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Bell's Uberon - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Uberon
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 45.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2008

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 102
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On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. I can't believe this is a thing. Takin' that pale wheat ale to Mandingo-like girth and dumpin' it in a barrel, with Larry Bell all like, "I do whatever the fuck I want". Is this a counterpoint to Founder's Doom? Let's barrel age something that has no business touching wood. I'll complain about how silly it is, yet stand there like a six year old in line for Santa Claus at the neighborhood mall to get my 5 oz. pour.

Amber, cloudy body, basically pretty similar to Oberon. Maybe a little darker, actually. It's been a while since I've actually had an Oberon (let alone poured it into a glass) so I might be ad-libbing a bit here. Foamy, beige-headed, quick to reduce to a stretchy film, though the film lasts pretty much all the way down the glass and leaves some nice, webbed areas of lacing.

Let's make this clear. There's no way this is regular Oberon tossed into a barrel. It can't be. The barrel would demolish Oberon like a wrecking ball and you'd be drinking a liquid bourbon stave. Bell's has brewed a "Double Oberon" clocking in at 9.5% ABV, and my guess is *that* is the beer that made it to the barrels.

The aroma is mostly light and smooth boubon notes with some orange and citrus zest. White pepper and maybe a touch of barrel-induced vanilla... No, definitely. Vanilla is definitely there. It's surprisingly light for a 10% ABV, regardless of the vapid nature of the questionable base beer. I'm convinced even more that it's Double Oberon, otherwise the nose would most likely have no mention of orange or citrus, at all.

Boozy oak leads the taste and that's pretty much all you get at first. A few more sips opens things up, but not to a whole new order of magnitude. Timid citrus zest for balance, a faint, soft wheat backbone, and a hint of orange. Bourbon, oak, and tannic vanilla lead the charge, though, but even still - it doesn't get overpowering or hard to drink, and it's still pretty "light" overall. Light bodied, too, a little creamy and pretty smooth with low-medium carbonation.

I don't know what this is about. But you know what, it's not awful. It's mostly bourbon and barrel flavors with just a hint of balancing fruity notes, like citrus and orange peels. But the bourbon isn't staggeringly powerful or staunch, which means it's still pretty easy to put down, despite the noticeable lack of base beer flavors. Better than I expected, but I expected nothing.

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A deep, clear amber with an excellent head and lacing.

Smells and tastes like a light, wheaty barleywine.

O: Like no other beer I've ever had. I really enjoyed this even though I don't much like Oberon.

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I like Oberon just fine for what it is - unprepossessing lawn mower beer, but it has to be in the top 10 for Most Unlikely Beers to Wind Up in a Barrel. No longer. Never thought I'd see the day. An interesting experiment, but Barrel vs Oberon is really Godzilla vs Bambi. Oberon cannot stand up to the barrel and as a result, Uberon tastes more like Whiskey than any beer I've ever had. Fortunately, I like whiskey, so it was a decent drinking experience. But why not just make whiskey? Nevertheless, worth a try.

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Bell's Uberon from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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