574deadzone (1156) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 750 ml bottle from Bell’s. This is a sparkling mead, straw/pale gold in color. Aroma is clover honey and slight alcohol. It reminds me of a very dry white wine or a champagne. Taste is not as sweet or honey-like as nose suggests. It has a bit of tartness and a dry finish. It doesn’t do a whole lot on the palate. I feel like this is a more commemorative effort from Bell’s and I will certainly hang onto the bottle, but at $19 it was kind of a bummer. Not as enjoyable as I was hoping. Since Bell’s is so good with hops, maybe next round they should try a dry-hopped mead rather than going such a traditional route. Step up the alcohol, get some legs in there, cut out the carbonation...I would try that.
Update: I had to add an extra point because at the bottom of the bottle I found the tiniest baby bee. I mean, how cool is that? We should all be so lucky to be preserved in alcohol!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap at bells...one of the worst meads i have ever had. clear straw body...minimal honey and sugar in the nose and mouth. overly thin, weak, and intensely watered down. a huge miss
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft list at bells says 10.3%. My first mead. beautiful yellow brilliantly clear pour from a snifter. ArOma is fresh honey, wax, light fruits. Mildly sweet taste and sweetness finishes the taste but not cloying and fruity. nice, pleasant. but my first. Very glad to try.
andyhwcinc (1595) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Appearance cider like, bright yellow with no head. Aroma of nothing really, maybe sugar if anything. Taste blander than cider, definitely alcoholic, pretty sweet, almost like Boones Farm in my opinion. I don’t think this should be considered mead, its way too sugary and has no honey profile at all. If I tried to finish I couldn’t drive. Definitely wouldn’t drink again, intrigued at first but definitely disappointed.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Bell’s. Pale straw coloured golden pour. Tastes like honey and a light minerally clean character. It’s nice, although quite generic. A simple, sparkling mead.
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at The Eccentric Cafe. Poured clear pale color with good legs and virtually no head. Moderate dark honey aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture. Light to medium honey sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable mead.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. This the first mead I’ve rated, but have had enough of the style to feel comfortable rating at this point. Overall, this was a pretty basic mead that was highly drinkable but with nothing really special going on. Perhaps even the most drinkable 10 abv bit of alcohol I’ve ever had. As expected, zero head and an oily, crystal, hazy gold body. Aroma consists of a pleasant sweet honey with cream, and a light tart berry wafer. The palate is is crisp and clean, almost water with only a hint of kick behind it. Some very simple notes in the flavor as well. Honey of course, with light grain cookie, apples, and some other light juicy fruits. In the end, a nice, simple, easy drinking high abv drink.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap during the RBSG’10 visit - arouma is light honey, light clover. Nice light body, wheaty and floral nectar.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow colored body with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a trace of oily lacing. Aroma is a lighter amount of sweet honey and fairly fruity with some white wine and a very mild malt. Flavor is better. The honey is sweet and smooth, but very light. A good amount of fruity white wine and pear that dies before the finish. A bit of an herbal ending as this dries with a hint of alcohol that leaves a simple, medium length aftertaste of sweet honey and mild malts. Light body, quick, and clean with a very soft carbonation. Overall, a bit of a lighter, simpler tasting mead, but clean with a good amount of sweet honey and a pleasant fruitiness. Not bad.
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bells during our trip there during RBSG. Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Soft honey and apples on the nose. Sweet honey, very faint carbonation. Honey sweet with light fruit on a very light finish.