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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
On tap @ Bells tasting Orange-red pour with an off white head. Aroma of fresh cherry and dry toasted malt. Flavors of tart cherry, toasted malt, a bit of yeast as well. Light body, tart/malty with a tart/earthy finish. Pretty good really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Pours with a slightly cloudy amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. IT’s sweet and full of cherry notes with light malty notes. Light to medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Amber red color, tart and sour cherries in the nose and taste, although on the mild side. Finishes sour and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Tap. Translucent and auburn red in color with an expansive dust overlay and a thin, khaki-grey wrung around the edges. Sticky web lacing. Love that aroma. Sweet maraschino cherries nearly predicate a kriek dimension, along with hints of strawberry-watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Mild accents of lemons and cloves for dimension, and throw in some grenadine while you’re at it. Big fresh cherry sweetness syrups its way into the palatary playing field, with a sticky dissipation that leaves a tin soup can reverberating in the background. Sweet cherry pie filling, and the effervescence at the outset is saying "Shirley Temples" - dirty style (which means maraschino juice, pervert.) Mild coriander met with grenadine in the finish. I expected the worst and was pleasantly surprised. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pours from a bottle to an opaque reddish amber. Good, slow disappearing head. Aroma reminds me of when I was 12 years old picking tart cherries on Mead’s Farm near Frankfort, Michigan. Tart, tangy flavor. A maltiness seeps in that doesn’t allow the cherries to overpower the ale. I could drink alot of this ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle. Dark red w/ thin white head. Nose is acidic and cherries, light malt hints. Taste is alot of cherries, some light malt, kinda sour and tart. Palate is fizzy and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Not the best from Bells, but I actually like this beer. Tasty and interesting. It took me a couple bottles to get this beer, but I actually like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 I typically think that fruit beer is just a bad beer with some fake tasting fruit flavour, but this tastes authentic. Its very nice! Not over the top with fruit flavour, and tastes real enough to think that there are actually cherries there somewhere. It isn’t exceptionally malty, or beerlike, but very well done from my perspective.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Dusty red-orange. Nose sour and tart. Flavor tart cherry, bit sour, a bit of mild fruity burst. Biscuity at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
In the bottle. Pours a reddish amber color. head is off white. Bottle conditioned, so, after swirling, the beer is a haze of cloudy yeast. Aroma is high with cherries. Slight earthy aroma, maybe from the yeast. Flavor was pie cherries with a tingly tart mid palate. Can’t drink this all night long, but it was quite good. The best thing about it is that it is not sickeningly sweet.

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