Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.9/5 rDev +30.7%
Wow! Best Bell's beer I've ever had, hands down. Color is medium amber. Two finger off-white head and sustained lacing. Big malt flavor & sweetness hides the 8.5% ABV very well. Nice velvety mouthfeel. It says ale on the bottle but in a blind taste test I'd say lager because it is so crisp, clear and clean. It tastes like a high gravity Oktoberfest or Märzen. Unlike any ale I've ever had. I bought a single from the Bell's General Store but will head back for a six very soon!
08-23-2010 02:11:22 | More by Nelsonbaggins
4.68/5 rDev +24.8%
Got it day of release at Bell's General store, 08/20/2010
Appearance: Dark Copper, head starts strong but diminishes with light lacing and a thin, spotty head that hangs on
Smell- traces of deep burnt sugar tones with a strong alcohol presence. Very sharp - typical of a SERIOUS dry hop. It masks a lot of the amber qualities a beer like this should have, but i'm not let down.
Taste- Very sharp at first. Tinny and thin but mellows out to a full amber-body and a smoothness that isn't an attribute of any typical 8.5 abv + beer i've had.
Mouthfeel- not too heavy which is misleading of a beer with as heavy of a malt profile that this seems to have. Plenty of alcohol.
Drinkability- Relatively high. I'd place this in the ranks of their sparkling ale.
Overall- fantastic. A great offering from Bell's, and a great way to celebrate 25 years. Not very sessionable, but a great way to start a night.
08-21-2010 01:34:55 | More by j3stradi
4.65/5 rDev +24%
Appearance: Nice and Hazy orange
Smell: Light citric, sticky maltyness on the nose
Head: bit small not even a finger length and a little tan for color
Taste: Wow big floral hops with some mango or a exotic fruit with a touch of heat on the back
Weight: I would say about medium on the body and a bit lower carbonation than I was expecting
Finish: Mouth full of hops, lips get nice and sticky, a bit of a heat is still present, dryness hits the palate
03-11-2011 07:13:45 | More by Snow81
4.65/5 rDev +24%
I believe that Bell's is trying to get all of my money this month, between this, Oarsman and the Oracle? I guess I'mlucky that they still sell 12oz. bottles for $3-3.50 as opposed to other Michigan breweries that sell 12oz. for $6.99 (Founders). Anyways, between these two breweries, there goes my check!
Pours a surprisingly clear red/amber with two fingers of tan head. Smells are sweet malts, citrus, hops and brown sugar, not at all what I expected from this beer. Taste is caramel, pineapple, some brown sugar, good hop finish, a vey good beer! Mouthfeel is sticky with medium carb, feels good. Drinkabilty is very good.
I wa expecting a huge beer from Bell's for their anniversary, but instead I got a very well-balanced ale, unique but extremely drinkable. Should be drank now and NOT cellared, IMHO.
09-15-2010 03:53:37 | More by Lukafer
4.65/5 rDev +24%
A= The beer pours a nice deep red color with a good looking finger high head that is a nice creamy vanilla ice cream color. There is great lacing on the side of the glass.
S= Bright fruity hops in it. A little swirl lets some of the alcohol free in the nose as well as some nice caramel malts. Smells really fruity. The smell goes beyond just hop smells like grapefruit and pine. It sort of smells like a sweet navel orange.
T= The taste is similar to the smell. There is a hop bitterness but it's balanced by the sweet malt character leaving me with a navel orange flavor in the taste. Really plesant. Unusual taste to this one because of the balance of the flavors. Delicious.
M= A little too heavy on the carbonation but only a little.
D= Great beer. I'm really happy I got to try this. One of the most unique tasting beers I've ever had. Another masterpiece from Bell's.
09-23-2010 03:57:37 | More by jjanega08
4.5/5 rDev +20%
Served this 12 oz. brown bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Batch: 9871. The body was a clear copper with an orange/tan head. There were fine, solid sheets of lace remaining. Nice appearance.
The smell was sweet and spicy. Apricots and cloves.
The taste was fruity, tart, and bready. Caramel. Reminded me of zucchini bread. Yummy.
The mouthfeel was smooth at the beginning and a prickly alcohol finish. Medium to full body. Better that I expected.
01-21-2011 22:00:43 | More by Cresant
4.5/5 rDev +20%
The beer pours a deep amber color, with a slightly off white head that is thick and frothy. The aroma of the beer smells like caramel malts, with citrus, piney hops. A hint of earthy hop smell. The taste of the beer reminds me of toffee. The malt character has a bready caramel taste to it. The malt shines through more than the hops, but the hops are there for a good balance. The mouthfeel is medium, and I would consider this a drinkable beer.
11-16-2010 22:32:54 | More by arboristfish
4.45/5 rDev +18.7%
355 ml bottle from MI.
Pours a deep clear amber. Thick off white head, good carbonation present. Looks like an IPA...smells like one too! Auromas of a bready malt backed by some citrus hops smells very sweet. Taste is smooth, quite drinkable. Flavor matchs the nose with a nice long finish ending with a delicious maltiness.
