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

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BA SCORE
84
good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 70 | 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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22Blue, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

buzzy, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

zestar, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

miffsudd, Jan 21, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - this was by far the most appealing part of this beer! rich frothy white head with beautiful lacing. light caramel color to the beer.

Smell - roasted malts for sure and a slight bitterness at the end.

Taste - lots and lots and lots of malts! Malt bomb.

Mouth feel - even with how malty this guy was it was very easy to drink.

Overall - maybe I should not have sat on this beer trade as long as I did. While very easy to drink, it was not my favorite Bell's beer.

beatenbyjacks, Nov 29, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Darker Apple Cider. Minimal head after 5 minutes of pout. Lacing the same. No retention.

S- Very malty, dark fruit. Well done.

T- Down to the T for Dark Strong Ale. Very well done. Dark Fruit, slight molasses.

M- Good M for this style. Smooth, very smooth.

O- I really enjoyed this strong. More than a lot that I have had. Enjoy one

gueuzedreg, Oct 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

VeganUndead, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of brian44556
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the last of my 6 pack and it has been sitting on my basement shelf for 3 years now. I wish I had some notes on the other 5, but can't recall how they were.

Pours a dark, copper with a small thin head after an aggressive pour. The head floats on top of the beer for a good few drinks. Beautiful lacing sticks to the sides with each drink.

Very sweet, complex smell. Hints of raisans, plums, molasses, and caramel. A lot going on there. Different smells come through as the beer warms up.

Great tasting beer. Very sweet, I would almost classify this as a barleywine. Lots of complex malts there. Bread, earth, and dark fruits. Get a small taste of aged English hops. Still a small taste of alcohol.

Light carbonation; pretty refreshing at 8.5%.

Overall a solid beer. With the amazing regular offerings by Bell's, this 25th Anniversary Beer seems to be a bit of a let down.

brian44556, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Sonofalime, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Kegatron, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

juliusseizure, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Bill235, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -66.6%

bluestem, Apr 10, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for letting me have one of his, otherwise I don't think I would've ever gotten my hands on one of these. Pours an elegant blend of amber and copper with a very slight, rustic orange tint to it. Light translucency clings to the edges, but this beer is mostly opaque throughout. A small khaki head forms after a pretty aggressive pour; some carbonation was possibly lost during this beer's three year journey.

The aroma is familiar yet different and kind of hard to pin down. It's pretty sweet with lots of light, brown sugar notes floating about. I'm picking up some candied, dark fruits, like plums, grapes, and dates. It's got that "sticky sweet" kind of aroma to it, although there's something cutting through the sweetness that tames it just a bit - maybe a light, earthy hoppiness. Caramel and molasses in the finish are most likely consequences of the malts used. It almost smells like a barleywine, but it's not quite there. Not as sweet, not as rich. A little enigmatic overall.

Malts pave the way first and foremost upon taking a generous swallow - caramel and toffee with a bit of sweet molasses quickly following them up. The malts also lend some bread and butter type notes that are a bit more subtle. Lots of seemingly residual sugar, although again, the sweetness is actually controlled pretty well. Brown sugar-covered dark fruits; plums and figs pop out the most. There's a light oxidation in the finish that brings out a mild, wet cardboard flavor. The booze is noticeable but not abrasive. You can definitely tell this is 8.5% ABV, but even after some warming, the boozy flavors never become too hot or uncontrollable. Body is on the medium-thick side with low carbonation and a somewhat sticky and oily mouth feel.

For a 25th Anniversary beer, being such a "big" milestone in the lifetime of basically anything, I would have expected just a little more from a brewery so well defined in so many categories. "American Strong Ales" always seem like such a "catch-all" category, so you never really know what you're gonna get. I feel like this one might have been a little better fresh, maybe a stronger hop presence would have made it a bit more lively. Nothing stands out, but it definitely wasn't bad. The problem is that Bell's has already set the bar too high for themselves! Thanks again to Mike for this one.

tectactoe, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.