Bell's Sparkling Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
poured cloudy golden with a medium size head with a lot of floaties. aroma, citrus, malty.alcohol,yeasts , flavor sour grapefruit, yeast, as the description says tart alcolol burn, fruity. not to bad. bells does it again. I am glad that bells is so easy to get.
10-30-2004 02:07:38 | More by walleye
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
Golden sunny day body. Head is limited to a thin film from the beginning. Very floral aroma, grassy with notes of honey, lemon, grapefruit. Youd almost think this is a well hopped pilsner and youd be right werent it for the very yeasty counterpart. Saazy taste, floral and orangey. Creamy lemonbite, slight mineral tones. Foamy mouthfeel with fitting effervescence. The comfortable texture and nice fruit/yeast development make it pretty good and theres certainly a good amount of balancing hops together with a slight tart presence, but dont expect anything spectacular. Thanks Jeff.
09-27-2004 15:20:21 | More by Rastacouere
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Thick bubbly head. Light golden color with a steady stream of bubbles.
Fruity and spicy smell with a hint of flower smell.
Fruity and spicy up front with a flowery finish. I like both tastes but they don't seem to mix well on my palate.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and very champagne-like.
I really liked everything about this beer except the most important part: The taste. I'm looking forward to trying this beer again to see I can learn to enjoy the taste better.
I drank the yeasty sediment separately and liked the taste much better. It was spicier and less flowery. I'll try rolling the next one before opening but I'm sure it will adversely effect the mouthfeel and appearance.
09-01-2004 04:55:10 | More by ken3c
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above slightly cloudy (if I could decant with any talent, there wouldn't be any little floaties, but alas) warmly golden brew. Head laces well. Aroma is yeasty and grainy, smells similar to a weizen to me. The taste initally leads me to again notice the similarities to a weizen, until the alcohol makes its presence known. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent for the style.
This seems like an odd duck tripel to me, not based on the Belgain-style malts that I usually associate with the style. But variety is the spice of life, I guess, and this one was an enjoyable brew. Experimentation is always welcome. Not always appreciated, but always welcome...
08-23-2004 01:15:26 | More by ppoitras
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
Rather plain, yet, curious label. Poured slowly into me golden trimmed pilsner to reveal a champagne like golden bright clear effervescent non-stop carbonation packed bubble appearance. A rush under a tightly packed 2 white froth. The bubbles are non-stop! An amazing pour, as usual for BELLS. What makes this a perfect pour is the way that the carbonation eruption continually recycles the suspended particles for a spectacle show. If there were a 5.5 out of 5, this would grab that brass ring. Might add, excellent head retention.
Extricated scents thru the thick rock solid tight head are reminiscent of a Belgian yeast spice met with delectable Bryers Vanilla ice cream malts.
First swigs: Malty cookie dough. Spiced in the vein of cinnamon & egg nog, blending to an aftertaste of vanilla extract. Quite complex flavor with the awl-kee-hawl well hidden, until warmed. Then, the awl-kee-hawl slips out. Ephemeral hardly noticeable nutmeg aftertaste.
Light to medium bodied brew.
Last swigs: An American Triple? Part of a mixed case, purchased for $58 from the Beeryard with a great selection! Quite unlike other BELLS. A unique spicey, contemplative offering. After reviewing their site after my review, it's a December offering only, as per website. 8.2% ABV, an American Tripel, trappist & Belgian yeast. Highly recommended.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
08-14-2004 14:25:07 | More by blitheringidiot
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Deep amber-gold with a veritable blizzard of yeast suspended within. This may be the yeastiest beer that I've seen yet. My usual pour resulted in a mess on the beer coaster as I was unable to keep the head from overflowing the glass. The rich cream-colored cap is massive and is super stiff. It deflates exceedingly slowly and manages to leave quite a bit of chunky lace behind.
The nose is impressively aromatic. It's Belgian yeast funky and is nicely fruity. On the palate, the beer is sweet, spicy and citrus fruity all at once. There's plenty of candi sugar and loads of yeastiness as well. All of Sparking Ale's various flavor elements work well together. It's a bold beer, yet a well integrated one.
For a tripel, it's amazing how well-masked the alcohol is. The body/mouthfeel is full and lightly syrupy, but is an unqualified success because it's lightened considerably by the generous, yet far from manic, amount of carbonation. This beer is just about as gulpable as it's possible for an 8.2%'er to be.
