Raspberry Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The vivid red hue and tart finish of Raspberry Ale comes from the use of massive amounts of Michigan-grown whole raspberries. Intensely flavorful, Raspberry Ale focuses on the contribution of local agriculture and follows a Bell’s tradition of leaning towards using tart flavors to complement malty notes, rather than additional sweetness.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by zachary80:
Photo of zachary80
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle 467/495, batch K10357. Website says packaged June 21st, 2011.

Clear light right body. Small white head with some lacing

Smell is almost pure raspberry, maybe slight yeastiness

Flavor isn't too sweet; the beer is mostly a tart raspberry beer with just a hint of the ale yeast at the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected but carbonation seems about right. Dry

Overall it is a good beer. Not sure of the abv

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maduro.

Against illegal aliens period

Appearance: Bright pinked ruby with a thick pink bubbly head that immediately dissipates to nada. Active carbonation streams.

Aroma: Raspberry soda and light malts like one might find in a pilsener.

Taste/mouthfeel: Light raspberry puree blended into and then filtered out of a lager like beer. Little to no hops. Seltzer like mouthfeel. Blistering carbonation. Light body. Easy to drink.

A definite winner for most women and light beer drinkers but not for me. Lacks character and could use more raspberries and certainly more tartness.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle numbered 380/495 poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a nice, frothy 2 finger powdery white head with poor retention. Beer is an elegant, clear bright red. Lacing is patchy and sparse with little cling. Average for the style though the color bumps up the score just a bit.

Nose is raspberry juice and some corn and yeast in the background. Adjunct-y. Weird.

Opens sweet raspberry that turns a touch tart half-way through. Simple and nice except for the fact that this all seems to be placed against a background of rice and corn adjuncts that completely ruin the experience. Finish is tart with a raspberry fruit aftertaste. A bit watered down too... though this one gets better as it warms a bit.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and a bit watery going down. Slightly messy finish with an aftertaste that lingers just a touch. Average.

I'm really disappointed by this one. Bell's hasn't made any duds by my account but this one comes alarmingly close. For a brewery that puts out the likes of Hopslam, Two Hearted, and Double Cream stout, this is a bit of an aberration... skip it.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear vibrant red, almost crystal clear with an airy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is just plainly raspberry. Nothing spectacular here. A syrupy soda thing is going on with it too, like its been cooked. All beer is "cooked" and that's not what I'm getting at. Its almost porridge like. Its faint, but present.

The flavor is of a pale ale with raspberries added. Could the raspberry have been frozen when added? Its almost watery. The berry flavor is good, but the base beer is what I'm really tasting. There's a big biscuit flavor here. Almost outshines the berry.

Mouthfeel here is spot on. Vibrant enough to keep it interesting, but mellow enough to let the beer be the star.

Not a great beer, but a drinkable one. I'm glad I got to share this with somebody else. $20 was a little steep.

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Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Watch out when you pop the cork on this one! Definitely a gusher!

Raspberry Ale is a pink stained copper color. Backlighting gives it sort of a crimson look. A light pinkish-white head covers the top. It only rises to about a finger before falling. Surprising given the excessive carbonation. Lacing was stickier than expected.

The nose is rather average. It lacks strength and depth. It smells grainy and a bit earthy up front. Raspberry wastes little time jumping into the mix. It definitely dominates the nose. Frankly, it works pretty well with the earthy notes. Alcohol isn’t a factor. It doesn’t smell overtly bad. It just doesn’t smell very good either.

The flavor is a little better. It starts out grainy and earth. Definitely reminiscent of a wheat beer. Raspberry is more subdued in flavor. I like that. It still is the focal point. It works well with the earthy and grainy notes, but it’s still just a tad too fruity. There are some light malty notes that are interesting. They give it a little more of a ‘beer’ flavor. Definitely a good thing. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Finishes with a mix of berry and grainy flavors.

Raspberry Ale has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely excessive and buzzy. Not even close to smooth. Less bubbles would really be an improvement. It still goes down easy and is somewhat refreshing. I wouldn’t mind it on a hot day.

