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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%
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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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-27-2013 23:12:39 | More by Sparky44
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-13-2012 04:44:33 | More by tripledbrew
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-27-2013 13:53:42 | More by tom10101
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a thin white head. Has a lot of nice Brown Ale characteristics of dark malt, roasted nuts, caramel, and brown sugar, but with solid Brett flavors of lemon, barnyard, and funk added to it. Light-bodied with crisp carbonation. I could drink a lot of this, it was a nice Dark Horse pick for one of my favorites of the day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 23:43:30 | More by jsanford
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1069th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2011 Batch. Not sure numbers, have empty bottle at home.

Thanks to MrHirschybars for the tasting and sharing this one.

App- You really get a sense of the brown ale as this is more of a dark brown with some amber color to it. I would call this about a fingers worth of head and then a small bit of cling.

Smell- Well its been a fun night with sours and stouts. This nose was very earthy with a little bit of fruits in the cherry/raspberry range. Went forward with some oak and Brett and settled into a nice little combination.

Taste- When I 1st tasted this I really got a lot of the wood treatment. Kinda like a piece of bark. One I took a second and further sips, the cherry flavors came out with some Brett notes and a bit more of the sour acid.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a good dose of medium amounts of carbonation. Leaves residual booze notes with some oak and fruits and Brett. A bit dry on the finish.

Drink- This was a good sour. I like the blending of styles and the finish was dry which made you want a bit more of it. Glad to have shared a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 21:46:03 | More by FosterJM
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper colored with a little head of white and hints of lace. The lack of head would be a culprit of the pour I would guess.

Tea, candy sugar, berry aromas, cherry, sweet tart and hints of red licorice. Brett?

Full of cherry in the mouth. Highly carbonated and drinkable. Sour, tart, and juicy. Very lively acidity and refreshing sour cherry with a side of brett. Vibrant and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 22:25:17 | More by mcallister
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with a nice head that becomes a thin coating over the top of the glass.

S- Sweet and fruity like berries and apples.

T- Sour and very interesting yeast flavors. Some kind of carmel after taste. I've had this on tap and it was much more full with the flavor and body.

M- Mild carbonation, thin but very drinkable.

O- Love it out of the bottle, but it doesn't compare to having it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 23:25:55 | More by MeowTom
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david131

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer was a deep red, almost brown and pretty murky looking. The head was very small and white with no real retention.

S- A little sour and funky with hints of apple cider. The maltiness shows a little bit as well in the background.

T- Wow this is tart. This is definitely a naturally fermented beer. Lots of apple flavors blend well with the malt backing. Even with as sour as it is, a Bell's-ness flavor shines through.

M- Very tart and crisp. Leaves a very clean, mouthwatering feel to my mouth.

D- I was very happy to see this beer at the Eccentric Cafe and it was something nice for a change. Nice job Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 23:38:32 | More by david131
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spointon

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe on 8/28/2009, poured into a stemmed goblet. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a murky red-ish color with pretty much zero head and no lacing to speak of.

S= The aroma was pretty faint but to me it smelled more like a nice fruit brandy than anything else. Some wild yeast did come through as well though.

T= This was as much about tart fruit flavor as it was about any strong wild yeast sourness. The tartness is all over each swallow lending hints of blackberry, cherry, and raspberry combined with a hint of vinegar sourness and a classic dry finish.

MF= Thin side of medium bodied with a crisp, tiny-bubble mouthfeel.

D= Kudos to Bell's for making a very drinkable and palate-accessible sour beer. Though some will criticize this as being too middle of the road, I think its a perfect beer to bridge the gap for those who like sours and those who don't.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 05:04:07 | More by spointon
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz tap pour at Bells Eccentric Cafe

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish caramel color. Produced a good white head that dissipated after awhile.

(S)- A nice earthy dry brett funk with tart fruits in there too.

(T)- A good dry acidic tartness with nice fruits and dry funky earth.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level and a great balance. Not very sour, but carries a good acidity and funk.

(D)- A nice example for the style coming out of the midwest! I do wish it had a bigger sourness, but this is definitely a mellower, more balanced example.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 16:39:42 | More by sweemzander
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Savearth

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-29-2012 23:27:44 | More by Savearth
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Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-28-2013 01:54:10 | More by Noyt
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-28-2013 22:05:44 | More by Duff27
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jojox

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-03-2013 20:35:29 | More by jojox
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-29-2013 13:40:22 | More by seeswo
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-12-2013 18:48:40 | More by CityofBals
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California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-15-2012 22:47:41 | More by antoines15
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-04-2013 04:05:58 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-09-2013 00:04:39 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-26-2012 01:18:34 | More by Dactrius
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-02-2014 00:08:15 | More by MastaShonuf
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-29-2013 04:05:41 | More by egrace84
Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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