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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Reviews: 124
Hads: 788
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 154 | FT: 12
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with orange highlights. Not much head retention. Aroma is of real fruits (must be the apricots) with a touch of cardamom or spice.

Very sweet and tangy flavor profile. The apricots are heavily noticed, sometimes could be mistaken for peaches. I do not notice the vanilla anywhere in this beer, and that is totally fine with me. There is a touch of alcohol warmth here also, surprisingly. Really, the more I drink this glass the more I think it reminds me of some kind of fizzy spiked apricot juice that ends a bit sour.

I don't think I really enjoyed this beer, but I am glad I tried it. (610 characters)

Photo of emyers
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of VTR
2.94/5  rDev -7%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of RMelyon
4.18/5  rDev +32.3%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.27/5  rDev -28.2%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well done, spicy beer. Although it has a strong spice character, overall it is very enjoyable and easy drinking and does not feel cloying at all. (150 characters)

Photo of leitmotif
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.78/5  rDev -12%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (501 characters)

Photo of Jjski
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (399 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
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 (830 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.33/5.00 (2,731 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
2.03/5  rDev -35.8%
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 start.at best.. This particular beer, by the way, lowers the curve way way down. (567 characters)

Photo of nathanmiller
4.42/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/7/14 - Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint at Covenhoven in Brooklyn.

Nothing outstanding about this beer from a look and feel perspective. Normal head retention, good color, expected body.

Aroma starts as black pepper, brings in heavy apricot, then hints at vanilla, before going back to pepper.

Taste is very similar: mostly black pepper and apricot, which I found worked very well together in making this beer unique and flavorful.

Overall I enjoyed this immensely and would love another. (504 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks!). Bottled 10/2/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

A cloudy, turbid orange fills the glass. Almost opaque with a tiny cap of white foam. A thin ring of bubbles lingers but leaves zero lace.

Smells of apricots, cardamom, some mild honey sweetness and vague yeast.

That cardamom takes over in the taste. There is also some mild apricot and yeasty fruit notes. Honey and faint vanilla appear mid palate. Then grass and a tiny booze tingle towards the end. I think if the cardamom was removed so I could taste more of the apricot, honey and vanilla this could be great brew. Unfortunately this seems disjointed to me.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lots more cardamom dominates the aftertaste with a little vague fruit and earth.

Venus seems to be an experiment that fell short for my palate. Perhaps I expected more from Bells but this one wasn't for me. The adjuncts seemed to compete rather than blend together in any meaningful way. As I mentioned, I think my feelings would be different had this been done without the overwhelming cardamom. (1,104 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
1.59/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This was absolutely terrible. Tasted like they came up with the recipe by throwing darts at a dartboard; oh look cardamom! vanilla! apricot! The flavors didn't blend AT ALL. A total mess, and one of the few beers I have drain poured that was MEANT to taste that way. (266 characters)

Photo of MNBeerGeek
2/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I kind of feel like a 2 is being nice. This is a truly awful beer. I cannot believe Bell's bottled this. Just wow. A mess of rancid flavors with some apricot. Wife and I did not finish the 12oz bottle we split. (210 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.41/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle
10/02/14
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Cynic-ale for including this as an extra in our trade.

The near crystal clear, golden amber liquid was topped by a bubbly, two finger tall, eggshell colored crown. A bit of yeast sneaked into the glass on the pour, clouding the body ever so slightly. Large, drippy blocks of lacing stuck all along the glass. The head dropped to a frothy cap of foam that eventually transformed into a bubbly ring.

The aroma was really interesting. Sweet and fruity with strong peach and apricot notes. Somewhat spicy. Cinnamon, clove and winter spice notes were apparent. Good dose of vanilla bean. The yeast initially lent the nose a crisp, powdery dryness, but this dissipated with time. As the beer warmed, earthy spice notes came out much more. I thought I picked up some herbs and spices that might typically be found in an ancient gruit. There was a subtle and unexpected smokiness as well. All in all, really interesting.

Crisp, bright, fruity and spicy notes came through strong in the flavor profile. Slightly musty and hay-like. The beer was anchored by a stiff, crackery malt base. Quite floral with noticeable jasmine and orange peel notes. This reminded me of a saison, or at least some type of crisp, refreshing, Belgian ale. The beer finished tart, lemony and dry with an herbal, earthy quality. Just a tad bitter. Like in the nose, the spice notes came out much more with time.

The mouthfeel was fairly nondescript. Fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, subtle and smooth effervescence.

After looking at all the mediocre reviews of this beer, I had very low expectations. However, Venus turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises I have ever come across. Astonishingly complex and unique in so many different facets, this beer seems to be an incredibly successful experiment by the folks at Bell's. (1,905 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly lifeless head that is white and small bubbly. The beer itself is a fairly ugly brownish orange or orangish brown. The beer is filtered with a little bit of haze in it. The beer looks like Venus, which is probably a bad thing.

The beer has a fairly weird smell that does not quite work. The notes that come out strongly are the vanilla and cardamom while the honey is pretty subdued and artificial. The hop notes that come out of this are orange notes but is overwhelmed by the other notes.

The beer taste is very different from the smell with a stronger hop presence. In this case, the hops are a bright citrus orange with the vanilla being the other noticeable notes. The cardamom comes out front and center but seems redundant with hops. The vanilla is heavier than it should be in a beer like this. The honey is sweet but loses out to the vanilla. In addition, the beer has an apricot flavor that lingers on quite a bit here. The vanilla does a good job of dulling the apricot taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy bodied based on the ingredients used. The beer has an acidic feel towards the end and goes down slowly with very little carbonation to give it a little more texture.

Overall, I can see what Bell's was going for but the vanilla is too strong and cardamom simply does not work with vanilla. The cardamom works with the honey but the vanilla just doesn't match up well. (1,412 characters)

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Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.