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

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 641
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 36
Gots: 268 | FT: 49
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 Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of Jayroda82
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (153 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of tuka
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of CharlesK
1.83/5  rDev -55.7%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (567 characters)

Photo of marct13
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (236 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Cheers (650 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, Batch #14128, packaged on 04/03/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon, molasses and some bready/grainy malt. For the most part I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but there's also some coconut and earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this barrel aged brew a lot, I wish I would have bought more! $2.49 a single bottle. (607 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a golden honey brown with smallish one finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Some light lacing.

S: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. More bourbon is apparent as it warmed.

T: Caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Drinks more like a Scottish Ale than a barleywine. Reminds me of Backwoods Bastard quite a bit. Flavors really blossomed as it warmed up.

M: Full bodied with a slightly sweet finish.

O: Tasty beer and probably my favorite of the planet series so far, but I was expecting more, and wished a had more to age. (595 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 3.49. Bottled 4/3/15. Served in a Bells snifter.

Pours a turbid, deep golden brown with about one finger of near-white froth. The head quickly dissipates to a meager halo, leaving only a few scattered specks in the way of lace.

Aromas of caramel, some faint bourbon, wet wood, dark fruit and a hint of floral. The sweet notes are considerably more prominent as it nears room temperature.

The flavors start out similar to a Scotch ale when cooler but gets much smoother and sweeter with more barrel notes as it warms. Burnt caramel, toffee, bourbon, cereal grains, leather, dark fruit skins, a good bit of vanilla creeps in towards the finish and the whole experience is touched by a slight boozeyness. Great mixture, particularly towards the end.

Smooth, semi syrupy, full body with soft carbonation. Bourbon, caramel and grains rest on the palate in the finish.

Particularly as it warms, Saturn is a damn good barrel aged barleywine. The earthy sweetness and barrel character blend well. Too bad I wasn't able to pick up more than a single bottle because I imagine "The Bringer of Old Age" would age quite gracefully. (1,185 characters)

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: amber cloudiness, 2 fingers of off-white head.

Smell: B-O-U-R-B-O-N up front (in all caps), then vanilla, carmel and toffee plus some earthy hops. Wow.

Taste: more bourbon, but the vanilla flavors from the oak don't allow it to overwhelm a non-bourbon drinker. Then the caramel and toffee flavors kick in ..... exquisite.

Feel: smooth bourbon, with creamy notes from the malts.

Overall: my favorite - by FAR - in the planet series. They hooked me with Two Hearted many moons ago, and they continue to brew great stuff. World-class brewery, IMHO. (559 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle courtesy of northernbrewer (thanks Jeff) served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider with no head, just a thin soapy band and slick of foam. Nose expresses bready notes, figs and prunes and a light sugary quality muddled with ethanol. Taste is great - consistent with nose; however, vanilla and toasted oak notes dominate the flavor profile nicely. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation and slight oiliness to the texture. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, quite delicious and drinkable for the style and abv. Would love to see what age does to a bottle or two. (623 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey orange + ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toffee malts with moderate aroma of bourbon barrels from the aging (oak, vanilla, and bourbon all stand out).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel and toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging - bourbon, toffee, and oak. Minimal hop presence but there is still a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish. Hints of booziness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Definitely the best of the beers in the Planet Series so far and probably one that would age really well. Big bourbon flavors/aromas make this one a slower sipper but it is a very easy to drink (for the ABV). Glad I grabbed this one, maybe wish I had pick up another to age. (1,365 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty copper color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with quite a bit of oak notes also discernable. Taste is also dominated by residual sugar notes with light toffee notes and some strong oak notes and loads of bourbon grainy notes with light vanilla flavors. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and light alcohol is apparent. Pretty intense beer with loads of barrel-aging flavors. Enjoyable but may lack a bit of balance and attenuation (522 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour presents a light mahogany color with a slight chill haze. While a lighter shade of brown in color, it's dark enough to keep out the light except for the edges, which show as a golden brown. The head is just under a finger thick, tan in color, with decent retention.

Nothing stands out in the nose. A savory, earthy scent is present, but nothing individually, particularly the oak bourbon barrel casks.

The taste is a different story. The malts dominate and the bourbon flavors are prominent. The earthy scent is the hops, can't tell which variety. Alcohol is prevalent.

Mouthfeel is mostly warm and bitter. The hops and alcohol are clearly at the forefront. It's an attack on the palate and throat as there is little sweetness or any other sense to grant a slight reprieve to the aggressiveness of the malt, hops, and bourbon. Very full bodied with a warm, drying finish. (894 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 04/03/2015 printed on the back label. My sixth beer in the Bell's planet series of beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a ruddy caramel orange with hues of brown. One finger of creamy tan head that falls to a ring quickly. Some okay spotty lacing. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - The aroma is very pleasant: lots of sticky caramel, vanilla, toffee. Strong notes of oak wood and some strong alcohol phenols. Smells very delicious.

T - Taste is the same: lots of smooth creamy caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak wood, and some hot booze fumes. Comes off a bit boozy and hot, but it is to be expected from an 11.50% abv beer.

M - A smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A hot and slightly astringent finish. Medium-bodied, excellent carbonation, and very easy-drinking for the high abv.

Overall, a nice addition to the Planets series, and a nice barrel-aged offering from Bell's. I could definitely see this beer benefiting from some age and time to mellow, and I wish I had more bottles to put away.

Bell's Saturn -----4/5. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dark amber, with no head retention, little carbonation, not much lacing, pretty clear.

A: Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, sweet caramel, not getting much alcohol, smells like other bourbon barrel aged barleywines I've tried.

T: Bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, bitterness in the middle, lots of flavor, a little rough, doesn't blend as well as other bourbon barrel aged barleywines I've tasted.

M: Medium mouthfeel, with a dry finish.

O: My first impression is that this beer is a little rough, it's not smooth, lots of flavor, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, but I think this beer would definitely age well. I would like another bottle to cellar to see where it's at in 1 or 2 years, not disappointed, but I've had better bourbon barrel aged barleywines. Still, a great beer. (819 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brick orange with a golden edge. Off white head. Stately and rich to the eye. Nose is malt and citrus notes. Caramel. taste is good firm caramel. Stand up in the glass malt but creamy and breaddy. Smooth finish with some alcohol. A touch of spice and pepper from both alcohol and hops finish this one. herbal backnotes. Nice. (337 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep amber and brown, opaque body. Thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin halo, with a broken film over the top. Rich appearance. This looks like it has some substance.
Smell: Soft caramel richness with malty goodness. Rum raisins and alcohol, plus a dab of overripe mango. Fresh baked sweet bread and hints of bourbon.
Taste: Bitter-sweet, mostly sweet. Touch of hops, leaning on the malty side. Soft caramel throughout. Fruity background. Alcohol is faint. Sticky and sweet, toffee finish.
Feel: Goes well with everything else. Lower level of carbonation.

Overall - I have not had any of the other beers in this series, so I cannot compare them. The taste steps forward and stands out, it is sweet and balanced. This my cup of tea, plus I like the bottle design :) I like the color yellow. (828 characters)

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Bell's Saturn: The Bringer Of Old Age from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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