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Bell's Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)Bell's Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 680
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 20.43%
Wants: 37
Gots: 279 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% 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 Kylo76
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into teku glass. Nice deep red color, I really liked the nose on this, combination of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected and the taste seemed a bit off for me, a lot of alcohol flavor and a weird sweetness that tasted artificial.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: rusty brownish red, with floaties and small white head.
S: sweet alcohol
T: like the smell, sweet alcohol, smooth bourbon flavors, but still has too much of an alcohol presence for me.
F: smooth, and coating.

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold/amber with a creamy white head. Toffee malts and alcohol on the nose. Malty giving way to a bit of hop bitterness before the alcohol and intense oak flavors dominate in the finish. Thin on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled some of this at The Friendly Greek when it was first released and decided that it could do with a bit more aging. Now that the entire series has been released, it is time to drink it.

From the bottle: "The Bringer of Old Age"; "Malt Beverage Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrel Casks"; "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."

I Pop!ped the cap and gently decanted it into a large brandy snifter, taking great care not to rouse any lees. I did fine, but it caused the tawny head to diffuse and turn quickly to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The nose was big, boozy, hot and laden with caramel and bourbon. Phew! Mouthfeel was big and chewy, like a dollop of caramel ice cream. The alcohol heat caused my tongue to tingle, followed by flavors of coconut, caramel and bourbon. Whew! Warming, it became even hotter, making me wonder if I should not have let it age even longer. Finish was dry and quite boozy. I didn't dislike it, but I was not its biggest fan, either.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle (about 6 months old) poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a ruby red color, almost resembling a rosa wine. No head or lacing observable.
S: Smells like carmel, bourbon, and alcohol.
T: Follows the nose with carmel, bourbon, toffee, and some notes of cinnamon. Leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry.
F: Light carbonation provides a nice bubbly mouth.
Overall, this is like a barrel age light. Defiantly get the barrel aging but the carmel and toffee flavors meld well making this a nice smooth brew.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a Bell's snifter glass.

Pours a dark copper body, two finger offwhite head with good retention, splotchy lacing. Smells of straight up toffee and caramel, quite sweet, a mild amount of piney hop aromas. But for the most part this is all malt, as expected. Smells delicious. Flavour is a bit different though; very sweet toffee and caramel, butterscotch, molasses. This one is exceptionally sweet, for the most part a standard barleywine. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, lower carbonation, slick and sticky, as expected. Mild bitterness on the backend relative to the sweetness that comes before. Overall, I'm not a big barleywine fan but this really wasn't too bad. It's definitely hefty.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an orangish, light amber color. Half finger thick, slight off-white color head, dissipates quickly to just a fine layer of soapy bubbling. Floating sediment, fairly murky w/ some transparency.

Aroma- Rich caramel sweetness, lots of nuttiness, some toasty malts, molasses, and brown sugar. Vanilla, butterscotch, spicy oak w/ subtle waves of sweet bourbon and char.

Taste- Thick and rich molasses, caramel, toasted brown sugar. Creamy vanilla and butterscotch notes. Sweetness transitions to the barrel, dry oak w/ some spice, sweet bourbon notes and some char on the finish.

Feel- Medium feel, but very sticky, creamy, and thick. Lower carbonation level.

Overall- Had this fresh and now with 6 months on it. Seems to have gotten better. Such sweetness in this beer that is pulled together nicely by the barrels.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, about 6 months old

A- pours a deep amber color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving some alcohol legs behind

S- plenty of caramel and toffee on the nose with some sweet cream & honey. Bourbon & oak pop through with some earthy & musty yeast, finishing with burnt toast

T- Sweet honey & barley mixes with some floral & earthy notes up front, with some oaky bourbon quickly following. Huge caramel/toffee sweetness kicks in as it nears the finish, reminiscent of a Werther's Original.

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- love the caramel/toffee notes that mix with the bourbon. I'm going to sit on my other two bottles to see if the caramel further develops with age

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/03/2015: pours very hazy copper color with a lot of sediment floating in the brew that leads up to a 1 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving OK spotty lacing.

Smells of toffee, caramel, maple syrup, light bourbon, peat moss, sweet malt, some woody barrel notes and earthy accents like sticks, tree bark or dry leaves. The barrel influence cuts through the sweetness and lets the caramel come through and bring other aromas like brown sugar and dark fruit. Really nice to inhale, it got better and more dynamic as it warmed up.

Tastes like it smells but bourbon, peat moss and oaky/woody barrel notes hit first and are then followed by the sweet malt, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, tea leaf, light toasted coconut, smoked grains, honey, rotting dark fruit like red apples, pears and kiwi, earthy accents like sticks, grass, tree bark or dry leaves. A lot more smoky influence from the barrels which like the nose cut down the sweetness and lets the char, grains, caramel and nutty accents come through for a nice portfolio of flavors. Hops get lost in the shuffle but do bring some bitterness, which is similar to coffee grinds mixing with the bourbon and oak barrels.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the creamy side with a chewy medium body that has acidic and boozy qualities which allow the mild carbonation to settle it down and go down like a glass of bourbon - smooth with a little burn, this trails off very malty, with a sweetness that's tamed by the barrel aging and oak notes. Finish is ashy and sweet at the same time, with the bourbon leaving the last impression.

A malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrel casks, Saturn brought not old age but much joy. It's a tad bit too boozy as that 11.5% is evident the whole time, but the barrel aging gave it some excellent complex flavors and aromas. Overall a really tasty American barleywine, very well done especially if you like bourbon or bourbon barrel aged beers (which I very much enjoy).

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JasonR1975 for the bottles!

