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

The Wild OneThe Wild One
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #384
Ranked #4,441
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Dec 01, 2023
Dec 08, 2007
A blend of brown ale and wheat wort aged in oak wine barrels. Beer is tart with subtle Brett notes.
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Rated: 4 by Nyoder

Dec 01, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by not2quick from Missouri

Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by McSeal from Connecticut

Jul 22, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of horse blanket, barnyard funk, and dark cherries. I’m tasting dark cherries, horse blanket, and barnyard funk. The mouth is dry and crisp.
Jun 04, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by mcbraxt from Michigan

May 30, 2023
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a light brownish red with small tan bubbles that dissipate to fast to be really called a head.

Aroma is light sweet from the grain, venous notes from the barrel light tart fruits grapes, cherries, dryness from the oak hints of brett.

Taste follows the nose light brown malt notes hints of sweetness soon dominated by the venous barrel notes, plus the oak and light brett tartness. Normally would have trouble finishing a 750 of a tart sour but this one blends all aspects together so its pretty damn drinkable .

Mouthfeel is light with medium full carbonation without being too much if that makes sense.

Overall a pretty damn good brew.
May 22, 2023
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear deep amber/copper color with a minimal tan head. Toasted grain and dark fruity aroma of grapes and cherries. Tart cherry, oak tannin, slight cider vinegar acidity. Medium bodied, goes down easy.
Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I understand La Folie might have inspired this beer possibly but this one is much better to me. Taste is about the same but there's more fervor to this one. The main plus is this is full bodied where as La Folie felt kind of...watery to me. Solid brew
Sep 27, 2022
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle from JohnnyHops.
Roughly a year old.
Reminds me of an Oude Bruin.
Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by DruC4 from Michigan

Aug 02, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Medium reddish brown clean pour save a thin cream ring. Vinous barrel bring out notes of cherry, currant flowers, light brett, and rustic grain. Earth, wine, dark oak, a whisper of cherry skin, hints of lemon and pear, decent underripe cranberry and dried prune, sour brown malts round out. Feel is lighter bodied with a tart and vinous light finish, doesn't build so the end is kind of bland where you want culmination. Good for a rainy day
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by WynnO from Florida

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sour brown ale made with wild yeast, aged up to 8 months in oak foeders; 6.3% abv... Ruddy brown and fairly clear under a finger of tan foam... Tangy apple and tannic oak, moderately sweet, very little bitterness; smooth and amply carbonated; something like sweet grapefruit flesh in there, too... 1/15/21 bottling...
Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by BeerDawgs from Georgia

May 25, 2019
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Novare
May 07, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Mar 16, 2019
The Wild One from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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