Medium mouthfeel which is smooth on the palatte. These were limited to one per person at the store I visited, but if I saw it available I'd be picking up plenty of this beer. A delicious brew to represent a milestone for a great brewery!
11-25-2010 18:17:02 | More by heebes
4.45/5 rDev +18.7%
Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle as pictured.
A: Slighty hazy, deep amber color with a 1/2 finger, off-white head. Moderate lacing.
S: Citrus hops mixed with a caramel malty sweetness.
T&M: Thick, sweet caramel and toffee hits first. Slowly turns into a citrusy hop tanginess. Definitely more malty than hoppy, but well-balanced. Very smooth with a medium to heavy body.
Very drinkable for a Strong Ale. Original flavor, nothing spectacular, but very solid.
10-03-2010 20:34:22 | More by cdizinno
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No readable freshness date to be found on the bottle.
A- Pours a dark amber with a very thin white head that disappears halfway through the drink.
S- Initial hoppy aroma gives way to malts that balance nicely. Alcohol is present but not too heavy. If it's any indication as to what the flavor will be like, I'm gonna enjoy this
T- Yep. Just as I thought. Wonderful balance of hops and malts. The hops are pungent yet subdued enough to not be overpowering. The heavy malt backbone this beer is sporting is also very enjoyable. The aforementioned alcohol aroma is even more hidden in the flavor. I can tell it's 8.5% but, judging by the taste, wouldn't think it's even .1 over that. I get bready, toasted notes from the malt. Hop profile is somewhat citrusy but moreso herbal like British hops. Seems clear that more than one variety was used.
M- Thin viscosity. Slightly heavy carbonation. Gives me kind of a burn when I swish but it's not a bad one.
O- The word for this beer is certainly "balance." To me, the malts are more dominant than the hops but the hops have their own significant role. Quaffable indeed. Way to go Bell's. Do you guys even make beer that's any less than awesome? (Obviously a rhetorical question)
10-07-2011 03:52:29 | More by Immortale25
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
A - I get an inch of head and a nice dark amber color. Pretty.
S - You get slight hops, yeast, along with some dark raisin and plum. This should be interesting.
T - Starts off fruity with a hint of plum and hops (which balanced pretty well) and then rounds out to a little yeast and sweet semi bitter finish. Nice!
M - Very medium bodied. If I didn't know any better I would suggest 6 or 7 tops.
D - Well it really was good and a shame a four pack is around 14-15 dollars. I really think PA affects my drink-ability for the prices but I would drink this again with some age but overall great beer!
10-29-2010 05:39:36 | More by DrDemento456
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Reviewed once when it first came out, but failed to record it here, so here is another go.
Batch 9871 - August 12th bottling date. States shelf life of 6 months, but it appears to just be coming into it's own right now.
Sort of a crisp and crackly malt aroma with graham cracker noted clearly. Complex malt with sweet caramel like, a little candy, but also some breadiness. Hops are quite subdued.
Small but dense yellowish head. Pretty red hue to the amber and quite clear. Lacing evident.
More hop presence with the taste with really nice balancing with both flavor and just enough bitterness to add some length to the finish along with a nice flavored bitterness. Really nice intermingling of hop and malt flavors, both with some level of complexity and interest. Slight fruit, but also a little cracker and caramel with a touch of nuttiness. A bit of alcohol.
Only a moderate body but with an exceptional creaminess to the carbonation it drinks big and smooth.
Wow, this is already better than the beer I had only two months ago. The flavors are already blending better and creating a enjoyable drinking event. Drinks both big and small. Complex enough to enjoy slowly, but light enough and more malt based without residual sweetness so it goes down easily.
01-22-2011 03:32:12 | More by garymuchow
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Poured a amber with a 2 finger head which dissapated quickly. Reminds me of a belgian ale. Easily drinkable. Sweet, sticky. I would of guessed it to be more than the 8.5%. some toffee notes. I would of thought this would get better ratings. I can drink this all day.
09-14-2010 00:35:25 | More by stonelis
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Bought this about a year ago, and I've been taking real good care of it ever since. Folks told me to age it for a while, so I did.
Pours ruddy. Hazy red, nearly headless.
Smells more like an old ale than a strong. Not that there's really a formal difference between the two, just that one is an unclassifiable, strong beer and the other is an unclassifiable, strong beer that's been aged. Hmm... Anyhow, pleasant fruit nodes from the thick malt, and some generic-smelling hops are still present.
Tastes like nicely aged, fruity malt, lightly bitter hops, and sweet yeast. It's old, but the age brings everything together quite nicely. Starts outs with nodes of plums and apples, moves into a lemony yeast flavor, ends on a node of old, bittersour hops.
Ladies and gentlemen, this beer was meant to be aged. Because of this, it don't taste like a regular big beer. Instead, it's a shining example of a neglected style.
06-04-2011 06:27:51 | More by mynie
Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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