Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace)Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace)

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 18
Gots: 145 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

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Ratings: 775 | Reviews: 163
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.27/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bell’s Venus has a thin, quickly-dissipating, off-white head, a hazy, orange appearance, with lots of tan sediment and bubbles galore. No lacing. Aroma is of an odd, spiced ale, and the flavor is of the same thing- blonde ale, honey, spices, white pepper, strong orange peel, and candle wax. Bitterness is low, but tartness is high. Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy and a bit chewy. Bell’s Venus finishes semi dry and somewhat drinkable. This is reminiscent of Shipyard Pumpkinhead, but inferior to it, I find.


Photo of tbryan5
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not your ordinary blonde. A good amount of spice without being too overpowering. I really enjoyed this one from Bell's.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well done, spicy beer. Although it has a strong spice character, it is very easy to drink.

Photo of leitmotif
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this late in the night after a heavy tasting with double IPAs and Imperial Stouts.
Well, it had the get back on your feet effect. Very refreshing, almost out of control good balance of citric, sweet, sour and harsh hop character with a pinch of spiciness.
I very much liked it.

Photo of craftbrew502
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. A a a aa a a

Photo of brewskifan55
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a teku glass.

A: An opaque peach color with a half finger head that dissipated to a bubble ring. Light lacing.

S: Apricot, cardamom and vanilla pop up nicely.

T: Fruity, luscious. Wine-ish. Follows nose with an odd but likable taste.

M: Low to medium with low to medium carbonation.

O: A strange beer, following the excellent Mars. Hope the next planet has more friendly inhabitants.

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like strong tea spices, with some peach and honey.
T: It tasted like wild honey and lavender, with some copper and peach. It had a somewhat clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Big body.
D: This was an interesting brew, but the scent and taste weren't super well composed. The body was nice, but the finish wasn't very smooth, so it was not incredibly easy to drink. Doesn't seem like the sort of beer you would want to age, but maybe a few years could help this one gel and mellow. Fresh is not worth having more than once.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange like color. White head and lacing. Aroma of potpourri herbs and citrus. Citrus and vanilla in the flavor blending with spicy herbs. A clash of flavor. Slightly acidic, though short lived and Medium bodied, well carbonated. Semi dry. Weird beer. The flavors didn't really work.

Photo of arizcards
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from TW Camelback in late November for $2.79. Bottled on 10-2-14.

Beer poured golden-orange with a white head that disappeared quickly.

Nose is sweet, of vanilla, oranges, and a hint of mint.

Taste is borderline cloying sweet-sour. There is a lot going on here.. I am catching apricot, orange, hint of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of mint. Finish is sour orange-chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not overly smooth or refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer, just one that is too sweet for me.

Photo of martyl1000
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not real special. Fairly delicious, goes well with food. Tastes like standard-fare imperial porter.

Photo of ONUMello
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 10/2/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange, slightly hazy with a thin head
S: Vanilla, light malt, stone fruit
T: The stone fruit/vanilla match the nose. Also sour, though the sour doesn't complement the other flavors at all
M: Light-bodied and sour
O: This would work well featuring the vanilla and stone fruit or the stone fruit and sour. Unfortunately the sour doesn't complement the more prominent fruit+vanilla well though the beer as a whole does pair well with the Holst suite

Photo of Jjski
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unique, and kudos on the attempt.

Roasted orange apricot with vanilla, hints of cocoa.. Souring mildly

Not my thang. the vanilla orange smells like a bad mix of potpourri that someone thought may have smelled good for a minute: then not so much

Flavor is interesting, but not evocative. taste profile of Belgian Orange Dark Chocolate. If you like orange chocolate, u r going to like this IMHO

Photo of tommy5
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit of a mess, but bounus points for originality. Starting to sour a little which matches the apricot well. Glad I had this one.

Photo of Lare453
3.96/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold, small white frothy head, smells of apricot, vanilla, cardamom.

Photo of mluchies
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A little too sweet and for my liking.

Photo of tsandler
2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weird taste, not pleasant but not undrinkable either.

Photo of kili1988
4.4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Bell's tasted and am enjoying the Planet's.

