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

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Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Sparkling Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

522 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 522
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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06-24-2013 17:05:21 | More by Scotthuller
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barczar

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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
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a meager thin head of white. A few whisps on the surface and errant dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are a blend of honey, apples, bubblegum, cloves, and a hint of tropical hops.

Light bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet, honey-drizzled malt starts the palate with apples and cut grass. Spicy phenols follow through.

Finishes sweet and cloying with lingering honey.

This beer needs to dry up and get a serious dose of carbonation. The label also promises northwest hops of which there is barely a trace.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 00:29:26 | More by brewandbbq
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

06-01-2013 01:01:35 | More by Jas45678
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-22-2013 20:52:03 | More by josephwa
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05-21-2013 03:37:24 | More by Holland
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 277/1499. Batch # 11471.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

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Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.