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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
pours a reddish orangish color w/ lots of bubbles and a small white head. Aroma is highly cherry w/ some other malt in it. Palate is thin and very acidic. Flavor is of lactose and cherries a good amount of tart. Not something Iíd drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Decent enough summer refresher, but not enough cherry tartness carries through the initial splash of flavor...seems to have a split personality...is it a sweet fruit beer or a malty amber ale? Just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Red Coloring with White Ring. Light Cherry Aroma. Very Tart Cherry Taste. Dry Tart Aftertaste. Light Malt Background but Perhaps a bit Too Tart to Enjoy More then a Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Cherry red with shortlasting head and some lacing. Aroma is malty sweet cherries. Taste started off malty with a mellow cherry tartness and then the finish reminded me of the pit - a bit woody, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours a lush brown and amber... Aroma is cherry and chocolate. Flavor is a cherry wine spritzer. Very light. Not bad, but I wouldnít take out a second mortgage to acquire a sixer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottled. My sample is over a year old, so itís bound to taste different than most of the other raters. Does indeed show its age, but shows it well. Cherry flavor has resolved to an almost lambic kind of tartness, but surrounding a good base brown ale. Some cherry flavor, true, but this one stands next to the estery fruitiness of an older ale, rather than pushing the malt profile off stage.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a somewhat deeper red amber with not so much head. Slight cherry scents on the nose or was that cherry? Taste is like lightly breaded sweetened raisins. Sort of a cross between sherry and beer, tipping to the beer side. I was looking to get more cherry, but it just was not there. Not enough to balance the sweet. Could not get any of the citric notes. Thanks to Styles for the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2010
bottle from batch #6898 mine from dak in trade. opened and poured a bit flat with a heavy brown orange amber color and little white head. aroma has deep dank cherry, dark dried fruit, some sweetness, and overall is a bit off. flavor has over ripe dark cherry, more sour than sweet, fig, and some tart bitterness on the end. I can see where this would have been fresh but I cant say age has done this any favors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
I think Kalamazoo should have either made a bigger commitment to the cherries, or just dropped the idea altogether. Itís drinkable enough, a slightly tart cherry taste over some rich caramel malts. The cherries in the nose are faint. The brownish-red color isnít all that appealing. Might be more so if it produced a decent head. Theyíre also charging too much for this mediocrity.

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