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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 242
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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

rjacobs6, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Dcv, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Hokenfloken
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Hokenfloken, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photekut, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

claspada, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SourNotes
2/5  rDev -51.7%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Knapp85, May 08, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl.

Pours a scarlet red color with good transparency. Not much in the way of head, but kind of expected.

Sour smelling with undertones of oak and cherry.

I would call this moderately sour for the style. Not overly sour, but more than enough to capture your palate. Sour cherry notes along with a nice woody oak taste in the finish. Very little sweetness.

Very dry as expected, lighter bodied.

This is a nice wild ale. It represents the style well and can appeal to sour heads and maybe some novice sour drinkers as well. It is a bit of a challenge to finish a whole glass alone, but I'm glad I tried it.

jera1350, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of beerhan
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this at Bell's and I loved it.

Poured into a pint glass with a small head. Dark brown color with lots of carbonation.

Smells very sweet. Lots of sugar and brett as well as some cherry. It has that nice funky taste to it that I love.

This beer tastes exceptional. I was blown away. It reminds me of a Flanders Red ale except brewed only a few hours away from me. Just delicious and not too tart, just the perfect blend of dryness and fruit.

I could easily drink any amount of this. The carbonation is perfect and the alcohol is great. I hope this is bottled some day as it is now one of my favorite beers from Bell's.

beerhan, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

jsanford, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

sweemzander, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of fear025
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bell's eccentric cafe.

Aroma:A little bit of cherries, some sourness.

Appearance:Reddish-brown, a little murky, very little head.

Taste:There's a mild sour fruity tartness on the foretaste. The flavors dissipate quickly after the foretaste until it just lingers slightly on the aftertaste. One nice thing about this one is that the palate doesn't get used to the sourness, so every sip seems as tasty as the first.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. There's a harsh acidic astringency that hits the back of the throat.

Drinkability:This is a great flemish red. It's a little subdued compared to some, but perhaps because of that very easy to drink.

fear025, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and hints of fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and dark fruits. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I found myself going back quite a few times to sample this one. I was really looking forward to trying this one as it was a Bell's Wild Ale I haven't had before and it seemed like it would be a nice brew. My thoughts were right. The flavor and aroma on this one were quite nice and kept me craving more. The keg finally kicked and that was the only reason I stopped sampling it. A definite must try without doubt!

thagr81us, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe yesterday. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly-muddied moderate brown color with a thin tan head. After a few good swirls, a nice head forms and sticks around for a bit. Eventually this falls into a thin collar. The nose is really nice and tart. Mostly lactic sourness with a touch of acetic character and some cherries. Taste is really nice as well, blending a bit of fruit with some lightly-sweet malt and good acidity. Mouthfeel is really nice, balancing sweetness and acid quite well. This was definitely toward the Flanders Red end of the spectrum and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this while at the Eccentric Cafe.

A: no head, appears a brilliant deep red with good clarity, no lacing

S: familiar aroma of lactobacillus up front with a big tart cherry character. Notes of vanilla and grape skin, very fruity on the finish.

T: there is a nice tart puckering as the beer first passes across the palate. The sour character gives way to cherry and grapes, and a crisp tart finish. Nice balance going on between the sour and sweet components of the beer.

MF: spritzy carbonation, crisp

D: this is a dangerously drinkable sour. It would make a great entry for anyone who wants to get into sours, as it is balanced well. Hope to see this in bottles soon.

homebrew311, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the cafe. Served in a Sniffer. my first sour

A-Reddish color with no head
S-Very tart and sour. Way top sour if you ask me.
T-tart and funky. Very suprising as I loved the taste. Fruity and very smooth
M-Very smooth. wish this was bottled
D-Loved this beer. Gone with my drink in no time.
Didn't think I would like the sour but it came highly recommended, and it didn't disappoint.

brew3crew, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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

Urbancaver, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

aasher, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bells Wild One, on tap at Brick Store Pub, Decatur, GA. Reviewed from phone notes.

Appearance: Arrives a pleasant dark amber - an unusual but not unheard of hue for a wild ale - with some great stick from a foamy, creamy head with above average retention.

Aroma: Tannins tannins tannins are rampant here, juicy, tea-like, and leafy. Wine-like tartness and Brett-influenced sour apple notes mingle with lots of amber malts and caramel, roasty notes.

Taste: Tart but not puckering, which I imagine is largely a byproduct of the wine addition. Moderate funky Brett notes - not sour in origin - intermingle interestingly with slight buttery overtones. A roasted, caramel-like sweetness if soft but crisp, with the spy crispness mingling well with the tartness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty even, with fine carbonation amplifying the tartness without making it overbearing.

Drinkability: Apologies for the brevity of this review - this was a beer I had later in the evening, if you catch my drift. Regardless, I remember being a big fan of it. A lot of flavor going on here, with the wine addition both tempering and amplifying certain characteristics of the Brett (for better and for worse). At 6.6%, you can afford to have this one more than once to try and figure out exactly which characteristics get what treatment, too.

CrellMoset, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of DrRayBan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip glass. Fairly clear reddish-brown. The head was tan and too short lived (I think it was served too cold and this might have dampened the bouquet).
Tart, fruity flavor, very "Belgian" and would probably go well with crepes. Smooth feel.
An enjoyable beer, but too tart for session drinking.

DrRayBan, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store.

Arrives in a gorgeous Bell's tulip. Deep murky amber brown with a thick beige head with a rocky bottom fed by bubbles constantly. Lacing and retention are fantastic.

Aroma is sour with lactic and tart fruits - cherries for sure. Plenty of brown sugar in the nose and some Brett and spicy oak.

Whoa, the taste is seriously dry and funky up front. Some tart cherries and brown sugar follow behind. Lots of oak and dry earthy funk in the finish with a hint of lactic as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and seriously dry and tart on the palette. Solid carbonation to liven it up.

Really impressed with this one. After the Oarsman disappointed I wasn't sure what to expect but this is a great sour from Bell's.

gford217, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Eccentric Cafe

Medium brown to red color. Very slim head with little retention.

Aroma is very pleasant. Fruity aroma mostly cherries along side a slight hint of vinegar. A fair share of earthiness, slight musk and funk. Subtle oak and vanilla near the back.

Intense yet controlled tartness at first sip. Certainly not the sourest I have had. Sour dark cherries and other assorted dark fruits. Earthy, faintly spiced flavor hits towards the back of the palate.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Finish is rather dry.

Very solid AWA from a brewery not known for producing such a style. Most everything from Bell's is top notch, Wild One is no exception. Having a couple in a sitting is not out of the question.

kzoobrew, Oct 10, 2010
Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.