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

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Bell's Cherry AleBell's Cherry Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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55 Ratings
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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Nile ( imagine that!)
color is a bright crimson, a solid ruby, thick & hazy, too, and capped with a lush pinkish head, solid and lasting...very impressive appearance, very attractive, too!
Aroma, light, and sweet, with whiffs of cherry, but not much else.
Full feel on the palate, when first quaffed, a rush of sweet fruit, then the tart of the cherry, a bite of sour, then all is refreshment, and total quaffability.
My first taste of this made me wonder if I'd really like it. My first pint of it led to another, and so on..
Excellent texture, great drinkablity, a splash of tart to meet every swallow, but not so much to bring down the pleasure of drinking...bright and juicy...it's an ale full of cherries, what else do you want? If you love cherries in your beer, this is the brew for you! I not, stay away.
Solid, tasty, tangy, very well done. Hats off to Larry & Co.
Much better than Bell's Cherry Stout,meets the style of an ale better than the aforementioned does for a stout.

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

Batch 6898 shared by kbutler1

Poured into Bells tulip.

Pours no head. Color is a murky raspberry red.

Aroma: Cherry concentrate and wheat. Pretty straight forward

Taste: Dry, but tart cherries. Wheat. Sweetness. The cherries seemed to have held up fine. A very straightforward beer.

Mouthfeel: Light tartness, smooth, refreshing. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Ends clean with cherries.

Overall, this is more of a dessert beer. The cherries held up. Not overly tat, but enjoyable. Decent drinkability. A little sweet.

Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany/cherrywood tone. Very little head. Lace is minimal. Aroma of cherry-vanilla and slight whiffs of malt, but nothing really stands out. Taste is simple. Brown sugar, cherry syrup and tart apples. This one just doesn't do it for me. I'm not usually a big fan of beers that use fruit concentrate and this one just reaffirms my feelings. They tend to be a little syrupy. Teetering on that cloying feeling. This is definitely not one I'll revisit in the future.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Bell's tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: The beer pours a luminous red color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of tart cherries and wheat. Medium, clean body with dark cherry and bready malt flavors. The finish is fruity with lingering cherry aftertaste. Might suffer from the recent New Glarus Fruit beers I have had, but not bad overall.

Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Muddy Pig: Dark coppery haze with a medium bubbly, crunchy looking foam of off white. Settles slowly to a thin skim and little lacing decides to stick.

Aroma isn't much, surprisingly light and mediochre to say the least. I could barely get a wiff of anything on a full pint glass til about 1/3 empty. That is where I finally could muster a clean and crisp high grain malt and a sense of tart cherry. Thats about it.

Taste is a bit short in the front, pilsner-like in malting with quick and easy crispness with a bit of grainyness to it. Wheat perhaps too. Soon after midway the cherry tartness intersedes the overall and gets a really fantanstic nuance of grapey, vineous mingled cherry drying sensibilty to its finish. Totally worth each sip. The cherry tart drifts away quickly leaving an incredibly fine and easy dryness lasting for a good long while. It has a wonderful little play of dark grapes and cherry merging together to create one finely delicate and pleasingly acceptable dryness of light tart/souring. Nearly lambic-like on the trailing end. Quite unique.

Feel is about a medium body, holding a firm carbonation from front to back, but most of the attention is being drawn into the middle, then into the finish, where the cherry stuff and drying stuff kicks into high gear and makes it all worth while.

Intially tart when served, but calmed down soon after as it began to breathe a little and really became a nice little fruit beer to enjoy. Thoroughly drinkable and welcoming. A nice rendition to the Bell's line of beers to drink down in the summer.

Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange colored...nose is nice...not as much cherries as I expected...sweet vanilla and caramel notes along with a subtle sweet cherry aroma..

Taste is more to the tart side with the cherries...the malt backbone is there (and makes this about medium bodied) but does not add much to the taste...some of the aromas I noted do not translate to the taste..

Overall an OK fruit beer...It would be better if it was a touch sweeter and also incorporated some brown sugar notes to it. I don't think I'd be able to work my way through a six-pack of this but as a change of pace it's OK..

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid-range pinkish red with a small head of off-white/pink-red tinged foam that leaves nice lacing and has decent retention as well. Aromas are all sweet cherry juice, and a nice malty ale base as well. Taste is ale based, almost ESB like with a nice sweet cherry syrup/juice taste topping it all off. The cherry really shines in this one and it quite fresh tasting and nice. I like it, but many other do not. To each their own! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but a tiny bit thin, drinkability si quite good, I had 2 or 3 of these at the blue nile as they were on special the night I was there. Another nice brew from bell's, but certainly not one of their best..

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 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 UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, capped.

This ale poured a clear, reddish amber brown color with creamy, tan foam that settled. There was good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty with a light, tart cherry aroma, though this was modest for a beer with "cherry" in the name. The taste was tart cherry with some malt beneath. Not an overly complex flavor. The mouthfeel was dry and tart with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly tart and fruity. This was a decent fruit ale, and was easy to drink.

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 kmpitz2
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Chris.

Lets see how this compares to the tap version. It pours a hazy reddish color with a light coating over top. The nose is not as fruity cherry as I would like. I get a sweet creamyness. If I take a very deep breath, I get the cherry. A little disappointing. The flavor is also not as impressive as I remember. The first and most intense flavor is metallic. Behind that, there is a light tart cherry, but the metallic taste is hard to get past. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I'm not as impressed with this in bottle. The flavor is really a bit off-putting. Overall, fairily lacking.

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 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 Crosling
2.23/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Red tinted magenta. Nice color. Subtle aroma, with a light yeast presence (dough, barnyard), cherries mainly (though non-vibrant) and a light hint of pancake batter and alcohol. Light body with an oily texture. Salty cherry flavor, with clashing tartness and sweetness. Terrifyingly bad.

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 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 clvand0
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a red color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little creamy, but I don't get much cherry in there. The smell is kind of stale and musty. The flavor has some strange tart apple tones along with some syrup and a hint of cherry. Not what I was expecting. Something in there is not tasty - might be metallic. The body is moderate. The drinkability is ok, but I don't care for the flavor.

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 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 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 kbutler1
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle with a batch # of 6898. A very old bottle indeed! Bottle popped open with very little carbonation. Poured an opaque reddish brown hue with zero head. The aroma is fruity but not overly so. Tart fruit and then a very 1 sided fruity wheat flavor. The bottle is very old so I don't really know what to expect out of this. Bitter flat aftertaste. Tasty for being old/flat but not too bad, would have loved to taste this one in its heyday! Medium mouthfeel

Photo of Oxymoron
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What no base style? Pours a darker amber to chestnut brown with stronger red hues throughout. Red is the dominate color when held to the light. A decent head that has a mostly white color with off white tinges to it. The head and lace both disappear over time.

The smell has a pretty even combo between a brown ale malt smell and a tart somewhat cherry, some what bitter apple aroma. Some yeasty notes that is specific to Bells. A light bready, woody aroma on the back end. No real hops notes to call on.

The taste is similar. The first thing noticed is the tart cherry flavor. A little bit of a zip on it with a tangy almost grapefruit quality. The malt is not as balanced as the nose. Some hints of malt but limited overall. Some light hints of toasty and nutty notes. Not really sweet but really heightens the cherry flavor.

The carbonation is rather high. Which I believe also heightens the tartness of the cherry flavor. The body is light but the tanginess and tart flavors really limits on how many you might want to try. Almost like it fermented in the bottle but not really. Ok for a fruit beer but missing some beer qualities.

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.

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Bell's Cherry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.