Wild At Heart | Brewery Ommegang

Wild At HeartWild At Heart
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Wild At HeartWild At Heart

Brewed by:
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill, PA. Been very excited for this beer to be released and to me to finally review it. Ommegang is slowly becoming one of my favorite brewery's that I've had the pleasure of checking out. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a amber, golden hue that is a little opaque to see through. Not bad for an american wild ale. Came fully complete with an impressive, over two inches of frothy white head that sent carbonation bubbles flowing through like a wild fire. Already very impressed. As head recedes, the lacing is very impressive and inviting.

Smell: Very, and I mean very, little sourness is detected. Mild alcohol is also detected. Quite nice floral arrangement is noticed. Quite light on any starchy aromas. Kinda surprised considered this is a farmhouse ale as the bottle states. The florals detected to me seem like a berry scent. Pretty faint, but definitely noticeable.

Taste: Upon first sips I notice a immediate flush of mango and passion fruit. They did a nice job mixing both a nice floral arrangement and also a Belgian ale flare. Spicy and citrusy flavors coming together put a nice remembrance on the tongue. Some sourness is noticed, but for this I can definitely make an exception into the mild category. Mild pineapple flavors are noticed afterwards towards the end of the taste. Good, clean, and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a bit dry. Very well carbonated. Good thickness, good body. Medium to above medium in the body department.

Overall: Coming into this beer, I was expected nothing but near perfect from this brewery, and boy was I satisfied. American wild ales are to me seemingly making a comeback in the beer market and hipsters alike. I am nowhere near a hipster, but I do enjoy a beer if it is up to my liking and this brew I can for sure add to that list. The perfect combination of tartness and sweet, floral hops came through like no other. Since being introduced to this brewery, I've had nothing I can honestly said that I've not taking a liking to. Perfect for someone looking for a little bit different in the American wild ale department. I would definitely recommend to a friend and would try again. Cheers!

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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...


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