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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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74
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712 Ratings
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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 126 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Mikexw
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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 superdoopersauce
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crc1935
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 PretzelCity
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
3.33/5.00

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 start.at best.. This particular beer, by the way, lowers the curve way way down.

Photo of KJ2013
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikepcarney
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kark
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of baklo
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greg4579
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.42/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Westyn
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was odd. For an American blonde ale it is really sour. I guess that's from the fruit they added however.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
1.59/5  rDev -50.3%
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.

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JGam115
2.51/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

There's no other way to say this than an alcoholic Red Bull with sour patch floaters. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of ryanflc
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Bell's Venus (The Bringer Of Peace) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.