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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 241
Gots: 34 | 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: Ratings & Reviews
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an reddish orange in color with pinkish highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: cherries and raspberries were noticeable on the first whiff with signs of vinegar, subtle bretty funk like the description mentions, wine barrel character, slight vinous notes and hints of dark fruit.

T: fruit forward it is with raspberries and cherries leading the way alongside nice brett funk accents, mild vinegar flavor, great vinous wine barrel notes with a touch of citrus twang, mild must and a little underlying dark fruit.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, slightly vinegary, funky, woody, vinous tart and crisp finish.

O: solid brew all around, definitely glad to finally try a sour beer from bells.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours a dark reddish color with pink and purple hues. Thin beige head fades away into some webbed lacing on the glass.

Plenty of red wine and dark fruit character in the nose. Funky and sour with a touch of vinegary acidity. Raspberry and cherry, oaky tannins, red wine and grape skin.

Strong sourness snaps at the tongue, attacking with dark fruit, cherry and raspberry. Red wine character, vinous with grape skins and acidity. Oak tones, earthy backbone and a soft funky touch. Warming, sour and dry on the finish.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly, dry and sticky on the tongue. Well-crafted, red wine/dark fruit-infused wild ale from Bell's. I wish this wasn't so limited, otherwise I'd be all over it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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

Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.