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: 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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Photo of GRPunk
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-finger, off-white head drops to a light film. Golden-orange body is a little hazy at first. Moderate carbonation. It clears after sitting for a couple minutes.

S- Definte fruity aroma (I assume it's the apricot). Very much on the sweet side, like an herbal tea with a solid squeeze of honey. Not overly aromatic. Warmth amps up the scent and pulls out the vanilla.

T- Whoa! The apricot flavor is puckeringly tart. Honey sweetness tris to keep up, but is rather lost. Another sip and the tartness settles down a bit. Like the aroma, I get more with warmth (vanilla and a little black pepper).

M- Medium body and carbonation. Rather dry.

O- I don't know. At first I thought it was way too tart, and would be a chore to finish. Some warmth brings out complexity and makes for a more enjoyable beer. From a geeky standpoint, I'm glad I had it and can continue the "Planets" series. However, I wouldn't seek out any extras on this one.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Hot on the heels of the "bringer of war" comes the peaceful second coming of Bell's planet series of ales which boasts a Belgian-esque undertow with fruit, spice and added sweetness added to the brew kettle for a comfortable and calming flavor and effect.

Its glowing body catches the eye with its peachy-golden gaze. Its supple veil of haze pushes a zesty white head upward to take on champagne-like appearances. With the bubbles popping with a sprite attitude, aromas leap out immediately with orange, apricot, mango and a spicy, earthy accompaniment.

Initial taste seems of candied fruit while a notion of honey, citrus, and leafy verbena is juicy with citrus but with a pleasant grassy taste. Considerably dry through the center, the piquant acidity of the beer is buffered with soft vanilla and cream. A peppery and herbaceous taste carries the taste into finish with the stemmy refreshment of sassafras tea.

Finishing with the unique taste of citrus but without its associated fructose, honey or candy sweetness, the ale seems to capture the taste of orange cream sickle but without much of its sweetness. Instead a vanilla softness soothes the senses while a peppermint bite returns in echoes.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

maybe too weird for some? with apricot juice, cardamom, vanilla bean, and honey. I personally think this thing is amazing, expertly balanced between all these unique and not often paired elements, it really does work, and they really all do get tasted. there is a funny tang to the nose, the apricot and the vanilla the most robust additives, and a curious yeast character with some booze too. the taste is amazing through, the honey and the apricot are really vibrant and authentic up front with some sweeter and richer barley malt, which the cardamom is just subtle in the middle and brings out the hoppier side of this, and the vanilla is all in the finish, sweet, and circling back to the apricot in a well timed reprise. to say its complex is an understatement, and I see why others have not reviewed this beer favorably, but I for one admire its reach and think its as well put together as it possibly could be considering its constituent parts. cant wait for the rest of the series!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +25%

I can't believe this is getting scored so low, I like the vanilla notes with the tart apricot and cardamom spice in the finish it's working for me while I listened to Gustav Holst's Venus: the bringer of peace. Appears with minimal head even after a hard pour a bit under carbonated, bottled on 10/2/14. Hazed apricot glowing orange, minimal white head as mentioned left fine speckled lacing. Aroma tart apricot, soft vanilla even some earthy apricot pit notes. Honey ferments out pretty well, maybe some slight floral notes. Flavor has vanilla all over, the base is a tart mild citric experience of the apricot juice, there's alot going on honey, cardamom, apricot, and vanilla compete and lack cohesion. I'm enjoying it but it's a challenging beer to consume. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying some residual sweetness and something in the texture makes it tough to swallow, light carbonation doesn't help this body move across the palate any better. Overall, there's ups and downs I appreciate the effort, but I can see why there's mixed reviews on this one...although I did enjoy it.

Photo of deakin
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

This one was quite bad. I applaud the experiment, but the acidity and tartness of the apricot juice overrides everything in the beer. I was looking forward to the vanilla and honey notes and couldn't do anything other than pucker. Disappointed by this iteration of the planet series after thoroughly enjoying Mars.

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second beer in the planet series hopes to bring more love then the first. Sometimes I think beers these days are just being made to make a beer. If you are going to take the time to make a beer, please make a good beer. Enough of my rant, on to the review.

A strong pour only generates about a half inch of quickly fading off white head. No lace is left behind as it fades in about a minute to just a skim. Body is a light honey amber in tone.

