Wild Streak
Brooklyn Brewery

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.72 | pDev: 13.98%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: There was a time when all beers were aged in wood, and yeasts ran wild and cavorted together. Modern brewing is wonderful, of course, but sometimes a little cavorting is a fine thing. Sometimes it gives you a chance to reveal your funky side. We have to admit it - we’ve been cavorting for years...and sorta holding out on you. We didn’t want to do that, but the fact is that up until now we only had enough room to make this beer for ourselves and some close friends - we didn’t have enough beer to put it out on shelves. We actually make a lot of beers like this - we call them the “Ghost Bottles”, and we’ve enjoyed pouring them for you at tastings and dinners.

Now we’re very pleased to finally give one of our “ghosts” the opportunity to materialize in your hands. Brooklyn Wild Streak starts off as a Belgian-inspired golden ale. After fermentation and a brief conditioning, we then age the beer for several months in second-use bourbon barrels, giving it a soft, round character infused with nicely balanced oak flavors. Finally we bottle the beer flat and re-ferment it with blend of priming sugar, Champagne yeast and the wild yeast strain Brettanomyces. As the two yeasts do their cavorting, the beer gains its natural carbonation. The “Brett” takes many months to do its thing during bottle aging, but once it does, Wild Streak is enlivened by a wonderfully complex earthy funk.
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 258
Reviews by KSMONHNYIL:
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"There was a time when all beers were aged in wood, and yeasts ran wild and cavorted together. Modern brewing is wonderful, but sometimes a little cavorting is a fine thing. Brooklyn Wild Streak is our barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast called Brettanomyces. It's particularly great with cheeses and game meats. Oh, go ahead. You know you want to." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles as a limited release.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy, crisp cream white head over a moderately hazy golden amber body with light carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) The aroma is indicative of a Belgian Strong Pale, with pale, biscuit and bread malts constructing a rich, but clean malt aroma with residual sweetness, soft honey, caramel syrups. Very subtle Brettanomyces character in the aroma with a light tartness, still the Belgian Pale character comes through largely untouched. I also have a difficult time detecting any barrel aged notes in here. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavors largely taste of a Belgian Strong Pale, with bread malts, smooth exposed graininess, subtle caramelized sweetness, largely fermented out with the expected bite of alcohol. Again there was no discernible bourbon character nor Brettanomyces character present in the flavor. Altogether, it was pretty average flavor overall with little to no novelty going for it, especially in the avenues that would have drawn me to drop 20 dollars for a bottle of this. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly residual, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and tangy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters to note. 3.5

(Overall) The expectations were high going into this ale, but the end result was fairly ordinary with no discernible Brettanomyces impact nor bourbon and barrel character. The exposed graininess doesn't make it the most pleasing beer that I've had from the brewery, either. It's very pedestrian and alarmingly simple for something that was given the big-bottle treatment. While not all experiments can be winners, this proved to be yet another disappointing and astoundingly expensive release from Brooklyn. I can only be a sucker for so many more of these. 3.25

Brooklyn Brewery's
Wild Streak Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color; for a 10%er, the head is pretty darn impressive, leaving a few streaks of lace behind

Smell: The oaky vanilla tones of the Bourbon barrel are most prominent, with the bready yeast tones of a Belgian Golden underneath; hints of peppery spices add complexity

Taste: The first thing I notice is the bready backbone though it is quickly subsumed by the Bourbon barrel treatment that brings a punch of vanilla and Bourbon flavor; very fruity and spicy in the mid-palate, with apple, pear and stone fruit flavors spiked with white pepper, clove and cardamom; with all that is going on, the Brett is an afterthought at this stage of the beer's development, most noticeable in the dry, leathery finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a misunderstood (and poorly named) beer as it is not an American Wild and I think many raters (including myself, before I read the label carefully and thought about what I was drinking) have knocked the beer's scores because of a mis-conception; in the nomenclature of this site, this beer is a BSPA, not an American wild; let me quote from the label..."Brooklyn Wild Streak is our barrel-aged Belgian-inspired golden ale enlivened by the earthy funk of the wild yeast called Brettanomyces."

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MadScientist
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A moderately hazy, pale golden ale. The head is long lasting and made of compact light beige foam that leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: A moderately light tartness up front blending with a light honey-like malt aroma. That's followed up by moderate bourbon notes and orange esters with a faint spice. No noticeable hops.

T: There are the classic Belgian Golden qualities f spice and light colored fruit with a soft malt body layered with a moderately light barrel character that shows some light Bourbon flavors. There is a light barnyard funk but it doesn't stand out amongst the other flavors going on. In addition to the yeast spice there seems to be moderate hops flavors of spicy and earthy hops. The balance is about even with a medium hops bitterness and medium malt sweetness that also brings some Pils malt character to the mix.

