Bell's Twentieth Anniversary Ale

Formerly brewed at Bell's Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA


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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A special ale brewed to celebrate and commemorate our 20th Anniversary. We believe it's worthy of the honor.

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Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Got this one from artusory. Batch 7040. Very cloudy, burnt orange-amber color. Small off-white head that quickly settles to a thin rim. Aroma shows rich caramel, nougat, faint golden raisons, and a subtle floral and citrus hop character. A solitary drop of honey adds some sweetness to the nose. The flavor is quite chewy and malty, with fresh toasted caramel malts comprising the bulk of the taste. Maple and oak make an appearance, as do mild spices and floral components. Medium-full body with a smooth consistency. Pleasing nougat finish. To have tasted this fresh must have been a glorious experience. I’m still very glad to have tried it. The high score I gave it, even though its past its prime, is another testament to the genius that is Bells. What an absolutely fantastic brewery!

awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle, Batch 7040. Received in a trade from artusory, 9/14/2007. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a somewhat hazy, amber color with ripened peach skin hues and a finger of quickly dissipating off-white foam. Soft caramels, thick toffee, and mild raisin fruits create a pleasantly aged bouquet, edged with honey. There’s almost an underlying licorice spice, but it’s very faint. Medium light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors start out with a bit of thin, biscuity malt, but it then morphs into a fruity caramel malt profile that brings out subtle oxidation fruits without any papery or cardboard-like unpleasant characters. Notes of light fig and raisin, spiced with a smidgen of left over earthy hops. A fleeting glimpse of late autumn apples dusted with cinnimon. The finish has a woodsy, maple syrup like flavor, but is adequately dry. A left over memory of sprucey hops balances out the finish lastly. This was surprisingly good. This beer had been on my want list for quite some time, but I never really got around to trying it until now, when I expected it was too late. For an amber ale, this has held up remarkably well, which may either be a testament to the beer, or to Ryan’s storage environment. The malt flavor has kept up, or even added complexity (speculation), while the hop character has faded quietly without leaving behind any unwanted mess. I wish I could taste this side-by-side with a fresh example, because in this state, it’s one of the more complex and enjoyable amber ales I’ve tried.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/07/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, 50 Beers on the Wall

light burnt orange with a slight haze, scant beige head, lightly sweet malt aroma, oxidized caramel malt flavor, rich caramel character starts to develop a bit of sweetness, balancing bitterness leads to a long bitter finish, not much character overall

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle. Amber color with a bready light caramel aroma and taste with a few hops thrown in there. Easy drinkin’.

matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2007
I’ve had a couple remaining bottles of Bells Anniversary in the back of my frig for some time now. I finally figured the beer was not getting any better, so it’s probably time to move um out!

A lot of coagulated dusty flakes in the bottom of the bottle, so I’ll only pour 3/4th the bottle to give a fresher presentation. The body is a brilliant amber, head is creamy. The aroma is sweet and fruity, lots of caramel and biscuity malts. The flavor brings a rounded spiciness, it’s piney and earthy. Mouth-feel is a medium stickiness… very drinkable… would have made for a great session beer! This seems like an odd beer for a 20th anniversary, maybe paying homage to the beer that built the brewery, Bells Amber?

goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Strong caramel aroma. Malty flavor with caramel notes and a hint of citrus with a mild bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied.

bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
As with all beautiful things, this was a fleeting beer. Definetly one too remember and cherish.

RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Notes from a few months ago. Batch #7100. Pours a orange/amber color as you would expect, with a half inch off-white head that fades to a thin soapy cap, leavng behind a nice webbing of lace. Smell; lots of biscuity and caramel malts, with a bigger hop profile than I was expecting. Taste; nice rich caramel malts, with some solid biscuit flavors. As with the smell there’s a fairly strong hop presence for an amber, that are somewhat floral. There’s a bit of warming in the back of my throat from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very good drinkability. This is prbably one of the better red/amber ales that I’ve ever had.

detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a hazy deep amber topped by an inch of nearly white foam. Decent head retention and lacing. Mild generic malt in the aroma. Tasty sweetish malt flavor, a little caramel a little biscuit. Hops for balance but still the beer is a little sweet. A touch of fruit in the finish, the aftertaste is both hoppier and drier than the beer tasted. Smooth drinker, medium body, carbonation light to moderate.

Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Malty but very plain in light of other beers I’ve had recently. Fizzy and standard caramel. Very non-descript for an anniversary beer, unless you’re in Hertfordshire and like things that pass off as average bitters/ambers.

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