Bell’s Raspberry Ale is just okay. I was excited to find it in the general store on our trip to Michigan, but it’s not quite up to Bell’s usual standards. The raspberry aspect and the excessive carbonation are just a tad too much. To be fair, it’s not bad. I’ve had far, far worse berry beers. If you’re into fruit beers, you just might love it…if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draft at KBC. Don’t know why I kept trying all the raspberry beers as I pubcrawled across Michigan, but here's another. Opaque pink color looks like one of those candles in a wine glass. A more tart finish than other Raspberry beers, and a little less of a “wine cooler” taste... but not much less. Some malt works its way through, as well.

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Photo of DGibb
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Brewery re-debuted its Raspberry Ale last night, tapping a keg at the R.U.B. BBQ restaurant in Detroit for Detroit Beer Week. Some of the Bell's employees were on staff to tell me a little about it. This beer is made with 800 pounds of fresh, locally sourced raspberries, and it has that punch that you only get from real fruit.

A - I wasn't able to see the head since the server took a little too long to get the drinks to the table, but there was a little bit of lacing as I drank. The ale was amber-crimson when held up to the light.

S - Wow! Fresh raspberries smell great. This is one of the major highlights of this beer. It has a great nose, slightly tart and sweet, like raspberry patches.

T - The raspberry punch is not only on the nose, but it comes through the amber ale in a nice, subtle way. It doesn't overpower the beer, but its presence is definitely felt. There are really no hops to take note of, but that's to be expected in a fruit beer.

M - Fairly crisp for an ale, the raspberry ale is fairly light on the tongue and it is very refreshing.

Overall - Without a doubt, I would drink this again. It is refreshing and fruity, but not cloying. Not bad for a seasonal release.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of CortexBomb
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Colour was about what one would expect for a raspberry beer, deep red. Small white head on top. Smell, mainly a light raspberry aroma, but nothing otherworldly.

The taste on this was very strange though; it started out with a good tart aspect and genuine raspberry, but then it segued off into this strange, indescribably unenjoyable back end which made the earlier raspberry flavour come across as very fake. If this beer's flavour stayed consistent from the front end, then it would at least be decent, but the abrasive finish knocks points off for me.

Mouthfeel, not bad, a few tingles in the right places. Drinkability, terrible. Hard to drink. Wish that I had tried a sample before buying an entire glass of the stuff!

Bottom line: Try a sample before you buy a glass, not impressive.

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tbone2131
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a faint hue of purple/pink. Aroma is powerful raspberry. Taste is incredibly tart and just overpowers any malt flavors or hop bitterings. Real fresh fruit taste as opposed to so many fruit beers. Main issue with this is it's just too powerful and hard to plow through even 10-12 ounces. I did get a second and mixed with Third Coast Beer and this double cut produced an even more drinkable beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for sharing this with me.

Batch K10357. Bottle 407 of 495.

A: Cherry red in color, with a nice soft pink head on top of it. The head dissipates rather quickly.

S: There is a nice sweetness to the smell. It smells like raspberry preserves. The raspberry notes almost seem over-ripe. There is a cooked aroma to this. A touch of spice in the finish.

T: Sweet with just enough tartness. The raspberry is noticeable but not overpowering. The cooked aroma continues into the taste. The finish is biscuity.

M: Medium light in body. Carbonation levels are high. Perhaps a touch dry with a finish that clings in your mouth with a slight pucker.

O: Overall a very interesting beer. Classier than your typical raspberry beer. But certainly not a perfect execution.

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Photo of tommy5
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is ruby in color with practically no head.

smell: Aromas of raspberry puree and light malts are found. Moderately sweet smells.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a medium high, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Slightly tart flavor or raspberry blended with the grainy sweetness of light malts. No hops are noticeable to me at the time.

drinkability: easy enough...as a beer, this could use some more character

Sampled on tap at Maduro in Madison at the Bell's Great Taste pre-party. Not sure if this is the same beer or not, but it was listed as Raspberry Ale, so this will do until I hear otherwise.

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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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Raspberry Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 74 ratings