Victory Wild Devil

Victory Brewing Co. – Downingtown, PA

Wild Devil – 6.7% ABV, 25.4 oz.

“…What has made him truly wild is a change of yeast…Brettanomyces…”

Bottled 6/11/2009, purchased 9/2010, enjoyed 3/27/2011

Wild Devil pours a hazy, honey color with a large, chunky head.  It was 2 inches high, and the bubbles were noticeably larger than normal.

The aroma is musty, sour and fruity with a good amount of hops and malt.  Definitely a funky smelling beer.  Funk is a characteristic that I’m still getting used to observing, but Wild Devil has it.  I can also smell the ‘Brett’ wild yeast.

Flavor resembles the aroma.  It is funky with some pleasant sourness; distinctly tangy.  It’s not an official sour beer, but the wild yeast brings some of the same flavor notes: fruity, funky and tart.  Malt is certainly present and it’s bready with a very floral hop flavor profile.  The hops are citrusy, yet floral.

There is a small bit of unwanted alcohol or phenol flavors that detract from this beer.  It’s not a deal-breaker, but I would have hoped they weren’t there.  It’s possible that they are only present from the extra aging.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied.  Carbonation is aggressive and seems to foam up with each sip.

The drinkability isn’t too bad.  I’m sure I could have a couple of these, but one is what I’m going to recommend.  I shared this bottle with my wife and she really liked it.

Another cool offering from Victory, even cooler being almost 2 years old from the bottling date.

Overall – B

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