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Bells Cherry Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tart ale made with Michigan cherries.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Amber color with a mild hue of rudy mixed in. Modest tan head that seems to have a hint of pink. Very fruity aromas. A cherry based fruit punch nose. The label indicates that this was brewed with cherry concentrate, seems like they left some pits in the punch. Has a real cherry of peach pit tartness quality. This does need more malt to keep the cherries in their place. To simple, like a light ale with cherries. Palate is light and somewhat biting. Perhaps this is rated lower as expectations were higher.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Have tried this a few times and still doesnít do it for me. Only faint cherry detectable in aroma and flavor. Flavor seems to be a little off, almost like rotten fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12 oz bottle pours a cloudy red with a short reddish white creamy head. Aroma is of sweet cherries. Flavor is much more on the tart side but still cherries. There is some malt behind this brew though and the cherries donít completely dominate the flavor. Some yeast also comes through. Finishes with a nice sour aftertaste. On the palate this is rather light and not overpoweringly sweet or sour but just about right. I found this definitely tolerable for a fruit beer and not bad at all for finish to a nice meal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Amber red color, tart and sour cherries in the nose and taste, although on the mild side. Finishes sour and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pours from a bottle to an opaque reddish amber. Good, slow disappearing head. Aroma reminds me of when I was 12 years old picking tart cherries on Meadís Farm near Frankfort, Michigan. Tart, tangy flavor. A maltiness seeps in that doesnít allow the cherries to overpower the ale. I could drink alot of this ale.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Color is dark amber with a strange red hue. Aroma is a largely fruity, candy like (read- Fake) cherry aroma, sweet aroma. Flavor is tangy and tart. Cherry flavors are a points tart and also candy (Kool-aid -ish). Unexpected light apricot presence. Full flavor and fruity finish. Strange beer, not in the class of some real good fruit beers out there.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Thanks to pailhead. Pours a very cloudy reddish amber. Aroma is of caramel and malt with some fruitiness....but, surprisingly, not really of cherry. Hops barely present in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity and yeasty, but again, the cherry is not really the dominant fruit flavor. More of a apple, orange, pineapple type fruit profile with cherry in the background. Decent amount of hop bitterness and a slight sour and dry finish. Body was fairly full and it went down easily with moderate carbonation. Not the best fruit beer out there.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
(12oz botte, RBSG05) Hazed amber body, off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, caramel, orange. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness, light caramel. Light-medium body.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle thanks to Blake. Hazy light red body with a bubbly white head. Canned sweet cherry aroma with some grahm cracker malt. Touch of bread yeast, too. The flavor is pretty sweet, really reminds me of canned pie filling now. Any tartness is accomplished by a metallic twang + pie cherry combo. The pie cherry tartness comes out more in the finish but it doesnít help much. Thick, syrupy caramel malt all througout the taste, doesnít seem to blend well at all with the cherry flavor. Iíd take a cherry stout any day over this stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4459) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
(Bottle) Sampled at RBSG 2005 in Montreal, Canada. Very lactic nose with undertones of cherry and Hot Lip candy. Thin almond head with a deep amber body. Sour cherries with a medicinal unbalance.


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