Tripels aren't my favorite style, but I must admit that they're growing on me. I would put this one at the top of my list along with Great Lakes Anniversary Ale. I'd have to have them side by side to pick an absolute favorite, but both are excellent domestic versions. Bell's Sparkling Ale is a fine beer and I recommend it heartily to those who have even a passing interest in the style.
08-02-2004 22:24:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance This is a beautiful Abbey Tripel. The body is that hazy, creamy orange and is full of sediment. The head came up fairly nicely as well.
Smell This is my kind of Tripel. The yeast is light and bready, and the spices are big and deep. Coriander is my favorite spice for this style, and this one has it in spades. I can also pick up just the right hint of alcohol.
Taste The alcohol came out a bit on the mediciney side but mixed well with the fine spices. The combination is huge though and overpowers the yeast and fruit notes.
Mouthfeel The alcohol presence was a little more pronounced than I care for, but the carbonation was fluffy and right on for the style. This was a solid medium-bodied and fun to hold in between the cheeks.
Drinkability Ah, a big Abbey Tripel. My preferences for this style seem to run a bit on the exotic side, but I enjoyed this one very much.
Comments Thanks to feloniousmonk for sending this beauty shop out my way.
07-22-2004 00:45:26 | More by RoyalT
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
After browsing this beer several times I always passed it by based on the label. Sparkling ale? Only after reading the fine print did I see that it was a Belgian. Pours a lightly cloudy dark golden color with a medium thin off-white head. Thin lacing. The aroma is a nice concoction of spice, malt and a little sweet fruit. Medium-bodied with a strong wheat character and flavors of malt, citrus and spice. Some alcohol is evident at times too. The finish is rather short and leaves a lingering yeast taste. This is a pretty good beer but doesnt compete with the better Belgians out there, especially considering the price.
06-30-2004 15:24:23 | More by Dogbrick
3.08/5 rDev -19.2%
Beautiful medium gold with a very thick bone white head. Very vigorous carbonation. Herbal notes dominate, with some good malt and (wheat?) tones. Lots of tropical esters; bananas and stone fruits. Mild hop herbiness subtle in the finish. Light mouthfeel, but fairly flavorful and slightly sweet. IMO, a good interpretation of a tripel style ale. Not a fave of mine, but worth a try.
06-27-2004 20:07:47 | More by winomark
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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. . . .
06-26-2004 17:00:12 | More by silenius
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Sampled from 12oz bottle.
Appearance: cloudy, golden honey color. Lots of suspended particles, HUGE head.
Smell: malty, belgian yeast, cottony vanilla sents
Taste: Biscuity, dry malt; hints of oak, bitter orange peel
Mouthfeel: dry, slightly carbonated, slightly puckering
Drinkability: Good, unique, hides the alcohol well
06-24-2004 00:52:13 | More by Loki
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a nice tight head that remained for the most part down the glass.Nice aroma-somewhat floral,fruity.Malty flavor-tart with a slight residual sweetness.Has the typical Belgian "wang" to it.Full mouthfeel-leaves you with a mild puckering.Decent beer-quite enjoyable.
06-17-2004 00:40:49 | More by lackenhauser
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
12 oz amber bottle, capped, no date.
This abbey style ale poured a hazy, golden color with creamy, fluffy, slightly off-white foam that persisted, clung to the glass, and coated the glass. The smell was a nice, strong fruity, vinous, faintly sweet aroma with some Belgian malt notes. The taste was tangy and vinous and lightly malty with moderate hoppiness and an astringent, dry finish. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp and sparkling. The body was medium with strong carbonation. Overall it was clean, and it was slightly warming. This was a nice, crisp "tripel".
Thanks to at least 3 BAs who sent me this one (feloniousmonk, MJR, WVbeergeek); it was worth the wait as perhaps it improves with age.
06-09-2004 04:38:59 | More by UncleJimbo
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Ok, what a relief. I was trying to figure out just what the hell was going on with this one. I was expecting a lighter refreshing summer type ale, and what I got wasn't fitting into my expectations. My bottle was very fresh as the yeast poured in as a cloud instead of chunks. Very cloudy medium gold with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Pineapple and banana and a good bit of spice in the arome. Lightly sweet malt flavor is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, but still tasty. The name is appropriate given the plentiful and constant streams of tiny bubbles.
