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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: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Tart ale made with Michigan cherries.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
I would have liked to have seen a little more cherry, and a little more hop in this beer. Pours a reddish brown, amber if you will. There is some real cherry flavor, although it is painfully little. This would be comparable to adding a hint of cherry to bass ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear red color with just the barest hints of brown. Nice white head forms and leaves good lacing. Nasty, funky aroma. Styles insists that is smells like used Pampers, he is bigger than me so it smells like used Pampers to me also. Regardless of descriptors, it smells bad. I don’t get the tartness that everyone else seems to find. Flavor is perhaps a blend of rancid cherry and caramel. I am sadly let down by this and hope that it is a bad bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured to a murky red from a bottle. The head is bubbly and white and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is sweet maraschino cherry juice on top of wheat toast. Not very original or complex, but not horrible in aroma. Ick. The flavor is pretty disgusting. Reminds me of rhubarb stalks without the tartness. Very similar to rhubarb juice that my Mom’s made but not as good. I don’t get a whole lot of cherries in this. Perhaps some ground cherries, not tree cherries. Not liking this one. This has to be the worst of what Bell’s has to offer. Sorry to bash it, but this could have been so much better. Perhaps this is better on tap? The palate is not very appealing. What the hell did Kalamazoo Brewing do to this? I think I’d rather be drinking some kinda Miller product. WTF BELLS!!! FIX IT, QUICK!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4767) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12 oz bottle sampled with tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Olivier_MTL at the Best Western in Ann Arbor, MI. Light cherry juice color, bubbly, bit of lasting head and plenty of lace....ok, the appearance is the best part and its all downhill, you know immediately as the aroma is of cheap jam, a touch vinegary and very sugary-fake...body of sour cherries, quite dry, lactic and somewhat doughy, deteriorates as it warms with a chemical/plastic quality....hard to believe this is from Kalamazoo, it really seems like an off batch...seriously there is something wrong here (and mind you, I like fruit beers a lot more than most), take it back Larry!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2006
12oz @ Kalamazoo brewery: Dark red, color, clearish/cloudy, almost no head (bartender may wanted to give me more beer for my $), white, lasting. Sweet cherry aroma, but not much. Cherry taste, nutty, fresh, not too tart, some fizz Not much flavor. A little dissapointed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2007
12 ounce bottle Cloudy, deep red color. Quickly disappearing head. Tart Cherry aroma (Duh) is very pungent. Tart Red Cherry and Black currant and Wheat flavor. Crisp, light and tart mouthfeel is refreshing. Almost lemony Too tart to have a lot but tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
Couleur rouge allant presque vers le rose, mousse beige pale adhérant partiellement à la paroi du verre. Arômes synthétiques et fruités de bonbons à la cerise, de confiture et de tomate en conserve! Faible carbonatation, corps d’épaisseur semi mince. En bouche, toujours synthétique, une touche médicinale, faiblement maltée et aucun profil de fruits authentique. Surprenant venant de cette brasserie. Bouteille, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juillet 2005.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2005
There is no doubt that Bell’s is a great brewery. However, like a rock band with many a great product, a middle-of-the-road ummph like Zep’s Fool in the Rain is bound to show up every now and then. Well, this is pretty much Bell’s ummph. The saving grace of this cherry ale is the appearance, which despite the strange color has lots of thick head bubbles that last to the end of the glass. Aroma is overly simple: malt with a slight touch of cherry; perhaps some of that Pampers smell as well, more like the pee part. Flavor is sort of malty but mainly an unpleasant artificial-like tartness, and this is taken in connection with a similar insubstantial, acidic body. Very unpleasant finish. I should mention that the bottle doesn’t say "Tart ale made with Michigan cherries", but rather: "Ale brewed with cherry concentrate." Ummph!

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