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

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #109
Ranked #1,063
4.33 | pDev: 7.16%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Raspberry Wild OneRaspberry Wild One
Notes: Sour brown ale aged in wine barrels with raspberries.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 191 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stortore
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Believe purchased 7/12/16, don’t think that was the bottling date. Had 4/17/19.

Pours a brownish ruby color, a little cloudy, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of raspberries, some wine, some malt, light plums and cherries, oak, a little funk, light vanilla. Smells lightly tart and sour. Flavors of raspberries, malt, oak, some cherries, a little funk, some vanilla, light wine. Starts out with a good amount of tartness that fades, a little sour throughout, a sweet note midway. Smooth, a solid light to medium body, well carbonated.

The raspberries are terrific, a good level of tartness, and actually a good amount of wood comes through. Well executed and very enjoyable. Would buy this again.

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 18, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft. Darker reddish body without any brown hue to it. Bright raspberry, a bit of brown malt, moderate acetic acidity, touch of lemony zest. Touch of vinous flavour. Palate cleansing, refreshingly dry, medium lighter body, good carbonation. Enjoyed this one a fair bit. This one should be bottled in six packs, although I guess with the wine barrels that would be a tough sell unless Bell's invested in foeders.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Aug 12, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have to confess, i had no idea bells made beer like this, and this really just blew my mind! i have seen the occasional wild beer from them at festivals and such, but nothing packaged, and nothing of this caliber. it looks lighter than any brown ive seen, strange to see that in the listing here, its soft pink in color, valentines day looking, with a short almost white head on it, not like many browns out there. aroma and flavor dont have much of that chocolate malt thing going on either, its far lighter than that on the grain side. instead, its driven by the fruit and the yeast in equal parts, with a nod to the yeast because its so interesting and delicious. the berries are jammy and tart at the same time, really capturing the essence of the entire fruit, without it ever seeming sugary. the yeast is amazing, bretty and funky and drying and mature, the kind of wild beer i really have come to love, and there is a pop of pucker here too, decent acidity pushing sourness, but wild wins over sharp, and it seems complete, whole, and fully satisfying. brilliant carbonation is cool too, it truly sings on the tongue, almost to the point where i dont want to swallow it, but of course i do. gorgeous packaging as well, a new high point for bells in many ways! absolutely loved this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Where was this one FW Invitational2? Pours looking similar to Supplication, its a brown base beer with red fruit mixed in giving it more levity. Aroma smacks of sourness. Some fruitiness there, can't really make a distinct impression whether I'm getting more raspberry or cherry or other unidentified fruit if smelling this blindly. Blindly? Is that only for sight or can you have a blind smelling?

Anyways, I really dug the taste, even more than regular Wild One. Has that fruitiness and sourness that takes away from the brown ale base. Wouldn't know if you didn't see the color/read about it. Easy to drink, clean, refreshing. A hint of leather, not heavy.

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Photo of esktime
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a Teku - Cork removal was not an easy task......worked up a thirst

Opaque redish maroon look

The aroma was of Raspberry and oak.

Taste was a wild tart raspberry bomb with a vinegar lemon funky finish...........Sour Yumminess

Medium body with a perfect amount of carbination

I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying after cellaring one for awhile

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Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy smokes deliciousness! This was big, tart, ruby red, with raspberry mouth puckering goodness throughout the whole snifter. I’d love to try it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the success of Bell's sour ale program, the natural procession is to borrow the world of raspberry from the Belgians and to push their famed sour beer into the world of framboise. In doing so, The Wild One joins the fruity fray.

Raspberry Wild One carries a deeply hazy mauve austere- glowing with reds, pinks and maroons, the beer is uniquely opaque. With a short-lived head falling in its wake, the tantalizing scent of tangy and succulent raspberry is densely packed with strong suggestions of wine, cider and cork-like must following closely behind. Tangy and sweet, the candied taste is strongly of raspberry with jolly rancher-type sugars laying a malty foundation.

