Bell's Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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66 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnnieNepal on 05-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Basin Pub in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

This one pours a light reddish-brown, completely clear and surprisingly light-looking, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like sweet cherry juice, brown sugar, dark crustiness, and toffee.

The barrel isn't incredibly strong here- I get some light dry oak, but no real bourbon or vanillin notes. The cherry flavor is definitely quite out front here, but it doesn't get medicinal- it's delicious, juicy, and reminiscent of cherry pie. The old ale background- brown sugar, dark breadiness, and caramel, kind of reminds of an overfilled cherry pie, sorta.

This is light bodied, fairly clean- doesn't feel as rich as the regular Third Coast- maybe the cherries thinned it out?

This is an interesting beer, but I'd like more integration between the cherries and the base. I'd also like a bit more of an expressive barrel presence.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap, 7 oz pour. Brownish garnet in color, with a small film of bubbles floating on top. Aromas of booze, oak, and cherry. Flavor is very much Third Coast with more pronounced notes of oak and booze, and cherry underneath. While quite enjoyable, I wouldn't mind a bit more cherry flavor to make it a bigger differentiator.

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Photo of oldvines
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Savored from the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This FINE
old ale pours a rugged ruby tinged dark brown sugar color with a moderate head
of off white foam that fades to a thin ring, thin light pool, and features light lacing.
Nose of cherries, strong booze, light bourbon notes, brown sugars, and cherries.
Flavors follow but exceed by strength with brown sugars awash in cherries and light bourbon
notes with subtle vanilla and light oak notes blending nicely with fig and date flavors of the
old ale with a touch of prunes and light herbal hops. Excellent mouth feel; warming smooth
medium body, light carbonation, and a sweet caramel dipped cherry finish.

Overall, an excellent old ale.

Of suggestion----might I humbly say an apple and brandy barrel or rum barrel
version would be a nice addition to the family of this fine series of ales.

Cheers

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Photo of Dactrius
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detroitpat
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mambajahamba
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amalburg
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazed at the transformation that occurs when the tart domestic flavors of sour cherries meet the malty, strong ale of Third Coast Old Ale. The boost of acidity and wood character that comes with it adds countless dimensions to the already British-style complex olde ale.

Tawny ruby with a rusty hue, the bright beer's faint froth dissolves to give the beer a brandy-type appearance. Its scent is tangy and lush- leading with the tart fruitiness of green cherry and apple but with dark and earthy fruit for a backdrop. Its taste is semi-sweet with toffee, brown sugar and light molasses.

But over the course of the long middle palate, the flavors expand to include a malt foundation of toasted breads, cashew, almond and biscotti to go along with the receding sweetness. Replacing the sweetness is the piquant tang of cherries- vibrant, bold and almost sour, its flavors hinge on lime, grape and crabapple before the charm of "old" character reveals the plum, date, fig, prune and raisin esters and a light leather and fresh tobacco earthen weave.

Medium-full and remarkably drinkable, the beer's age and fruit breaks up the richness of the malt and lessens its creaminess and viscocity to nearly a robust red wine status. Its bright and acidic finish balances the caramel and honey well while the whisky-like spice of alcohol, light wood-like peppery character and growing acidity suggests something more sour and refreshing.

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Photo of strohme2
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/12/16 notes. 12 oz. glass in a snifter on tap at Gingerman in NYC. Said it was Bourbon BA too.

Pours a deep reddish brown color with no head or carbonation evident. Chocolate cherries, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, oak, toasted mats, sweet milk chocolate. Thick full smooth body low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a really good and interesting barleywine. Cherries are light but the bourbon is good...worth checking out.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bell's Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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