The Wild One
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Wild Ale
Ranked #334
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4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
The Wild OneThe Wild One
Notes: A blend of brown ale and wheat wort aged in oak wine barrels. Beer is tart with subtle Brett notes.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 6/25/16 on draft @ Sheffield's.

Opaque purple appearance.

No head; no lace.

Sour dark grape & soft grain notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Dark grape & tart cherry flavors.

Easy to drink, fruity & great for summer. The mild tartness adds a hint of complexity, but this was more fruit beer than sour.

Oct 23, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I have missed on many occasions for 5+ years. Now on tap at my local beer bar. How times have changed. On tap at Das Beer Garden. Deep orange with a big white head. Smells of toasted malt, dark fruit, and a bit of vinegar acidity. Tastes of slight vinegar throughout. Never too much, but always present. Green apple, too. Toasted malt. A little bit of a red wine character. Moderately sour. Well carbonated and pretty crisp for what it is. Medium body. Very good.

Jun 24, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ive had the raspberry edition before, but its hard to believe this base beer isnt fruited, its got so much tart berry character, i still taste the raspberries i think, maybe just the red wine barrels its aged in, lots of fruitiness here, tangy and somewhat acidic, a little red in color, must be from the barrels, oaky and bretty and really funky, not super clean, some cheesiness and weirdness to it, but its really agreeable and i think this is quite favorably complex. lots of body, super wheaty and sturdy, but i think the grain weight serves to make this last a little longer, prolonging, tannic from the red wine and oak, smooth though too, and with pretty robust acidity at times, more of a farmhouse saison yeast vibe at others, and it evolves and warms nicely. a little much on a big hangover, the vinegar side of this is a lot, flanders-esque for a second, but thats more on me than them of course. enjoyable brew, notes of cranberry and cherry and raspberry, relatively complex, and just really solid. i think the raspberry edition is a more complete brew, but this is very good as it is too. makes me want a blackberry and a currant edition...

edit: i like how woody this is, but i like the overall beer less and less each time i have it, for one, i dont think it ages great, more acidic pretty quickly, and secondly, its just not the most compelling fermentation profile. good, but its not up there with the best, not by a long shot!

Apr 02, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at share. Amber with some reddish tinge, small airy head. Big berry aroma, with hints of the brett coming through, some funk, some tartness. Tartness moves up front in the taste, with the raspberry coming in next, tart and dry.

Mar 05, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on January 25, 2018. A blend of brown ale and wheat wort aged in oak wine barrels. Smell and taste is fruit and Brett notes. Feel is tart.

Jan 28, 2018
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Weimerainerandapointer from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sour cherry, oak, grape rind, apple cider vinegar on the nose, dry but effervescent on the tounge, balanced sour and slightly sweet tart finish, suprising recall and subtle ambiguities boost drinkability.

Nov 14, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having this on-tap at Tremont Tap House at their annual Bell's Ruins Cleveland Beer Week tap take over event. This beer is a clear, light to medium amber color with a slightly tan/off-white head when first served. Settles to nothing after awhile. No lacing, no trace of foam, etc. Aromas of tart, sour funk notes along with oak and vanilla. The taste is pretty much the same, with a nice sharp tart and sour, barnyard funk flavor that gives way to nice vanilla and oak flavors that give a nice balance here. Has a fairly crisp yet smooth and also slightly prickly medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish and aftertaste, and the oak and vanilla really linger on the palate. A really nice take in this style.


Oct 15, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Clear amber pour with no head. Notes of cherries, oak, vanilla, wild funk. Medium body, light carbonation and a tart finish.

Jan 03, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin off white head.

S - Aroma is vinegar, oak and tart cherries.

T - The taste follows the aroma with tart cherries, oak and some lactic acidity in the finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very solid and well made wild ale. Awesome blend of juicy and tart flavors.

Jul 31, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of brown sugar, oak and tart notes is pretty interesting. Taste is a mix of brown sugar, some tart notes with plenty of oak and cherry notes with limited acidity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid Flanders Red from a brewery that is not necessarily known for these style of beers.

Jan 15, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red and brown flanders bruin and red like appearance. A little more bright though, good clarity. Aroma was delivering on the tart cherries.

Taste was good and tart wit the cherry, earthy malt/wheat. You can get the brett in the mouthfeel, probably contributes to the drying notes. A worthy beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cherry and vinous aroma, slightly tart mixed with some grains. The beer finishes with some brett funk.

A: Deep amber color, pretty hazy with a thin off-white head.

T: Tart cherry, sour malt, some wood, some what acidic on the finish.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. As the beer warms there is a slight booziness and mild acidity on par with a glass of wine.

O: Pleasant; this beer has a strong vinous aroma and flavor that comes together pretty well.

