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

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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Wildman
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this beer is Bell's attempt at a Belgian in the sea of it's November Stouts. This beer poured a cloudy golden color with sediment/particles present. It formed a nice white bubbly head that subsided leaving circular lace. An faint aroma of malt and spice. A flavor of malt, hops and grain with some spice element. The finish reminded me a touch of an IPA.

Photo of pbrian
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden orange, mildly hazy, small lacy head. Sweet & sour spicy aroma, fruity and yeasty. Taste starts sweet but then the confusion begins. A sourness rolls past the tastebuds. Is it an attempt at a lambic? Nah. Coriander next. A strong Wit? Stupid idea. Dries a littte but stays sweet, finishes astringently bitter. I like this beer but have no idea what I'm drinking.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange body topped by a full frothy white head that eventually receeds to an 1/8" creamy surface covering. The thin head holds exceptionally well (buoyed by carbonation) and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is fruity, yeasty, and sweet with cookie dough. The body is light/medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts lightly tangy and fruity (citrus), then becomes quite creamy in the mouth as it warms & CO2 breaks out of solution enhancing the sweet bready malt. Alcohol, peppery notes and a firm bitterness burst forth... then gently receed with a lingering sweet & fruity (cherries, berries, orange) maltiness in an exceptionally long finish. Quite impressive. Clearly a little bit on the wild side, but also unique. Clearly not a pale ale - definitely a tripel.

Photo of inebrius
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet, almost an artificial sweet, odd sweet. Nose is sweet potato casserole with melted marshmallows. Big malt body, did they add candi sugar after fermentation? Alcohol is more apparent in my head than anywhere else. For this beer to be enjoyable I would require a heap more hops to offset the dripping saccharine character or maybe it could be cut with some tonic water. This beer made my teeth hurt.

Cheers to Deuce for the sample!

Photo of ZAP
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks great and smells very nice...but tastewise this it has a strong sour/ grain alcohol presence. I guess at 10% you might get that but I would never buy this one again. Really a sour finish...I'm not a big Belgian fan to start with and this one really doesn't sit right for my personal preferences.

Photo of cokes
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I honestly do not see what the hype is about here. Is it a unique, high potency brew. But not one I would drink on a regular basis.
It pours a great frothy head with some nice aromas of yeastiness and bread.
The belgian profile is minimal. However, it is somewhat similar to the style in the bready malt character. There is a bittering hop presences not typical of other brew of this sort. So far, so good.
What was really unsettling was the alcohol taste. Very vodka-like. And I, for one, detest vodka. So it was this flavor that really made this beer less-than-enjoyable.
I don't recommend it unless you like the hard stuff (vodka). Even beyond this taste, there is little to speak highly of. There are plenty of other beers out there that I find much more palatable. Especially for the price ($10 for a sixpack)
Bell's does much better than this.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No longer my favorite beer this is still one of the best of style in my book, a very good tripel.Its a bit candy sweet and fruity but it goes down oh so smooth with just enough drying herbal hop profile in the finish.Its big time drinkable and a great beer.

Photo of Bighuge
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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