The bulk of sweetness rapidly dissolves and the sour remnants of raspberry form a sour marriage with the beer's natural acidity and funk. Lemon, lime, crabapple and sour melon round out the raspberry as hints of vinous sourness and vinegar-like sharpness poke and prod at the tastebuds. Weathered oak and mild leather offer an earthy charm along with a peppery bite ensure a clean lactic finish.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer's residual fruit flavors offer a bit more heft than most sour ale. This added weight seems vanilla-like with hints of marzipan. Peppery and highly acidic, the enamel-stripping sourness erases the thirst from the palate with ease for a quick and refreshing finish.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, May 20, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is dark pink almost maroon with small amount of off white head. Nose is heavy raspberry purée, faint leathery brett, a touch of vanilla and lactose. Taste gets slightly acetic, very faint, lots of fresh raspberry, very little leathery brett. Acetic faint in finish, assertive carb, light to medium body. Gets a hint syrupy.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, May 22, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Dark red and brown body. Small white head.

Smell - Strong raspberry. Oak. Some sweet maltiness and a lot of acidity.

Taste - Very nice. Strong sour raspberry. A balancing caramel malt sweetness. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Excellent. Well made. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tasting glass the Firestone Walker Beer Fest. From notes. Reviewed 1 June 2013.

I was hugely impressed with this beer. A reddish amber color with cherries, tart fruit, and noticeable wild yeast on the nose. The taste is cranberry tartness and raspberry sweetness. Fruity, delicious, and very, very good. Highly recommended.

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AgentMunky from New York, Aug 15, 2013
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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Savor NYC this past weekend. Pours a maroon color, little to no head on this. Has a strong smell of raspberry. Taste was surprising tart. I had this following Founders Rubaeus to compare the two and I was surprised by how much more tart this one was.

It was still a very enjoyable beer to drink, would definitely have it again, but probably will not get my chance living in nyc.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with raspberry and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry 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 and refreshing.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jun 03, 2013
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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bells Eccentric Cafe, served in a snifter.

Pour: Mostly hazy deep ruby, with a touch of mahogany. Barely and eight of an inch of fizzy head that subsides quickly to a rim. No lacing.

Smell: Big burst of raspberry sweetness up front, followed by some lactic sourness and a nice funk. A touch of oak. Some white vinegar creeps in. Finishes with lots of raspberries and funk.

Taste: Follows the nose with a burst of overripe raspberries, but a smack of big lactic sourness. Lots of tartness and some oak and juicy pear and raspberry through the middle. Finishes with funk and tartness.

Mouthfeel: More tart than I was expecting, but very drinkable. Carb is very prickly, but refreshing.

Overall: I'm glad I made the trip to Bell's to try this. Delicious!

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cfrances33 from Illinois, Mar 06, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to raveskdr for the assist on this one. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a nice brownish-red color with a short white head and a spot or two of lacing. The nose carries a nice earthy raspberry aroma along with a nice underlying malt and tartness. Flavor has a light maltiness behind the fruit. Good acidity. A very nice addition to the base beer.

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Thorpe429 from Illinois, Dec 15, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, maduro, 2 pours

appearance: served in a pint and also an awesome bells tulip - garnet body, light beige head, good clarity

smell: tart, oak, fresh raspberry, funk

taste: This was good stuff and it's no wonder the keg kicked quite quickly - funky tartness throughout, great pulpy raspberry presence, oak, bread

mouthfeel : good carbonation, nice puckering tartness

overall: very strong variation on the Wild One

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dirtylou from District of Columbia, Aug 16, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe, into an oversized snifter.

Burgundy in colour, poured with no head, an only a pencil thin collar. No retention or lace. Tart raspberry/cranberry on the nose, a dash of funk and some sweet oak notes. Ligth acetic acid, fairly reminiscent of a flanders red. More tart berry notes on the palate, mild acetic acid and a sweet-sour interplay for the most part but tartness wins in the finish. Only some mild oak in the flavour. Medium full feel, with a hard puckering finish. Medium high effervescence, quite the solid fruit beer.

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liamt07 from Ontario (Canada), May 25, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI...

A: Pours a light brown with dark red hues. There is very little head, only a thin pink ring around the edges of the beer.

S: The nose is tart and stinky. It smells of raspberry, earth, and wild funk. Normally raspberries tend to dominate, but this is funked up that that is the dominate scent.

