Bells Sparkleberry
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
A blend of Sparkling Ale and Raspberry Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. From what I’ve read, this is simply a combination of their Sparkling Ale and Raspberry Ale. Looking at Bell’s Draft List cam picture, it looks like this is 7 point something percent ABV. I’ve never had either of the aforementioned beers, so this whole thing was new to me. I found that cold out of the tap, this didn’t have much of a fruity aroma. After it sat for a bit and warmed up, raspberry notes came out and it came apparent that there was a lot of fruit in this beer. There’s really not much hop bitterness to speak of, but I wasn’t expecting it, given the name. This also has a pretty decently high amount of carbonation, which makes sense, since the name is Sparkleberry. Overall, a pretty tasty beer, but not exactly my thing. Good enough to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Draft at Bell’s 28th birthday party at Reno’s East. Reddish orange in color. Taste is pretty much all malt and berry. Pleasant at first but can become overwhelming with sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Draft at Bell's 28th birthday party at Reno's East. Orange with a bit of red. Light berry and malt. Sour orange with raspberry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a hazed amber with a small white head. Once again, my late-festival notes are shaky. "Good fruited Belgian." Thanks for that insight. Sweet malts, with the raspberry not as prominent as I’d expected. Dry and malty, with medium carbonation and a medium-level mouthfeel. Good beer, fun concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Maduro’s pre-GTMW party - Pours amber with a thin white head. Nose is dry raspberry, mineral, some honey bready malt beneath a little spicy mouthfeel. Taste is dry raspberry, a bit of bitter, unripe fruit, and a touch of honey bready malt. Real effervescent with a light fluffy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party 2013. Filtered copper-orange body, big foamy off-white head. Very mellow, delicate beer. Light cloudy raspberry Wit maybe, but has some interesting spicy yeast tones. Not unlike Rubeaus, with lots of real raspberry flavor. Comes off quite light to me after the BB 9000 I had before it. Clearly has some depth though. An OK beverage, but not such a phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft on tap at Maduro (Madison, WI). Pre GTMW 2013. Pours a nice deep orange glowing hue, firm haziness is pleasant, deep orange amber glow with a frothy whitish head atop. Dies to a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are gentle spice, grain and straw meet a bit of pulpy raspberry. Light juiciness, mellow earthy hops, bit of spice and cool malty sweetness. Initial is lighter end of the fold, well carbonated and effervescent with lively yeast, dryness, some raspberry skin. Some gentle pulpy sweetness, a touch seedy with firm bready malts, lively carbonation and gentle yeast. Bready malt, straw. Middle is gentle sweetness, touches of fruit. A firmer dry and carbonated backend, gentle spice, lingering berry. Clean yet a bit strong on the ABV. Some dryness, gentle spice and yeastiness. Mellow warmth is apparent. Like a raspberry stong Belgian, a bit warm but decent. Nose was nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Light, tart, fruity, effervescent, slight malt. A good summer slugger but not much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2455) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft at Maduro, pre-GTMW. I’m a sucker for fruit beers. This is a fun one and at nearly 8%, one that can cause trouble. Big raspberry nose and taste. Smooth, different and good. Some Belgian spice and malt comes through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Big sweet amd raspberry. Overly sweet sugary somw dry wood in the finish. Not a fan.

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