Bell's Cherry Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Cherry AleBell's Cherry Ale

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Wildman on 11-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Skidz
4.57/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out orange-amber and sits ruby tinted amber in the glass with a decent sized off-white head, fading quickly to a wandering skim; few lacings.

Smells of soft, fresh picked cherries, tartness all around the nose. Crisp, baked pie crusts and a mild grassy twang in the back.

Tastes mildly sweet initially and gathers a good run of tart, cherry flavors. Soggy cherry flavor, with some tannins present, a nice balance. All-around mild flavor profile, but makes it all the more enjoyable.

Refreshing in the mouth, completely. Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

I gotta say, when fruit beers come around, I'm usually very skeptical, as most brewers will go cheap and end up with something far from drinkable. This hits drinkabiliy right in the stomach, where it needs to be.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4




PURCHASED @: Irish Rose

COST: n/a

HEAD: none

LACE: minimal

COLOR: yellow w/ red tint

AROMA: sweet cherry


PALATE: adjusts quickly

COMMENTS: Had on draft at Irish Rose in Rockford. Beautiful to the sight and smell. Quality brew. I believe this is 6% ABV...


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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz (no batch#) poured into a pint. I'm guessing this has no Batch # as it is listed as a limited release.

Hazy amber with a thin white head that falls quickly into a veiled ring. Leaves rings and spots as it goes down.

Smells of yeast and malt paired with tart cherries. Nice balance in the nose. I see a nice cherry (from Traverse City perhaps?) on the label, but my nose tells me that this is beer made with cherries, not some carbonated fruit juice like Lienenkugel's Berry Weisse or whatever that shit is.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose: Good beer made with cherries. The cherry taste shows up mostly in the finish which is tart and dry. Malts are upfront and provide the body that gives it a nice mouthfeel.

This is a good summer beer. I really like it, and this is coming from someone who shys away from "fruity beers".

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Photo of nmyers
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a bright ruby red color and a very strong cherry aroma this beer lives up to its name. It also has very light carbonation and a very thin light red head on it with minimal retention. The taste of this beer was a little tart at first, but finished off sweet with a little bit of a lingering cherry after taste. This was a very drinkable beer, but I couldn't have more than a couple in a night.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6898. single bottle on shelf at Bambers Superette in South Bend.

Pours red with little head. nice and clear, looks good. Tart cherry odor as expected. Taste is not sweet at all, cherry flavor is not heavy and really it's just got a good light malt flavor with some cherry undertones. great, full mouthfeel. fantastic drinkability for the style, i was surprized to be this impressed considering its a beer with fruit in it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Nile ( imagine that!)
color is a bright crimson, a solid ruby, thick & hazy, too, and capped with a lush pinkish head, solid and lasting...very impressive appearance, very attractive, too!
Aroma, light, and sweet, with whiffs of cherry, but not much else.
Full feel on the palate, when first quaffed, a rush of sweet fruit, then the tart of the cherry, a bite of sour, then all is refreshment, and total quaffability.
My first taste of this made me wonder if I'd really like it. My first pint of it led to another, and so on..
Excellent texture, great drinkablity, a splash of tart to meet every swallow, but not so much to bring down the pleasure of drinking...bright and's an ale full of cherries, what else do you want? If you love cherries in your beer, this is the brew for you! I not, stay away.
Solid, tasty, tangy, very well done. Hats off to Larry & Co.
Much better than Bell's Cherry Stout,meets the style of an ale better than the aforementioned does for a stout.

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Photo of malty
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear crimson-orange color with a dense 1/2" head. Nice lacing and coating.

Intriguing sour nose immediately backed-up by a hefty dose of earthy malt sweetness.

Tart fresh cherries are the flavor here, cloaked in a pleasantly soft maltiness. As the beer warms, a welcomed dark bitter chocolate component is revealed.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Tame carbonation with a slick and silky medium body. The sweetness is held in check by a well-placed tart & dry finish.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. Not at all cloying and definitely NOT a fizz bomb.

I love this beer. I've had it fresh on tap throughout this summer and have even mixed it with tasty results. I rarely purchase fruit beers, but I had a hunch this was worth trying - I was right. I hope Bell's puts this into rotation (or at least a seasonal offering) next summer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.01/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mid-range pinkish red with a small head of off-white/pink-red tinged foam that leaves nice lacing and has decent retention as well. Aromas are all sweet cherry juice, and a nice malty ale base as well. Taste is ale based, almost ESB like with a nice sweet cherry syrup/juice taste topping it all off. The cherry really shines in this one and it quite fresh tasting and nice. I like it, but many other do not. To each their own! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but a tiny bit thin, drinkability si quite good, I had 2 or 3 of these at the blue nile as they were on special the night I was there. Another nice brew from bell's, but certainly not one of their best..

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of jj21
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Cloudy, deep red color. Quickly disappearing head. Tart Cherry aroma (Duh) is very pungent. Tart Red Cherry and Black currant and Wheat flavor. Crisp, light and tart mouthfeel is refreshing. Almost lemony Too tart to have a lot but tasty.

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Photo of Brian700
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had one of these with lunch today and it was totally not what I expected. It was better. This beer poured an amber color with a redish tint to it.

The smell was of pale malt with a sweetness to it. There was a mild cherry aroma. The taste was nice.

At first it was malty with some cherry flavor and as it settles on your palate the tartness kicks in. Wow this beer has a tartness that you would not expect. It's great. I was not expecting that when I took the first sip. I think I was expecting a sweet flavor more than tart but I'm glad Larry decided to go in this direction with this beer. It's very interesting.

