Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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5/5 rDev +31.2%
Fermented with both Trappist and Belgian yeast.
OG=1.075, 8.2% ABV.
Geesh almighty! After opening the bottle with a solid "whoosh", this beer pours out brilliantly clear golden with orange accents. After a careful pour, the head touched the rim of the glass, but like a Chia-Pet, it literally forms a peak before your eyes, escaping out of the glass! The head is white with a meringue-like consistency atop small to medium-sized bubbles. There is monster carbonation, but absolutely perfect for the style, and not overwhelming like the Mythical White Grand Cru or Duvel. Obviously, with any Bell's product, there is going to be variation amongst batches, and some have less or more carbonation than previous batches. The bubbles forms eddys and streamers, and there are little bits of something floating in there (looks like orange pulp?). At any rate this is an exceptional looking beer! Truly a "Sparkling" ale. Adding the yeast forms a cloudy peach with sediment suspended heavily in the thick nectar. The aroma is mouthwatering...spicy, crisp hops, funky basement and dust, hints of burnt rubber, tons of sweet green and red apples, and a brisk wheat note hidden in there as well...Amazing aroma. Lacing is remarkable...one solid sheet of white lace with little punched out holes like patterns on a butterflies wings. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with a remarkably delicate yet dense body despite the amount of malt used. Taste starts out with a sharp spicy sourness with tons of spicy and phenolic cloves, fading into a remarkably smooth and soft sweet malt body. The malts are firm but amazingly well-balanced. There is then a hefty bunch of sour green apples followed by sharp burnt rubber, an extremely clean and mild hint of the alcohol that is lurking in this brew, followed by a warming sensation in the gullet. The finish is exceptional...toasted grains and smooth bittering hops nicely complementing the lingering wheat briskness and remote flavor of peaches. There is a somewhat rubbery feeling in the mouth despite the moderately dry finish.
I am floored. Reminding me of a cross between La Fin Du Monde, Celis Grand Cru, and Great Lakes Anniversary Ale, this is one of the most exceptional brews I've ever had, comparable to the world's best Grand Cru's. If you love Unibroue's 10 or 11, this is a must-try! This beer is pure punch-drunk love. I'm giggling, and a shit-eating smile erupts across my face. I'm in love.
03-07-2003 19:50:19 | More by Mitchster
4.85/5 rDev +27.3%
Thanks to JCB for this extra.
Pours a slightly hazy orange yellow with small yet fluffy head. The nose is very yeasty and wheaty. smells like a witbier. Wow! wonderful triple flavors! awesome yeast and wheat flavor with a touch of banana on the finish. Nice and creamy and very very belgian in character. The mouthfeel is flawless. I beleive this is a wonderful tripel! Incredibly drinkable and by a ways the most belgian tasting american made "tripel" I have tried as of yet. Mad props to JCB for this inclusion. Very very good. I am jealous of those with easy access to this!
01-04-2008 08:55:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.85/5 rDev +27.3%
Pours a white frothy head. Cloudy, pale appearance. Fresh hop aroma. Maybe candi sugar aroma? The aroma reminds me a bit of some of the better Belgian beers that I've had (like De Dolle Stille Nacht). Very slight alcohol taste. Not as much as you'd expect from a 10+ % beer. There is a sour taste present similar to Belgian Beers also. There's a hoppy taste, but this beer is not bitter like an IPA. Pretty easy drinking for 10+ % alcohol. Kalamazoo website describes this beer as a tripple pale ale.
02-23-2002 23:52:26 | More by Bighuge
4.8/5 rDev +26%
This beer pours a clear golden hue with a white head. An excellent ale, Malty, Yeasty, Spicy, and warming. This is a really good representation of a triple, yet from Michigan. A very enjoyable beer. It's cool to see brewers take on complex styles like this.
04-04-2003 18:21:17 | More by jtw5877
4.7/5 rDev +23.4%
Pours with a plain white head that settles over a cloudy orangey/amber liquid. Some very slight sulfury notes in the nose that are whisked away by a nice fruity-yeasty aroma. The taste...oh the taste, it's a stunning mix of Belgian candi sugar, tropical fruits, sweet chewy malts, bitter hops and alcohol. You can actually taste each individual flavor component here, ultra-complex and delicious! It finishes as awesome as it began: kick-ass bitter, fruity and potent. Another Bell's winner here! Oh how I wish I lived where these beers are availiable locally :o)
12-21-2003 20:39:02 | More by beerluvr
4.59/5 rDev +20.5%
Type: 750 bottle
From: Bell's General Store
Appearance: deep yellow not quite clear. some sediment floating. slightly off-white head, about a finger that slowly fades to almost nothing.
