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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Wild At Heart is an audacious new ale in our brewer’s obsession series. In a rarely-employed technique we use only wild brettanomyces yeast in primary fermentation – the very heart of the beer. The brett 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 with a full white head. Aromas include mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. Complex flavors present a touch of tartness, carefully balanced with gentle malt sweetness and subtle hop bitterness. For enhanced tartness, simply let the beer age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Pours a golden mahogany brown with fluffy head. Aromas of fruit, funk, and some woody notes. Flavors of tart fruit, some woody character and some brett like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (352) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
Like Brigadier below (sweet profile pic btw) this has been lurking in my cellar (aka basement) for a couple of years. With the rarity of Ommegang in Ontario (we didn’t even get the questionable recent Game of Thrones release) it just didn’t want to crack it. But to the cottage it came for the Canada Day long weekend for its long overdue drinking. Here’s a purely Canadian suggestion to start. Do not drink this with the taste of poutine potato chips lingering in your mouth, it tastes horrible. But once I had my palate set to rights I’m getting sweet malts, mild peach and apricot and a toothless, flat funk that is almost bitterness that lingers into aftertaste with a touch of honey. It just doesn’t have the complexity I was hoping for but I always appreciated a great brewery’s tried, even if they don’t blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4234) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle sample at DSG’s 10K tasting at the Dancing Camel. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy amber-gold with a white head. Sweet honey aroma, some hyssop and chocolate notes. Sweet honey and a little muddy in the mouth. Full body, smooth texture, a little bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1679) - ISRAEL - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle sample at DSG’s 10K rating celebration tasting. Thanks beerandbeyond. Clear yellow with a huge head. Aroma is funky, vineous and yeasty. Sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy with flavors of caramel, candy and alcohol, a bit over the top. Medium-bodied, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (1431) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle sample at DSG’s 10K rating celebration tasting at Dancing Camel, Tel Aviv. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy orange with white head. Aroma of sweet candy, floral with some yeasts. Sweet flavor, alcoholic with notes of brett, sugary candy, herbs and some corn, slightly dry. Medium to full-bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomer (3076) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 24, 2016
At a tasting, thanks, small creamy slightly bubbly head, cloudy orange color, aroma of brett and corn, fruity candy sweetness with a nutty hint and a light bitterness, subdued brett character. Not too balanced or exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle sample at my (post-)10,000th rating celebration tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy golden. Aroma of fruitiness, honey, cardboard, a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor with caramel, yeast, fruitiness, a bit of cardboard, soapy note, and a bitterish hint in the finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
750 ml bottle
This has been lurking in the cellar for a long time now. On a quiet evening when I could catch my breath I finally opened it. The experience lives up to everything Ommegang is capable of and more. I’m not sure if there have been any more releases but as long as Ommegang keeps releasing these at or near $12 a bottle they are worth an occasional look.

Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated caramelized bronze base supports pillars of ivory head. Sour chocolate and vinegar float upwards with an acetic undertone. However unlike a truly infected beer it does not have that harsh edge. Earthy yeast helps tether it to a farmhouse style.

Flavor / Palate - Lemon custard, dried orange peels, and wheaty marmalade are like a jam pantry in a glass. The crisp sharp fruitiness cuts through the layers of base like the filling of a cake. The wildness is still in check although if you have any bottles still aging I would not give it too much more time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9581) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Pouring at Where The Wild Beers Are 2014. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Big musk and funk on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet with caramel. Quite unexpectedly sweet. Soft funk and tartness. Lingering tartness and musk.

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