The Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 243
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 396 | Reviews: 88
Photo of Beergeek3
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Complex ale with sour notes that do not step on the other flavors and notes.

Photo of pat61
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at the Pig & Fiddle on tap
L: Hazy garnet brown under a thin off-white foam collar. S: Fruit, cherry, tart, malt.
T: Tart cheryish fruit, a little green apple, lemony, malt in the back ground but the fruit flavors rule
F: Medium body and medium carbonation
O: A refreshing well made wild ale.

Photo of BourbonBeerBbq
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with a slight reddish hue.

Sour Banana on the nose

More Banana fading into slight baking spices followed by sour apple

Short finish

Photo of brother_rebus
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good wild. cherry reddish hue. smells more bretty than it tastes. Tastes of dark berry-like fruit, pomegranate, plum. Bitterness comes through late and sneeky. Mellows out after the first few sips. Delish.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't control her; you can only hope to contain her. Bell's latest "wild one" lives up to its name as its wily sourness is enough to make your face stick that way.

The Wild One opens with an innocent enough rusty brown tinge. Slight golden about the margins and wisping swirls of froth cast high wine and balsamic aspirations. Shy on sweetness, the faint malt flavor of cola and toast hold a light chocolate and steely caramel taste as the sourness begins to unfold.

Its bright acidity simply blossoms across the middle palate as the malt sweetness becomes a forgotten memory and the balsamic, lime, sour grape, crabapple and dry merlot character stands front and center. As its more earthy flavors of oak, grain, brine and peppery spice rounds out the sourness, the beer dries out beautifully.

The beer's acidity cuts through the malt with ease and renders the textures medium-light. Remaining crisp, clean and highly refreshing, an undercurrent of burlap, saddle leather and musty attic woods waft over the aftertaste, wave after wave.

Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big acetic and lactic aroma, with an almost Flanders vinous, barreled character.

Flavor is more lactic early, but doesn't quite hit the sharpness expected. Seems to fade somewhat abruptly to soft cherry and woody, earthy notes. Wish the sourness lingers a bit, but a nice, fairly complex offering.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Red tint to a brown body. Light tan head and lacing is very strong.

Smell - Sour. Sweet brown sugar.

Taste - Very sour but drinkable. Malty. Bubblegum, strawberry, and lemon.

Feel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a sour you have to try. Not the way I went, but a good cider to beer transition beverage.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. I've always wanted to try this beer, so I had to have a couple samples of it when I finally found it and I have to say that it's a pretty good Wild Ale, it's got most of the aspects that I expect from the style and it didn't seem to be overly sour or acidic, which I liked. It's not the best sour I"ve had. but it's still good nonetheless and I enjoyed it. I hope to be able to try a fruited version of this one day.

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Tiger in New York City. A solid sour ale.

Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Tasty

Served in a Tasty Teku, appears a slightly hazy crimson color with a small milky head that reduces to a bubbly collar. Smells seems to indicate a Flanders style sour...tart cherries, acetic acid, raspberries, plums, wood, and some malty sweetness. Sour berry sweetness, malt, fruity acidity, and a dry woody spice that adds warmth. Dry and tart with creamy carbonation. Comes across as a nice blend overall...very enjoyable.

Photo of CA-J27
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious cherry, raspberry notes that end in subtle oak and Pinot noir-esque. Solid Flanders style sour. Begins slightly sweet and ends w mouth puckering tart

Photo of CNP
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange, fruity smell. Tastes fine, not a good fan.

Photo of mlockman
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

serious funk that wasn't mitigated by the barrel aging

Photo of DefenCorps
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottle No. 151/370. Batch No. K10596.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but it's not as sour as I was expecting it to be.

Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, shared around the campfire after Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst last summer, and reviewed from notes. Huge thanks to kingkong for sending this one my way!

A: Cloudy reddish amber body with a finger of dense off-white head. Good.

S: Sweet, sour, densely fruity, and oaky. Vanilla, smoke, and sourness. Hugely complex, and hugely enjoyable.

T: Tart, fresh sweet/sour combination up front, with some grassy, herbal, and tropical notes behind. Long, clean, sour finish. Really tasty.

M: Medium body with fine, creamy carbonation. Great.

O: Wonderful American sour. I loved the heavy oak influence and the way the vanilla and char combined with the initially sweet and ultimately sour fruitiness and acidity. Great beer. Thanks again Patrick!

Cheers!

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this was an unexpected treat at Stone Soup '14.

Poured a murky orange-brown color, a small, frothy, whitish head atop the small sample I took for myself. Sour berry aroma, Brett funk, hints of earth and bready malts. Taste of sour cherry, apple, red wine, Brett funk, notes of vanilla, cork and oak, toasted cereal grains. Medium body, tart and acidic mouthfeel, though not too extreme in that regard. Pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the Eccentric Cafe.

A- A medium brown with a small off white head that doesn't stick around. Good clarity.

S- Tart apple, slight vinegar, lemon, oak, vanilla, slight funk.

T- Similar to aroma nice medium-high level of sour, apple, lemon, light vinegar, vanilla, and funk.

F- Medium, a good easier to drink sour.

O- This is one of my favorite sours and Bell's beers. It has nice complex flavors and isn't rip your face off sour. I really enjoy the barrel character that comes out in this one, it really complements the sour.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.20.13
Bottle # 134 of 826
Batch # K10851

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark brown with a fine, tan head that fades slowly.

S - Very funky and tart, lots of wood-barrel, some cherry in the finish.

T - Tart cherry, red apple, funky-acidic wood, smooth and nice.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to light body.

O - Tart and funky wtih lots of barrel and subtle fruit flavors.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish brown. pretty good clarity. a tannish head that doesn't last long

Smell: tart, tart fruit. strong oak, vanilla, moderate funk

Taste: tart and acidic fruit starts off and dominates most of the taste. the oak notes and slightly vanilla mix in at the end. funk mixes in a bit throughout.

Mouthfeel: heavier, puckers a little

Overall: a solid and tasty sour. some taste could be stronger but this is good. a long time want for me and was glad to have it.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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...

Photo of tectactoe
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.

Photo of cfrances33
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. Served in a snifter.

Pour: Hazy, burnt copper brown with a finger of clay colored fizzy head. Head recedes to a ring. No lacing.

Smell: Not an exceptionally pungent nose. Some lactic acid, raspberries, overripe cherries, and lemon funk up front. A touch of caramel. A very light band-aid.

Taste: More sour brown-esque, with a tart lactic bite up front, followed by some caramel and doughy sweetness. A touch of overripe cherries and raspberries. A bit of a lemony bite. A nice funk on the back half mixes with a linger lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel: Really nice sour bite to this one, with a suitable level of carb. The caramel and doughyness from the taste round out the mouthfeel, making this a bit heavier than you'd expect, but in a good way.

Overall: Really nice wild ale from Bell's. Good, but the raspberry version blows this away.

Photo of jeonseh
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy amber color, leaves a small off-white head.

S- Tart aroma of fruit, a Flemish-red sorta cherry aroma, lactic and vinous characters. Really nice, complex aroma.

T- Tart flavors of fruit, cherry and lactic acidity, has a nice musty funk and some wine-barrel oak flavor. Malt is a bit sweet.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with nice carbonation, dry finish.

O- A nice sour, lots of Flemish red influences with good balance of tart, fruity and sweet malty flavors.

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The Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.