Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by silenius:
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours a clear glowing bright gold with a large champagne-like head. Very little bit of carbonation appearing as bubbles in the glass. Some yeasty floaties lurk toward the bottom of the glass.
Smells sweet with some cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spices coming in with a touch of hops spicing. A little apple cider in there as well.
Taste is amazingly big for such a light colored beer. Thick sweet candy and maple syrup. Some stinging clove and hop spice on the end.
Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and syrupy. There was some carbonation bite on the end.
This may get a little cloying during the second bottle, so drinkability suffers.
On a side note, I usually don't like the lighter Bell's offerings, but this is the lightest I have had and I like it. I feel the alcohol flush after just one (empty stomach?) There must be some non-linear relationship between color and flavor in Bell's beers. I must investigate further. . . .
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2004 17:00:12 | More by silenius
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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.
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.