Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
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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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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