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Bells Cherry Ale

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


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Courtsey of Illinismitty

Bottle, Aroma had a grass and decent cherry aroma. Murky orange color and next to no head. Flavor has some cherry flavor but could use more. Boy this is tart to start off with. Did I say tart whew. Mellows out by end. Dry on the palate with some cherry taste also. Man little too tart for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Bottle, batch #6898, thanks to Mr. Styles! Beautiful, hazy peach pour with a short cap of whitish head. Nose was primarily of cherries, artificial sweetener, and some grassy wheat-ness. Tart cherries were persistent throughout the flavor... wheaty backbone and some Jolly Rancher sweetness were also in there. Rather long cherry finish. Effervescent on the palate, which worked well for the style. Well-crafted, but really didnít do it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
On tap at the Blue Nile ( imagine that!) color is a bright crimson, a solid ruby, thick & hazy, too, and capped with a lush pinkish head, solid and lasting...very impressive appearance, very attractive, too! Aroma, light, and sweet, with whiffs of cherry, but not much else. Full feel on the palate, when first quaffed, a rush of sweet fruit, then the tart of the cherry, a bite of sour, then all is refreshment, and total quaffability. My first taste of this made me wonder if Iíd really like it. My first pint of it led to another, and so on.. Excellent texture, great drinkablity, a splash of tart to meet every swallow, but not so much to bring down the pleasure of drinking...bright and juicy...itís an ale full of cherries, what else do you want? If you love cherries in your beer, this is the brew for you! I not, stay away. Solid, tasty, tangy, very well done. Hats off to Larry & Co. Much better than Bellís Cherry Stout,meets the style of an ale better than the aforementioned does for a stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Red/brown with a small white head. Cherry nose with malt and some grassy hop notes. Farily dry, very nice flavor, dominated by tart cherries with a touch of bready malt, slight sugary sweetness, and a balance of dry bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7875) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle. Tart sour cherry and malt aroma. Reddish amber with small head. Sweet-tart cherry flavor - tastes like freshly picked cherries, not a nasty chemical fake cherry flavor - with light malt tones. Nice drinkable fruit beer - just doesnít have strong beer flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Tap. Translucent and auburn red in color with an expansive dust overlay and a thin, khaki-grey wrung around the edges. Sticky web lacing. Love that aroma. Sweet maraschino cherries nearly predicate a kriek dimension, along with hints of strawberry-watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Mild accents of lemons and cloves for dimension, and throw in some grenadine while youíre at it. Big fresh cherry sweetness syrups its way into the palatary playing field, with a sticky dissipation that leaves a tin soup can reverberating in the background. Sweet cherry pie filling, and the effervescence at the outset is saying "Shirley Temples" - dirty style (which means maraschino juice, pervert.) Mild coriander met with grenadine in the finish. I expected the worst and was pleasantly surprised. Decent stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
pours hazzy red. flavor is tart, sour cherries. cherry flavor dominante. cant really taste much else.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle
Pours a lush brown and amber... Aroma is cherry and chocolate. Flavor is a cherry wine spritzer. Very light. Not bad, but I wouldnít take out a second mortgage to acquire a sixer.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Last six at the store, it was Bells, so I grabbed it even though it was $10. Pours clear sparkling red, with very little head. Nice aroma of cherries and malt. Medium body. Flavor starts sour and watery, and finishes sticky and acidic at the back of the tongue. Somewhat artificial tasting. I was rather disappointed with this one. Itís not that it is bad, I just have higher standards for beers coming from Bells, as they are one of my favorite breweries.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Cherry red with shortlasting head and some lacing. Aroma is malty sweet cherries. Taste started off malty with a mellow cherry tartness and then the finish reminded me of the pit - a bit woody, slightly bitter.


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