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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Cloudy dark amber colour with a frothy off-white head. Light sweet cherry aroma with some yeasty notes. Sweet cherry flavour with a lightly astringent bitter finish. Medium bodied, very dry.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Red tinted magenta. Nice color. Subtle aroma, with a light yeast presence (dough, barnyard), cherries mainly (though non-vibrant) and a light hint of pancake batter and alcohol. Light body with an oily texture. Salty cherry flavor, with clashing tartness and sweetness. Terrifyingly bad.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bottled served in my NB flute glass:

Pours a ruby hue with a fizzy fading head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of band-aid, ripened cherry, grainy malts, and grassy hops. The taste is lightly tart and more so syrupy, more cherry pits than than wonderful cherry favor that New Glarus displays. Additional tones of cereal and grains with a touch of wood. Really not so bad as disappointing (well not that either cause I had already read Wohlfs review before hand). The feel is equally bland other than is tartness that quickly fades and does awaken the tongue. Much like the Raspberry Ale, a beer to mix with something else.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2005
12 oz. bottle, fresh: Muddy red-brown, thin cream. Medicinal, sour cherry sauce. Light maltiness, but mostly artificial and syrupy. Not as refreshing as I was hoping. Lingering cherry skin hop bitterness leaves a decent taste in the mouth, but Larry and the boys can and do much better.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Hazy, pinkish, amber body with a fizzy, quickly diminishing head. Odd aroma that contained mild, tart cherries, caramel, wheat bread and some residual sweetness. Nothing too exciting in the body. As with the head, it was a little fizzy and didnít excite me at all. Luckily the flavors were a little better than the nose, but sill not overly exciting. The cherry flavors become more prevalent and the other flavors drop in the profile, giving only a bit of support in the background. All told, this is a little disappointing, considering some of the excellent beers made in Kalamazoo (Comstock).

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured to a murky red from a bottle. The head is bubbly and white and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet maraschino cherry juice on top of wheat toast. Not very original or complex, but not horrible in aroma. Ick. The flavor is pretty disgusting. Reminds me of rhubarb stalks without the tartness. Very similar to rhubarb juice that my Momís made but not as good. I donít get a whole lot of cherries in this. Perhaps some ground cherries, not tree cherries. Not liking this one. This has to be the worst of what Bellís has to offer. Sorry to bash it, but this could have been so much better. Perhaps this is better on tap? The palate is not very appealing. What the hell did Kalamazoo Brewing do to this? I think Iíd rather be drinking some kinda Miller product. WTF BELLS!!! FIX IT, QUICK!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Pours a dark red wine color, with a small off white head. Aroma is fresh, tart cherries, a little bread, biscuity note to it as well. Flavor is very tart, full of sour cherry. A llittle sweet malt balances out this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2005
bottle: not as bad as everyone is claiming, but a tad dissapointing considering how great it is rated on tap....brownish red app, aroma is nothing special, a tad woody and no cherry whatsoever...flavor is alright, but not distinct in cherry...a tad sour and tart though

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2005
There is no doubt that Bellís is a great brewery. However, like a rock band with many a great product, a middle-of-the-road ummph like Zepís Fool in the Rain is bound to show up every now and then. Well, this is pretty much Bellís ummph. The saving grace of this cherry ale is the appearance, which despite the strange color has lots of thick head bubbles that last to the end of the glass. Aroma is overly simple: malt with a slight touch of cherry; perhaps some of that Pampers smell as well, more like the pee part. Flavor is sort of malty but mainly an unpleasant artificial-like tartness, and this is taken in connection with a similar insubstantial, acidic body. Very unpleasant finish. I should mention that the bottle doesnít say "Tart ale made with Michigan cherries", but rather: "Ale brewed with cherry concentrate." Ummph!

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear red color with just the barest hints of brown. Nice white head forms and leaves good lacing. Nasty, funky aroma. Styles insists that is smells like used Pampers, he is bigger than me so it smells like used Pampers to me also. Regardless of descriptors, it smells bad. I donít get the tartness that everyone else seems to find. Flavor is perhaps a blend of rancid cherry and caramel. I am sadly let down by this and hope that it is a bad bottle.


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