Photo of hosehead83
3.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/gold in color,with a short cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Apricot, faint spices
Taste-Tangerine, apricot, hints of vanilla and a subtle hop note. Interesting flavor and character.

Photo of Robdiesel21
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

just wasnt that pleasant. went sour quick

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-An orange and blonde hue

S-A citrus, orange and grapefruit smell

T-A mish mash of yeast and various ingredients, and it all adds up to odd sort of confused beer. The honey and citrus flavor combined with the vanilla bean pull the taste profile in opposite directions, rather than one cohesive direction. An over the top of orange and floral character, very sweet, and not a very pleasing finish.

M-A citrus and light mouth feel.

O-While this is an interesting and unique beer, it is not one of Bell's best efforts.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a solid orange color, probably pretty close to apricot. a two finger or just less off white head with good retention and leaving a solid lacing behind. strong clarity and brightness to it.

Smell: cardamon, vanilla, and apricot. some tartness and herbaceous qualitites to it

Taste: opens with notes of apricot and a light tartness to it. really opens up with vanilla and cardamon. slight medicinal taste near the end.

Mouthfeel: medium to fuller feel. slight lingering tartness along with a medicinal taste.

Overall: I ended up getting a good amount of these, and I am actually happy I am, unlike most who did. At first I really liked the taste but thought the balance was way off. after a couple months in the bottle the balance became really nice and even drinkable. stiff could be slightly less medicinal

Photo of SCanthony
1.49/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This could honestly be the worst beer I've ever had.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst's musical composition, "The Planets." Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system - in the order of Holst's piece, Mars to Neptune." Brewed in the style of an American Blonde ale with Apricot Juice, Honey, Cardamom and Vanilla beans added. Available as a one-off release in 12 oz. 6 packs and on limited draft. Venus is the second release in the Bell's planets series.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Bell's tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy frothed head of an off-white color over a densely hazy golden amber body with ample flecked sediment in suspension. Carbonation is ample and lively. Retention is average at best and the lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aromas of cardamom and vanilla bean spring forward, very perfume-like. Undertones of potpourri spice, nutmeg and light fruit syrup. The overall aromatic balance is very sweet. The aroma is particularly unique and certainly more potent than expected for the usually lighter-bodied style, but the aromas going in are almost certainly not going to appeal to everybody, I personally do not find it either appealing or repulsive, just very curious. Potency is high. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor ramps up almost every aspect of the aroma for a very bold flavor. Fermented tart apricot juice up front is quickly masked by a wave of intense vanilla, cardamom, potpourri and light peppery spice. The high level of flavor nearly reminds me of fragrance oils used to scent a room in a consumable form. Finishes moderately bitter, acidic and dry on paler spices, with lingering vanilla and cardamom spice dragging out well after the beer is finished. Like the aroma, I did not find it appealing nor did I find it a turn-off. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly oily, slick and mildly residual, quite dry. Carbonation is moderate to high, generating a moderate frothiness and a medium crispness. Body is shy of high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is peppery, perfumey dry and tart over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no notable off-characters. 3.5

(Overall) Kudos to Bell's for crafting this highly ambitious, challenging release. Venus is another trending beer that utilizes such an oddball cast of ingredients that I couldn't honestly see how this beer could have come out much better, but at how unique and bold the flavors in this beer come forth, I can't regret investing in a bottle or two. Is it worth it? Yes, but I would recommend dipping your toes in a single bottle or two before investing into any more. Don't cry if you missed the boat, however. 3.5

Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
Venus: The Bringer of Peace

Photo of JackieTH
2.03/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow. Not good in any meaningful way and what a disappointment for Bell's with the caveat here being if you were looking for some sort of oddly flavored iced tea this beer would be on the menu. That's what it reminded me of, some sort of funky, apricot, peach, cardamom iced tea. Although I personally wouldn't drink this whether it was labeled beer or tea. I guess this planet series is an experiment but it's one I wish I hadn't paid to participate in. It's off to an overall mediocre best.. This particular beer, by the way, lowers the curve way way down.

Photo of montesown
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very Bitter taste to it.

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Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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