The Wild One | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

Added by hoppymeal on 12-08-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
483
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks more like a flanders, has the brown and red appearance, thin, almost nothing in terms of head on it, although the clarity displayed with a beer of this crimsonness is not to be underestimated in its beauty. Aroma, nice cherry tartness, equal mix of the sweet cherry pie descriptor, and the cherry tart. Cool.

Taste, pretty good, delivers on both tart, cherry and sour notes, brown malt is appreciable and helpful to the overall experience. A tad gritty at times, maybe its the brettiness sticking to my teeth as its been known to do from time to time. Decent oak. The sourness is relatively restrained compared to some of the others (Supplication, Love Child etc. . .).

I liked it, would purchase again if it was in $20 or less for a 750.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bell's. Poured into a plastic cup even though proper glassware was right in front of the bartender ... not sure what the deal was.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber brown with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Sourness dominates the smell with hints of sour apple candy.

Taste is also dominated by the souring brett with the finish more sour than the upfront flavor. Really difficult to pick up any other flavors through the sour funk.

Medium body with a high carbonation, sparkling feel.

Although slightly one-dimensional due to the intense sourness, I could have easily drank a few of these.

8/28/2010

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottle No. 151/370. Batch No. K10596.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but it's not as sour as I was expecting it to be.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an reddish orange in color with pinkish highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: cherries and raspberries were noticeable on the first whiff with signs of vinegar, subtle bretty funk like the description mentions, wine barrel character, slight vinous notes and hints of dark fruit.

T: fruit forward it is with raspberries and cherries leading the way alongside nice brett funk accents, mild vinegar flavor, great vinous wine barrel notes with a touch of citrus twang, mild must and a little underlying dark fruit.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, slightly vinegary, funky, woody, vinous tart and crisp finish.

O: solid brew all around, definitely glad to finally try a sour beer from bells.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours a dark reddish color with pink and purple hues. Thin beige head fades away into some webbed lacing on the glass.

Plenty of red wine and dark fruit character in the nose. Funky and sour with a touch of vinegary acidity. Raspberry and cherry, oaky tannins, red wine and grape skin.

Strong sourness snaps at the tongue, attacking with dark fruit, cherry and raspberry. Red wine character, vinous with grape skins and acidity. Oak tones, earthy backbone and a soft funky touch. Warming, sour and dry on the finish.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly, dry and sticky on the tongue. Well-crafted, red wine/dark fruit-infused wild ale from Bell's. I wish this wasn't so limited, otherwise I'd be all over it.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.08/5  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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazed amber-golden in color with a tight little white head

s: good level of tart/sour over well dried malts, tart cherries, some mild citrus peel, aged hops

m: medium body, perhaps more full than other examples, lively carbonation with a crisp finish

t: pale malts run through with a strong but balanced tartness, refreshingly sour, dried fruits - mostly cherry and underripe berries, some oak, hops very mild

d: drinks really well, a nice wild from Bell's

full shaker pint at Maduro, Bell's Great Taste pre-party, second time having this - first was at the fest last year

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken on 5/19/12.

bottle 36 of 826. Batch K10851.

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: reddish copper bodied beer with thin white head. Drops quickly to no head.

Smell: mild funk, earthiness, hay and wheat notes.

Taste: The beer is mild to moderately tart. Crab apples, hay and funk are not short to follow. Light malt sweetness. The beer is also has hints of musk, vinegar, and has a fairly dusty / earthy flavor to it. Finish has some mild oak notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low and delicate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: A really solid sour made by Bells. Its a little bit pricey around $20 a bottle, but I still enjoyed it none the less.

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Photo of DrRayBan
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle drank at NWI tasting group night

A - Dark raspberry color with light lemon accents. Small white head

S - Raspberry, lactic acid, lemon, and light strawberry presence

T - Tart lemon and raspberry with good blue chesse funk. There is lots of white vinegar and lactic acid as well that almost makes you pucker. Good beer with a good tart presence to it.

M - Good carbonation with light astringency from the lactic acid and a dry finish

O - One of the better American wilds that I've had with good tartness initially and slight funk in the finish. A really great offering from Bell's.

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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.20.13
Bottle # 134 of 826
Batch # K10851

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark brown with a fine, tan head that fades slowly.

S - Very funky and tart, lots of wood-barrel, some cherry in the finish.

T - Tart cherry, red apple, funky-acidic wood, smooth and nice.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to light body.

O - Tart and funky wtih lots of barrel and subtle fruit flavors.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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The Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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