Wild One
Brooklyn Brewery

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4.34 | pDev: 16.59%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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pawpaw from Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -48.2%

Sep 03, 2012
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Brewfan from Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a few glasses at the Brooklyn Brewmaster Dinner at Farmstead/La Laterie in Providence. Paired with: beer brined ring neck pheasant, leg confit roulade with butternut squash, roasted fall veggies and pheasant jus. Awsome pairing!

Garrett Oliver explained the backstory to this beer. Brooklyn Brewery had ordered a shipment of yeast, and due to transportation issues, the yeast sat in a warehouse for 3 days, during which time, the yeast underwent some changes. After brewing the Local 1 it was meant for, they realized that the beer, albiet good, wasn't Local 1. So Garrett decided to add Brettanomyces to the brew and later aged it in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. 80 cases of the beer was made. A second batch is unlikely, but not out of the question.

Poured into a straight edged 7 oz. tasting glass. Poured a dark straw color with a very firm, fluffy white head. A tad murky with some carbonation lines running from the bottom.
Immediate nose of earthy funk, horsehair and BOURBON!!! A bit of sour citrus rounds out the aroma.
Dry, crisp sweet woody bourbon and some funkyness on the tongue. Peaches. Grassy sweetness and vanilla makes this drink like a bourbon belgian tripel.
Crisp and carbonated, very easy drinking. Medium mouthfeel.

I'll most likely never get to sample this beer again. The fact that I got to drink it right next to the brewer who made the beer, makes the experience that much better. If you ever get a chance to try Wild 1, don't pass up the opportunity.

Nov 14, 2009
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whartontallboy from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Dec 22, 2011
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PBoegel from New York

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no label, no date, more secret than the Black Ops. Say nothing.

Poured into a Brooklyn Tulip Snifter, extremely bright golden yellow very effervescent with a dense tightly beaded head which breaks down quickly like on a glass of champagne. The carbonation is still fierce but does not support long term head retention. No lacing. Very bright, many Brett beers I have had always show some haziness.

The first aroma is chardonnay, then some oak, then grapefruit and orange rind. Some sharp aged cheddar and slightly browned fresh mozzarella.

The flavor is deep with riesling and chardonnay, oak aged wine, dried lemon peel, thyme, cilantro and puckering citrus.

Very light body, highly carbonated with a snappy crisp dry finish.

Did not have a wow factor that some Brett beers have, but certainly very drinkable and expressive. Would love to see this beer available side by side with Local 1 in the future.

Feb 13, 2011
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metter98 from New York

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy golden yellow from the bottle with a little bit of white head. Judging from the rising bubbles, there's a light to medium level of carbonation.
S: There's a nice yeasty aroma with some spices. It is very reminiscent of the smell of gueuze.
T: The flavor is filled with bourbon, which carries through to the finish. Compared to Local 1, it does not finish quite as dry.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, strong and smooth.
D: The alcohol is noticeable, but not very overpowering. It's rather drinkable for a strong beer but is better one to sip and enjoy if you have the opportunity to try it.

Apr 16, 2010
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aerozeppl from New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: The pour looked just like regular local one. A vibrant golden color with a quarter finger of white head. Very visible carbonation.

S: And this is where you know you are drinking something different. The bret is right up there. Little bit of funk. Cheese. Little bit of horse. Lots of apples and pears. A little bit of the oak as well.

T: The taste had some fairly sharp fruit notes. The carbonaion really pushed this forward. The bret is there but it is on the young side. Wonder if they pitched bret into the bottles as well. It also does not have the spiciness of local one. You really do not get much of the barrel in the taste.

M: Champagne like carbonation. Really well carbonated.

D: They really should make this again and bottle it. I would drink this on the reg if it was priced around Local one. All in all a very nice beer.

Jan 24, 2010
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beertography from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to try this the night after the Brett Fest at Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg. I don't know much about the story behind this brew, but I would love to know more. All I had heard is that it is Local 1, bottle aged with Brett, and not available in the US.

The nose is strikingly different to that of Local 1, pretty much a whole new beer in comparison. The bourbon is immediately present, but not overwhelming. You can practically smell the barrel...sour bourbon heaven. The backbone of Local 1 comes through upon your first sip in the mouthfeel, but quickly makes way for the sour notes of the brett and woody bourbon. High drinkability as none of the flavors overwhelm your palete.

Full disclosure: My two favorite styles right now are sour ales and bourbon-barrel aged stouts, so this was basically the ultimate beer for me. As the other reviewer mentioned, Garrett Oliver needs to make this available in the states, as I'd be purchasing it regularly.

Aug 11, 2009
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mothman from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Local 1

Thanks to Steve at the Hopcat for sharing this with me. Poured into a Tulip.

Pours 1/4 finger of light white head. Color is a golden peach orange.

Aroma: Lots of funk and brett, bourbon, oak, vanilla, grass flavors, and some fruit.