06-07-2004 20:22:48 | More by aracauna
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Served from a 12oz bottle. Poured into my glass a light golden color, somewhat hazy, and whitecapped with a fine thick white head that sticks around for quite some time. Aromas of yeast and bread rising, with a hint of spice and alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is absolutely delicious, complex, and very drinkable for a tripel, even an "American" tripel as Bell's calls it. Starts out sweet and bready-malty at first then roils into a complex blend of hop bitterness, tangly spice, and hints of orchard peach and lemon. Finish is nicely dry and just a bit sour, with a nice hint of warmth. Very drinkable stuff, wish I had more than this one bottle....
06-05-2004 00:18:01 | More by mikeys01
4.4/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours a cloudy golden color with noticeable flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is quite sweet with aromas of candied sugar, fruity yeasts, and a bit of Belgian spice. Light to medium in body with a very fine carbonation that is a bit zesty and spritzy in nature. As with the aroma, the taste starts off sweet with flavors of cane sugar and apricots followed by some citrus fruit and sweet malt. Next comes a good deal of spiciness with notes of coriander, clove, white pepper, and some vanilla extract towards the end. To me, this was sort of like Duvel with a good dose of extra sugar addedpretty darn tasty. Thanks to faernt for the sample!
05-21-2004 02:37:57 | More by Morris729
4.47/5 rDev +17.3%
This is a misleading and confusing name for this beer. It has nothing to do with the original "sparkling ale" style originated in Australia. Shame on Kalamazoo Brewing Co.!
Foggy orange in color with a brief, white dome of creamy suds. The aromas are an enticing blend of toast, butter and orange marmalade. On the palate it is pleasantly bitter - from beginning to end - and drenched with flavors of peach skins, root vegetables, orange peel, and noble tannins. Cutting edge, bitterly hopped Belgian-style Triple and one of the best Bell's beers of any style.
05-02-2004 20:01:05 | More by putnam
3.85/5 rDev +1%
12 oz bottle.
Pours a champaign color with a nice ivory head. This is one carbonated brew, the head lingers because of it. It looks kind of like ginger ale.
Smell is of ripe fruits and light malts.
Taste is very complex as I would expect a tripel to be. The flavor is dominated by sweet malts, hints of banana, plum and peaches. I think I detected a bit of a bubblegum flavor, which is a little odd for the style in my opinion. Hops are present, and nicely balance out the brew.
This one has a great mouthfeel, the carbonation is nice and leads to a nice, dry, finish.
While this one was interesting, I don't think I could drink too many of them. This was a little bit sweeter than I like a tripel as well. Still a solid offering from a solid brewerey.
04-25-2004 01:34:47 | More by LuckySevens82
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
I saw some bottles of this and after I came home and found out it was a tripel, I figured I had to see how theirs is. Why not call it a tripel? I was very confused, thinking it was some beer-champagne hybrid. Sparkling? Kinda. I'm pretty sure mine is 'aged' in the sense its been on a shelf awhile, but its in the dark, it's taken care of and that's quite alright with me.
The beer pours a nice cloud of gold tinted with orange. A crispy little head kind of pops out into a inch or so, but goes away. I don't know what is 'sparkling' about this. It has suspended particles of spice and probably sediment, but it's the strangest thing I've ever seen. They are suspended in place, as if the beer was jello. Hold it up, shake it, they just stick there. Cool, but weird.
It smells really nice. Very esteric, very phenolic. Lemony yeast and reminiscence of hefeweizens woft from it, then the powerful alcohol catches up and gives a little punch in the nose.
The taste is nice. Now I see the sparkle. It has an evervescence somewhat unbecoming of a tripel. It's very similar IMO to golden monkey, except with more spice and tingle. Banana, of course, and pear, lots of bready yeast.
The mouth on this guy is perfect. Slick and alcoholic, but with enough carbonation to make it go down easy. Leaves small coating when swallowed, but really very nice.
Drinkability? Good for a tripel. I'd have another. I just may as the bottom of this one is pretty clumped up with junk and I think my other one won't last. Very good overall. I definitely reccomend it.
03-31-2004 06:44:56 | More by 99bottles
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
I came to this beer after an Expedition Stout and its the difference between night and day (well almost - their nearly as strong!) This poured a pale, hazy dull gold color and was topped off with a white cream like head of foam. Nice light and spicy aroma of grainy fruits. Good blend of dry spiciness and sweet malts. Yeasty, with an assertive sour tang in the finish. I love the spiciness in this beer it blends together perfectly with the dryness that the alcohol creates. Lemony and peppery. This is a refreshing Trippel. Strong and sweet, sour, citric and dry all at once. Ive had better examples, but this is very nice overall.
