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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity)

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

The fourth release in our Planets Series shines the spotlight on specialty malts, while the hops take on more of a supporting role. Brewed with seven different varieties of malt and hopped for a balanced bitterness, this Imperial Brown Ale has bready, biscuity, toasty notes along with light chocolate and roast flavors. This beer is robust, warming and satisfying like the piece of music it was named after.
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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 2/14/15.

Appearance: Pours a dark and very hazy brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with big hints of biscuit, nuts, and chocolate. Roasted barley malt with good hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, grains, toffee, caramel, yeast, and slight coffee. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Subtle dark fruit hints. Also some earthy and floral hop hints. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very toasty and roasty malt driven taste with good notes of biscuit, chocolate, and nuts. Roasted barley malt with good notes of biscuit, toast, nuts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, grains, coffee, and yeast. Notes of brown sugar sweetness along with some cream. Nice background presence of earthy and floral hops. Also some light dark fruit undertones. A very good brown taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and silky with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good imperial take on an American Brown Ale. Good toasty and roasty malt flavors with a nice hop background.

Photo of kmbeer
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It looks like I'm in the minority here, but this totally fell flat for me. Absolutely one-note with hardly any flavor and no aftertaste. I took a few sips and drain-poured the rest. Have not had a single offering from the Planet Series that I've enjoyed.

Photo of BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pkgd on 2/14/15. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown with some light getting through; small light tan head that fades leaving okay retention and little lacing. The aromas are pretty faint and subtle. All malts with hints of cocoa and caramel. The flavors is malty goodness, but doesn't have much else going on. More chocolate and caramel. Malts shine. Nothing too exciting. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation; creamy and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.

Overall this isn't too interesting, but it is what it is. This is your traditional brown ale, just amped up.

Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Copper Vine (batch 13923 date 2/14/15) poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint.

A- 1-finger tan head that drops to a light film. Murky, reddish-brown body with light carbonation. Pretty good lacing left on the glass.

S- Complex. Nutty, woody, maple syrupy, light roast coffee. Pretty bold for a brown ale.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, complex. A lot of caramel and toasted malts at first with lighter maple syrup and light roast coffee. Warmth amps up the sweeter qualities and brings a light alcohol warmth without getting harsh. Fairly clean finish from some leafy hops, especially clean considering the more powerful sweet aspects.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a light bite. Fairly creamy. Some smooth alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O- It's a really drinkable brown ale. Straight forward, if not amped up. More a bold sipper than a session ale. A nice nightcap beer. I'd definitely pay for this beer again.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chesnut brown with a thinner but well sustained light tan colored head atop.Some caramel and roasted nuts in the nose but on the lighter side.Malt driven flavors with caramel and mild brown sugar notes,faint nuttiness in the finish,it nevers gets overly sweet.I can appreciate this beer although a hophead,not something I would drink everyday bit it's pretty solid.

Photo of barhoc11
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As others have said, this tastes like an amp'd up Best Brown. Not sure what this planet series is going for anymore.

Photo of deebo
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this last week for $3.49. Bottled on 2/14/15. Poured into a pint glass with a 1/4" of tan head that quickly recedes on top of a murky dark brown brew. Aromas of multiple malts are all over the place and delicious. Notes of Dutch Cocoa, toffee, toasted nuts all hit hard. The taste isn't as robust as the aroma as the roasted, slighty sweet malt finishes quick and I'm hit with some hoppy bitterness and a low/moderate vapory alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel is lighter in body than if expect and there is a fairly high level of carbonation that seems to accentuate the bitterness. Overall I'm let down after being sucked in by the aroma.

Photo of hotpauko
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Highly drinkable brown with nice malty smoky flavors but surprisingly not strong flavors from Bells. Somewhat average compared to a few others. The ABV of 8 is barely noticeable. Ok but will not seek again.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark brown in color to the point that barely any light seeps through. There's a quarter inch of dense oddly colored tan head. Lots of lacing going on. I smell a bit of caramel and a hint of toffee. I taste a light notes of toffee and some nutty malt in the back of the palate. There's not much action in the front of the palate. The mouth is initially very foamy due to that dense head. It is otherwise sticky and lightly chewy.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's ok, but not too impressed . . . Maybe because I consider Bell's Best Brown par for the course.

Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy brown pour into a snifter. Very small head, if any.
Sweet, malts. Fresh pumpernickel bread
Malty, coffee and mild but taste.
Mouth feel is simple, mild with some nice back mouth carbonation.
OK. I think I'll give this series another try. Not what I quite expected.

Photo of NealCassady
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into a snifter, two finger tan head, opaque dark brown beer. Nose is yeast, bread, brown sugar, marzipan, light roast. Medium to full body for a brown, nice medium to low carbonation, enough to ensure the sweetness in not cloying. No hop flavor or bitterness detectable. Long caramel finish that lingers on the tounge. Nothing too complex, but very enjoyable.

Photo of GRE680
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This group of planet beers has not been one of my must have. I keep looking for one to be great but has of this date no luck....,

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a solid finger of creamy khaki foam.

Toasted malts, faint chocolate, biscuity, and some light roasted notes.

Faint but noticeable chocolate, toasted bread, roasted malts, and some caramel, but not very bold.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, bready/biscuity sweetness, with a light roastiness.

