Bell's Cherry Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Cherry AleBell's Cherry Ale

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 20.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 11-06-2004)
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Reviews by KC8LTL:
Photo of KC8LTL
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had no idea what to expect for a Cherry Ale since this is hardly a well-defined style or even something I would normally drink. However, I was at Bell’s and wanted to try something off the wall that they had.

When I got it from the bartender, I saw a red-tinged amber liquid with about a half inch of off-white head which stuck around enough to seem like beer. Smell had a distinct and inviting cherry smell, and the taste was dominated by tart cherries. I am a bit of a hophead I guess, so bitter tart cherry does not bother me, even if a bit unusual in a beer. There is enough of a malt backbone to tell it is there and to support the cherries, but by far the dominant flavor is of the cherries. Rather light body. If you can enjoy the tart cherries, it is quite drinkable, even if it is hardly something I would reach for if thirsty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really cool labeled bottle from Bell's featuring a single cherry on the white background. Pours from the bottle into my Orval chalice a deep dark red with hints of brown and a nice bone colored bubbly head that falls to a ring around the brew. Aromas of tart cherry juice upfront, similar to a Polish sour cherry juice I've had many times. Mellow pale maltiness lingers as an afterthought. Some nice characteristic Bell's yeast notes pop up as well.

First sip begins with the tart cherry juice once again balanced nicely by some sweet pale malts. Notes of grain and earthy yeast with mellow spiciness comes through mid sip. This does a good balancing act between the sweet and sour flavors and does not come off as tasting artificial. Quite a tasty fruit beer with good body.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice rush of carbonation. Goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. If you enjoy tart cherry flavors I imagine you will like this brew...nicely executed by Bell's as always. This ranks up there as one of my favorite straight up fruit beers. Give it a shot!

Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a very attractive label, pours a hazed copper body with no head on an aggressive pour. Some large bubbles form a collar, but there is only scant evidence of minor patch lace. Aroma is unremarkable, with malty caramel and some tart cherry. Mouthfeel is unimpressive, exhibiting a light body and medium carbonation. Taste has lots of tart cherry on a caramel malt base. The cherry flavor is syrupy at times. No significant hops character, but for a hint of earthy bitterness. This is a very unusual interpretation of a fruit beer that just doesn't come together very well. Worth a try, simply for the beautiful red cherry on the label.

Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark honey color with a thin and low off-white head. Aroma is faint, and doesn't scream cherry. More malty with low hops and fruit essences that could have come off as something other than cherry if I wasn't expecting it. Flavor is vacant toward the front of the tongue, morphing to tagy tart cherry as it rolls across. Malt and hops are both understated. Cherry turns to a tinny finish, and a tartness lingers. Seems like perhaps more of a novelty offering? Thanks to Brent for letting me try, but I probably wouldn't make it part of my regular rotation.

Photo of ADR
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely red-hued darker amber appearance, clearish and not as yeast clogged or hazy as many Bell's brews. Head is speckly in appearance, but not long-lasting. Minimal string laces. Aroma features cherries, but not in an overly tart manner, more like a cherry pie sense. And...cherry pie carries into the flavor (what is meant by cherry concentrate on the label, I don't really know), canned sweet, a little cloying, doughy with pie crust notes. Not at all astringent or even as forward as the old Cherry Stout. Finishes with slightly bitter tones and no thinning of the mouthfeel. Pretty reserved overall, needs some things to give more interest and to tone down the sugary qualities.

Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky orangish brown color with almost no head. There is a little head floating in the middle of the glass. It is tan. It leaves a surprising amount of laces.

This beer smells like apple juice. A slight cherry aroma is present, but mostly I smell apple juice. It smells slightly tart.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Apple juice like. A slight cherry flavor is present. It tastes sweet, and slightly tart.

This beer leaves a ciderlike aftertaste. It is low in carbonation.

This beer might be a good session beer. I assume it is low in alcohol, and the flavor is nice, and mild.

Overall: Thanks Faro for this beer. I love Bells, and I love fruit beers. This one, is not my favorite from Bells, or from the style. However, I am happy to have had the chance to try it.

Photo of cokes
2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Opaque apricot mud with scattered, clotted flakes. The brief tan head hastily retreats to a piled lace around the rim.
Nose of damp moss, store brand cherry pie filling, and bread crust.
It storms in thick, but lacking normally expected malt traits. What is here is loose and doughy in a damp and stale sort of way. Tiny trickles of caramel goo ooze out as it warms, as a cider notion grows. The yeast is thick, humid, and earthy, and not congruent in the least. It ventures towards cherry cheesecake, with an over ripe sense of marscapone and mushy canned cherries. The back end is all coagulated blood and rusted iron and worm-eaten pears, as what is left of its wheels fall off.
Obese and sticky in the mouth. It thins a bit as it progresses, but still exudes a binding sense of girth, especially in absense of any likeable flavors.
In all honesty, it's probably only a step or two away from a passable Flanders Red. But as is, it's ten thousand miles from anything respectable.
Yuck.

