Wild At Heart | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
38
For Trade:
3
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Nothing too special. Tastes like a Belgian pale ale with mild fruit and spice notes. Only minimally sour.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, honey, bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, honey, bread, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian strong ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to sip on for the ABV. Labeled as a wild ale, but this felt more like a Belgian strong pale ale overall. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. This bottle is about six months old.

A: Brassy golden color with a good amount of haze. Fine-bubbled white head stands at an inch in height. Lacing is spotty.

S: Earthy funk is the backbone of the nose. Stiff and even, though not overpowering. Maybe even a little cheesy. Loads of fleshy tropical fruit scents coming from both yeast and hops. Pineapple, mango, and pithy exotic fruits. Fairly peppery too.

T: Much the same on the palate. Earthy, musty, funky, and cheesy yeast are the foundation. Tropical notes are also prevalent. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, and fleshy exotic fruits fight through the funk. Crackery malts. Good dose of peppery spice. Mild touch of tartness. Strong tropical esters. Funky/tropical mashup for a finish.

M: Medium bodied. Well attenuated, though there is still room for it to dry even more. Carbonation scrubs aggressively like a champagne. Some alcohol warmth.

O: This is a heavily funkified beer. Funkier than George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. If you're a hardcore Brett fan then you will be in your glory. It lacks the finesse and complexity of the great Brett-centric Belgians. The approach is much more direct and bludgeoning. But the one-two punch of Brett and New Zealand hops rewards in its own way, if not a little over zealously.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL (bottled 8/27/2013, best by 08/2016) into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a nice fluffy white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is a touch grainy and grassy; vinous, floral. Pear, oak, green apple.

Taste likewise has a slightly coarse grainy quality, rounded by sweet fruit juice and dry oak. The Brett yeast lends a subtle tart, grassy funk but it's pretty subdued. Has a mustiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely round. Drinkable.

Overall a good but not great beer. Maybe I should have let this age a bit longer to let the Brett really shine.

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Wild At Heart from Brewery Ommegang
3.73 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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