Taste: More bourbon here. Lots of farmhouse and brett flavors. Has a funky flavor with some vanilla and spice.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, refreshing, and crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean and slightly dry.

Overall, an interesting take for a bretty beer. I was really happy to try it, but seeing the average as an A shocked me a bit. It was a slow drinking beer, very unique.

Aug 10, 2010
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Nov 20, 2011
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gregc from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. I was told this is Local 1 aged in bourbon barrels with brett.

Poured into a big ass wine glass. Nice amber color with a big fluffy white head.
Aroma or fresh cut flowers, citrus, wet hay, vanilla, some bourbon and sweaty horse.
The taste was great, a lot of similarities to Local 1, but with a nice funk and amazing bourbon notes. Smooth flavors of grass, sweaty socks, vanilla, bourbon and peaches. Great mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation. Im wondering if this was bottle conditioned with champagne yeast like the local 1. Overall the drink ability was great, could have a few bottles of this.

Garrett Oliver and the folks at Brooklyn need to smarten up an release this in the US market, rather then bring the bottles overseas, it would be a big seller.

Aug 10, 2009
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imperialking from Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

Jan 07, 2012
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Garrett Oliver himself for brining a couple bottles of this down to Philly...

Poured out of an unlabled bomber bottle (akin to Local 1 & 2) into a tulip. Pours a hazy, particle infused bright golden straw color. Scent is a complex blend of sour apple, funk, belgian yeast, straw and citrus. The wood & burbon charachter takes a back seat, but is still noticeable. Taste follows the scent with another complex dance of sour apple, funk, belgian yeast, straw and citrus with hints of spice. Once again, the wood and the burbon do not interfere with the main ingredients of the beer - a little more aging probably would turn this up a notch, and it would be interesting to compare. ABVs well hidden and suprised at how much apple charachter this had. Light body, almost champagne like, prickly carbonation, semi dry.

Excellent brew that does not over do any of its components. Its really nice to see a beer aged in this manner where the barrel and its former contents do not overwhelm the beer itself. Also, the brett is not abused like in some other funky beers. Would make an excellent substitute for wine at an exquisite meal.

Nov 18, 2009
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Garrett Oliver for bringing these to St. Stephen's Green in Philly during a recent beer dinner.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange with lighter golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing are left behind.

Slightly funky, dry earthy brett aroma with lots of estery Belgian yeast producing some nice crisp golden fruit notes. Hints of slight barnyard funk, apple, cherry, strawberry and cream, pear and subtle peppery spice. Smells like a slightly bretty funky tripel with a nice bit of bready yeast and estery fruit notes.

Dry earthy, funky medium body with a nice amount of tartness up front and a bretty funk dryness thatlingers throughout over a estery Belgian yeast body with crisp fruit notes into a subtle dry finish with slight alcohol warmth. Lots of estery fruit notes and spicy peppery notes. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not too much so, making this very drinkable. The brett character is prominent enough to add a delicious earthy funkiness but it's not too sour, acidic or overpowering and you can still taste the flavors of the original beer.

Dec 03, 2009
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PangaeaBeerFood from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled last night at an Artisanal Beer & Cheese course taught by Garrett Oliver at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. This beer, as described by Oliver, is a batch of Local 1 that, for one reason or another, didn't come out as consistent as the others. He received a particular strain of Brett from the brewer at New Belgium and pitched for bottle fermentation. Only 80 cases were made, all of which are personally owned by Garrett. He said it is about two years old now. It was sampled immediately after Local 1, which was great to see the similarities and differences, and was paired with Grayson. This was my first experience with a Brett beer.

Poured roughly 2-3 ounces from an unlabeled 750ml bottle into a wine glass. It looks pretty much exactly like Local 1 and poured very similarly. Pretty much nails the Saison appearance and developed a nice head that diminished to about a pinkys width and retained for the duration of the sampling.

The moment I smelled this beer I fell in love with it. The aroma was so pungent that you could easily smell it with the glass a good foot away from your face. The smell barely resembles Local 1, with the citrus and spiciness ducking behind the massive aroma of what I could only assume is the brett because I have never smelled anything like this before. Very unique, with a distinct sourness and scent of damp cloth that would be off-putting if it wasn't balanced so well. Stellar smelling beer.

The flavor delivers the same uniqueness as the beer. There are flavors in there that I've never experienced in other brews, probably from the brett. The power of the yeast is evident in that the only difference between this brew and Local 1 is what's pitched at bottle condition, but the end result is VASTLY different. That being said, the flavor is more similar to Local 1 than the smell. The sour funkiness is brought back to a more level playing field with the spice and citrus, which are much more present on the palate. The intriguing complexity compels me to keep drinking. Very intense.

The mouthfeel is very similar to Local 1. It's similar to a Tripel or other Siason's where it's a bit thicker and more viscous than you'd expect from the color, but it's offset by above average carbonation levels. Very wine-like in texture, minus the carbonation. It's a hair thicker than the Local 1 was, which might have to do with it's age.

