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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2003 & Older (released 2004 & Before) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2003 & Older (released 2004 & Before)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2003 & Older (released 2004 & Before)

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 18.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2003)
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01-13-2014 19:08:04 | More by mattmarka1
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-12-2014 18:40:25 | More by djwhit24
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-29-2013 02:57:03 | More by derkfromwi
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12-23-2013 02:53:39 | More by liamt07
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-17-2013 00:25:24 | More by mwbrady12
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-05-2013 01:00:46 | More by mcrago
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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

07-03-2013 15:05:28 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-18-2013 15:17:02 | More by mattvandyk
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-01-2013 01:46:27 | More by Gonzoillini
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

04-28-2013 19:22:04 | More by smartassboiler
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-14-2013 03:08:57 | More by CesarLopes
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-24-2013 03:35:36 | More by funhog
Photo of alleykatking


3/5  rDev -18.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to Eric (gratefulbeerhead) for giving me this bottle! Bottle from 1993 offering.

A- Pours a deep brown color. Some light amber hues when held up to the light. No head really ever forms although there is some light white spots on the top of the beer. No lacing on the glass although it does leave a light coating on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time caramelized malts in the front of this with some light oxidation. Banana comes out in the middle with a hint of clove and a lot of sweet maple syrup. Alcohol is huge in the ending of this beer.

T- A hint of banana in the front gets streamrolled over by a huge maple syrup flavor. Middle of the beer shows some big time alcohol with slight oxidation. Ending of the beer shows the same maple syrup with a ton of alcohol heat at the end. Simple and sweet...the flavors never are over complex.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty dead. Heavy maple syrup and hints of oxidation is left on the palate. Aftertaste is warming alcohol, maple syrup, and hints of banana. Flavors were not complex at all which I think mellowed down overall over the years. Oxidation was in the beer which I expected with the age. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was all that I could expect from a beer of this age. Bell's made a nice average beer here with all the age on it. I am not complaining at all but the alcohol heat does come through at the end a little much. This bottle was shared with friends which it should be.

04-28-2011 04:09:59 | More by alleykatking
Photo of JAXSON


3/5  rDev -18.9%

1998 bottle. Bottle opens with a very slight hiss. Pours a dark ruddy crimson with no head. Nose is thick, sticky brown sugar, figs, booze, and a touch of spice like mint. Very weird flavor. Rife with oxidation, almost expresses itself like a collage of herbs and spices -- mint, rosemary, things like that. I just think this is too old. Some raisins and figs, fairly sweet, but it's muddled and just very oxidized. Interesting.

02-27-2011 03:46:08 | More by JAXSON
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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Bottle of '98 Eccentric ale thanks to cmore.

What a beer and it has held up quite nicely. Also had a '97 which was good but nothing on this '98 as well as a batch 3000 in this sitting.

Brooding mahagonny in color with very little head. Matte in appearance.

This one starts off big with a malted milk ball, chocolate concoction in the nose. Thick with many happening, anise, black fruits, black tea, fig, date, and caramel sauce.

Complex and full bodied with only a slight hint of oxidation. So many things going on in this. Blueberry, black tea, kerosine, malted milk balls, captain crunch, more black fruits, candy like chocolate, and so much more. Thick and creamy and full bodied with a long finish. Just a great beer...still

01-23-2009 22:54:29 | More by mcallister
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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

2003 Vintage, forgotten about bottle, accidently aged in my garage for approximately one year. Dark ruby/brown color. Powerfully aromatic, with notes of oxidation, spices, squash and pumpkin. Taste is fantastic with holiday spices, ginger, perfect sweetness. It’s aged great. This is a mighty fine big pumpkin ale. I wish I had more.

