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

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Ratings: 533 | Reviews: 365
Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Dearborn on my brief Red Sox-Tigers weekend junket earlier this month. Bells Sparkler has a somewhat cloudy, orange/golden color. I see some tiny bits of particulate clustered near the bottom of the goblet. Head is white, rich and creamy, leaving a decent display of lacework. Nose exhibits a big, dry quality, with a distinct peppery/spicy nature. A subtle bit of fruit (like orange/apricot) lingers beneath the spice. The body seemed to be about medium, though with an over-abundance of carbonation, it produced a huge bubbly/foamy feel on the tongue. Taste is heavy on the spiciness and peppery quality, and light on the fruitiness. Malt is initially present, in a crackery manner, and the finish is slightly bitter and lingers somewhat in an unappealing manner. Not bad, yet a tad too heavy on the peppery aspect makes it a bit one-dimensional.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful tall head. Yellow in color. Cloudy if you swirl the yeast out of the bottom. Excellent lace. The nose is good; a little fruit. There is something else there that smells good, but I can't identify it.

Taste is slightly different than other tripels. Less tang and fruit. Malt and hops are prominent. Good mouth feel. Alcohol is amazingly hidden.

I like this beer but there are higher rated tripels.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a thick, nearly white head capping it. This beer looks the part, and laces very well. Aroma was a bit weak, and really suggested a bit more Hop than I expected. The taste was a real dissapointment for me. I felt that the hops overpowered all the other flavors I love in a Belgian. The finish was a bit bitter, and the mouthfeel medium bodied. The ABV is very well hidden, and if it tasted better it would quickly put you on your ass before you had any idea what was coming. Not a bad beer, but not what I like in a Trippel

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really didn't know what to expect as I poured this ale into my glass. It was a mere coincidence that it resembled the liquid that previously rested in the very same glass, Allagash White. Appearance was amazingly similar, cloudy honey colored with a towering white fluffy head yielding great retention. Aroma was quite accurate to a good Belgien Wit. Sweet and an almost yeasty wheat aroma and slightly sour. Body is very smooth and full with a slight crispness but not as sparkling as I expected. Alcohol of 10% is disguised beautifully. This is a fantastic ale and as good as most Belgiens I've had.

Photo of TheDM
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very envigorated head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles and a carbonated yeasty cloudy golden colored body with a lot of yeast floating in it. Its aroma is very mild and almost non-existant. It had very little lacing. THis brew is very belgian like with a flavor of yeast, bread, flowertry and citrousy. Its mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. Iverall, it is a very nice brew. An American-Belgian ale for indeed.

Photo of hotstuff
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When this brew was poured it had a white creamy head that consisted of fine-small bubbles. The body was golden in color and there was a lot of carbonation present. I wasn't sure what name to give the aroma as it was hard to figure out in my opinion. The lacing was very good on the sides of my glass. There was also some yeast observed with this brew. The first taste of this brew seemed to leave a tingling sensation in the back of my throat. This was not a bad drink in my opinion.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 2 November 2002. Cloudy golden belgian-style ale. Incredibly drinkable considering the 10.25ABV. Nice aroma of apricots. Great flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden. This was a very pleasant surprise. I was expecting a nice, simple beer and wound up w/ a top notch belgian

Photo of elmocoso
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I kicked up a little of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle during the pour, so there's a bit o' matter floating around in it, but it only adds to the charm. The head didn't last long, but the lacing lingers well into the beverage.

A nice quaint fruitiness in the nose. Very playful, kind of doughy, kind of rockin', but doesn't let on the amount of octane present waiting to strike. I get a champagne whiff every now and again.

The taste is well balanced. Very easy drinking for the complexity going on here. There's a sourness, kind of tart. Some fruitiness present.

This beer is very drinkable, lest you must drive your drunken ass home. I would need to space them out, though. Give my palate a break and whatnot.

Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden hue with a light murk. Thick, virtually solid, stiff porcelain white head retains well and leaves roughly textured lace. Soft, but bright, juicy acidic fruit akin to ripe kiwi and starfruit are dominant aromawise. Alcohol provides a heaty undertone, and subdued clove phenol adds a sweetly herbal tinge. Clean & well rounded in aroma. Citrus laced sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly supplemented by a mellow clove and lingering bready malt combination. Breadiness morphs into a oddly thick, pseudosweet, jackfruit and starch melange akin to breadfruit mid palate. Ethanol and fusels are well integrated, and provide a subtle heat, lending a heated tropical compote impression late. Moderate bodied, with a firm, yet smoothly dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes mostly clean, with a snap of hop bitterness and peppery alcohol yielding to lingering, mellow sweetness. A flavorful, highly drinkable tripel. Not as complex in yeast derived flavor contributions as others, and certainly more dextrinous. Perhaps fermented too low and a touch under attenuated as well. Nevertheless a dangerously balanced brew. Very tasty. Kudos to Feloniousmonk for delivering the bottle of another fine Bells.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a golden/straw color with a creamy off-white head. Leaves good lacing. The aroma reminds me of a Belgian. It has a soft medicinal aroma, with sweet candi sugar. A tad bit of clove and hay-like aromas are present. It is a very unique aroma. The flavor is medicinal, and sweet with an alcohol flavor. It is a medium-full bodied brew with a dry finish. It has a masked alcoholic kick that will definitely sneak up on you. A tasty brew.

Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, hazy gold hue with two fingers of white head, excellent retention, loads of unorganized lace. Yeast sediment settled on the bottom. Spicy, slightly peppery with undercurrents of yeast, citrusy zest, hops, musk… inviting, average potency though. The first sip was dominated by bitter, citrusy hops. Subsequent sips were better balanced with pepper, spice, citrus, and candy. The alcohol was blunt… somewhat unrefined. Highly carbonated, champagne-like… medium bodied. Even with the impressive abv is beer is very drinkable, pleasurable and recommended. It is a good stab at a Belgium Tripel.

Thanks feloniousmonk!

Photo of jtw5877
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jackndan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Sparkling Ale: What a tremendous head, three inches of solid white foam that lasts and lasts. It will take several minutes before the head dissipates and I can try my first sip. A deep golden yellow. The beer is very hazy, with suspended particulates. The aroma is very nice and appealing: oranges and just a touch of parsley. The initial sip shows off the high carbonation levels of this beer. The taste is very fruity, with oranges and a hint of bananas. There is a hint of sourness toward the end, that is not only not unpleasant, but really helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruits. Boy, for a beer with something north of 10 percent alcohol, it is not that noticeable, except for a little warmth deep in the throat. Very nice.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially, I could have been fooled that I was drinking a Duvel. The appearance, with that lemon-meringue head, that somewhat sour taste, etc. But, as you go on, you notice the difference. There is something in the aftertaste that doesn't sit as well. Whereas, with a Duvel, I crave another, I don't think I'd drink more than one. It doesn't seem to hit at 10.25%, either. I won't go into any more detail, but this is similar to several great Belgian beers, and it doesn't miss by too much. I'm sure if any of the homebrewers on the site tried to make a "Duvel" and came up with this, they'd be thrilled. I'm sampling several Bell's beers (thanks, Monk!) and so far, I'm impressed.

Photo of Mitchster
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of AudioGilz
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a little bit orange and pale yellow with some cloudiness and sediment floating. A gargantuan fluffy head forms and stays throughout. The aroma is very citrusy, mostly lemons and grapefruit. Flavors consist of citrus strongly as well, some spiciness, and some warming alcohol in the finish. It's rather smooth for such a high ABV. I'm pretty happy with this beer. It's most definitely worth a try. Anything with the name Bell's has impressed me thus far.

