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BJCP 2015 Guideline

American Wild Ale Wild Specialty Beer


BJCP 2015 28C Wild Specialty Beer example
28C - Wild Specialty Beer


Overall Impression

A sour and/or funky version of a fruit, herb, or spice beer, or a wild beer aged in wood. If wood-aged, the wood should not be the primary or dominant character.


A wild beer featuring fruit, herbs, spices, or wood based on a style other than lambic. Could be another Classic Style (normally sour or not), or something more generic. These beers may be aged in wood, but any wood character should not be a primary or dominant flavor.

Commercial Examples

Cascade Bourbonic Plague, Jester King Atrial Rubicite, New Belgium Eric's Ale, New Glarus Belgian Red, Russian River Supplication, The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme

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BJCP 2015 28C - Wild Specialty Beer Commercial Example