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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 240
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of brown ale and wheat wort aged in oak wine barrels. Beer is tart with subtle Brett notes.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 12-08-2007)
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mocktm

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-27-2012 12:42:36 | More by mocktm
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks again to Mike for fulfilling one of my bigger wants from Bell's - this one has always seemed to elude me whenever it has been on tap nearby. Wild One pours a deep ruby and mahogany color with a tan-ish tinted head that barely forms at all, even after dropping the pour directly down the center of the glass. It's more of a thin sheet than an actual head, and I think it does without saying that there was no lacing left behind.

Very nice aroma on this one; the vinous notes run rampant and stretch to the ends of your nostrils immediately upon bringing the glass to your face. Deep, deep bouts of tart grape skins, black cherries, soaking wet oak, white whine booze, and lots of light, grassy notes. I'm not really picking up any Brett on the nose, although the bottle ensures that the yeast in question was used. Overall, a very tart aroma that's both fruity and oaky - I just wish it had some balancing funk in there.

Lots of acidity present in the first sip (and ever sip hereafter), although that doesn't come as any surprise. Wild One is tart and puckering to the max, playing off of heavy vinous notes from start to finish; grapes, cherries, and oak stretch as far as the taste buds will go. Mild white wine vinegar splashes across the palate here and there as well, also providing a subtle booziness akin to a warm glass of fine wine.

Much to my surprise (and ultimately, happiness), my palate finally picked up a bit of funk, albeit in fairly small quantities. It definitely became a bit more robust as the brew warmed up a bit, though it was still fairly stagnant in the aroma. Light horsey and wet cork-like Brett notes adhere to the back end of every sip, creating a solid aftertaste along with the finishing tart and sweet grape and cherry mix. Thin-medium bodied with lots of carbonation, despite the small head. Wet, slick, thin mouth feel.

Certainly a winner from Bell's. Though it doesn't quite have the levels of funk that I love in my sour beers, it's still certainly a great take on the American Wild Ale style, and you'll be sure to love it as long as you enjoy your beers very tart. Pretty drinkable, especially given the extreme acidity of this one. Might have heartburn the next day, but it'll be worth it.

05-28-2013 16:13:23 | More by tectactoe
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.8%

09-09-2012 05:04:19 | More by heddar33
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-13-2013 16:47:18 | More by warnerry
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Namarsha82

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-21-2012 02:03:51 | More by Namarsha82
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Enjoyed on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, nice to see more American brewers giving this less then main stream style a try. Poured dark hone amber, under a minor tan head and just a bit of lace. Zesty orangy nose, more citrus and sour cherry on the tongue. Earthy, and acidic with a hint of horse blanket. Crisp, puckering and refreshing. Nice job (as usual) by Bells.

09-07-2008 20:29:03 | More by Billolick
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-03-2014 04:19:53 | More by aquazr1
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djohnson2210

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-10-2014 20:22:51 | More by djohnson2210
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-11-2013 18:00:11 | More by bpfrush
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-08-2012 15:53:26 | More by Soonami
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Looks more like a flanders, has the brown and red appearance, thin, almost nothing in terms of head on it, although the clarity displayed with a beer of this crimsonness is not to be underestimated in its beauty. Aroma, nice cherry tartness, equal mix of the sweet cherry pie descriptor, and the cherry tart. Cool.

Taste, pretty good, delivers on both tart, cherry and sour notes, brown malt is appreciable and helpful to the overall experience. A tad gritty at times, maybe its the brettiness sticking to my teeth as its been known to do from time to time. Decent oak. The sourness is relatively restrained compared to some of the others (Supplication, Love Child etc. . .).

I liked it, would purchase again if it was in $20 or less for a 750.

08-24-2012 19:55:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev 0%

Bottle drank at NWI tasting group night

A - Dark raspberry color with light lemon accents. Small white head

S - Raspberry, lactic acid, lemon, and light strawberry presence

T - Tart lemon and raspberry with good blue chesse funk. There is lots of white vinegar and lactic acid as well that almost makes you pucker. Good beer with a good tart presence to it.

M - Good carbonation with light astringency from the lactic acid and a dry finish

O - One of the better American wilds that I've had with good tartness initially and slight funk in the finish. A really great offering from Bell's.

03-26-2013 01:00:18 | More by jeonseh
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-24-2012 15:38:06 | More by acurtis
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ipa247

California

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-10-2011 05:57:30 | More by ipa247
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-14-2013 17:17:37 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. This was the most enjoyable of what as available on tap today. Most drinkable. Darkish brown with a minimal head. Good sourness, balanced, Brett comes through and added to the complexity of the sourness as well as the absolute level. Lace appears as you drink it. White wine is detected. Medium mouthfeel.

08-09-2009 03:45:27 | More by Sammy
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danp14

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-11-2012 18:56:55 | More by danp14
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-10-2013 03:40:30 | More by schmidtmattsays
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dirtylou

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

on-tap, Maduro, pre-great taste party

cellphone notes

appearance: murky brown body - light beige ring, not much in the way of lacing

smell: nice tartness - cherry, raspberry/blackberry, candy sugar, oak

taste: tart cherry, woody notes, wild yeast, blackberry, raspberry, touch of apple. I liked this sour from bell's, better than i remember it being the last time

mouthfeel: decent tartness, lively

drinkability: good

08-23-2010 19:16:08 | More by dirtylou
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-14-2011 21:47:21 | More by Photekut
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-22-2013 01:05:34 | More by qcbrewer
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-09-2013 04:53:48 | More by Gonzoillini
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Pours a murky amber with a thin brite-white head that retains just around the edges and doesn't leave much lacing behind. The aroma is fresh sour cherry tartness mixed with tones of earth and funk.

The taste is a tart bite of cherries right up front that gives way to candied sugars and some other fruit sweetness but make not mistake that the sourness dominates. The mouthfeel is medium and slick with a tart and dry finish on the palette.

This was definitley more tart than sour and retained a fresh taste and lively feel that ended up making it quite refreshing in the end. This was a tasty take on a Wild Ale form Bell's.

05-07-2008 16:50:53 | More by Kegatron
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beerhan

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Finally got to try this at Bell's and I loved it.

Poured into a pint glass with a small head. Dark brown color with lots of carbonation.

Smells very sweet. Lots of sugar and brett as well as some cherry. It has that nice funky taste to it that I love.

This beer tastes exceptional. I was blown away. It reminds me of a Flanders Red ale except brewed only a few hours away from me. Just delicious and not too tart, just the perfect blend of dryness and fruit.

I could easily drink any amount of this. The carbonation is perfect and the alcohol is great. I hope this is bottled some day as it is now one of my favorite beers from Bell's.

03-16-2011 04:43:07 | More by beerhan
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-03-2012 16:34:37 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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