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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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
this beer is a cheerfully hazy red color. Fairly effervescent at first, it is topped by a perfect cap of creamy foam. Good head retention, a bit of residul lacing. Moderate cherry in the aroma, both tart and sweetish. Initially, the beer was sweetly fruity, but this was followed in short order by a very nice tart nankin cherry flavor. Crisp and tangy with just a hint of residual honey sweetness. Medium body, good carbonation, very refreshing.

   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 Bell’s brews!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle: Real pretty dark amber with no real head on it. Aroma is a bit of spice, wood, hay and not much cherry. Flavor is indeed tart, cherry flavor is almost not there, seems more spicey and wooden. Bottle was very conditioned, a big clump of yeast was resting at the bottom. Not to fruity, but well rounded and tastey.

   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 I’d 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...it’s 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 Bell’s Cherry Stout,meets the style of an ale better than the aforementioned does for a stout.

   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. Cherry’s 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Muddy Pig has this on-tap? Wow and weird - Dark coppery haze with a medium bubbly, crunchy looking foam of off white. Settles slowly to a thin skim and little lacing decides to stick. Aroma isn’t much, surprisingly light and mediochre to say the least. I could barely get a wiff of anything on a full pint glass til about 1/3 empty. That is where I finally could muster a clean and crisp high grain malt and a sense of tart cherry. Thats about it. Taste is a bit short in the front, pilsner-like in malting with quick and easy crispness with a bit of grainyness to it. Wheat perhaps too. Soon after midway the cherry tartness intersedes the overall and gets a really fantanstic nuance of grapey, vineous mingled cherry drying sensibilty to its finish. Totally worth each sip. The cherry tart drifts away quickly leaving an incredibly fine and easy dryness lasting for a good long while. It has a wonderful little play of dark grapes and cherry merging together to create one finely delicate and pleasingly acceptable dryness of light tart/souring. Nearly lambic-like on the trailing end. Quite unique. Feel is about a medium body, holding a firm carbonation from front to back, but most of the attention is being drawn into the middle, then into the finish, where the cherry stuff and drying stuff kicks into high gear and makes it all worth while. Intially tart when served, but calmed down soon after as it began to breathe a little and really became a nice little fruit beer to enjoy. Thoroughly drinkable and welcoming. A nice rendition to the Bell’s line of beers to drink down in the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12 oz bottle pours a cloudy red with a short reddish white creamy head. Aroma is of sweet cherries. Flavor is much more on the tart side but still cherries. There is some malt behind this brew though and the cherries don’t completely dominate the flavor. Some yeast also comes through. Finishes with a nice sour aftertaste. On the palate this is rather light and not overpoweringly sweet or sour but just about right. I found this definitely tolerable for a fruit beer and not bad at all for finish to a nice meal.

   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 can’t be accounted for as a completely reliable rater...but it was a good beer. You have to adore cherries to enjoy this though.

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