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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

485 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 68 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-28-2010)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy reddish grapefruit color with an off white head leaving a pretty sizable lace.

S-the nose is strange, notes of dough and bread up front, some spicy rye aromas, hints of pine and a decent bit of ctirusy hops with some model airplane glue behind. the glue is so wierd, not the part of getting high from it (the acetone), just the gluey smell.

T-the taste is also different, light notes of dough and bread, spicy rye, piney and hints of wood, a nice bit of citrussy hops, peach, grapefruit, mango. there is a light soft bitterness but not strong or lingering.

M-smooth and syrupy feel, good carbonation, crisp slightly grainy finish. its actually rather creamy on the palate with a good medium body.

D-this is quite tasty, the airplane glue scared me a little but it actually seemed part of the aroma. the flavors are good, this seems to have some spicy rye in to me. well balanced, interesting beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:17:45 | More by cpetrone84
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 8.5% abv. Clear darker amber color. White head lingers for a bit. Nice lace.

Robust, caramel and dark fruit in the nose. Ripe fruit and alcohol.

Lots of ripe, darker fruit. Some caramel. Good amount of earthy and slightly citrusy hop bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very nice, happy anniversary Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 23:08:11 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/crimson colored with a nice thick off white head that holds good retention and leaves trace lacing.

Rich caramel and toffee malt character, dried fruits, earthy hops, with a bit of brown sugar, mollasses type esters. Slightly herbal.

Nice beer with carbonation up front that dies off through the finish. Again malt is the word of the day, caramel, toffee, and some cereal grains. Some bittering hops on the finish, fig, and date characters. Not overly complex but very easy drinking at 8.5%

Mouth is thick, chewy and creamy at the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 21:53:23 | More by mcallister
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the general store in Kzoo on my way through last weekend. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark amber color with a nice 1.5 finger off-white head is how this one pours. Moderate retention, but excellent lacing.

S: The nose on this one is not quite as robust as I would have liked. Sweet cherries at the start and nice floral notes on at the end.

T: This beer could be the definition of balanced. However, for some reason it is not super interesting. There's nice malt tones up front with a hoppy bitterness at the finish. The specific malt flavors I get are rye, honey, biscuit, and a hint of raspberry. The main hoppy flavors I get are grapefruit and bitters.

M: Perfect level of carbonation. Nice aftertaste, and nice viscosity as well.

D: Not quite as spectacular as I had wished for such a monumental anniversary. I'm not saying this is bad though. I did enjoy it, would definitely have another, and would recommend it to another BA. It's just that I thought this was a perfect opportunity for bells to do something game-changing...unfortunately this is not.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:38:30 | More by glazeman
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought at Eccentric Cafe on 8-24. Notes from 8-24:

A - Beautiful deep Caramel with a thick tan head. The head sticks to the glass all the way thru...beautiful

S - Chocolate and caramel malts, subtle fruity hops that I get when I smell the bottle but the malt dominates the glass

T - Slight hop bitterness in the back but the malt dominates the palate. Molasses and toffee sweetness

M - Rich and chewy caramell. Low carb form the bottle and slightly dry

D - Wonderful! Don't get any 8.5% at all but a ton of malt and nice balance of hop

WOW what a beer. This really is a great present to fans of Bells. Yes I wanted a big barrel aged beer or perhaps a wild ale but this does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:26:23 | More by boomer31
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BMoney575

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 8-24-10
Batch 9871
Bottled on 8-12-10

Pours a hazy amber/brown color, with almost no head and just a few bubbles of lacing. Viscous looking, and a bit menacing.

Smell is sweet and subtle, a little caramel malt, with slight aromas of clove and smoke. Not particularly strong, or complex.

Taste is thin malt, a little earthy and boozy, maybe flavors of coffee and caramel, with a sharp hop finish. Unique, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is slick with a good thickness, accents the malty flavors nicely.

Drinkability is decent, but the surprisingly light flavors leave the alcohol nowhere to hide.

Overall, not what I expected from a Bell's special edition. A few will go in the cellar though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 23:43:11 | More by BMoney575
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hawks10

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Bell's tulip - Batch #9871 purchased Saturday at the Bell's General Store...

Pours a nice dark amber red color with a slight bit of haze. Two fingers of light tan head forms and recedes slowly. The color of this beer is truly gorgeous...

Smell is sweet and sugary upfront. Alcohol is prominent when you take a big whiff. Little to no hop presence to cut into the sweet, fruity malt aroma and no ingredient is powerful enough to eclipse the alcohol in the nose...

Sweet and sugary. Dark fruits with a bit of spice. Alcohol starts to bite after a few sips. I really couldn't detect anything in the way of hops/bitterness. Enjoyable, but the alcohol does start to burn after a bit...

Feels pretty thin for a 8.5% beer, but in a good way. Smooth and slick with low carbonation, alcohol burn lingers slightly...

Not bad, would like to see if the alcohol heat dies down a bit and give this one another try...

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 00:22:03 | More by hawks10
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zachary80

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9871

L
White Head is initially nice and frothy to the top of the tulip glass. It diminishes somewhat but maintains a nice ring and some semblance of what it used to be. The clear body is amber like many "red" beers. There is just a little lacing on the glass.
S
Very malty... no hoppy... no malty. Nice balance that goes back and forth. Sweet and complex, can't get enough. Hops give it a grapefruit/citrus edge. There is some sort of spiciness to it.
T
Not really how to describe the taste, it's a unique blending of flavors. The hops are prominent but not really the focus, which is on the malt. The alcohol is hidden. There is some lingering bitterness and sweetness. Unfortunately, the beer seems overly sweet.
M
The body is thicker than I expected. It is a little syrupy, although not in a bad way. Carbonation is just right. Very smooth.
D
I'm sipping this slowly. The complexity (good) and sweetness (too much) slow me down on this. I don't really want a second bottle after this, but I'm fine with 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 03:35:08 | More by zachary80
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Nelsonbaggins

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:11:22 | More by Nelsonbaggins
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j3stradi

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:34:55 | More by j3stradi
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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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