Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by MJR:
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Into my goblet, pours a cloudy, sediment-ladened, light-honey colored brew with a one-finger, creamy head that slowly recedes.
Smell: I pick up on an earthy, slighty-musty aroma...does Bell's use a Belgian yeast for this one? A touch of fruit presents itself, as does alcohol.
Taste: The flavor profile is quite interesting here. It's very complex, yet at the same time, it seems to hang in the background. There's a spicy fruit character that is quite strong, along with the earthy, organic flavor from the aroma. Good hop presence and bitterness. Hints of coriander. Has a strong malt background too. The finish is very strange, with a warming, alcohol taste and feel that actually feels a bit hot in the back of my throat. What style were they going for with this one? I'm a bit confused...
Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Finishes very dry and, if this makes any sense, hot. I feel it in the back of my throat...I've never experienced that before.
Drinkability: I like it, but between the high alcohol and the style-confusion this brew suffers from, I can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a single night.
Confused, unique, and interesting...I'll see how my other bottle of this responds to a year or two in the cellar...
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2002 19:13:29 | More by MJR
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3.24/5 rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Served in a Dogfish shaped pint glass.
Like fine champagne... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light banana peel, light green apple skin, and a touch of spicy yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit and a less-spicy version of the yeast taking full control. Every now and again, some chlorophyll-laden flowers peek their heads in to make sure things are going okay. What diligent babysitters (he says sarcastically). The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, not all that reflective of a tripel, nor all that sparkling. It's not a bad beer, but one I just don't see drinking all that much of in the future.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 17:32:37 | More by TMoney2591
Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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