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Bellís Cherry Ale

Formerly brewed at Bellís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2005
cloudy rust pour with an anemic head. aroma is a weird metallicic with some sucrose and cherry. flavor, tart, a medium tart by my scales. cherry flavor is evident with a lingering neopolitan ice cream finish as in when all the flavors melt together. a vanilla note blends with the lingering tart. an interesting decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2005 bottle from OhioDad, thanks Scott! Consumed on 11/21/05. Cherry and prune juice notes immediately waft up to greet me after opening the cap. Light touches of tartness. It pours an opaque, yet bright, ripe cherry juice colored body. Beige-yellow head is small and has low to moderate retention. Yeast and, seemingly, light munich and pale malts add a dry note to the aroma. Flavor mixes a simple (but not in a sweet way) cherry juice and light tartness, with just a hint of acidity on the very sides of the palate. Carbonation is tiny and wisks the flavor about, left and right, expanding firmly everywhere. Retronasal has some light vanilla and a touch of honey-cream. You really have to be head-over-heels about Bells to appreciate what this beer does. A light fruit beer, yet not a "girlish" fruit beer. Yeast, tartness, cherry flavor, pinch of honey and light acid. Itís all here. Wet, touch watery, body is very light. I can understand the other scores, but yet, I could drink this stuff all night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Red Coloring with White Ring. Light Cherry Aroma. Very Tart Cherry Taste. Dry Tart Aftertaste. Light Malt Background but Perhaps a bit Too Tart to Enjoy More then a Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours a weak watered down looking amber. Hmmm nose is of wonderous sour cherry, some vinegar, and malt, seems solid, but boy was it not. Flavor is of wild sour cherry but they seem like theyve gone bad, terribly bad. Weird beer, very weird. Not like I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Decent enough summer refresher, but not enough cherry tartness carries through the initial splash of flavor...seems to have a split personality...is it a sweet fruit beer or a malty amber ale? Just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a beautiful amber copper reddish color with a small white lacing head. Aroma is bitter cherries with a hint of vinegar. almost like a red wine. Taste is dominated by sour cherries. Very acidic, almost like a fruit juice gone sour. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
This is the least desireable beer Iíve had from Bells, a big disappointment. Sour, metallic, and sometimes skunky, I had a 6 pack that I tried to mellow in the cellar, but it just didntí work (the last bottle was vinegar I think, I dumped it out). There are some good malts in there, deep down...But it really just seems like sour beer, can barely even get any cherry flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Nice golden color,smal white head with an aroma of cherry and a sour thing going on here.The taste was cherry and sour with a slightly mild hint of hops at the end but the cherry is a bit more then iím used to having.Iít good but not that great as well.The wife loves it though on a good note i guess itís worth a try but littl emore then that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Started out nicely with the aroma of tart cherries dominating with some hops and malt singing back-up. Fizzy in the mouth. Medium bodied. The flavor was off. The tart cherry aroma didnít carry over into a nice cherry taste. To acidic. This seemed to be a cross between a lambic and an amber ale, doing neither justice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Dusty red-orange. Nose sour and tart. Flavor tart cherry, bit sour, a bit of mild fruity burst. Biscuity at the end.

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