The Wild One | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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
Ratings:
488
Reviews:
93
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
52
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 488 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Very tart with some red berries and wine. I'm getting some sweet malt behind the tart smell. Some dark sour like funk and raspberries.

Taste: There is a very nice level of tartness to this one. Red berry tartness, reminds me a bit of raspberries. The tart notes don't run away because of the malt sweetness in the background. Definitely getting some wine here too. The finish is sour and a bit vinegary.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and I would say this beer is just a bit flat. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice dark sour. I liked it just as much as the first time I tried this beer. The red berry notes and wine were good. Quite complex.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sour Brown Ale according to the hangtag on the bottle.
Thanks Jay for making this review possible.

Pours a bright reddish brown, bright clarity with an initial burst of carbonation when poured. A settling layer of tan foam surfaces and leaves some spotty lace around the edges.

Apple butter and earthy Brett funk nuances. Tart crabapple, vinous with an exceptionally balanced feel, smooth and malty like an Oud Bruin with fruity wine barrel tartness folded in seamlessly. Light carb and medium bodied. Comes off like a less aggressive La Folie with some fruity yeast complexity that is unique. Very well blended, which bodes well for whatever Bell's puts out next in this series.

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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 LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Mihir.

Rests in the glass a hazy amber-brown. The small white head recedes to a film. Juicy fruity aroma, acetic berry notes with a lactic twang. Mildly sour, has a nice strawberry jam aroma. Palate has a good balance of acetic berry flavors, gentle lactic acidity. Pretty rounded and drinkable, medium bodied, with a clean brief finish. A good beer, but nothing special.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy light off white head. Color is a bright fall orange color/brown.

Aroma: Sour tart cherries up front. Vanilla and spice here. A hint of cinnamon. The spice flavors are big and strong. Also has some oak and brett funk showing.

Taste: Sour tart cherries. These are very tart. A big vinegar and acidic flavor. Oak again and has some other fruit flavors. Lemon also shows with the spice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouth puckering sour, tart. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with cherry notes.

Overall, one of the most sour beers I had at the fest. It was pretty drinkable and worth multiple pours.

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

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 Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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The Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.09 out of 5 based on 488 ratings.
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