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Bells Cherry Ale

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


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Tart ale made with Michigan cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3442) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Thanks to Illinismitty for this. Pours with a reddish amber colored body that hold up a creamy off-white head. Malt and cherry aroma. The flavor starts with some sweet malt notes and the tart cherry builds quickly and follows through to the finish. Spritzy palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
12-oz bottle, Batch 6898, via trade with Kevin. Pours ruby to mahagony with a patchy off-white film. Aroma is candied cherries, malt (cookie) and yeast (dough). Tart, sour and bitter cherry flavor, lemon notes, light sweetness comes through as the flavor leaves your tongue. Medium bodied and lightly fizzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2006
this bottle pours a dark amber gives off a noticeable cherry aroma. not more than one of these tonight as it has a sweet somewhat thick taste. pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
In the bottle. Pours a reddish amber color. head is off white. Bottle conditioned, so, after swirling, the beer is a haze of cloudy yeast. Aroma is high with cherries. Slight earthy aroma, maybe from the yeast. Flavor was pie cherries with a tingly tart mid palate. Canít drink this all night long, but it was quite good. The best thing about it is that it is not sickeningly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with a great cherry aroma. Somewhat tart with a juicy and somewhat sour finish. In the end, a bit too thin and one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle: Dark caramel, reddish tones, hazy, moderate to small frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. † Nose of cherries, fairly similar to cherry tootsie roll pop. † Quite tart on first sip, at least moreso than I expected. † Slight dryness, immature cherries reside on the sides and tip of the tongue, remains tart through to the finish.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Does have a bit of cherry tootsie roll tinge. † Not bad, but tastes a bit artificial. † I liked the fact that it was tart rather than sweet. † Thanks kramer17801 for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle: Deep red pour. cherries on the aroma. Flavor was cherries with a pleasent tartness. Light carbonation, a little thin, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Batch # 6898. Poured a dark amber. Tart cherry aroma and flavor. Not bad, but not great, either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Very red coloured with some hints of brown. Fine thin head that dissapeared nearly after I finsihed pouring, leaving behind a almost complete layer of lace and a immesurably thicker ring. I canít really smell a whole lot from this one, only thin hints of cherry. The initial sip is almost overwhelmingly tart but smoothes out to a sweet cherry finish. As I get farther into my glass, the almost fruit juice flavours come out, transitioning to tart cherries and going down like a fine wine. At first, I was glad that I had only bought one bottle, but now I almost feel as though I should have got more. Itís quite refreshing, with a good flavour profile, and doesnít attempt to overwhelm.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
There was a melon-colored hint to a hazed, rusty body under a fizzy head that didnít last much beyond the pour. I canít say the aroma was very appealing with sour fruit and light vinegar. Flavor is tart cherry and highly astringent (I felt astringence in my esophagus, if thatís even possible). It came off like a nice, buttery kriek and should appeal to lambic-lovers (and the multitude of Bellís loyalists).

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