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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 241
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

denimdemon, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

fehrminator, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

stakem, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CPditka, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

superjose, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Kgristoff, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

skulkdub, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

alampear, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

WeisGuy, Feb 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

trginter, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

pocwolf, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

MrHirschybar, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

FosterJM, Jan 24, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

rmaste6282, Jan 23, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

HopHead84, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

MarcatGSB, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

dsgolovin, Jan 19, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

rmalinowski4, Jan 16, 2012
Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.