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

Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Sparkling Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 518
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 04/03/08. Bottle is from batch 8204.

Pours a golden orange color. Minimal head (less than half a finger) which quickly disappeared. Was hoping for a lot more head. Lots of tiny floaties in the glass. Aroma is citrus, orange, banana, and bready yeast.

Taste is everything from the aroma. Banana, bread, citrus, even a little buttery flavor. Tastes like a Belgian Triple. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Good carbonation, light feel, very smooth. The bottle says this is "their take on a glass of the bubbly," so I was expecting something overly carbonated, but it isn't (which I like). Drinkability is also very good. Goes down very easy, especially considering the 9% abv. Can't taste any alcohol at all.

Not bad for a triple. Better head and a fuller body would be nice, but it's still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 01:01:50 | More by bkilpatr
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Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.