08-01-2007 07:02:17 | More by Crosling
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4.65/5  rDev +25.7%

appearance: No head...absolutely flat. The beer is a rich, reddish-brown in color.

smell: Ginger infused milk chocolate with a load of caramel, toasted, and toffee malt aromas. Even a little minty with some clove notes and various herbals. The pumpkin, squash (butternut?), and salty sweet potato mentioned on the label are pretty evident. Yes, roasted butternut squash doused in butter and brown sugar. Pulpy hop aromas come out as the beer warms. Light alcohol prick in the nostrils. Like a sweet and spicy, fruity bourbon-malt liquor.

mouthfeel: No carbonation. Though a little would be nice, in this type of beer it doesn't matter a whole lot. The body is full and, unchecked by any carbonation, comes across as pretty slick.

taste: Sticky sweet flavors just ooze all over my tonge with each sip. Big, sweet malts dominate the palate with flavors of spicy sweet potato. Various other pie-type spices are noted. Chocolate, ginger, and chai. Pumpkin becomes most notable in the aftertaste, though still subtle. No hop flavor comes through until the finish, where they impart a moderate, drying bitterness. There's just so much going on here that it's a little intimidating, as with the other Eccentric release I've had. There's a considerable dull, pulpy hop flavor just behind all the craziness.

drinkability: Very good, and with enough interesting to go around. Ethanol well disguised. While the lack of head and carbonation in the mouth can be forgiven, it does hamper drinkability. Or maybe I like the beer as it is, flat...a little torn on that one. I think I was drinking on this 12 oz. for over two hours. Over that time, as it opened up, I went from thinking it was damn good to loving it; and adjusting scores here and there. Definately one to take your time with, and savor.

sent straight from K-zoo by CRJMellor...batch 6688

01-19-2007 03:31:07 | More by blackie
Photo of granger10


4.33/5  rDev +17%

2003 bottle. Thanks to Mike for sharing and Craig indirectly for giving to Mike. The Sweet Potato, Squash, and Pumpkin reference on the label was very intriguing.

A dull burgundy/ dark auburn color. No head or sign of carbonation. It really doesn't look good at all.

Aroma is intense and awesome. It comes at you. Pumpkin pie, spices abound, Belgian yeast qualities. Almost citric but not quite, woody, wintergreen gum, Canadian Maple syrup. I kept getting new flavors each time I inhaled.

Taste is also ridiculously complex. The spices kind of swirl in the mouth. Belgian qualities are there but not as noticeable as in the aroma. There's a moderate toffee upfront but the spices come in and steal the show. There's a green herbal taste at the back end. A main flavor in the body seems to be sweet potato, moreso than pumpkin, and I like it. I don't really taste the alcohol or hops but breathe them in the aftermath and feel the burn going down.

Mouthfeel is odd. Yeah it's thin and lacking carbonation but I am amazed at how the alcohol flavor is restrained and how the spices are so dominant yet I didn't grow weary of them like I do with many other spiced beers. The complexity is stunning.

This beer is a heavy hitter and drinkability will suffer from the sheer weight of alcohol it offers. But I could drink quite a few of these and ponder the numerous flavors that emerge before I reach a state of inebriation. I was definitely left wanting to try more.

Fitting name, quite Eccentric.

02-23-2006 15:16:29 | More by granger10
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4.78/5  rDev +29.2%

2003 release.
Saved over 2 years to commemorate review #2000.
Yippee, yay.

Opaque plummy appearance, dark and in-depth, slimmish foaming above...I can forgive small faults in this instance.

Aroma is amazing, and unearthly, wafts out from cracking the crown...a complex mess of flavors to smell, here, but easily epitomized as barleywinish...brandy, cognac, berries, cherries, dates, spices, ...a little sour, but not much...hard to describe..twisted prunes on a bender..how's that?

Taste: oh, yes...ummm...whoa...doppel, no quadrupelbock, syrup, molasses, fruit, Johnson Brothers,...morass of a melange of a slick, sticky cherries and prunes, on a leather strop..grabs the tongue and rides it long and hard, kicks the sides, sets the spurs in...but gently...although I know the booze is high, here, it comes on as a cloud, and softly settles into the senses...

...gets comfortable in the mouth, but doesn't pummel it...full flavored, but not destructive...this is astonishing, amazingly good...candyish, in the sweet, liquory effect...holy moly...

