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Bells Cherry Ale

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


on tap


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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12427) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
(12oz botte, RBSG05) Hazed amber body, off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, caramel, orange. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness, light caramel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Reddish/brown hue with a medium head that diminished quickly. Average aroma of malt and light cherry. Medium body with light smooth texture. Well balanced fuit flavor with small sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10891) - San Diego, 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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle from gcurlow. Love those unrated bells! Pours a murky reddish color, no real head. Aroma of bing cherries, apple juice, cran-cherry juice, and some yeasty notes. Flavor is like drinking a watered down glass of apple cherry juice. This beer is still drinkable, but not all that great. Not that it ever was.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9809) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9261) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7406) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Pours a deep ruby copper with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet and sour sauce and green hoppiness. Body starts lightly sweet and fruity, turning more sour, mildly earthy, and oily toward the sticky cherry finish. A very confused example of a fruit beer that, coming from Bells should be better. Needs more malt for balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bottled served in my NB flute glass:

Pours a ruby hue with a fizzy fading head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of band-aid, ripened cherry, grainy malts, and grassy hops. The taste is lightly tart and more so syrupy, more cherry pits than than wonderful cherry favor that New Glarus displays. Additional tones of cereal and grains with a touch of wood. Really not so bad as disappointing (well not that either cause I had already read Wohlfs review before hand). The feel is equally bland other than is tartness that quickly fades and does awaken the tongue. Much like the Raspberry Ale, a beer to mix with something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Pours red with a white head. Smells strongly of cherries and yogurt. Tastes very tarte with cherries and some moderate hop notes. Tarte finish. More subdued than some other cherry beers Iíve had but still very good.

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