03-21-2004 00:14:57 | More by pezoids
4/5 rDev +5%
orange tinted hazy gold in color. big frothy white head. aggresive carbonation machine-guns CO2 to the top. spicy clove and clean biscuty aroma. medium bodied, lively and crisp on the tounge. loads of pale malt flavors with an earthy biscuity undertow. big hit of belgian spiciness (corriander? orange peel?) in the middle followed by an assertive saaz type hop bite. then things get strange. there is a subtle but lingering bitterness that is not really pleasant as you finish your sip. seems weird. i've never tasted this before. sort of brings the beer down a notch. still enjoyable once you get past it. could pass for duvel if things didn't get funky at the end. regardless, a solid american tripel.
03-20-2004 21:59:40 | More by pheurton
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
A smell of fresh squeezed apples is noticed at first pour. Clovey spices, oranges and floral hops spring into action. A hint of alcohol lingers in the background.
Sweet caramel flavors, biscuity malt and the taste of fresh baked bread lay the foundation for the taste of fresh whole hop flowers and citrusy bitterness. A proper dash of cloves, peppery spices and coriander flavors compliment the overall glass. I was expecting more of a Champaign-like effervescence, and was relieved that it was more like what I had hoped for. Nice Beer!
03-17-2004 03:12:07 | More by BeerResearcher
4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a nice white head with good retention. The smell is a honey sweetness. The taste is honey sweet, with a very fruity, floral character to it, and no really noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have several of these.
This is honestly amongst the best tripels I've ever had. A nice floral sweetness with only a slight yeasty character makes this a great beer, and one I'll hope to have again in the future.
03-08-2004 01:07:21 | More by beergeek279
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
In a chalice this beer is a shimmering light orange, with just about no head on top. Shows a small amount of carbonation, especially for the style, but does show thin and wide lacing on the glass.
Smells of a light honey, dried flowers, rose hips, and dry and bitter spikes of floral hops. A zesty yet moderate body of scents.
For taste, its body is of chewy flavors similar to oats and wheat paired with some hop punch, the most hops I've evered experienced in a triple. These settle into a minty zing with a floral sense, balanced by a very light sweet tinge, like a blonde and floral honey. Also has some subtle bits of apple and pear, finishing with a mouth-warming angelic hum of alcohol, and a yeasty bread wash pasting the tongue.
Complex but a bit too much hoppy bitterness for the style, in my opinion, and this Styrian-sort of wallop further underscores the bready and yeasty tones a bit too much in the lingering finish.
02-27-2004 23:46:58 | More by nomad
4.38/5 rDev +15%
Presentation: A 12 ounce bottle with the generic Bells style label. A large letter S is surrounded by Hops and Barley Malt. The obverse label holds no clues to what is inside, but the reverse label describes this as an American Triple and correlates it with a glass of the bubbly. No strength or best before date listed.
Appearance: Gorgeous golden body with tangerine flashes when lit from behind. Streamers rise to contribute to the underside of the pugnacious fluffy and uneven white head that readily forms, and appears to want to leap out of the glass onto the end of your nose. Constant delicate swirling retains a decent looking head, but it collapses without attention. Solid levels of conditioning in this one. Has a viscous look when slowly swirled.
Nose: Bread like toasted malts and spicy hops with some light citric fruits in the back end. As this warms the spicy fruits and peppery hops really break though in the latter third. Strong and invasive, this one is not shy when it comes to tickling the nasal passage.
Taste: Toasted malts and bready wheat influences quickly build to a spicy bitter hop-soaked middle. Bitter lemons and a black peppers and a longer lingering spicy hoppy finish rasps the tongue and leaves a bitter tingle for some time.
Mouthfeel: Solid feel, with a long lingering warming finish on the gullet. Powerful feel that like Snickers, satisfies.
Drinkability: Not exactly one for wolfing down, but one that will accompany you easily for a long time, and even through a meal. I partnered this with some Sharp English Cheddar and it was robust enough to handle it.
Overall: A very nice drink and a damn fine offering. Westmalle-ian at times.
Wow, Thanks to BigHuge for this Tripel-tastic Beer Recommended.
02-02-2004 05:03:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.