Smell: Honey, citrus, florals, slightly fruit. Smells wonderful
Taste: pretty similar to the nose, honey, citrus, florals with a touch of fruit. followed up by a bitter slight hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: fairly light and smooth. has a crispness to it and slightly warming sensation. leaves mouth dry and wanting another drink
Overall: I have been searching for this beer for quite some time and was expecting a lot from it. It did not disappoint. I am glad that I found it at Bell's. Very good in every aspect and pretty close to a perfect american tripel.
01-21-2013 20:18:36 | More by SportsandJorts
4.58/5 rDev +20.2%
The nose here is very sweet and very full of spice. One of the spiciest beers I can remember.
Immediately, loads of sweet esters hit the tongue (banana, peach) followed by a very healthy dose of cloves. This fades into a thick, sweet finish that has a smattering of hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue but it's very minimal, along with a little peppery spice. Some smacking sweetness sticks around in the aftertaste with some spice. Alcohol not noticeable, which is impressive given the high ABV.
I'm very impressed with this beer. Very drinkable despite the ABV and very tasty.
08-27-2010 02:12:42 | More by NODAK
4.55/5 rDev +19.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to surface skim, left little lacing. Body was a hazy orange yellow.
Smell - Fruity esters and phenols. Bananas, overripe pears, and apples.
Taste - same as the smell. Bananas, overripe pears, and apples. Some mild alcohol warmth ( but not harsh ) on the finish. Surprisingly straightforward, and very good.
Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, low carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.
Drinkability - this is very good, and it goes down well, high abv limits sessionability.
07-23-2006 19:49:26 | More by ultralarry2006
4.53/5 rDev +18.9%
Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a thin but persistent white head that leaves a nice lace. A nice musty aroma of orange peel, coriander, and malt.. somewhat sweet and doughy. The aroma is somewhat reminiscent of Duvel. Flavor is musty as well... with yeast, toasted malt, coriander, and slightly sweet citrus notes. Very good full body, and a smooth mouthfeel. This is a very good Belgian pale... and is quite unique. Highly drinkable, and deceptively strong. I couldn't believe that it's actually 10.25% ABV! A definate must try if you like Belgian beers!
12-30-2002 16:08:14 | More by zerk
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
This beer poured a nice golden colour with an ample, creamy, white head. The aromas were of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, various spices, and fruits. The taste? Very fruity, spicy, and delicous. This reminded me of a De Dolle Stille Nacht-light, or a lighter version of unibroue 10 or 11. The mouthfeel was a bit light and the drinkability is very good for such a high alcohol beer!
Cheers to KennyD for the sample!
06-02-2003 12:51:30 | More by francisweizen
4.47/5 rDev +17.3%
12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Picked this one up in Philly a bit back and finally dusted it from back of fridge.
A: Sparkling yellow gold, with lots of bubbling.
Hazy with a little bit of sediment. Clear and transparentand the thinnest of heads as you can get.
S: Belgian yeast, spicy and fruity. Right on track to what an american tripel could and should deliver. Thin veil of a bright white head. In the end, all bananas and yeast in the back of the nose.
T: Sweet sugars, dominated by honey. American in flavor and one hell of a take on the style. Sweetness of the bananas and sugar entangled with the spices is awesome. Some heat comes through but this was delicious. Sweet honey, virtually absent of citrus, and biting chewiness.
M: Super carbonated, oily for a tripel. Sparkling indeed and the alcohol creates layer after layer.
D: Packs a punch that is what you'd expect from a US tripel. The sweetness is not overbearing and goes down mad easy for the high abv. In all, it has flavor but just seems to have some piece missing.
Bell's is the most hit or miss brewery I can think of. This one, pun intended, is a hit- perhaps a triple.
Well rounded and worth seeking out. I want more.
08-31-2008 22:24:22 | More by marcpal
Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.