Photo of sullysbeer
2.05/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma: Malty Sweet Tart, Bares Traces of Cherry Juice, Slight Metallic Aroma

Appearance: Murky Orangeish Red with an Off White Head

Flavor: Sweet Maltyness Up front Followed by an Intense Cherry Tartness that Fights with the Caramel Malts and Finishes with a Very Light Hop Bitterness. Slightly Metallic or Blood Like Flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium Bodied, Buttery Mouthfeel

Overall Impression: Very Smooth. Not as Refreshing as I Thought it was going to be. The Metallic/Blood like Flavor didn't do much for me on this one. For sure try this one as it is a Bell's Beer. I probably won't pick this one up again.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed July 27, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Clear, red tinged amber, with a nice creamy, foamy off-white head. Sourish standard ale aroma, tinged with slightly rotten cherries. Super sour and very tart flavor, with a heavy coppery metallic flavor stinging my mouth. Some light creamy notes. Gross, this beer is not drinkable. Palate is dry and metallic. I’m not impressed.

Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy Amber color with minimal head.

Smell was slightly sweet with a touch of cherry.

Slightly sweet malty apple flavors at first finishing with a dry tart cherry finish. The Cherry is really subdued, especially for something called cherry ale. Nothing real great here, I'll finish the six, but can't imagine picking this up again.

Photo of nmyers
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a bright ruby red color and a very strong cherry aroma this beer lives up to its name. It also has very light carbonation and a very thin light red head on it with minimal retention. The taste of this beer was a little tart at first, but finished off sweet with a little bit of a lingering cherry after taste. This was a very drinkable beer, but I couldn't have more than a couple in a night.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out dirty brownish amber into my snifter with hardly any carbonation, just a tiny white ring. The smell is cherry tinged yeast, not overly strong, but distinct.

The taste is a tart cherry explosion which makes my back taste buds absolutely tingle which settles down into a nicely balanced hop and grain mix with the fruit present but not knocking the door down. Finish is very crisp: a light hop kiss, and then nothing.

The body is about middle of the pack, with only mild carbonation, but it felt right for this beer. Drinkability is good, it's not a problem to put one of these down, which is sometimes problematic for fruit beers.

My overall impression is good but not great. I like the way Bell's have crafted this one with an eye toward crispness, tart flavour, and present but not overwhelming cherry presence, but still am not overly wowed by it. I do think the flavour fits the ale style better than the stout though, so I'm glad they branched out with this offering.

Photo of Brent
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall, I'm a fan of Kalmazoo, and this was a nice try, but I have to give it rather low marks. This is obviously all about the cherries - brewed with cherry concentrate - but the cherry flavor was neither sweet nor tart - either way would have made more of a statement. Cherry juice flavor was present, but needed either sweetness or tartness to give it some personality. As it was, it was just pretty uninteresting fruit flavor component to the beer. The finish was a very blunt, tannic cherry pit-like bitterness which really turned me off.

Photo of Ahhdball
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a local Winking Lizard. I've always been interested in trying it.
Slight ring of beige tops the pour leaving no lace. The color was deep brown to black with trace amounts of red hue.
Smell was slightly medicinal with a hint of malt.
Taste had too much cherry syrup, it was thick and chewy with the same cough syrup style flavor. It was almost like someone put a shot of robitussin in a chocolate stout. Not agreeable at all.
I'm glad I tried it but I won't have it again.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hm, an interesting ale to be sure, but definatly teetering on the disjointed side.

Pours a medium copper in color with a thin head that lacked retention. Nose is slightly medicinal, hints of cherry and malt, fresh. Taste starts off with a slightly sour cherry but that quickly tails off into a standard Bell's ale flavor profile with very little interaction between the two. The cherry dissapated very quickly, almost disturbingly so.

Not a bad little ale, more enjoyable than the cherry stout, but something really needs to be done to bring this one together overall.

Slàinte!

Photo of TastyTaste
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing like a beer brewed with cherry concentrate! Seems more like minute maid than Bell's at first impression. Very red body, a little bit dark maroon colored. Head is not much, other than just a wisp across the top of the beer. Light cherry tartness in the nose, light malt, also. Taste also has a lot of cherry tartness, backing is light and fairly thin. This is not very good compared to the Cherry Stout. To thin in everything else except the cherry flavor. This almosts tastes like a cherry cola, or possibly kool-ade.

Photo of karst
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Corral Liquors in Granite City $9.50 for a sixer - highly recommended by Joe the house beer and wine guru.

