What can I say but wow! Ommegang seems to be able to do no wrong as of late. I was perusing the aisles of a bottle shop in Charlotte and came across Ommegang Wild At Heart and knew I had to bring this baby home.
WILD AT HEART
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.
Available in limited quantities in 750ml bottles beginning November 2013.
I don’t know what the rest of the beer community thinks of this beer, but I think it is delicious. It’s rare for me to run across an 8% ABV brew fermented with Brett, and even more rare for the beer to stand out in the crowd. I’m sure this will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I would mainline this if given the chance. If you see a bottle get one, better yet, get two! 🙂