The Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
The Wild OneThe Wild One

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

85 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 85
Hads: 415
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 245
Gots: 45 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 85 | Hads: 415
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Very tart with some red berries and wine. I'm getting some sweet malt behind the tart smell. Some dark sour like funk and raspberries.

Taste: There is a very nice level of tartness to this one. Red berry tartness, reminds me a bit of raspberries. The tart notes don't run away because of the malt sweetness in the background. Definitely getting some wine here too. The finish is sour and a bit vinegary.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and I would say this beer is just a bit flat. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice dark sour. I liked it just as much as the first time I tried this beer. The red berry notes and wine were good. Quite complex. (914 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

I've had this on tap.... numerous times... And out of the bottle numerous times as well...
And yet I find that I haven't reviewed it? How is this possible?

Reddish pink in color. Pink-hued tan head becomes a cloud of wispy bubbles. Nice legs-- like a white wine almost.

Reminds me of some sort of sparkling cider or something in the nose-- ;lots of fruit notes that really work well. They're light, crisp, bright, tasty, and sour with raspberries and cherries leading the way. Very tasty.

Body is just about spot on.

overall-- very pleased that Bell's is bottling this one and I hope it gets released much more frequently. (761 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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 scottfrie
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
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 -14.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks more like a flanders, has the brown and red appearance, thin, almost nothing in terms of head on it, although the clarity displayed with a beer of this crimsonness is not to be underestimated in its beauty. Aroma, nice cherry tartness, equal mix of the sweet cherry pie descriptor, and the cherry tart. Cool.

Taste, pretty good, delivers on both tart, cherry and sour notes, brown malt is appreciable and helpful to the overall experience. A tad gritty at times, maybe its the brettiness sticking to my teeth as its been known to do from time to time. Decent oak. The sourness is relatively restrained compared to some of the others (Supplication, Love Child etc. . .).

I liked it, would purchase again if it was in $20 or less for a 750. (747 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken on 5/19/12.

bottle 36 of 826. Batch K10851.

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: reddish copper bodied beer with thin white head. Drops quickly to no head.

Smell: tart cherries, mild funk, hay and wheat.

Taste: The beer is mild to moderately tart. Tart cherries and crab apples, hay and funk are not short to follow. The beer is also has hints of musk, vinegar, and has a fairly dusty flavor to it. Finish has some mild oak notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low and delicate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A really solid sour made by Bells. Its a little bit pricey around $20 a bottle, but I still enjoyed it none the less. (696 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. Bottle # 142 of 826. Batch K10851. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip. This is BA review #400.

A: Pours a nice looking reddish, brown color. Good carbonation but only a thin layer of off white head. Drifts into a ring quickly

S: Tart black cherries. Vinegar. Mild funk. Doesn't smell to crazy.

T: A very good Flemish red or Oud Bruin style. Best if the night for me, other than some of the European varieties that are out there for much cheaper purchase price. Nice mild tartness. Definitely pulling those tart dark cherries. Maybe some of the green apple/crap apple character as well. Not overpowering balsamic. You do get a little oak toward the end of the palate.

M: Medium bodied. A little more robust than other sours of the night.

O: I really like this one. It's not the biggest Flemish sour out there but very good. (855 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
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 elNopalero
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In looking back I now realize that my introduction to sour ales came much earlier than I previously thought, as I remember tasting the Wild One long before I had anything from Russian River or overseas and that was only because it was at Bell’s. So a note of appreciation, and a nod to this brief trip down memory lane.

This pours a burgundy color with thin to no foam remaining. There’s a tart, tart, tart aroma noticeable at first sniff. I pick up black cherries and maybe some sherry? The tartness is present at first sip as well, mouthpuckerinly so, mouthpuckeringly soured with more of the dark cherries and intense tartness that lasts through the finish. A wild one indeed. Fantastic. (695 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sour Brown Ale according to the hangtag on the bottle.
Thanks Jay for making this review possible.

Pours a bright reddish brown, bright clarity with an initial burst of carbonation when poured. A settling layer of tan foam surfaces and leaves some spotty lace around the edges.

Apple butter and earthy Brett funk nuances. Tart crabapple, vinous with an exceptionally balanced feel, smooth and malty like an Oud Bruin with fruity wine barrel tartness folded in seamlessly. Light carb and medium bodied. Comes off like a less aggressive La Folie with some fruity yeast complexity that is unique. Very well blended, which bodes well for whatever Bell's puts out next in this series. (684 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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)

Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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 stakem
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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 FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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 HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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 mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/07/12 notes. Big thanks to GT (RB) for sharing this one at a local DC RB tasting. Served in a tulip, batch 168 of 370.

a - Pours a murky orange-brown amber color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, wine, brett, light funk, spice, earthy malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, wine, oak, yeast, bready malts, light spice, brett, and lunk. A tiny bit funkier than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice wild ale. It isn't really overly sour in the nose or taste, but there is a nice mix of funk and sour fruit. Would certainly like to have it again. (702 characters)

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to decadence for the bottle in the I'm at 3floyds lif.

Pours a copper color with a small one finger head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is sour and slightly vinegar. Spot on for the style. Very inviting.

Taste is tart and vinegar. Excellent sour. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is medium to high. Very refreshing.

Overall, this is a winner. Very nice beer. Wish they made more of this. Thanks decadence. (457 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now. Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off. (503 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Appearance: My pour is an amber raspberry color with a delicate fluffy white head. The head bubbles away, but a little bit of lace sticks on the side of the glass.

Smell: Lots of lactic sourness and some Brett in the nose. Some cherry notes, and a little bit of musty oak as well.

Taste: This is a good example of what I look for in a sour mash beer. Some light sweetness up front, but the flavor becomes progressively more sour. Tart and refreshing, with lactic acid undertones and a general berry fruit sour flavor. The finish has a light, lingering sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter side, but combined with the sour flavor, it has some zing to it. Crisp, a little bit vinegary, and refreshing. Medium bodied.

Overall: I was impressed by Bell's wild ale venture. With the flurry of beers served at this event, it was hard to sit down and really enjoy it, but I hope to be able to have it again. (990 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub awhile ago. Reviewing from notes. My understanding is that this is a blend of the brown ale mixed with wheat wort and then aged in barrels. In a sense then, this is more of a sourmash beer, similar to a couple of other ones that I've had. I have to say, though, this one delivers and takes things a bit further. Pours a beautiful chestnut color with nice clarity- it has a glow to it. Slight head, but for what the beer is, that seems excusable. Very tart with lactic and brett notes in the nose. Fresh and appetizing, the aromas definitely invite you to dive in. Some spiciness in the finish. It's been said that these wheat sourmash beers are America's version of a Beriner Weiss, and there is a lot of truth to that. It certainly shares some characteristics with one and perhaps that's even a better classification than an American sour. The taste is similar to the smell. Just the right amount of zesty fruit, light spice, and tartness. Crisp and very quenching. I certainly enjoyed this. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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)

The Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.