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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

492 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

NilocRellim, Oct 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Zaphog, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

eawolff99, Sep 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mixed_master7, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty straight forward ale. Not a lot of deviation off of what you first get. Tastes similar to a barleywine. Thick character from ingredients may age well over time. A nice ale, but I would have hoped for a bit more from a 25th anniversary ale.

RblWthACoz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of lazjuarez
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Bottle dated: 9871 vintage 2010

A: Poured rather delicately into a tumbler releasing a 1 1/2 finger worth of an off-white short lived head. Recedes rather quickly leaving some spotty lacing and some light alcohol legs are noticeable as well. Dark amber in color, a bit hazy, and small carbonation.

S: Nose is of big bready malts, figs, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Some oaky funk is apparent, vanilla, maybe a touch of band-aid???

T: Taste is of big bready malts, earthy notes, and some light funk?? Taste is a bit complex, but balanced.

M: Medium mouthfeel; bready malts, light carbonation, but a deceiving amount of alcohol (8.5%) is enough to cleanse the palate. I believe it's reached it's peak so I will be sharing my last bottle ASAP.

lazjuarez, Aug 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a heavy amber to brown color. Not much for carbonation or head formation - mocha in color. Opaque but hot hazy.

S - Heavy amounts of malts, sugary sweet, caramel, raisins, not much for hopping. Alot bit acidic, perhaps from age.

T - Starts off sweet, raisins, plums, dark fruits. Mid-stream does bring in a pretty strong american hops profile, lots of citrus, some piney flavors, overall pretty earthy. A good balance. Finishes mostly malty, sweet, sticky.

M - Full bodied and a light amount of carbonation. Some alcohol warmth. Sticky.

O/D - A good example of an american strong ale. Strong, balanced, lots of deep malts and a hefty american hop bite. ABV is strong but not over the top.

katan, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a nearly non-existent off white head, really just a slight ring. No lace.
Smell is caramel and malt, a sourish wood note and a light grape/apple note as well. Good balance.
Taste is woody malt, a charred whiskey note and a light caramel and apple hint , too.
Medium plus body, drying, lightly effervesced. For a strong ale this comes across a little weak in body and subdued in flavor. Alcohol is very restrained though a nicely building warmth.

PorterLambic, Aug 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

6demonbag, Aug 08, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rusty amber color with a dense half inch cream head that lingers.

Aroma is very sweet, brown sugar, with figs, dates, and plums adding complexity. There's a touch of alcohol and an herbal hop note at the finish. Bruised cherries emerge as it warms.

Flavor is completely different than the aroma. There's less sweetness present. Toasted malt and bitter grapefruit pith form the backbone, leading into a peppery, alcoholic finish. Dark fruit flavors of bruised cherries and plum are subtle.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate carbonation, and significant alcohol heat...almost fusel.

Overall, a juxtaposition of aroma and flavor. Bitterness dominates, and the flavor was lacking in complexity, compared to the aroma. Alcohol was overwhelming.

barczar, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

MaxOfMetal, Jul 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

boonejag75, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

EL48823, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Batch 9871, bottled 8/12/2010.

Appearance - Deep amber with enough head to balloon at the top of the glass. I didn't leave it much space, though. Island of foam on top and some even sticks to the glass.

Smell - It doesn't smell very good. Cardboard aroma and some apples. Caramel and some paler malts in the nose as well. A touch boozy.

Taste - Better, I guess. Doesn't taste oxidized, maybe just a touch in the finish. Otherwise the apple smells persist along with the pale and caramel malts. Bitter throughout. Reminds me of a less impressive Fred. Biting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite drinkable, really. It's a well balanced beer, if that means anything at all. Boozy, but otherwise I don't have a problem drinking it.

Overall - It's just kind of unexciting and I think getting a little old. It leaves me with a sickly aftertaste also, though. Not sure why.

Alieniloquium, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

vrbulldog22, Jun 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

whallgren, Jun 17, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark golden veering on copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of weird cereal notes with a big rush of sugar and some off balanced hops. Taste is a weird mix of everything that was left to brew around the brew house that day including half caramelized malt with weird unrefined cereal notes with a dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is a bit messy in a similar fashion that batch 10,000 was messy.

Phyl21ca, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Spartan213, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

klipper, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.