ABV unknown from a 750 mL
My friends that don’t exactly know beer often assume that I will one day actually run out of beers to review. I jokingly always assure them that if I simply reviewed every single Brooklyn Brewery beer that I’d have more than enough work to do for the rest of time. And, you know, sometimes it does feel like I’m a hired mouthpiece for the Brooklyn boys. Yes, my home team brewery has so many great releases that it seems I have a new one to try and review each and every week. Their Wild One was a uber-rarity I had wanted to suck down for ages. Long available only at beer fests and those pricey pairing dinners that sell out in a second, I finally lucked out earlier this week at a nifty Brooklyn Brewery event hosted by Blind Tiger.
Served to me in an unlabeled corked-and-caged bottle, this beer is the always reliable Local One bourbon-barreled with Brett for nine months. But, whoa, does that take a terrific Belgian pale ale and allow it to enter an entirely new stratosphere. The smell is fresh and funky like a typical wild ale but the taste is completely different. Bubbling and effervescent, of course, the initial tastes are likewise sour, but the backend finish is delightfully yeasty, bready, vanilla-like, and most notably sweet from the Local One influence. I just loved the complexity of flavors and the nice sweet and sour game battling it out on my tastebuds. It was too good to even savor, I greedily slurped it down like it was Gatorade after a long run.
I would stand in line in the freezing cold for this beer if it was released at a yearly one-off event, that’s how much I adored it. I even went back to the bar for a second $26 bottle. I am going to assume it is only lack of knowledge of its mere existence that prevents this beer from being one of the most coveted rarities on beer trading forums throughout America, because simply put, it might be the best wild ale I’ve ever had.