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Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 238
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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spointon

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe on 8/28/2009, poured into a stemmed goblet. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a murky red-ish color with pretty much zero head and no lacing to speak of.

S= The aroma was pretty faint but to me it smelled more like a nice fruit brandy than anything else. Some wild yeast did come through as well though.

T= This was as much about tart fruit flavor as it was about any strong wild yeast sourness. The tartness is all over each swallow lending hints of blackberry, cherry, and raspberry combined with a hint of vinegar sourness and a classic dry finish.

MF= Thin side of medium bodied with a crisp, tiny-bubble mouthfeel.

D= Kudos to Bell's for making a very drinkable and palate-accessible sour beer. Though some will criticize this as being too middle of the road, I think its a perfect beer to bridge the gap for those who like sours and those who don't.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 05:04:07 | More by spointon
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mrkrispy

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. I wasn't aware Bell's made any wild ales, so I was excited to try it.

Nice vibrant but hazy red color. Not much aroma, bit of vinegar and subtle sweetness.

Very nicely carbonated ("tiny bubbles!!!"). Moderate body. Slightly sweet, dark fruit flavors, bit acidic, bit sour. Some funk. Everything in moderation, nothing overpowering. Tartness builds up a bit but the sweetness doesn't.

First thoughts are a Funkified Fresh La Folie. Very drinkable, nothing too bold to scary away Sour Newbs, and nothing too mild to scare away Sour Heads. If this is the first wild ale outing from Bell's they are well on their way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 20:31:02 | More by mrkrispy
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with the wife at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Having this brew makes me think that Bell's should get serious about the business of making wild ales.

Red, with only the faint whiff of tartness in the nose, it's weakest link.

Wild One would make a great "gateway" beer for those trying to get into sours. The cherry tartness is evident, but muted, almost gentle, in the way it descends on the palate. Smooth, dry, with only the slightest puckering agent. By far the most drinkable wild ale I've ever tried, & maybe a category-buster for me.

Excellent beer! This was the best of the taps available at the Eccentric Cafe during our visit. I'd love to try this one again, highly recommended for sour and non-sour lovers alike.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 14:38:15 | More by maximum12
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. This was the most enjoyable of what as available on tap today. Most drinkable. Darkish brown with a minimal head. Good sourness, balanced, Brett comes through and added to the complexity of the sourness as well as the absolute level. Lace appears as you drink it. White wine is detected. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 03:45:27 | More by Sammy
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seaoflament

California

3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hoppymeal for this surprise in our recent trade. A 500ml hand-bottle. The beer was shared among friends at the recent Stone Sour Fest 09.

The beer was a brown color with hints of strawberry red when held to the light, no head and quite flat unfortunately.

Bits of toast, caramel, vinegar, a bit vegetal too, herbal, and red apples. Not as "wild" or funky as I thought it would be. The vegetal note took me a while to pinpoint, it was the best I could describe it and was a distraction in the aroma.

Grainy flavors, a bit of vinegar, toast, red apples, grapes, a little more tart with a few sips. Semi-dry finish, a bit syrupy because of the lack of carbonation.

Would really like to try this again to give it a more fair review, but for now I have an idea on how the beer tastes like.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2009 02:30:23 | More by seaoflament
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ShareANevada

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this at the taproom on my way home from Rothbury.

The beer came out with a nice reddish hue, with much more color and body than I expected from something simply denoted as 'American Wild'. A soft head of fluffy bubbles graced the top.

The rich sweet fruit jumped right through the nose, and warned you that you were about to dip your lips into lusciousness. It didn't lie. The beer hits the lips with a nice smooth feel, and shows off its rich flavor. I tend to think more dry when I think Wild, but this has tons of fruit, and pulls off a more (perhaps 'untraditional') fruit lambic feel. A light amount of spicing and a slight tea quality keep this balanced and interesting.

This actually reminded me just a bit of Lindemanns Faro.

I could have easily put down 4 of these. Quite refreshing, quite tasty. Bottle it, boys.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 16:43:38 | More by ShareANevada
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, nice to see more American brewers giving this less then main stream style a try. Poured dark hone amber, under a minor tan head and just a bit of lace. Zesty orangy nose, more citrus and sour cherry on the tongue. Earthy, and acidic with a hint of horse blanket. Crisp, puckering and refreshing. Nice job (as usual) by Bells.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 20:29:03 | More by Billolick
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Pours a murky amber with a thin brite-white head that retains just around the edges and doesn't leave much lacing behind. The aroma is fresh sour cherry tartness mixed with tones of earth and funk.

The taste is a tart bite of cherries right up front that gives way to candied sugars and some other fruit sweetness but make not mistake that the sourness dominates. The mouthfeel is medium and slick with a tart and dry finish on the palette.

This was definitley more tart than sour and retained a fresh taste and lively feel that ended up making it quite refreshing in the end. This was a tasty take on a Wild Ale form Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 16:50:53 | More by Kegatron
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper colored with a little head of white and hints of lace. The lack of head would be a culprit of the pour I would guess.

Tea, candy sugar, berry aromas, cherry, sweet tart and hints of red licorice. Brett?

Full of cherry in the mouth. Highly carbonated and drinkable. Sour, tart, and juicy. Very lively acidity and refreshing sour cherry with a side of brett. Vibrant and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2008 22:25:17 | More by mcallister
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david131

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer was a deep red, almost brown and pretty murky looking. The head was very small and white with no real retention.

S- A little sour and funky with hints of apple cider. The maltiness shows a little bit as well in the background.

T- Wow this is tart. This is definitely a naturally fermented beer. Lots of apple flavors blend well with the malt backing. Even with as sour as it is, a Bell's-ness flavor shines through.

M- Very tart and crisp. Leaves a very clean, mouthwatering feel to my mouth.

D- I was very happy to see this beer at the Eccentric Cafe and it was something nice for a change. Nice job Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 23:38:32 | More by david131
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BMoney575

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-26-08
On-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

A cool dark and cloudy brown in the glass, with no real head, and thin lacing.

Smell is very Belgian, in a natural fermentation way.

Taste is mouth-puckeringly tart, with lots of Belgian and sour flavors. A subtle malt makes up the backbone, but the tartness overwhelms everything.

Mouthfeel is very good, the carbonation and tartness work well together.

Drinkability is good, if you like super sour.

Overall, this is a great beer that Bell's should bottle. It is a style completely dominated by Jolly Pumpkin, and a little competition is good for business.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 23:28:11 | More by BMoney575
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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

On tap at the eccentric cafe, described only as 'spontaneously fermented.' Pours dark amber and mahogany in color with a small cream head that fades quickly. Aroma is tart lemons with sugar on them, also a more earthy tartness, like peeling a green apple. When agitated, aromas of yeasty breadiness, malt sugars and alcohol are evident as well. Taste is white wine and a vinegary tartness, green apple skins and a hint of breadiness are present in the finish and into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, a little carbonation hits on the tongue up front then becomes slick before a puckering tartness and nice dry finish. Refreshing beer, fairly tart (more tart than sour) and the drying finish makes you come back for more. The sweeteness in the aroma is in the background but is a nice balance in the aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 20:51:05 | More by hoppymeal
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Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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