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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2006
A little tame for what one would normally expect from Bells. Nice reddish color and pleasant cherry sent. Good mouth feel and carbonation. Cherryís dominate here, but do not over power. I think this ales low score has more to do with what most folks expect from bells as a brewer. If this ale would have been released buy New Glarus or another brewer I am confident it would have a higher score.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2006
VERY rich, tart cherry flavor. I had this draught mixed with Kalamazoo Stout so I canít be accounted for as a completely reliable rater...but it was a good beer. You have to adore cherries to enjoy this though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Had on draft at Irish Rose in Rockford. Beautiful to the sight and smell. Quality brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4996) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2006
A nice amber pour with an aroma of cherries and roasted malt. A flavor of tarrrt cherries. Less malt flavor than aroma. A bit on the fizzy side on the palate for my liking but not a bad beer. The first sip was really a shock! I think that is what happens to a lot of people they get that first taste and decide that they donít like something. As you sip it on down it improves. A good beer I would drink again and could grow to like when the season allows.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Pours a hazy red brown with a big bubbled though humble white head. The nose is unlike anything Iíve detected from a beer. Tart cherries are obvious, but thereís this V8 like aroma that just really bugs me. The palate is relatively smooth, though the taste of this beer really prevents me from trying to hold this in my mouth long enough to access it. Benefit of the doubt, it gets a 3. The flavor is really awful. Iím not a fan of sour beers, so I didnít expect to love this beer, but I am really outright disappointed in this beer. Thereís the sharp tart cherry flavor, but again, accompanied by something bearing resemblance to tomato juice. Thereís a flat creaminess, slight sweetness, but nothing malty or hoppy about this beer. Itís much more like a realy sour cider. This was actually even worse than Bellís Cherry Stout. Closest Iíve come to a drain pour...

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
While there is some cherry in this, I mostly smell vegetables and tomato. It is indeed tart (and bitter) rather than sweet. Its brown-orange in color with a small bubbly white head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cimirie (1) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2006 does not count
I used to live in Kalamazoo and I lived for summer afternoons for this beer! Great fruity aroma. A bit more fiz than I would suggest, but not offensive in the least. Tart fruit flavor that tingles the tastebuds while relying on a solid ale base so as to not taste "gimmicky." In my honest opinion, the most unique and rewarding of all the Bellís brews!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a slightly murky dark copper with a reddish tinge under a small quick disappearing off-white head. Lots of sediment in bottle. Aroma is fruity and fairly light with some slightly tart cherry. Flavor is tart and crisp up front with syrupy cherry and some sweet malt below. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying with a syrupy texture, especially on the finish, and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this tasted more like a novelty than a quality beer from a excellent brewer. Not sure why they take up valuable tank space with this one, there could be more Expedition in that fermenter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a somewhat deeper red amber with not so much head. Slight cherry scents on the nose or was that cherry? Taste is like lightly breaded sweetened raisins. Sort of a cross between sherry and beer, tipping to the beer side. I was looking to get more cherry, but it just was not there. Not enough to balance the sweet. Could not get any of the citric notes. Thanks to Styles for the bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottled. My sample is over a year old, so itís bound to taste different than most of the other raters. Does indeed show its age, but shows it well. Cherry flavor has resolved to an almost lambic kind of tartness, but surrounding a good base brown ale. Some cherry flavor, true, but this one stands next to the estery fruitiness of an older ale, rather than pushing the malt profile off stage.


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