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Bells Cherry Ale

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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   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tart ale made with Michigan cherries.


2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle thanks to Blake. Hazy light red body with a bubbly white head. Canned sweet cherry aroma with some grahm cracker malt. Touch of bread yeast, too. The flavor is pretty sweet, really reminds me of canned pie filling now. Any tartness is accomplished by a metallic twang + pie cherry combo. The pie cherry tartness comes out more in the finish but it doesn’t help much. Thick, syrupy caramel malt all througout the taste, doesn’t seem to blend well at all with the cherry flavor. I’d take a cherry stout any day over this stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Nice red hue to the beer here. Head full of lively bubbles. The aroma is sweet, but not as fruity as expected. Taste is a little harsh and not subtle at all. The cherry seems fake and should probably age a while before my next bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2005
from the bottle. poured a reddish brown, with a off white head that didn’t hang around for very long. aroma, tart cherries, malt, and metallic. flavor get mostly tart cherries but a little bit of sweetness creeps in there and some malts. it does have a clean finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Tart cherry aroma, tart cherry flavor over a sweet caramel malt body. Barely one-dimensional and a huge disappointment.

2.5
   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 didn’t 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6042) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Color is dark amber with a strange red hue. Aroma is a largely fruity, candy like (read- Fake) cherry aroma, sweet aroma. Flavor is tangy and tart. Cherry flavors are a points tart and also candy (Kool-aid -ish). Unexpected light apricot presence. Full flavor and fruity finish. Strange beer, not in the class of some real good fruit beers out there.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Clear, red tinged amber, with a nice creamy, foamy off-white head. Sourish standard ale aroma, tinged with slightly rotten cherries. Super sour and very tart flavor, with a heavy coppery metallic flavor stinging my mouth. Some light creamy notes. Gross, this beer is not drinkable. Palate is dry and metallic. I’m not impressed.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (4979) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a slightly murky dark copper with a reddish tinge under a small quick disappearing off-white head. Lots of sediment in bottle. Aroma is fruity and fairly light with some slightly tart cherry. Flavor is tart and crisp up front with syrupy cherry and some sweet malt below. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying with a syrupy texture, especially on the finish, and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this tasted more like a novelty than a quality beer from a excellent brewer. Not sure why they take up valuable tank space with this one, there could be more Expedition in that fermenter.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Red tinted magenta. Nice color. Subtle aroma, with a light yeast presence (dough, barnyard), cherries mainly (though non-vibrant) and a light hint of pancake batter and alcohol. Light body with an oily texture. Salty cherry flavor, with clashing tartness and sweetness. Terrifyingly bad.


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