minerals. It had a clean sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a decent wild ale, but it wasn't bursting with flavor or highly complex. It was a minor twist on the usual Ommegang brew, with mediocre scent and taste. The body was great, the finish was fairly smooth, and the alcohol was well hidden. So it was pretty easy to drink for a sour. Age may help, but there are so many other sours that are better to cellar.

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