Pours a hazy copper color with about one finger of off-white foam falling down to a bubbly collar and leaving bits of lacinig. The nose hits first with big boozy bourbon, caramel, sweet bready malt and toffee. The taste follows suite with caramel, boozy bourbon, raisins, toffee, very buttery butterscotch, a massive bready malt, warm alcohol finish with a bit of bittering hops and hot alcohol. On the palate it is creamy, round, silky with maybe a touch low carbonation. I am really looking forward to trying this beer again in a few years!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy caramel with a moderate head. Alcohol is present in the nose and on the tongue. Overall, the alcohol seemed to have taken over.

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Photo of hophugger
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caramel brown color with aromas of dark fruit, maple, molasses, toffee. Small, creamy head, thin and leaving rapidly. Taste is similar to aroma with raisins, caramel, maple syrup and a touch of bittering hops. Decent balance at first, but as it warms, single flavors come and go, alcohol shows itself and becomes off-balance..

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tan translucent with off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a slight film and a couple bubbles

smells of caramel sweetness and wood

the wood taste with alcohol a bit of hops, not as sweet as I'd expected

a bit thin

glad I tried this, but I enjoy their Third Coast Old Ale at least as much

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Planets series with musical accompaniment. Golden / amber body with a small collar. Sweet malt, oak, fruity esters. Tasty, with some warming alcohol in the back.

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Photo of Jayroda82
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok i was never a fan of barleywine beers, but its part of the planet series, so naturally i had to partake. This is the best abw ive had. Great job bell!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear orange-amber. Wispy off white head.
smell: Nice balance of light bourbony caramel, with hints of American Barley Hops.
taste: Very smooth blend of the flavors in the nose with a slightly hot alcohol burn , a bit of a bitter finish.
overall: Favorite of the series. Quite a Barley.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 3 April 2015.
Pours a muddy-murky yellow brown with little to no head.
Smells thin, but bourbony. Old ale style yeast is stale and prominent, but in a pleats musty bread sort of way.
The soft vanilla is marvelous and lasts ages. Exceptionally bourbony and exceptionally tasty, though I feel the base beer could be a bit more complex. Pale and butterscotchy and a bit shallow. I think that's the theme of this beer-- long, but thin. The flavor is quite nice though!

I really enjoyed the beer, but I have been positively influenced by listening to the Holst movement while drinking it.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet, even for a barleywine, but with some nice barrel aged notes. Syrupy amber-gold with powerful sweet vanilla and coconut barrel influences layered on a heavy caramel and honey tinged sweetness in the aroma. THe flavor is sweeter yet with further honey and caramel almost treacle character finished with some barrel notes of vanilla. Minimal bitterness, and this beer could use some more of it. Feel is on target with low carbonation and hefty body. CUt the honey sweetness some more as it overwhelms the flavor profile and hinders the barrel character from coming through.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger frothy white head with poor retention. Beer is a rather clear dull orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with excellent stick and huge, oily legs. A big, bold looking beer.

Nose is roasted brown sugar, chestnut, molasses and honey. Chewy and bready with wood and tobacco overtones. Unique, deep and rich.

Opens rich and bready. Hints of brown sugar, molasses, wheat and chestnut. More brown sugar and sugar cookie in the middle with a resiny, hop bitterness. End is oak, booze and molasses. Sweet on the finish with a hint of peaty-ness. Pretty good but might need some time.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and slightly hot and viscous going down. Finishes messy and warm with a lingering, sticky, rich aftertaste. Nice.

This will be a great sipper at some point but as is, there's a bit of hop bitterness that still needs to work itself out in my opinion. The body and flavor is there though. Worth laying down a few.

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Photo of tuka
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rated fresh. Creamy for a barleywine; I liked that. Put two up in the fridge, hopefully for a year or two. Will reassess after some occasion down the road a bit.

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Photo of CharlesK
1.83/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like the description. Malt beverage smothered in Bourbon. It burned going down. If I wanted to drink Bourbon I would have gone to the liquor store.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Batch 14128, PKGD 04/03/15
A - hazed with yeast suspended within an amberish-brown colored body, thinner foamy tan head
S - boozy and malty with brown sugar, grain, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon
T - sweet and boozy; oaky bourbon slathers the palate, vanilla, bread crust, caramel, brown sugar, earthy hops and toasty coconut comes through as it warms; all round nice meld of flavors
M - full body, heavy alcohol content, but it drinks well
O - big, boozy malt bomb. One of the better beers of the planet series. Always glad to try something from Bell's!

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Photo of marct13
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This just wasn't for me. The barrel overtakes everything and I can't detect any of the base beer. For me, it also seems thin and over carbonated for the style. I've got a few more, so hopefully time in the cellar will do them some good.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty ale pours a muddled hazy brownish amber with a quickly dissipating head of white foam that leaves a thin ring and little lacing. Nose of strong whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark caramel, and some apricot notes. Flavors surpass the nose with warm bourbon and caramel notes on all sides that blends with an apricot brandy quality. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and oak soaked bourbon round this beast all together with a warming finish that is slick and thick with medium carbonation that sears in the flavors. Very substantial. Would love to have some of this aged for a few years. Excellent.


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Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer. A clear deep amber to ruby red color. Minimal head and retention. Nothing out of the ordinary for a barrel aged beer.

Great aroma. A tad boozy maybe, but caramel, dark sour fruits, bourbon, and candied sweetness.

Taste follows. Lots of up front bourbon, but not cheap or overpowering at all. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, rock candy, oak. Excellent.

It is fairly full bodied. Nice creamy texture. A little hot when it warms. A sipper for sure, but pretty smooth.

I would love to see this one come back around every year like Expedition

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Bell's Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.