Oct 11, 2015
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MattXT from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler, poured into a RR "-tion" glass. Great looking pour, with a moderate head. Adequate carbonation. Nose was very bretty, and the taste followed. Notes of cherry with an acidic quality, nice tartness. If you had thrown this into a flight of Russian River's offerings, I would say it is right on par. Well done Bell's.

Sep 15, 2015
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maDUECEgunner from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of cherry with a green apple acidic finnish. Almost a bubble gum after taste. Pours dark ruby with white frothy head. Yet another great beer from Bell's. On tap at El Bait Shop in Des Moines IA.

Sep 03, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft this beer has no head and is a darker ruby amber with a clear body. Smell of cherry, wine, grapefuirt, citrus, oak, vanilla, and dried fruit. Taste is tart with a citrus cherry flavor. It had a crisp full mouth feel with a moderate body.

Aug 09, 2015
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to brown in color. Visible carbonation with little head.

Nose had some tart raspberry and cherry with funk character.

Some very pleasant tart character in taste. Cherry and raspberry again with an acidic punch. Easy to drink and could easily throw back a few. Light tobacco and leather with vanilla hints. Just a really solid wild ale.

Jul 25, 2015
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cl3 from Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer exceeded my expectations. I was expecting it to be good but I was blown away. Fresh 32oz. growler fill consumed on the same day it was poured. A great looking beer with its reddish hue. Smell had quite a bit of funk going on. Great carbonation. Taste was where this one really shined. Delicious Brett brown ale with easy to discern wine and barrel notes represented. I could have downed a few more glasses of this one if I had access to it locally.

Jul 12, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at the Pig & Fiddle on tap
L: Hazy garnet brown under a thin off-white foam collar. S: Fruit, cherry, tart, malt.
T: Tart cheryish fruit, a little green apple, lemony, malt in the back ground but the fruit flavors rule
F: Medium body and medium carbonation
O: A refreshing well made wild ale.

Jun 30, 2015
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good wild. cherry reddish hue. smells more bretty than it tastes. Tastes of dark berry-like fruit, pomegranate, plum. Bitterness comes through late and sneeky. Mellows out after the first few sips. Delish.

Jun 25, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't control her; you can only hope to contain her. Bell's latest "wild one" lives up to its name as its wily sourness is enough to make your face stick that way.

The Wild One opens with an innocent enough rusty brown tinge. Slight golden about the margins and wisping swirls of froth cast high wine and balsamic aspirations. Shy on sweetness, the faint malt flavor of cola and toast hold a light chocolate and steely caramel taste as the sourness begins to unfold.

Its bright acidity simply blossoms across the middle palate as the malt sweetness becomes a forgotten memory and the balsamic, lime, sour grape, crabapple and dry merlot character stands front and center. As its more earthy flavors of oak, grain, brine and peppery spice rounds out the sourness, the beer dries out beautifully.

The beer's acidity cuts through the malt with ease and renders the textures medium-light. Remaining crisp, clean and highly refreshing, an undercurrent of burlap, saddle leather and musty attic woods waft over the aftertaste, wave after wave.

Jun 04, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big acetic and lactic aroma, with an almost Flanders vinous, barreled character.

Flavor is more lactic early, but doesn't quite hit the sharpness expected. Seems to fade somewhat abruptly to soft cherry and woody, earthy notes. Wish the sourness lingers a bit, but a nice, fairly complex offering.

Jun 04, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Red tint to a brown body. Light tan head and lacing is very strong.

Smell - Sour. Sweet brown sugar.

Taste - Very sour but drinkable. Malty. Bubblegum, strawberry, and lemon.

Feel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a sour you have to try. Not the way I went, but a good cider to beer transition beverage.

May 31, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. I've always wanted to try this beer, so I had to have a couple samples of it when I finally found it and I have to say that it's a pretty good Wild Ale, it's got most of the aspects that I expect from the style and it didn't seem to be overly sour or acidic, which I liked. It's not the best sour I"ve had. but it's still good nonetheless and I enjoyed it. I hope to be able to try a fruited version of this one day.

May 18, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Tasty

Served in a Tasty Teku, appears a slightly hazy crimson color with a small milky head that reduces to a bubbly collar. Smells seems to indicate a Flanders style sour...tart cherries, acetic acid, raspberries, plums, wood, and some malty sweetness. Sour berry sweetness, malt, fruity acidity, and a dry woody spice that adds warmth. Dry and tart with creamy carbonation. Comes across as a nice blend overall...very enjoyable.

May 10, 2015
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CA-J27 from California

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious cherry, raspberry notes that end in subtle oak and Pinot noir-esque. Solid Flanders style sour. Begins slightly sweet and ends w mouth puckering tart

May 07, 2015
The Wild One from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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