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

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Bell's 25th Anniversary AleBell's 25th Anniversary Ale

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485 Ratings
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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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Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:53:06 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of ubenumber2


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-18-2014 23:02:08 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of SykDoc


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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a nice clear amber. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms leaving a nice lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

The aroma is definitely sweet caramel and dark fruit with an almost cotton candy sweetness. Perhaps a dusting of hops.

The taste is that caramel/dark fruit blend with a more prominent hopping that made it quite good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. Nice dryness lingers. Overall, nice bite.

This is a good beer that hides the ABV reasonably and has solid stats but a bit much to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:58:05 | More by SykDoc
Photo of Bonis


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice deep orange with one finger of head which eventually settles to a layer of white bubbles. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S - Not too complex here. A nice dose of caramel malt, some sweet citrus hops, and a hint of booze.

T - Caramel malts are big, some fruitiness is also apparent. Bitter hops are there along the way, but turn unpleasantly bitter in the end. It's like when I lick my lips I just get this awful bitterness. Overall, not what I expected from Bell's on their 25th.

M - Full bodied, sweet, sticky, boozy... Oh yea, unpleasantly bitter.

D - Getting through the first few drinks was the worst part about this one. After I became accustomed to the bitterness, it got a little better. This is a beer that Bell's fans should try. I'm glad I got a bottle, and I'm also glad I didn't get 6. I'd be interested to see what it's like after some of those hops have mellowed out.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 21:00:54 | More by Bonis
Photo of Lerxst


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger khaki colored head that has fair retention and leaves a few wisps of lace.

S-Nose is very tame but pleasant. But I am picking up sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses with some citrus hops somewhere in the back.

T-Rich malt and a bitter citrus hop bite both combine for the initial assault on the palate. Then the secondary players such as the dark fruit and molasses come in.l

M-Medium body and carb level with a surprising dry finish.

D-Goes down easily enough, and another is doable.

A solid, but not spectacular offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 21:32:48 | More by Lerxst
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North Carolina

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

Poured into an imperial pint. It pours a deep amber orange. Thin tan head formed then dissipated. Not much lacing left behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty and citrus hoppy. A big, rich aroma.

Taste is very sweet and caramelly with hints of toffee and raisins. A big smack of hop flavor, too -- mostly piney and orangey citrus hops. Very rich and malty beer.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel. One pint is easy to drink but quite filling & satisfying. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:18:10 | More by mklinger
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 05:26:02 | More by hyuga
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz to tulip glass, pours a nice reddish copper shade with a creamy head that lingers nicely - good lacing

smells of citrusy fruit punch hops, sweet and malty, pineapple

taste is quite sweet indeed, almost syrupy body, carbonation is light, hop balance to sweetness is not what i'm looking for,seems a little off balance fresh - with a little age this could be tastier imo

mouthfeel is syrupy and thick, bitter finish, overall not bad, but not amazing

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 23:15:10 | More by drxandy
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange amber topped with a fluffy off white head. Head is sticky and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Caramel malt, pine and grapefruit hops. The nose has a nice balance to it.

T- Very nicely balanced from the first sip caramel and hops fight to control. Eventually the hops win and the finish is a final lingering bitter note of grapefruit hops.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation, finish is clean with little hop oil residue.

D- Very drinkable, might be a little much for the hop shy out there but not overpowering. The 8.5% ABV is not readily apparent either.

What a great beer to celebrate Bell's 25 anniversary with, here's to many more years.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:00:29 | More by ToddT
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

08-08-2012 08:50:57 | More by 6demonbag
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2013 04:54:40 | More by radiofish
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3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved from both biglobo8971 and Desaparecido for winning the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF week 4. Thanks again guys, I'm enjoying one getting ready for Game 1 of the ALCS, Go Rangers!!!

Poured into a New Belgium glass golden amber color with a one finger white froathy head. Decent lacing. It's the Fall, so I can't smell much because of allergies. The flavor is rather interesting. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's just odd. There is a strange fruity bitterness up front that ends in a leathery flavor. The mouthfeel isn't anything great but nothing terrible.

This is an odd brew and I think I'm going to let the 2nd bottle I got age for a few years. Maybe some of its bitterness will fade.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:31:02 | More by whoneeds8
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-15-2011 00:11:37 | More by twkirkby
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of gwguest!) Pours dark amber with off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, honey, candied sugar. Taste is sweet-like a tootsie pop. Some bitterness on the end. Medium bodied with slick texture and slightly bitter finish. Ok, but nothing worth seeeking out. Huge thanks to Gavin for this!!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 06:46:59 | More by trappistlover
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden brown, the head build up was nice. Foamy white head that built to about 2 fingers worth. Lacing is noticeable early. Looking like a DIPA.

S: Aroma is sweet, yet hoppy. Get some caramel and grilled pineapple. Smells nice. Some savory notes as well, a bit of cooked onion and aromatics. Hops are fruity and bitter.

