smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft - not a ton of aroma. Some malt and some fruitiness, of course. Very nice appearance - deep red with a beige head. As expected, but still very nice. The flavor is very one-dimensional - mouth puckeringly tart cherries. Iím glad I tried one, but I donít think I will have a second.
frankenkitty (1963) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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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BeerandBlues2 (10503) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Have tried this a few times and still doesnít do it for me. Only faint cherry detectable in aroma and flavor. Flavor seems to be a little off, almost like rotten fruit.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a charming hazy orange-red rose tint and releases a head that produces a highly metallic aroma. Flavor is similar -- tart cherries to the point of tasting metallic. While I donít necessarily want a fruit beer to taste like a wine cooler mixed with lager, this one could have used a bit more sweetness and less tartness. Aftertastes vaguely reminds of cherries once again, if only the actual beer itself tasted like such. Instead it tastes like homebrew made with unfiltered iron-infused well water. Not at all pleasant, and quite a disappointment from this great brewery.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - SEP 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too much cherry. Tasted like cough medicine mixed with beer. It was dark drown with a hint of crimson. I really wanted this beer to e good and others in my group did like it, but it just wasnít for me.
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.