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

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

Style: American Barleywine

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.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 52
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of hman43
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: It Pours a cloudy dark brown in color.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, Vinous qualities, and whiskey.

Taste: It has cheery and Vinous flavor with caramel malts.

Feel: It has a very sweet finish.

Overall: This was probably the sweetest old Ale that I have experience to the point that the sweetness of the beer took away from the malt character.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a huge fan of Third Coast so a dash of cherry seemed to be OK..... but I feel it was more than OK! The base keeps the old favorites of caramel, toffee, barley, roasted nut, alcohol and toasted bread. The added cherry seems to make this just sweet enough to offset the alcohol and make this easily drinkable.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Bell's snifter at Sheffield's. I enjoy the base beer and was interested to try this one. Although I love the cherry influence, the whiskey barrel comes across as very subtle at best.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the base beer. Ages extremely well.

Aroma is fairly boozy and oaky, reminiscent of sherry, with the lightly tart cherry addition.

Flavor is cherry dominant, fairly tart, with underlying boozy notes of whiskey. Oak dries out the finish. Really would love to see how this melds with the base beer, which is fairly overwhelmed.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The cherries dominate this big beer. I love the real cherry flavor, but it masks the maltiness of the old ale. The tannic bitterness of cherry juice is actually a bit much as well. But the real cherry flavor is what makes this a winner for me.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

Served in a 16oz. snifter at the brewery.

A- Reddish brown, medium haziness, thin slightly off white head that dissipates to a thin ring.

S- Sweet cherry, slight sour cherry, ABV comes through, some oak and light vanilla notes.

T- Tastes like cherry Juicy Juice with a shot of bourbon, all in an amazing way. The alcohol is definitely there and slightly warms the tongue but not a real burn in the throat. Taste is very rich and demands to be savored.

M- Slightly syrupy a definite sipper.

O- Really enjoy this one, it might be a bit too fruit forward and taking away some the more subtle barrel note though but still an amazing beer.

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Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.13 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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