The drinkability is the only place I could find any potential issues with the beer. The smells, the flavors, they are very intense. It's definately a sipper. I only had a few ounces of it and it was fantastic, but I'm not sure I'd want any more than that. That being said, I'd gladly come back another time for another 2-3 ounce tasting of it.

Dec 03, 2009
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jampics2 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OMG! My good buddy came through with something unheard-of - something that has never been witnessed outside Mr. Oliver's domain. A bourbon-barrel aged version of the Local 1.

A - awesome, pours with little head. Champagne bubbles.

S - slight sting, but mostly a wild funk that warms me knowing what lurks inside.

T - Hint 'O bourbon. Nice wild funk. Fruit, sweaty socks, horses, sweetness, oh my - WOW. Best wild I've ever had in terms of balance - bourbon is 1/10 of the flow of the taste - gawd damn.

M - F me. Perfect. Bubbles, bourbon kiss, bubbles.

D - another please. Oh, it's THAT rare, OK, hope to try it again sometime. Amazing!

Oct 22, 2009
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tokyotim3000 from Maine

4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle from Garrett's stash (I think this beer is only available via his stash), and sampled last night at Churchkey with grayson cheese.

Appearance was a lovely golden, quite appropriate for a modern day interpretation of a beer which loosely resides somewhere in the tripel/saison/bspa scheme of things.

Aroma was off the hook. Big bold Brett coming through in true funky, musty, horseblankety barnyard fashion. But wait, what's that intoxicating aroma of vanilla and a touch of bourbon that is peeking through the funk?

Sure enough, there it is on the tongue, a perfectly balanced brilliant combination of Brett, bourbon, American oak, bready malts, and some residual fruity esters from the primary sacchro fermentation. Killer.

The mouthfeel was soft and medium bodied, the super-attenuative nature of the Brett dries it right out and helps this beer be very drinkable. It seems to me that Local 1, Orval and Curieux had a 3-way love child, and it turned out to be one of the finest American craft beer innovations I've ever had.

Apr 20, 2010
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Pdiddey3d from New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Garrett broke this bad boy out at a beer and food pairing dinner he hosted in the BLo tonight. Blew my mind and I had to write it up as soon as I got home.
Pours a light golden straw color with about a finger of eggshell white head. Head fades and leaves moderate lacing. Some active carbonation visible.
Aroma packs a biig yeast punch in the nose. Funyadellick! Cheesy, wet horse smell. Granny Smith apples and a bit of vanilla and oak.
Taste is complex. Lots going on here. Some fruityness. Oak. Vanilla. The Brett plays a big part here funkin it up. Some booze, almost burbony. Very intense and complex.
Mouthfeel is good. Aggressive carbonation gives it character and adds to the complexity.
Very drinkable. A bit boozy but it never hurt. Amazing flavors and unique aroma and taste made this a standout for me. I WISH they distributed this one as I would kill to get my hands on it again. Beautiful beer from Garrett and the crew at Brooklyn.

Jun 23, 2010
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz pour from a bottle into a goblet at Blind Tiger for their Brooklyn Brewery event.

Brooklyn Wild One pours a hazy light orange, with just a little bit of white foam crowning the beer. No real opportunity for head retention/lacing. The nose is absolutely incredible. Vanilla soaked pale and tropical fruits mingle with complex wet hay and earthy funk. A subtle bourbon note lingers in the background and keeps things interesting. The flavor just isn't quite as nuanced. Bourbon is much more prominent here, and takes the lead along with the brett inspired funk. The sweet fruits very much take a back seat to everything else. The body is nice and light/dried out, and while the carbonation is definitely fairly active, it could stand to have just a little bit more zip. Wild One is a beautiful beer, and pretty much exhibit A when I say that we should see more bourbon barrel aged wild ales. Now if Brooklyn would just get around to doing a commercially released batch of this...

May 07, 2012
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smithmd4 from New York

5/5  rDev +15.2%

Dec 21, 2011
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dragonWhale from New York

3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shhhh..This doesn't exist. The unlabeled corked bottles brought forth from the dungeon below belie the truth in my heart that what I am seeing is not real.
A glorious frothy and mystic pour of gold and foam. Majestic and sightly. This is a monument to our greater good.
Slightly apple (the greenies), with a touch of a candy sweetness that is somewhat undefinable, a touch of vanilla, and a little sourness that doesn't even get close to tart. A unique and seemingly effortless flavor running down the tonsils to find the premier destination of ultimate pleasure. My soul.
It has that rolling sweetness, the slight sour just playing off it a bit, that is satisfaction to the tongue. Maybe not quite outstanding, but damn exciting and a great beer to have tried.

Garrett.. soon I will shake your hand. And this is one of a a dozen thanks that I will attempt to blurt out simultaneously upon that occasion.

Apr 21, 2011
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olradetbalder from Sweden

2.25/5  rDev -48.2%

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