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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
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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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ploobs

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.8%

03-11-2012 20:30:03 | More by ploobs
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SourNotes

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -51.7%

11-14-2011 16:04:57 | More by SourNotes
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BHansen214

Michigan

2/5  rDev -51.7%

06-26-2013 21:03:12 | More by BHansen214
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bobbyr5

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

06-08-2013 16:16:44 | More by bobbyr5
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

07-17-2013 00:32:29 | More by mwbrady12
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rudy0908

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

12-14-2012 22:56:24 | More by rudy0908
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

11-20-2011 21:19:23 | More by jophish17
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ipa247

California

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-10-2011 05:57:30 | More by ipa247
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beagle75

Iowa

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-14-2013 21:05:21 | More by beagle75
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coz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.5%

11-18-2013 02:53:31 | More by coz
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-07-2011 03:05:50 | More by beerwolf77
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.5%

08-24-2013 20:44:37 | More by Flabbyjandro
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senorscientist

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.5%

01-30-2012 07:19:03 | More by senorscientist
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seaoflament

California

3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hoppymeal for this surprise in our recent trade. A 500ml hand-bottle. The beer was shared among friends at the recent Stone Sour Fest 09.

The beer was a brown color with hints of strawberry red when held to the light, no head and quite flat unfortunately.

Bits of toast, caramel, vinegar, a bit vegetal too, herbal, and red apples. Not as "wild" or funky as I thought it would be. The vegetal note took me a while to pinpoint, it was the best I could describe it and was a distraction in the aroma.

Grainy flavors, a bit of vinegar, toast, red apples, grapes, a little more tart with a few sips. Semi-dry finish, a bit syrupy because of the lack of carbonation.

Would really like to try this again to give it a more fair review, but for now I have an idea on how the beer tastes like.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 02:30:23 | More by seaoflament
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear ruby red with orange edges a tight off white head. The nose is fleshy, meaty, oxidized. Sweet berries, light vinous note, and faint dusty Brett. The taste is a bit better, oxidized sour cherries, fleshy meat, vinous. High carbonation, faintly dry, a bit heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 15:36:05 | More by cpetrone84
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

01-11-2013 22:07:07 | More by AlexFields
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scottfrie

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch K10851 336/826. Thanks Mike! Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a dark ruddy iced-tea color with red highlights. Very thin short lived white head faded to collar.
S: Cherries, low acid, sweeter fruit juices and light funk and oak.
T: Buttery oak, twinge of acid, vinous red fruits and red berries dominate, buttery finish. Hints of brett are light.
M: Tingly carbonation pops up on my palate, medium body, drinks pretty easily.
O: A less exciting sour but still very drinkable and delicious. Not super complex. Thanks colonelforbin.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 16:30:18 | More by scottfrie
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jethrodium

California

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a clear copper with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel, a bit of oak, and some light funkiness. The taste has a bit of sweetness with caramel and quite a bit of oak. There is a decent amount of funk and a moderate lactic tartness. There is also a bit of acetic acid. The finish has a bit of astringency and some light oak. Light body. Low carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special. It doesn't have the complexity of the better sour ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:27:38 | More by jethrodium
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mihir.

Rests in the glass a hazy amber-brown. The small white head recedes to a film. Juicy fruity aroma, acetic berry notes with a lactic twang. Mildly sour, has a nice strawberry jam aroma. Palate has a good balance of acetic berry flavors, gentle lactic acidity. Pretty rounded and drinkable, medium bodied, with a clean brief finish. A good beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 08:11:11 | More by largadeer
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Inglewood

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-25-2014 17:08:59 | More by Inglewood
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-28-2012 16:20:40 | More by fehrminator
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

04-23-2012 20:15:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours deep ruby reddish color ¬¬without much of a head

S - nose is vinous with berries notes

T - starts off with citrusy vinous flavors. These fade to berries and lots of vinous character comes through on the finish. A little bit of booze, but not much, is on the finish as well.

M - medium to full body with an average amount of carbonation that has a dry finish

D - pretty solid wild ale. Lots of wine character with some good wild characteristics. I feel like time will do this one a favor. It still seems a little raw and not quite fully developed.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 15:34:36 | More by birchstick
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

10-24-2013 01:20:46 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Bells Eccentric Cafe, $4 for a 12oz goblet. The chalkboard described it as "sour brown ale, tart".

The beer was clear-to-translucent, dark reddish copper color, with about 1/2 finger of off-white head. The aroma was really unique, kind of odd, the strongest notes I get are pickles and peppers. As in pickle juice and jalapeno peppers, but behind these there's a hint of brett and some mild malt aromas (a little grainy). The taste was strong on the peppers, some tartness but not as aggressive as I'd personally prefer, and there's a little chalkiness in the aftertaste. On re-reading, these adjectives sound more unpleasant than the actual taste of the beer, but they seem descriptive to me.

Medium bodied, all in all a peppery gateway to the sour style. It was OK, not something I'd go after in bottles, and a few notches below Golden Funk from the same brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 11:35:08 | More by TurdFurgison
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Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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