Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by malthead:
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Batch 6636, meaning it was bottled more than 2 years ago. When I first got it, I enjoyed it but wasn't terribly impressed, so I threw 2 bottles in the cellar (read: closet, basement, under the bed, etc. through 2 years of moving around a lot...)
Possibly the cloudiest, hazy-est beer I've ever had. Lots of chunky yeast floaters. Nice rich amber color with a thin head. Smells like a funky cider. Some pear, tart and sweetness, with a tart, almost sour aftertaste. Biggest downside is the sweet, almost cloying mouthfeel, but the finish is dry enough to make it dangerously drinkable. Probably could only have 1-2 before it became overpowering, but this one is disappearing very quickly. Highly recommend letting this one spend some time alone in the cellar before drinking.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2007 02:24:31 | More by malthead
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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
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden with a frothy one inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.
Belgian yeast, pear, apple, and apricot esters form the initial aroma. There's a bit of a funky barnyard note, along with perfumey, floral hops.
Flavor is somewhat muted, with pear at the base, slightly sweet, becoming dry and peppery at the finish. Honey-like malt balances mid palate, with lemon rind surfacing as it warms.
Body is fairly light, with prickly carbonation that seems lower than expected, possibly due to the flat malt flavor. Alcohol warmth is substantial.
A little flat in flavor, but good esters. Wish they surfaced as much in the flavor as in the aroma. Could use age to tame the alcohol.
Serving type: growler
06-17-2013 04:20:54 | More by barczar
Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.