T: It starts off with sweet raspberry and transitions into something that is really sour. The berries fade, and this beer takes off into crazy tart and puckering territory. What's weird is that after that tart shock is over, the raspberries come back into the forefront. The finish is like the that puckering moment when you grind the last of the raspberry seeds down with your teeth (If that even makes any sense).

M: I have to label this one a medium bodied beer. It starts off clean, palate enveloping, and smooth. But once the sour takes hold, it's super tart. It finishes dry.

O: This is a pretty solid beer, but I don't think I could drink more than one glass. I was super psyched to see it on tap at the cafe, and it was quite a treat for me.

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trxxpaxxs from New York, May 20, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany red, Raspberry,and sour dry finish, some nice sour on the nose as well.

Like this very much as well as the other beers i had there. Closest to a Catillion i have had yet. Please Bottle this!!

P.S. They need to get FREE WI-FI. If you are going to have such a relaxing feel to the place.

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RollBounce from New York, May 17, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Ruby stained brown body. Fairly clear, no haze or sediment noticed. Scant malted milk colored head sits atop momentarily. The head soon recedes leaving a slight ring around the top.

Pulpy raspberry and slight acetic bite greets the nose up front. The raspberry comes out a bit more with warmth. Subtle brown breadiness can be noticed but it takes some digging. Oak aroma is soft and lingers throughout.

Very tart but not puckering. Tart raspberry flavor with slight sweetness. An appropriate amount of acetic vinegar is noted just beneath the raspberries. A lemon like sourness lingers on the back. Warm bready base barely detectable. Brett flavors nearly drown out by the bugs.

Light to medium bodied beer. Prickly texture on the tongue, the beer is well carbonated. Dry finish. Lingering lemon soaked raspberry flavor.

Great variation on Wild One. The raspberries enhance the tart flavor. Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink. One of my favorite Cafe exclusives.

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kzoobrew from Michigan, Feb 12, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter. Looks good; the color from the raspberries is definitely visible. Smell is the weakest attribute of this beer. It's got some sour raspberry notes, but too subdued for what it is. Tastes great; tart and dry with a great balance between the sour and raspberries. Mouthfeel is good too, although a little age would probably improve it. Overall, a great sour that's definitely worth trying if you're at the Cafe.

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Photo of jale
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the cafe.
A; Pours a reddish amber with little head.

S: Nice tartness and some berries.

T: Nice sourness thats not overpowering. Mild raspberry with a slight aceticness. A hint of spice in the finish.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: A beer I could drink one after another.

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jale from Michigan, Feb 07, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's.

A - A very dark, purplish colored beer. The addition of the raspberries gave this one a fun and rich color. Little bit of an off-white head with on there with a pink tinge.

S - Vinegar, vinous qualities, sour funk, and some raspberries. It smells like a good sour with a bit of meat on it.

T - Taste is pretty good. It has a nice, underlying tartness with a little acetic acid and some good raspberries. There is some funk in there as well. Initially it has some good pucker factor but it gets really easy to drink as you go. A minor complaint was the finish, which was just kind of boring.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, soft carbonation that feels bigger due to the tartness of this beer.

O - A good beer, I find this to be a nice sour and would love to get a bottle if it ever went to that. For an American Wild, you could definitely do worse.

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AgentZero from Illinois, Feb 07, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a different beer than Wild One. It is Wild One, aged in barrels on Raspberries.

A - Instead of Wild One Brown with minimal head, it was a much more red/burgundy color. Lively head on it.

S - It is muted sweet fruit, with a strong vinegar back end. It does have more of a nose that WO, but the fruit aren't as present as expected.

T - Oh my. Think Raspberry Lambic. It is more tart that WO, but is balanced by a sweet Raspberry finish. Taste wise, it is a better beer, considering it is more complex, with the base of bell's best brown, the souring process, and then raspberry aging.

M - More lively than WO. Seems like the brewing process, or perhaps the aging process has ended with a beer that is more carbbed than WO. Much more pleasant mouth feel.

O - This is a knockout beer. The difference between it and WO are profound. The tartness, balanced with the sweet raspberry is excellent. Overall, I look forward to more WO hybrids from Bell's. I think they got it down.

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