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

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486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

08-27-2012 03:05:02 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of lazjuarez


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

08-24-2012 04:09:38 | More by lazjuarez
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2012 00:02:44 | More by t0rin0
Photo of katan


4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

08-18-2012 22:20:12 | More by katan
Photo of danthehopslamman


3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-15-2012 03:35:45 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of PorterLambic


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

08-09-2012 00:27:25 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of 6demonbag


4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

08-08-2012 08:50:57 | More by 6demonbag
Photo of barczar


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

07-16-2012 04:49:57 | More by barczar
Photo of MaxOfMetal


4.5/5  rDev +20%

07-15-2012 23:23:58 | More by MaxOfMetal
Photo of boonejag75

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%

07-14-2012 01:05:33 | More by boonejag75
Photo of EL48823


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-28-2012 20:42:34 | More by EL48823
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

06-27-2012 20:55:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-25-2012 04:03:50 | More by vrbulldog22
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-17-2012 17:40:33 | More by whallgren
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Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

06-13-2012 20:11:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2012 16:30:05 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-15-2012 18:18:27 | More by Spartan213
Photo of klipper


4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-14-2012 01:14:27 | More by klipper
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-12-2012 19:55:48 | More by Skye1024
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3/5  rDev -20%

04-26-2012 02:27:44 | More by sbricker
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

Batch number 9871. bottled on 08/12/2010.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: medium orangish/red bodied beer with nice clarity. Half a finger of fizzy white head that drops quickly to a ring around the glass.

Smell: dark fruits(raisins) and booze. Caramel malts with a touch of brown sugar. Got some vinous/wine qualities noted in the nose.

Taste: heavy oxidation. White grapes and sweet white wine. Caramel malts that overly sweet. This beer is just too sweet for my tastes. you can still get the hops and they taste stale as they should. Finishes dry with a mild bitter note.

Mouthfeel: high end of medium bodied beer. carbonation is still hold up nicely around a moderate carbonation level. It got a little bit of creaminess to the beer also.

Overall: This beer is okay, but nothing special for the style. Probably a better beer fresh.

04-24-2012 02:09:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-20-2012 21:08:19 | More by jonnyca80
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3/5  rDev -20%

04-15-2012 22:40:19 | More by antoines15
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

04-06-2012 03:40:40 | More by JimmyP
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New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%

12 oz bottle batch 9871

A - Light copper with a finger of tan head.

S - Sweet raisin and toffee complemented by bitter and earthy hops, plus alcohol.

T - Some raisin, brown bread, toffee, caramel, maybe nutmeg. Tastes like wort... The hops are subdued and not very well acquainted with the malts, the two flavor genres seem separated in some way. Strong warming effect.

M - Medium body, smooth, with a slight reminder of the above-average carbonation.

O - Overall this isn't much to write home about. Fairly bland and ill-devised hop profile that doesn't blend in the with the only-just-above-average malt profile. Not a bad beer, but for a special release like this is should have been a lot better.

04-05-2012 21:53:06 | More by greenmonstah
Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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