Smells like a odd candle with hints of honey, vanilla and cardamom. Just like the label says, but I'm not sure it works for a beer. We will see about the taste.

Oh jesus, oh my I think to my self as I take the first sip. There is a lot going on here and it is mostly bad. Oddly soured fruits mixed with vanilla candle wax and musky honey tones on the tongue. This can't be what they were shooting for here. Really not enjoyable to drink at all. I really wanted to like this beer, especially because of how hard it was to get, but I just don't. Nothing good to say so I won't say any more at all.

Photo of babybeluga
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pretty golden/orange, slightly cloudy. Initially, I’m into it. Insignificant (and slightly depressing) head turns me off.

S: Predominately sweet vanilla, maybe honey, maybe cardamom/baking spices. I should warn you that I think I’m only trying to smell cardamom because it’s listed on the bottle.

T: At first, overwhelming vanilla. Although they claim to have used over 60 pounds of hand-sliced vanilla beans, the taste is synthetic, like a cheap extract. Then I get a tartness, presumably from the apricot. Had they been less heavy-handed with the vanilla, this beer might’ve been balanced. Do I taste animal crackers?

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, long finish. Apricot stays in my mouth, which I’m okay with. It helps numb the cloying, artificial vanilla flavor that’s overwhelming my palate.

O: I’m more enamored by the idea of this beer than the taste. I didn’t hate or like it, and I wouldn’t drink it again, unless it was put in front of me (let’s be honest). But I do appreciate that it’s making me think. I give Bells points for creativity.

BTW, what’s up with Holst? He calls Venus “the Bringer of Peace,” which according to planetary science, is total BS. It’s the hottest planet in the solar system, and it has a super dense atmosphere. Clearly, he was interpreting the planets from a mythological standpoint…love, beauty, femininity. He wrote Venus as a resolution to Mars, “the Bringer of War.” I wonder if my perception of this beer would be different if I had tasted Mars first.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/2/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, cardamom, honey, bread, vanilla, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt, fruit, spices, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, cardamom, honey, bread, vanilla, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of fruit tartness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, cardamom, honey, bread, vanilla, herbal, grass, light pepper and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid balance of pale malt, fruit, spices, and earthy hop flavors; with a solid sweetness/tartness/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid and unique spiced blonde ale. Good robustness and solid balance of pale malt, fruit, spices, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A bit off balanced with the spices and fruit with some slight cloying flavors; but quite enjoyable overall.

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two fingered head; a few squiggles of lace hang around

Smell: Cardamom dominates and though the apricot is not far behind, it is the vanilla that lingers

Taste: The apricot makes a statement in both a sweet and tart fashion, with the tartness coming on strong and the sweetness taking a back seat; developing, in the middle, are the cardamom spice, the honey and the vanilla tones, creating the creamsicle effect that others have mentioned; in the finish, though, it is the spice that adds a Belgian character and winds up dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a touch puckery

Overall: Perhaps one of the most divisive beers ever targeting the craft beer community, with the majority coming out on the negative side; still, I found the beer fascinating with layers of flavor unfolding; while I am glad to have tasted it, I doubt that I would seek it out again

Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

12oz bottle poured into glass. $1.99 per bottle at Woodmans with NO LIMIT, so i got 4.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a head that cleanly dissipates over a few minutes.

Smell: honey and spices. Different, for sure.

Taste: honey and spices... the cardamon gives it a very unique flavor profile that compliments the honey and apricot quite nicely. It's a very unexpected flavor, so I can see why some may be put off. It's really a beer for a very specific taste.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation, honey lingers in your mouth.

Overall: I am so happy I got three more of these.

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 barhoc11
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Not a huge fan, too fruity and tar for my taste

Photo of deebo
2.1/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Packed on 10/2/14. Poured into a pint glass this has some lively carbonation but no head. Clear and golden. Aromas of sweetness apricot and slight vanilla. Taste is odd-tart and bitter at the same time. Overpowers anything else here. Really lingers. Rough brew.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with some haziness from suspended sediment. A fingernail of off white head sits on top. Faint overly sweet aroma of apricots is hard to pickup. The flavor is an intenselycloying sweetness quickly giving way to a hefty dose of herbal cardamom. There's moderate carbonation and it's syrupy.

