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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Amber color with a mild hue of rudy mixed in. Modest tan head that seems to have a hint of pink. Very fruity aromas. A cherry based fruit punch nose. The label indicates that this was brewed with cherry concentrate, seems like they left some pits in the punch. Has a real cherry of peach pit tartness quality. This does need more malt to keep the cherries in their place. To simple, like a light ale with cherries. Palate is light and somewhat biting. Perhaps this is rated lower as expectations were higher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (4145) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Reddish amber color with a thin beige head. Nose like cherry jolly ranchers and smoke. Flavors of sweet and sour cherries and jolly rancher sweetness. Nor enough beer flavor. The cherry seemed more of a gimmick than a compliment to the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle from SecretSanta. First off, I just want to let Santa know that this isnít poop in a bottle. For a cherry ale, I really thought that the cherry aroma would be overwhelming, but luckily, it wasnít. The Robitussin factor doesnít apply here. There were some tart cherries in the nose along with some maltiness. Nothing too big. When cold, this is very metallic. As it warms, it gets tart and sweet, but not overly sweet like SA Cherry Wheat. Itís not too bad, but I had to knock a couple points off at the end because thereís just something wrong with the way this one is sitting in my stomach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
I bought a six pack and drank a few last night, and enjoyed them. I looked forward to having more of them tonight. Its not that remarkable, but certainly is very drinkable. I doesnít have alot of nuances. I can definitely taste some cherry but not that much. This really doesnít match up to Bellís Oberon Ale, which the Liquor store clerk told me is thie Bellís brew their store sells the most of. But to give an idea of its quality, Iíd definiitely rate it a notch or two above any Sam Adams brew Iíve had, and it correspondingly costs about a dollar more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2007
12 ounce bottle. I didnít know they still brewed this light offering. Orangish-pink with foamy, soapy white head. Light body with upfront cherry tartness. Malts do shine through, but similar to their raspberry ale, the fruit makes it quite one-dimensional. Nose is cherry, wheat and grass. Finish is light, tangy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (6570) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2010
12 ounce. Light brown in color. Cherry soda flavor. Carbonation fades. Soda sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Hazy, pinkish, amber body with a fizzy, quickly diminishing head. Odd aroma that contained mild, tart cherries, caramel, wheat bread and some residual sweetness. Nothing too exciting in the body. As with the head, it was a little fizzy and didnít excite me at all. Luckily the flavors were a little better than the nose, but sill not overly exciting. The cherry flavors become more prevalent and the other flavors drop in the profile, giving only a bit of support in the background. All told, this is a little disappointing, considering some of the excellent beers made in Kalamazoo (Comstock).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Cloudy dark amber colour with a frothy off-white head. Light sweet cherry aroma with some yeasty notes. Sweet cherry flavour with a lightly astringent bitter finish. Medium bodied, very dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Thanks to pailhead. Pours a very cloudy reddish amber. Aroma is of caramel and malt with some fruitiness....but, surprisingly, not really of cherry. Hops barely present in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity and yeasty, but again, the cherry is not really the dominant fruit flavor. More of a apple, orange, pineapple type fruit profile with cherry in the background. Decent amount of hop bitterness and a slight sour and dry finish. Body was fairly full and it went down easily with moderate carbonation. Not the best fruit beer out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Reddish/brown hue with a medium head that diminished quickly. Average aroma of malt and light cherry. Medium body with light smooth texture. Well balanced fuit flavor with small sweet finish.

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