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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour brown ale aged in wine barrels with raspberries.

Added by decadance on 01-22-2012

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Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Zaphog
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Raspberry Wild One from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 181 ratings