Photo of PPIV
4/5  rDev +25%

I really do like this fruity tart sour of a beer. I'm going to age a few to see what happens and if those colliding flavors ever settle down.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 10/02/14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity, sweet, and spicy wheat driven aroma with hints of citrus fruit and spices. Wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Big scent of apricot juice along with other fruit hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Sweet hints of honey and vanilla bean. Spice hints of cardamom and coriander. A pretty tart and earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, spicy, tart, and sweet taste with lots of citrus fruit and spice. Soft bready wheat and pale malt with some notes of cracker, caramel, straw, biscuit, and yeast. Big taste of tart and fairly sweet apricot juice. Also some citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Sweet taste of honey along with some notes of vanilla bean. Spice notes of coriander and cardamom. Hops are very light. An odd but nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Slightly syrupy but finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty unique twist on a Blonde ale that comes out pretty decent. Nice citrus flavor with a sweetness that avoids becoming too messy.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.66/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one has been getting raggedon as the worst of the bunch but so far I think it's the best of the bunch. Didn't get around to trying Mars though.

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle packaged on 2 October 2014.

Clear gollden body topped with a good off-white head. Nice coating of the glass upon tipping.

Aroma: spicy bread with lots of vanilla.

Flavor: Surprisingly tart but with noticeable sweetness too. Perhaps a bit too much vanilla, and sour+vanilla seems wierd to me.

Feel: lively medium-high carbonation. Near medium body. Sour.

O: a unique blonde ale worth trying, especially if you like vanilla flavored ales.

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

Poured a cloudy golden body with a thin cap of foam. It looks alright, though appearance is the weakest element of the beer. Scents of fresh apricot, vanilla, light cardamom, sugar cookie-like malt sweetness, a slight floral aroma is also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a wonderfully fruity and sweet beer, with a big hit of apricot, but also showcasing the vanilla and cardamom additions and a bit of the malt. Very nice. Flavor begins lightly sweet and sour, with notes of vanilla, sweet and lightly sour apricot juice and very light sweet spiciness, likely from the cardamom. Middle moves into a flavor profile that is very strongly reminiscent of the tart flesh near the apricot pit with lesser amounts of vanilla still present. Finish is sweet and tart with notes of tart apricot flesh, vanilla and a background of sweet spices. Aftertaste is sweet and tart with notes of apricot, vanilla and cardamom. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice fruit beer, one that melds the sweetness of apricot with the tartness of the innermost flesh and blends it well with vanilla and cardamom notes. My only complaint is that I wish there was a bit more assertiveness to the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a lightly tart feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely done beer that captures the feel of eating an apricot. Overall this is a fantastic beer. More experimental than Mars, it has a wonderful aroma, a beautiful flavor and a lovely mouthfeel. Quite nice and well worth hunting down.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Most people were clearly expecting something different than what they got here.
The color is a pale-medium yellow mostly clear but for a light haze running through it.
The head is a soft whitish one that reaches a finger's height and holds up well. Lacing is left in plentiful patching and spotting.
This is an intriguing beer in both the smell and taste. It's very soft all-around but not weak, showcasing notes of heather and vanilla with a contrasting easy sort of sourness.
The body is light and the crispness has a firm nip without dirupting the smoothness that goes creamy as it builds off a consistent carbonation.

Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber, slightly hazy, and a white head that fades reasonably fast. This smells like chai....maybe fruitier. Sweet cinnamon, cardamom, brown sugary scents, sweet citrus, cocoa, and fleshy tropical pitted fruits. Very aromtic. Taste is sweet, tropical, delightfully fruity and sourly bitter with farmy funk. Excellent foamy mouthfeel.... A very unusual, surprisingly pleasant beer.

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 aleckpa
1.66/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I really did not like this beer. I took a few sips and couldn't finish it. It tasted too medicinal and sweet.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did not really enjoy this one- pours a clear golden Orange with minimal head, retention and lacing.

Smells strongly of apricots. Very sweet.

Tastes strongly of apricots and vanilla. There's some yeast in there but it mainly tastes like a cream soda.

Feel is all right- medium light body with moderate carbonation and a little cloying. I don't like this one. I feel like this is a gimmicky series and is producing mediocre brews below bells usually high level.

Photo of SPChurilla
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Slightly sweet. Pleasant beer.

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