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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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 147 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 785 | Reviews: 167
Photo of emyers
2.41/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a half-inch off-white head.

Smell: Quite a bit of honey with distinctly artificial apricot. Smells dauntingly sweet. A little bit of bready malt aroma lets you know that this is in fact beer as opposed to some kind of obscure hipster apricot-honey soda. Still, I feel very apprehensive about drinking this after the smell.

Taste: Well, it tastes like an obscure hipster apricot-honey soda after all. Very sweet - apricot and honey coat the palate and don't let go. Quite a bit more vanilla here than in the aroma. Sadly that doesn't help at all, and in fact just makes the flavor profile more confusing, which seems impossible. I really don't know what the hell I'm drinking here...

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation, medium body, very sweet. Some acidity on the finish almost keeps the sweetness in check, but fails.

Overall: When reading the description, I had no idea what Bell's was going for with this beer, but I gave it a shot because I love the brewery. After drinking it, I'm still not sure what they were trying to do. Maybe this was it. Either way, I did not enjoy this at all.

Photo of VTR
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This weekend I ran across a lone 6 pack sitting on a shelf. Not having the opportunity to try this when it was released I gave it a shot since the description sounded great. Well Bells pretty much described what you were going to get in the nose and taste although nose was a little let down. The GF and I finally tried it last night, I am not sure what Bells were going for but I think they achieved it. Did not detect much vanilla or honey. I did not enjoy this beer and will find someone who will enjoy the last four bottles I have.

Photo of RMelyon
4.18/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank when fresh back in Feb., I believe. Wasn't as bad as its rating. Wasn't earth shattering either. But, I like vanilla. The apricot was present and a nice touch.

Photo of madelfonatree
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - BRIGHT orange. Medium white head. Decent lacing. Cloudy.

Smell - Fruit apricot and vanilla.Very sweet.

Taste - Closer to a cider than a beer. Very sweet. Tangy apricot up front fades to the feel on your tongue after eating sweet tarts. Alcohol not really there until the end.

Feel - Medium bodied. Nice that it isn't overly carbonated.

Overall - Like a Frootie. Glad I got yo try it before it is gone, but not that great.

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.

RJT

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

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Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.