Sleighbell Spiced Ale
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

Sleighbell Spiced AleSleighbell Spiced Ale
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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #107
ABV:
7%
Score:
84
Ranked #27,505
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
25
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Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
84
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Second City glass.

Winding down this Super Bowl get-together with a spiced winter warmer of sorts. It pours a mostly clear tawny amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild pumpkin pie spices (mostly clove and what I think to be ginger), caramel, light sourdough, and a touch of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, the orange taking a stronger position, and the spices lending a twinge of bitterness in the aftertaste that comes across as unwelcome, rather than complementary. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad spiced winter warmer, really, but not something I would regularly drink, even in the colder months.

Feb 03, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Poured a deep dark, brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled a little like a bowl of potpourri. Some roasty notes, too. Really tasted like too much spices and some toffee/caramel.

May 26, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crown Valley Sleighbell Spiced Ale has a very thick, creamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, brilliant orange appearance, with a descending gray cloud, a few bubble streams, and some decent lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of a melange of spices, sweet breadiness, and an overall pleasant pugent smell. Taste is of all those elements, with an underlying hop bitterness to accompany the spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Crown Valley Sleighbell Spiced Ale finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and not the least bit alcohilic. Overall, this is very good, after it warms, but I think it would actually taste better without the added spices. The bottle recommends serving this beer warm, and I can see how that is something one should follow.

RJT

Dec 28, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Hazy amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Slow, dry, cratering. Light amount of rising effervescence. A foam blanket remains throughout. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Gingerbread, nutmeg, and caramel.

T: Sourdough, accentuated with some nutmeg, orange rind, and pecan.

M: Light, crisp, slightly sweet, and a touch of bitter. Kind of a syrupy thick feel clings to the palate. Bitter, cardboardy finish.

D: Sessionable, but the spice characteristics make is worthy of savoring.

Atmosphere is really nice. Thick persistent head, and some pretty strong lacing. Nose is all fall spice, all the time. Sourdough bready flavor, plenty of holiday spice, some citrus, and nut. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Dec 22, 2013
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Vancer from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer brewed at Crown valley and released in December 2008, still pouring well, a darn fine tasty treat.

6.2% abv

Came in a cervoice glass, which really highlighted this hazy amber copper brew, thick and rich ivory head which ringed the glass on the way down.

Of course, cinnamon and winter spice in the aroma and the quaff. Taste also had a nice pop of ginger in the finish, which stayed just a tad sweet. But overall, a thick and rich Xmas ale that really hit the spot on this year's coolish Mother's day outing.

May 11, 2009
Sleighbell Spiced Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings