1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Sparkling AleBell's Sparkling Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 528
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 32
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 528 | Reviews: 364 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

duceswild, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mendvicdog, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

DRBiser, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

oriolesfan4, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

oline73, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Scotthuller
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Scotthuller, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
3/5  rDev -21.3%

cfrances33, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
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.

brewandbbq, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev +5%

Jas45678, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of zach60614
3/5  rDev -21.3%

zach60614, May 25, 2013
Photo of josephwa
3/5  rDev -21.3%

josephwa, May 22, 2013
Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Holland, May 21, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +5%

MSandahl23, May 15, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ADTaber, May 14, 2013
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

vrbulldog22, May 13, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

HarmonMW, May 12, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 08, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +5%

Arsenal0328, May 07, 2013
Photo of Jd2391
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jd2391, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

StoutHunter, Apr 13, 2013
Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.