This was a brew that I hadn’t heard was released by Brooklyn and the other half picked up for me in New York. It’s probably one that I should have aged, but I was pretty excited to try it. Let’s see how this one went.
Style: American Wild Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. This beer is almost one year old when released, but it will age beautifully for many more. It’s particularly great with washed rind cheeses, game meats, steaks, and a few more things we probably shouldn’t mention here. You’ll figure it out for yourself, and that’s half the fun. So go ahead – unwind that cage, pop that cork, and reveal your Wild Streak. You know you want to.”
Random: I really am enjoying my new Teku glass. I can’t believe it took me so long to get one.
This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body is a hazy, burnt orange color with moderate carbonation visible in my Teku glass. The nose was really complex. Up front, I got mostly bourbon barrel with vanilla and oak. There was some brett as well with Belgian yeast and golden raisins as well. The taste made it even more apparent that this was barrel aged. There was significant notes of oak with vanilla and bourbon. Right after, I got big notes of golden raisin and apricot. Some honey and black pepper were also apparent with bready malt. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long, warm finish with oak and bourbon. Also of note was that the alcohol was really hidden. My biggest qualm with this brew was that the brett really did not make an appearance and I wouldn’t call this an American Wild Ale. Despite that, I thought it was a good beer, but not worth the price tag.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0