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The Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 430
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 244
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 12-08-2007

A blend of brown ale and wheat wort aged in oak wine barrels. Beer is tart with subtle Brett notes.
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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 430
Photo of seaoflament
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bel'ls Wild One is a decent sour beer. It doesn't have the polish of the Russian River sours but it still has some good points too.

A: Cloudy orange. Not much head. 3.5

S: Sour with some lemon vomit flavour. 3

T: Lemon zest. Apple. With some sourness. Quite pleasant. 4.

M: Flat. 2.5

O: Yum. 4 (299 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at a recent tasting hosted by hoppymcgee.

Pours a bright fall orange/light brown color with fizzy light off white head.

Aromas begin with lots of white vinous grapes. Golden apples, pears and a Champagne effervescence.

The tastes are highlighted by a dry, earthy oakiness. I am looking for more but the flavors are fairly one dimentional. As it warms you get a little more with some sour tart cherries and light lemon. These are very tart. A big vinegar and acidic flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is very tart and bone dry; really really crisp and drying on the palate. Too dry to be honest for me.

Overall this was an okay beer but the base malt flavor profile didn't quite meld with the intense drying oak flavors. Not bad by any means, but not one I will be seeking out anytime soon. The small sample was enough to know this was not my cup of tea. (906 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Murren for sharing this. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a burnt color of orange to copper. Some yellow clarity is seen around the edges and a tan froth sits atop the brew with a finger strength.

The aroma includes a mild note of fruity sweetness almost like cherry mixed with a bit of oakiness. A hint of sweet vanilla and apple cidar vinegar across the back that gets a little cheesy with some funk. Overall the nose is lacking a bit of punch but the subtle character that's there is enjoyable.

The taste is tart with a fruited cherry quality just like the aroma suggested. A slight inclusion of vanilla barrel character tames the tartness and helps blend into a taste of apple cidar vinegar. There is a lingering aftertaste of apple skins. I think the flavor came up a bit short here. It was easy drinking but not as wild as one would expect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a pleasant warmth of alcohol. I really appreciated the opportunity to give this brew a try but it was a little weak. I think the comment was made that this was a fresh released batch? I wouldn't mind trying it again if given the opportunity and it has some aging potential I'm sure but as-is I felt it was lacking. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This sour pours out as a deep reddish brown color. The head in nonexistent along with the lacing. The aroma of this beer is definitely sour. There is plenty of acidic tartness on the to tongue too. The mouthfeel is more like a wine, not much carbonation at all here. The finish is dry, and earthy. It's a decent sour ale. Not my favorite style but glad I tried it. (364 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cafe...A medium copper, clear. The head is light head, ok thin ring but no lacing...The aroma is really light, wish it was stronger as this shows some promise. Light cherries, vinegar, a little oak. Reminds me of an American oud bruin. Surprised it was aged in a wine barrel, don't get that at all. Lactic sour notes, want them stronger... The taste is stronger but not as good as the nose, lightly tart, vinegar, oak, pretty light and boring finish. I get the wine barrel in the finish and feel, lots of grape skin going on.

An average sour that I'd skip in the future. (585 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at bells in december

Pours a beautiful purplish red with minimal head. smells very tart and sour. A bit of sweetness on the nose. Tastes like sour sweet tarts and lots of wine characteristics. Too bitter and sour for my taste but overall pretty solid. Okay mouthfeel but overall not something that sits right on my pallette.fairly drinkable for such a sour beer (369 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark cherry red with little to no head. It smells very tart and bitter, like tart cherries. The tastes is very tart and very, very dry. Like a fellow sampler put it, it's like a cherry wine with the after taste. It's very tart, very dry, and very bitter. It drinks crisp and fresh and very dry. It lacks true complexity. It doesn't offer any other fruits, yeast, funk, etc. It's kind of like a middle of the road kriek. The dryness definitely carries over to the after taste, leaving a tart cherry flavor behind. It's just ok as far as I'm concerned for a wild. I expected more. It's more like a middle of the road kriek than anything, and not very complex. (674 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Man, this is a funky beer. Or maybe I should just call it wild. I'm not positive, but I think this is my first of the style. Where do I begin. I'll begin with a summary... how does that work? I'll make it work. All around, this beer is just oddly compelling. When I first smelled it I was wondering what the hell it was supposed to be, because of the yeast. Fruity garbage, almost? After a couple smells and a few sips, I actually grew to like this a lot. There's a lot of puckering, sour fruit in the flavor department, with a good amount of malt. The spicy aromatics that I pull are just... interesting. Fruity garbage with vegetable juice -- how does it work? I don't know, but it does. This is hardly something that I could have often, but I love a "different" kind of beer time-to-time, and this did it for me. I could definitely see myself bumping the scores up for this beer the next time I have it/can compare it to others of the style. Until then... (996 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/22/2012

Bottle shared by womencantsail, thanks!

A: Reddish orange with a fleeting white head.

S: Vinegar accompanies a general berry presence. I detect apple, vanilla, leather, and earth. The aroma is lightly lactic with a dash of cheese and a little oak.

T: Lightly tart with soft vinegar notes. Dark cherry blends with vanilla, currant, and plum. Acetic acidity is restrained. Lactic notes are pervasive. The finish displays a brief tartness that quickly fades with some drying oak.

M: Medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: A solid Wild Ale, but it tastes like lots of other beers of the style and nothing sets it apart. (643 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Derek for this one.

Pours a brownish color with a tall off-white head. Starts off with some dark fruit and a mild tartness. There's a little bit of hay and grass as well as some oak. Just a little bit of lemon peel. The flavor is slightly sweet with a light tartness throughout, but most notably on the finish. Some drying oak notes as well as some tannic maybe berry type notes. Overall, it's good, but fairly simple. (434 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally we meet. I've been waiting to try this for years.

A dark reddish brown with a tab head that falls off leaving no lacing, this looks decent. The nose is dominated by fruity red wine vinegar, yogurt lactic acid, a little oak and minimal funk. Juicy, tart and refreshing, this is decent. The palate opens with a blend of yogurty, frothy lactic acid, red wine fruitiness, red wine vinegar and sine bready flavor. Mild toast on the mid palate though the sourness dominates it. Sourness is actually quite reserved. Drying, tart on the finish, the funk it's really minimal on this beer. Solid, though it didn't live up to my arguably high expectations. (655 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of david131
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (406 characters)

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The Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.