Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.
A - Bright golden yellow, completely clear. Much like a blonde. Small half inch or less of head rises with moderate staying power, settling to a moderate collar. Lots of bubble activity from the bottom.
S - Not bad but a little weak for a tripel. My immediate impression is of banana pudding; lots of upfront bananas, some vanilla, and even a bit of sweet bready/cookie-ness. With closer inspection comes almost rotten bananas with something sharp and citric; somewhere between tart orange and lemon juice. No detectable spice or nutty yeast-like flavors. Passable, but weak and lacking the depth of the best tripels.
T - Full on banana pudding at first, perhaps with more emphasis on "pudding" than "banana." It reminds me a bit of the custard that hold everything together. Mid palate, after about half of the initial sweetness has died down, some weakish, fleeting amalgam of bananas and pears at various stages of ripeness appear. Immediately after follows a dusty, pepper, lemon-ish burst which quickly cuts through the fruity flavors and remaining sweetness. Despite the abrupt absence of sweetness, late palate the brew begins to sweeten slightly again with some phenols, chalk, and grainy flavors. Finish is a little sharp; spicy and earthy with a moderate bitterness and enough alcohol bite to let you know it's there.
M - On the light side of medium. A little stickier as it warms. Carbonation is fairly high. Overall it's just a bit too thin and fizzy.
D - I'm quite the fan of some of the big Belgian tripels, and maybe I'm being a little harsh on Bell's because I was expecting more. An enjoyable beer overall, it just can't hold a candle to it's Belgian brethren. Worth a try but probably not a standout to the tripel aficianado.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2010 08:07:59 | More by PatrickJR
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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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