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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Better than Sam Adams cherry wheat, if thats saying anything. Is pretty light and fruity, and not heavy-sweet. Unfortunately it more or less reminds me of generic beer with grenadine in it. Worth a try once.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 Misty thick red pour. Old cherry aroma, with honey, raspberries, and citrus. Calcium. Quite bright.

Juicy and almost spicy cherry flavor. Mineral and pit-heavy in bitterness, while its sweetness tends toward syrupy sugars and reduced juices. Calcium and general hard-water metallic characters dry out the mid palate, briefly, but the finishing touch is warm and fleshy fruit; almost jammy.

Sometimes the tartness blends with the mineral qualities to create an intriguing shade of Sauvignon Blanc that passes for something interesting. Palate is mild and medium textured, softly carbonated, and juicy. Age hasnít done it too well at this very old point, but it seems to improved it in some vague respects as well. Thanks Ken!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
12oz bottle, purchased at Embassy in Warren, MI. Pours a dark, pulpy red raspberry color; thin-pinkish head that quickly fades. Slight metallic note over a muddled, pulpy cherry character in the aroma; pureed bing cherries with average acidity. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, pitty cherries and strawberries upfront; some fruity tannins; very light citric tartness and solid levels of acidity; decent presence in the mouth, if a touch undercarbonated at this point; solid, genuine cherry notes with some breadiness at the core; tastes better than it smells. Medium finish: red fruits (cherries, especially), light toasty and bready malts, and a touch of citrus.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
I am not much of a fruit beer fan. This one is certainly not bad. THe cherry tartness is there in the flavor. The color was a beautiful amber red. Sour alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
On tap @ Bells tasting Orange-red pour with an off white head. Aroma of fresh cherry and dry toasted malt. Flavors of tart cherry, toasted malt, a bit of yeast as well. Light body, tart/malty with a tart/earthy finish. Pretty good really.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Shared by Goldtwins. Pours a very murky disgusting brownish red with a fizzy head that dies in a couple seconds. Aroma at first is so muddled and murky it is hard to even detect much cherry- just dirt, earth, sweet caramel and light chocolate matls- as it warms the cherry juice comes out ok. Flavor is also messy, with some chocolate malts, toasty nutty malts, and caramel sweetness, with some cherry juice to screw things up. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and messy- just a wierd turbid mess of a beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Poured a murky brown color with a minimal off-white head. The aroma is of tart cherry and earthy but sweet malt. Mildly tart cherry with a mild caramel malt. Light body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bellís tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: The beer pours a luminous red color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of tart cherries and wheat. Medium, clean body with dark cherry and bready malt flavors. The finish is fruity with lingering cherry aftertaste. Might suffer from the recent New Glarus Fruit beers I have had, but not bad overall.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap. Pours a pretty burnt orange color with a small white head. Aroma is not as strong in cherry as Iíd imagined it would be. They are still definitely there but a lot of malt aromas are there too. This doesnít smell too promising, kind of reminds me of a lot of bad fruit beers Iíve had. Cherries are tart and light, malts are biscuity. Flavor is slightly tart, watery, very thin bodied and quite bland. I was glad I got to try this but itís certainly not one of Bellís better beers.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Almost winey scent, without a lot of outstanding aroma. As soon as you taste it though, wow. Same tart cherries as the stout. Refreshing fruit flavor, but doesnít stay with you very long. Great for the summer with a slight alcohol sting at the end.


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