The Batch ID that you entered '6898', is a Bell's Cherry Ale. Your Bell's Cherry Ale was packaged on June 6, 2005 and pours clear ruby with 1/4" off white head with a trace of lace and a thin bead supported ring. Carbonation is on strong side. A weak vinous aroma of cherrys and malt. Flavor is malt and cherries. Light body thin mouthfeel and a finish of sour cherries and a astrigent bite as a bye-bye. Very dry taste that improves with warming and/or breathing an brings alcohol to mix with the aromas. Definately closer to tart than sweet. This a a beer that I think wine lovers would enjoy. Pair with sweet deserts.

Photo of jokelahoma
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color, with a head that, while decent, dissipated rapidly. It was almost as though there were no head at all.

Smell was reminiscent of cherries, but not overwhelmingly so. Just a bit of cherry in the nose. Enough to let you know there was fruit in the beer, but not much more.

The taste was tart cherry up front, but then, sadly, mostly copper. Imagine either A) you've just stuck a few pennies in your mouth and sucked on those for a bit, or B) you've just insulted some lady and her humongous boyfriend just popped you in the mouth. Either way, you get the taste I got from this bottle: Pure copper. I didn't taste cherry, I tasted copper, copper, and even more copper. It was so huge an amount of copper I was wondering if Francisco D'Anconia had a stake in the brewery (bonus points to those getting the reference). I guess "Copper Ale" wouldn't sell, so cherry it is. I completely missed the cherries in all the copper unfortunately.

The mouthfeel was fine, really. A decidedly light mouthfeel, not heavy at all. Quite easily drinkable, once one gets past the copper.

It was a drinkable beer, all in all. It's very metallic out of the bottle. Perhaps tap is a bit better. I've heard good things about it. The Cherry Stout I've heard is wonderful. This one is a give or take. Give it a try from the bottle if you don't mind a huge amount of metal. Pass it up if you do. Hopefully I'll be able to try it on tap and get a better idead what it is like, maybe even at GABF. Until then, it's rated what I rate it. Not bad, but not so good.

Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, it looks like cherry juice with a steady flow of bubbles rising up the glass. A pink this yet high rising head fades quickly.

Cherry and malt with vibrant acidity. Malt is really chunk and exuberant in the nose.

Good carbonation, tart cherry flavors, thick malt with very good balance. Smooth and easy to drink. The lack of residual sugar and prickly carbonation really make this a easy drinking refreshner of a beer.

Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly reddish tinged coppery color. Somewhat cloudy. Low aroma-trace of fruit. Malty flavor with a slight trace of cherries. Somewhat tart. A little bland except for the tartness. The cherry doent really announce itself. Ok body. Overall this beer could use some work. Really nothing to get excited about. Get the cherry stout thats a winner from Bells.

Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz (no batch#) poured into a pint. I'm guessing this has no Batch # as it is listed as a limited release.

Hazy amber with a thin white head that falls quickly into a veiled ring. Leaves rings and spots as it goes down.

Smells of yeast and malt paired with tart cherries. Nice balance in the nose. I see a nice cherry (from Traverse City perhaps?) on the label, but my nose tells me that this is beer made with cherries, not some carbonated fruit juice like Lienenkugel's Berry Weisse or whatever that shit is.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose: Good beer made with cherries. The cherry taste shows up mostly in the finish which is tart and dry. Malts are upfront and provide the body that gives it a nice mouthfeel.

This is a good summer beer. I really like it, and this is coming from someone who shys away from "fruity beers".

Photo of Wildman
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer last year on tap at the brewpub. This beer poured a very cloudy/murky reddish amber color and formed a small bubbly off white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation was initially present. An slight aroma of cherry over the malt background. The flavor was of malt and cherries. The body was medium light and the finish was slightly sour (cherries of course) and had some astrigency to it. Not a bad beer.

Photo of TechMyst
4.35/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CONTAINER VOLUME: 8oz

CONTAINER TYPE: glass

FRESH: y

PURCHASED @: Irish Rose

COST: n/a

HEAD: none

LACE: minimal

COLOR: yellow w/ red tint

AROMA: sweet cherry

MOUTHFEEL: medium

PALATE: adjusts quickly

COMMENTS: Had on draft at Irish Rose in Rockford. Beautiful to the sight and smell. Quality brew. I believe this is 6% ABV...

CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n
WITH FRIENDS- y
SIPPING- y
GET MY BUZZ ON- y

Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright red amber in color. The head is white with a pinkish hue. The aroma consists of sour cherries, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied and a little soft around the edges of the tongue. The malty front carries a slight sweetness, but quickly transitions into a crisp tart cherry taste. The tartness lingers into a dry, sour cherry finish.

Photo of bradfordjohnson
2/5  rDev -39.4%

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Bell's Cherry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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