A few months back I was able to get my hands on the first release from Oddwood Ales and I was impressed. In my review of the beer I wrapped up the review hoping to get my hands on whatever they decide to put next. Guess what? The beer gods—or whoever schedules review on this site—have hooked my up once again and I have a bottle of Oddwood’s second release in front of me today.

Oddwood Ales Taming the Savage Heart bottle

Taming the Savage Heart is the second beer to be released by the Austin-based brewery and is what head brewer Taylor Ziebarth describes as a “nod to lambic.” Like traditional Lambic it is brewed with a large percentage of wheat, aged hops and it is fermented in barrels with various strains of yeast and bacteria. While the beer shares many aspects of lambic brewing it is not spontaneously fermented which is the main defining characteristic of the classic Belgian style. Regardless of how it is fermented I am excited to try it and can’t wait any longer to crack it open.

The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with minimal head.  A quick whiff of the glass gives a much stronger acid profile than the saison.  I get some lemony citrus and some bretty funk but nothing is overpowering in the nose.  A somewhat delicate yet pleasing aroma with just a hint of pear and oak as well.  The much anticipated first sip brings exactly what I expected based on the nose: a delicious beer.

Oddwood Ales Taming the Savage Heart

A medium level of acidity that is very noticeable but subtle enough to let the other characteristics of the beer shine through.  I get more of the aforementioned lemon and some oak as well. I also get a touch of green apple and white wine on the finish. All of the flavors are present but nothing I would consider dominant in any way.

Oddwood Taming the Savage Heart
BREWERY: Oddwood Ales
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
STYLE: American Wild Ale
ABV: 6.4 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE:
RELEASE DATE: Jan. 25, 2016
AVAILABLE IN: 750ml
BEERS POURED: One
I think Taming the Savage Heart is a great, somewhat simple and very easy to drink sour blonde. It doesn’t jump out to me as much as the saison did but I have a hard time finding anything wrong with it. With the success of the first release and the mention of being a nod to lambic brewing I came into this review with abnormally high expectations that would be difficult to live up to.  While this beer is quite enjoyable and definitely worth not only tracking down a bottle but stocking up on I feel it falls just short of the Saison. But hey, it is still the second best beer ever released by Oddwood!
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