Overall, nothing extraordinary, but a decent brown ale.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Either this or Mars is my favorite of the series. They were both the most normal and not gross

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter, this FINE imperial brown pours a thick, rich dark brown with a fantastic REALLLLLY slowly dissipating head of tan foam that after a lot of time settles to a thick ring and fine layer of foam with nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, light touch of coffee, and fresh bread. Flavors exceed the nose with rich brown sugar and caramel malts to the front and sides, roasted nutty characteristics to the back with cocoa and a slight hint of coffee notes. Earthy grains and a light bitterness adds depth and complexity. Something to cherish. The best of the planet series I have had to date. Smooth creamy mouth feel finishes lightly sweet and lightly bitter at the same time. Excellent! A new favorite for the style.


Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, Batch 13923, packaged on 2/14/15. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy chestnut brown color with about a half inch light tan head that stayed around a long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and some light floral hops. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some dark breadiness and herbal bitterness noticeable too. There's more bitterness than I expected, but that's not a complaint. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonaton. I think it's a nice brown ale, I liked it. $12.99 a 6-pack.

Photo of Beejay
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in the glass with a medium tan head.

S: Something a little funky in the smell. Almost a little metallic, or salty? Light toasty bread aromas and a little bit of molasses with perhaps a chalk thing?

T: Malty, with a lot of caramel and molasses. Good, fairly straight forward, but the flavor is bold and interesting.

M: Medium with a mid amount of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall a decent beer, the aroma is a bit on the funky side, but the flavor makes up for it.

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's already has a benchmark brown ale so it will be interesting to see another take.

A full three fingers of biscuity light brown head is easily achieved with my pour. Body is a deep mahogany brown in tone. Nose is a mix of woodsy meets sweet malt that is very nice. Taste is immediately sweet with tons of toffee and caramelized malt. There is a richness to this brew that carries the sweetness to a complex balance. This is unmistakably on the sweeter end of brown ales but is very nice. Wonderfully drinkable and maybe my favorite of the series so far.

Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a becker glass

It is a murky brown color with some tea colored highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head that sticks around awhile leaving little lacing.

Cocoa is the first smell that comes to mind. I also get the faint aroma of floral hops and some alcohol.

At first I tasted plenty of cocoa. About half way through I picked up on a little bitterness. There is just a slight hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bordering on full.

It is decent. The balance between the malt and the hops is good. There is just nothing about this beer that gets me excited.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark amber brown in color. It poured with a short light tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutty, toasted, and biscuit malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This brown ale is rather interesting and complex, having an interesting mix of malty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/15/2015 printed on the back label. The fourth beer in the Bell's planet series of beers, this one an American Brown Ale.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a semi-thick ruddy caramel; appears a very murky & muddy caramel brown in the glass with about a finger of quickly waning bubbly tan head. Leaves behind some moderate scattered spotty lacing. Looks pretty nice for the style.

S - Definitely a malt bomb - crusty brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and maybe just a hint of floral alcohol and/or yeast. Slightly ashy & burnt.

T - Taste follows the nose: malty, brown bread, bread crust, caramel, toffee, coffee grounds. Dirty & earthy, lightly herbal, with a slight metallic note on the end. Very subtle melony, fruity hop presence is noted towards the end also.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy enough. Leans more toward the fuller side of medium-bodied, with semi-hefty carb. Not quenching or highly drinkable, with a modest 8.00% abv.

Overall, a simple and standard, if slightly amped up version of a regular American brown ale. Not unique or special, but I suppose it hits it's mark. Recommended to fans of the style, and those looking to complete the series, but otherwise I would not seek this out.

Bell's Jupiter -----4/5.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice caramel colored head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a slightly creamy residue. The beer itself is an opaque dark brown that looks pretty nice.

The beer has a very malty smell to it. The main note appears to be a caramel and toffee note. Other malty notes are a bit bready but they are overwhelmed by the caramel and toffee. The smell also includes a floral hop note to it.

The taste is very similar to the smell. Strong caramel and sweet toffee notes dominate the other malt notes. The hops are still floral and mix very well with the sweeter malt notes. Additionally, the beer also has a chocolate note that comes out and blends a little with the dominant notes.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The drink is smooth with less viscosity than you would expect even though it is a bit viscous.

Overall, a fairly strong brown ale from bell's and much better than the other offerings in the planetary series. Recommended.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single of this for $3.25 glad the hype is down on these paid about $4.50 for my last release. Into a pint glass.

A - Medium pour produced a rocking two fingers of mocha head atop of a ruby red brown hue beer. Plenty of carbonation makes for great lacing.
S - A big brown with notes of wood, caramel, and a touch of hazelnuts. Not super strong and hops take a backseat.
T - Very earthy tones of hops with some cocoa, touch of caramel sweetness, and some brown malts. It's actually very balanced.
M - Very smooth and drink able. I like it.

Overall I like this more than Venus that crazy blonde. Much more balanced and smooth drinking.

Photo of zac16125
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 2/14/15

A: Very dark brown, opaque, just under 3 fingers width of khaki colored head which is dense and has very good retention before dissipating down. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Sweet dark malts, subtle cocoa, cream, a bit roasty. I like the aroma but as a whole its very subtle. 3.5

T: Roasted malt, some bitterness, semi-sweet cocoa, creamed coffee, fairly sweet which compliments the roast and dark notes quite well. Surprising amount of bitterness. Interesting brew, different than most brown ales, but I like it quite a bit. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is pretty high for the style and is completely unnoticeable, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Good beer, not great. Probably my least favorite of the “planets series” to date, but def worth a try. 3.75

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Bell's Jupiter (The Bringer Of Jollity) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.