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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 16:13:23 | More by tectactoe
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Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.