I can only complain that this ought to be readily available, at the perfect age, and in plentiful supply...of course, and pardon me while I allow the pigs to fly out of my netherside portal.

a lururious, luscious absolutely lovely ale...elegant...gorgeous...put this in a liter bottle with a fancy top and extragant bells and whistles, charge $50 a bottle, serve it to yuppies with too much money and tell them it's cognac. I swear you'll be successful. But be sure to invite me and give me a taste...this 12 ounce bottle left us too quickly...alas...poor Eccentric Ale, this world is not meant for one as beautiful as you...

my glass is empty...poor, poor me...ah, well, life goes on, there are other beers, but not any such as this!

Thank you, Larry!

And, thank you, Craig, 2+ years later!

02-23-2006 04:02:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of bditty187


4.72/5  rDev +27.6%

2003 Edition

It pours clear until the end; I dumped the yeast sediment by (more or less) accident. Thus the liquid is hazy, bronzed plum in color with some ruddy copper highlights. There was no head, only a few bubbles around the edges of the glass but so few bubbles I can’t even call it a “soapy collar.” No sign of carbonation. This beer looks lifeless but very mysterious at the same time. I am curious to move on from just looking at it. In that sense, the appearance did its job.

The nose jumps out of the glass. Bam! Wow! At first I thought I smelled a big-ass barleywine. It was awesomely malty with warm alcohol notes and tons of dark fruit like dates and raisins. I went back for more, this time I swear I smell spiced squash. Maybe. Well, I think I do. Caramel, molasses, mint, and pepper were definitely in the mix. I found hints of Italian herb blend. Cloves. Leather and earth in spots with rum and vodka... some cake too. My word there is so much going on here. The potency is loud and, surprisingly, the nose is very articulate. Sure it says a lot but I hear it. Old Ale mixed with something funky from Belgian mixed with a Pumpkin Ale and maybe this nose could be duplicated. I doubt it. Inviting to say the least but can the palate really be as complex as the nose leads on? And if it is will it taste good?

Yes. Oh god, yes. Yes it can. The palate is more then the nose let on. It is much richer. Way richer. It is so full of flavor… I… I… became dumbfounded. Huge malty sweetness from start to finish, caramel and molasses with chocolate hints, cake soaked in rum and vodka. Then the fruit arrives with raisins, dates, and array of tropical fruits. Pineapple. With all of the sweetness my tongue gets the occasional jab of piney hops and a smattering of bitterness. Earthy tobacco at the back, the finish is hot and raw. It is like drunken porno sex. Again, I think I taste some spiced squash. Pepper, herbs, cherries, tobacco, and leather… this is insanely complicated and amazingly bold. Hot. Very hot. It is almost to the point of distraction or perfection. But there is so much going on I find the rawness to be a welcomed conclusion. It is the period of the sentence. The burn causes me to sip slowly, to savor, I can’t rush this beer. I don’t want to either. This is a crazy-ass beer that hits all the right notes with me. Perfect.

Full body; thick and filling on the tongue, no carbonation. The mouthfeel is filling… relaxing. It fits the palate perfectly. “Slow down” it says with every swallow. My god, does this beer need some rich cheese and fresh fruit. What a nightcap.

I have had this beer in the DBF for almost a year. Why haven’t I drunk it yet? Stupidity. Ignorance. Misunderstanding what this beer really is. I want more of this beer. It might take me all night to drink the one I have but I have the time. (It did take me quite awhile to drink this, it got a *tickle* sweet for me so I paired it with a banana and some pumpkin pie. That was a very tasty combination.) This is a truly great beer. Thank you mentor! What a gift.

10-31-2005 13:33:47 | More by bditty187
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2.88/5  rDev -22.2%

Poured hard with absolutely no head. Dark and plum colored. Not bad looking.

Smells quite plum as well, maybe even a bit woody. Spicy and earthy.

Tastes very strongly spiced, qutie similar to the smell. Not very highly drinkable, and not much else to say.

06-22-2005 23:51:48 | More by neonbrown82
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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2003 & Older (released 2004 & Before) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.