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

O: I'd describe it as a Bourbon barrel aged Belgian Golden with a light Brett character which first the name as in it has a wild streak and hasn't gone completely feral. It a nicely craft ale with good character and love to see how the the Brett develops over after a few years. It doesn't blow me away but it is still pretty good, however there are other sours I'd seek out for the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy. Almost murky. Dirty blonde color. The head? Eh, it's appropriate for a 10% beer. There was a pleasing height after the pour, but it's settled to a sleazy ring and surface pollution.

A very cunningly sweet note of bourbon barrel with only the softer sides of oak. Loaded up with Belgian ale maltiness with butterscotch, sugar cookie, squeak of pear, slight Bretty tartness plus mildewy funk, and an almost forgotten waft of maple smoke.

Butterscotch, tart apple, Bretty funk, pear, cookie malts, and Belgian yeast. Candi sugar presence actually cuts back on the sweetness from the whiskey, which has been transformed into something marvelous and light. This beer still retains authenticity in its style. Interesting aspects revolve around the character that the let-in-the-door Brett brings. The apple really gets juicy in the finish, especially after it warms up. The alcohol is here, but at 10%, I'm impressed by its own concealment. Again, I really love the subtle bourbon, especially in a style of beer where barrel-aging loves to boast.

Faster than sipping speed + actual 10% + deliciousness = dangerous! Feels right with happy carb presence and non-sticky, medium body. It's like this beer is wearing a mini-skirt.

Awesome strong pale with tasty bourbon/apple combo. It would get a 4 or a 4.25 as a BSPA, if BA would want to call it that. However, if you're calling it a Wild Ale, we gotta scale it back more than I want to. Recommended, nonetheless.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/25...pours cloudy amber, lighter below, heavy foam that fades and laces. Spicy, woodsy, ale malt nose. Light sweetness. Really flavorful taste. Fruity, bourbon infused - all of the flavor, but without the whisky booze punch. Big flavor. Really good.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Slatetank for sharing this one with me. The brew appears a clouded solution looking not too far off from fresh squeezed peach juice. Somewhat of a golden copper with spotty lace hanging on the glass.

The smell opens up initially of vinegar then some unidentifiable fruity aspect. Some barrel character comes out like vanilla seemingly smoothing things out with a minor alcohol edge. There is almost a peach or apricot-like jam aspect but with little to no sweet appeal to the nose, just subtle nuance.

The taste is boozy to the point of being a little distracting to the rest of the profile. There is a fruity to fusel solvent edge about it. Some barrel character is there tasting of vanilla and hint of tannic astringency. This has some bite but dryness as well towards the finish.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. There is no denying that this is an awkward arrangement of booze and barrel with slight wild attributes that make this quite fruity and dry. This brew has some high points to it but overall the alcohol seems excessively jacked up and warming. Not as bad as the rumours I was hearing but at the same time, im glad I got in on a share of this and didnt have to shell out the big asking price.

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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Light orange with a solid two-finger head
S: Belgian yeast, brett, malt and spice
T: Matches the nose though mostly malt/yeast
M: Surprisingly light given the abv; smooth
O: I like that the focus is the various microbes not the malts/hops. I didn't taste any barrel influce except perhaps the smoothness. I let this one age for a bit; not sure if that helped or hurt though it certainly doesn't taste old

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle (Blend #2) poured into a Rastal Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy translucent gold-amber beer with an initial rocky thick white head. Died back to a persistent 1/8" head with persistent islands of lacing.

Smell: Fine/good bourbon notes - not the cheapo bourbon, but the good stuff aged for awhile. Some fruity esters and just a hint of mustiness under it all after a swirl. Mostly bourbon + vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon bite up front, some fruity esters + Belgian yeast notes, earthy bitter finish morphing quickly into a bourbon whiskey finish (vanilla, oak, sweet sour mash bourbon)

Mouthfeel: Slick, light carbonation, does not stick to teeth, some warming from the alcohol, but mild.

Overall / Drinkability: After reading what makes a Wild Ale per style notes here on BA, I really couldn't tell you if this is a wild ale or not. I think I would call it a good Belgian ale aged in Bourbon barrels though. The bourbon is the main theme of this beer, but it's not overpowering. Bourbon complements the solid Belgian ale. The alcohol though, while hidden (no harsh alcohol notes) does let you know pretty early on that it's present. Glad I tried it, but one big glass is enough per evening. Went well with steak, rice, and salad. From some of the other notes I've read on BA, it appears that this is a beer you'll really like, or just not find that impressive. Maybe that's the point, as wild ales are not for everyone. Some people really like them and others can't stand them. Definitely a beer that made me think while I drank it.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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