T: A bit slim on flavor. Picking up some medium roast malts and some bitter hops. Sweetness with some honey and brown sugar. Alcohol is not too evident. Nothing stands out as a big flavor.

M: Good body, good crispness. The beer drinks pretty well, just falls short on the palate. Surprised for this being the 25th anniversary beer.

D: Drinks too easy for what it should be. I get no impression of a strong ale here. Drinks more like a slightly higher abv IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 20:20:03 | More by kiddynamite920
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4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 07:13:45 | More by Snow81
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3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A boy of michigan I am, out here on the coast fighting with chickweed and thistle. I yearn for my homeland, except the cold and snow and depressed economy. Ok, fine, I don't yearn for much of Michigan except the beer.

The bottle speak of dreams, soup pots, and a little bit of religion. This bottle may not convert me, but it could warm me up to the cute mission girls. An awesome orange red, the color of a harvest moon with a toothy bite. Creamy white head rolls off fast, but no matter, it smells of sweet caramel and bitter hops. Big bitter hops covered in a thick sauce of honey, dried figs, virgins and Wild Turkey. A bit of heat for such a sweet 8.5 brew, but nothing offensive, just suprising.

Mouthfeel is kinda sticky, too much so. Overall I feel it lack depth, a vapid teenage missionary with big dreams. Thank you Bells, for you give me love for my homeland. That, and thanks for that cute deadlocked princess from the Eccentric Cafe. May she shoot her pistol while listening to Warren Zevon until the end of time.

Bells- Bring me Lawyers, Guns, and Money. And a beer with a prayer flag attached, if you wish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:44:43 | More by olympuszymurgus
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored pour with a decent layer of foamy head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is mostly malty, taste is WAY more of the same. Very malty flavors just power through with a little bit of bitter hops in the mix as well.

Well carbonated and quite drinkable despite the strong flavors present. Good now, but I have a feeling it might get better with a little age on it..

Will definitely be revisiting this one later on...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:48:09 | More by thetomG
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2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from Scoobydank in MN.

pours like a ginger-ale... like it was force carbonated. and the head shows it also, quickly fades with zero lacing. Color is a light amber, average...
alcohol on the nose, and thats about it. Maybe a bit of caramel malt, and sweet... but I have to stretch for it.
Taste, sweet, but honestly, not much to it. Disappointing, especially for their anniversary series. Taste of stale hops also.
yeah, overall, not impressed at all. I really wish it was better, as I have never had a strong ale from Bells before, and they do everything else really well.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:02:32 | More by crusian
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:17:02 | More by heebes
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-30-2011 22:11:50 | More by DTown
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale is fruity, delicious, and balanced.

It poured hazy dark copper with apricot-colored highlights. It had a solid two-finger head and left rings of thick lace throughout the glass. It smelled citric during the pour; however, the flavor was dominated by sweet dark fruit. The feel was balanced with moderate bitterness and a clean short-lived dry finish.

Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale is sweet and delicious like a fruity, slightly bitter, berry desert.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:20:40 | More by MetalHopHead6
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District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber orange/leafy color that really settles well with fall and has a nice finger measure of head.
S: nice rich malt flavor with a great subtle hop aroma at the end.
T: Great sweet bready malt flavor and some nice hop bitterness that finishes the flavor. Great balance and masks the alcohol content
D/M: Very clean flavor that is very drinkable. It was interesting considering what I usually expect from Bells commemorative ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:22:34 | More by pzrhsau
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2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got one of these as an extra in a trade from Thorpe429. Thanks man.

Pours a moderately dark amber into a tulip with a half finger of butterscotch head sits on top. No lacing is present.

Smell is very faint. It is in fact non-existent when cold. When it warms up, a little passion fruit and alcohol is barely detectable.

Tastes like caramel malts, tropical fruits, banana, more alcohol than is stated, and metallic bitters. There's really nothing special happening here.

Mouthfeel is lightly heavy and sticky.

Drinkability aint great. Not really something I want again. Larry missed the mark and this anniversary will not be a notable one to remember.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:03:18 | More by hopsbreath
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into and sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours an amber-red with little head. Doesn't seem to be much carbonation in the body at all.

The aroma is heavily hoppy. Lots of citrus aroma, red grapefruit, butterscotch, and some floral smells in there, too. There is a bit of a bready malt background in the nose, as well. Almost like a grainy cereal with bitter fruit on top.

The flavor is in line with the aroma. Quite hoppy up front, giving way to a very bready, malty middle. The beer finishes clean with hints of sour grapes and citrus. The flavor here is reminiscent of a hoppy barleywine. Big hop flavor balanced by a sweet malt profile.

On the tongue this beer is quite warm and astringent. It is very flavorful, but more than one of these and you can kiss your palate goodnight.

Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting characteristics to it. Worth picking up a single and giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:04:56 | More by movingtrain
Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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