Photo of proc
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer surprised me. It poured out to a bright color, almost orange in the glass. The aroma was that of light hops. The taste though is where this shines through. Somewhat sweeter than I was expecting from a Bell's beer. Hops are here, but aren't an overwhelming presence and balance quite nicely with the malt. The 10.25% ABV is very well hidden and isn't noticeable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge, thick effervescent white head crowns a hazy orange color. Some yeast still floats around, then settles at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is sharp, fresh, and lively , full of citrus, (lemon, orange)and spices. The name gives no indication of style, but it's clear , before tasting ,even, that they're going for something in a Belgian style, something close to Duvel, maybe.
Taste is divine, with great hop spark alive on the tongue. Yeast comes in big on the palate, and a large amount of sweetness, too. When I first tried this beer last June, I noted :"Did the sugar truck back up into the vat, and dump it's load?" I don't know if it's me, or if it's this batch, but I'm not turned off by the sweet factor, which isn't as strong.
In the middle, more fruitiness comes through, peach, apricot, but sugar is still strong . Light in body and texture, but full of flavor, and bursting with playful hops. "Sparkling" is the appropriate name for this ale, and Bell's has crafted the best Duvel imitation I've ever tasted, from Belgium, the U.S., or anywhere else in the Universe.

Photo of mickstepp
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it looks like a lemon meringue pie. Smells like one too. Huge frothy bright white head. Hazy, yellow effervescent liquid. Very mild flavor. Tart and slightly sour and very lemon-like. Most refreshing and much more suitable for a hot summer day. Enjoyable none-the-less on this cold January evening. I'll remember this brew come August. I'm impressed with this brewery's range, I've always thought of them as Stout makers.

Photo of zerk
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Jon
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale appears to be a true Belgian at first: deep golden color with a well retaining head and excellent lacing qualities. The nose, however, keeps it from being so. Aroma is of yeast, apple and dried peas. Not too attractive. Taste is similar, with that pea note making itself known more than any spices, hops, yeast, whatever. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but not as prickly as I prefer from a Belgian pale strong ale. Drinkability is fairly strong for a beer of its size, but I'm glad I only bought one bottle. This is one of Bell's weaker efforts, but I applaud the effort overall. For a brewery that specializes in stouts and the like, this isn't too bad for what it's worth.

Photo of MJR
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Into my goblet, pours a cloudy, sediment-ladened, light-honey colored brew with a one-finger, creamy head that slowly recedes.

Smell: I pick up on an earthy, slighty-musty aroma...does Bell's use a Belgian yeast for this one? A touch of fruit presents itself, as does alcohol.

Taste: The flavor profile is quite interesting here. It's very complex, yet at the same time, it seems to hang in the background. There's a spicy fruit character that is quite strong, along with the earthy, organic flavor from the aroma. Good hop presence and bitterness. Hints of coriander. Has a strong malt background too. The finish is very strange, with a warming, alcohol taste and feel that actually feels a bit hot in the back of my throat. What style were they going for with this one? I'm a bit confused...

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Finishes very dry and, if this makes any sense, hot. I feel it in the back of my throat...I've never experienced that before.

Drinkability: I like it, but between the high alcohol and the style-confusion this brew suffers from, I can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a single night.

Confused, unique, and interesting...I'll see how my other bottle of this responds to a year or two in the cellar...

Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy glowing golden-orange color, huge off white, foamy head. Fruity citrusy sweet aroma, sweet Champagne-wine like fruity flavor, full body, loaded carbonation like seltzer or champagne, some alcohol in the finish, very drinkable.

Photo of ADR
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hazy bright peach color with lots of chunks and a 1/4 inch head that laces in rings. Some yeastiness and definite bread in the aroma, with a little sour apple. Viscous mouthfeel, prickly sense of coriander and thistle flowers, candied lemon, and a musty sense of canvas. Finishes with impressive hops and a big and bitter alcohol bite. Something about this was unsettling in my mouth and stomach, some sense of a bitter anisey medicine and thick flavor warbling that's not my style. The yeasty smells are distinctly Bell's and seem more appropriate in their Stouts. Oh well, you can't love 'em all...

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Bell's Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.