The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body with medium carbonation. It is mouth puckering which I like.

I definately would recommend this beer even to people who aren't really in to the cherry flavor in beers and I know there's a lot of you. Try it because I guarantee it will be different than you think. Great beer

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Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, it looks like cherry juice with a steady flow of bubbles rising up the glass. A pink this yet high rising head fades quickly.

Cherry and malt with vibrant acidity. Malt is really chunk and exuberant in the nose.

Good carbonation, tart cherry flavors, thick malt with very good balance. Smooth and easy to drink. The lack of residual sugar and prickly carbonation really make this a easy drinking refreshner of a beer.

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Photo of proc
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer struck me as it poured out due to its red hue. O.K., I know, its a cherry beer, but whether or not it was "red" due to the cherries or me just thinking it should be red, I don't know. Anyhow, after a slight head, it settled into the glass with its nice amber glow. Mild aroma of yeasty, bread dough and light fruit. The taste is interesting with a slight sweetness at the beginning giving way to a tartness that is not ovewhelming but continues all the way through the swallow giving it a great mouthfeel. The cherry taste is not cloying, nor not to tart and is very well balanced.

An interesting beer.

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Photo of Winter
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright red amber in color. The head is white with a pinkish hue. The aroma consists of sour cherries, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied and a little soft around the edges of the tongue. The malty front carries a slight sweetness, but quickly transitions into a crisp tart cherry taste. The tartness lingers into a dry, sour cherry finish.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Muddy Pig: Dark coppery haze with a medium bubbly, crunchy looking foam of off white. Settles slowly to a thin skim and little lacing decides to stick.

Aroma isn't much, surprisingly light and mediochre to say the least. I could barely get a wiff of anything on a full pint glass til about 1/3 empty. That is where I finally could muster a clean and crisp high grain malt and a sense of tart cherry. Thats about it.

Taste is a bit short in the front, pilsner-like in malting with quick and easy crispness with a bit of grainyness to it. Wheat perhaps too. Soon after midway the cherry tartness intersedes the overall and gets a really fantanstic nuance of grapey, vineous mingled cherry drying sensibilty to its finish. Totally worth each sip. The cherry tart drifts away quickly leaving an incredibly fine and easy dryness lasting for a good long while. It has a wonderful little play of dark grapes and cherry merging together to create one finely delicate and pleasingly acceptable dryness of light tart/souring. Nearly lambic-like on the trailing end. Quite unique.

Feel is about a medium body, holding a firm carbonation from front to back, but most of the attention is being drawn into the middle, then into the finish, where the cherry stuff and drying stuff kicks into high gear and makes it all worth while.

Intially tart when served, but calmed down soon after as it began to breathe a little and really became a nice little fruit beer to enjoy. Thoroughly drinkable and welcoming. A nice rendition to the Bell's line of beers to drink down in the summer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really cool labeled bottle from Bell's featuring a single cherry on the white background. Pours from the bottle into my Orval chalice a deep dark red with hints of brown and a nice bone colored bubbly head that falls to a ring around the brew. Aromas of tart cherry juice upfront, similar to a Polish sour cherry juice I've had many times. Mellow pale maltiness lingers as an afterthought. Some nice characteristic Bell's yeast notes pop up as well.

First sip begins with the tart cherry juice once again balanced nicely by some sweet pale malts. Notes of grain and earthy yeast with mellow spiciness comes through mid sip. This does a good balancing act between the sweet and sour flavors and does not come off as tasting artificial. Quite a tasty fruit beer with good body.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice rush of carbonation. Goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. If you enjoy tart cherry flavors I imagine you will like this brew...nicely executed by Bell's as always. This ranks up there as one of my favorite straight up fruit beers. Give it a shot!

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer last year on tap at the brewpub. This beer poured a very cloudy/murky reddish amber color and formed a small bubbly off white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation was initially present. An slight aroma of cherry over the malt background. The flavor was of malt and cherries. The body was medium light and the finish was slightly sour (cherries of course) and had some astrigency to it. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of blackthistle
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle; batch #6898, packaged on June 6, 2005

Pours a light ruby color with orange tints around the edges and a slight haze. A thick creamy looking tan head dissipates slowly and creates lacing that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Aroma consists of a light, toasty malt and just a hint of hops spiciness. Not much of a cherry aroma at all. The flavor profile is quite interesting with a medium malt background that doesn't hide the sour/tart cherries. There is just a hint of spicy hops bitterness to round out the flavors, then ends with the sourness/tartness again from the cherries. Moderate to low carbonation keeps this unique ale soft, creamy and refreshing. Overall, not something I would want to drink more than one of at a time, but quite refreshing and enjoyable as a break from the usual ales. Recommended when you're in the mood for something off the beaten path.

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Photo of karst
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Corral Liquors in Granite City $9.50 for a sixer - highly recommended by Joe the house beer and wine guru.

The Batch ID that you entered '6898', is a Bell's Cherry Ale. Your Bell's Cherry Ale was packaged on June 6, 2005 and pours clear ruby with 1/4" off white head with a trace of lace and a thin bead supported ring. Carbonation is on strong side. A weak vinous aroma of cherrys and malt. Flavor is malt and cherries. Light body thin mouthfeel and a finish of sour cherries and a astrigent bite as a bye-bye. Very dry taste that improves with warming and/or breathing an brings alcohol to mix with the aromas. Definately closer to tart than sweet. This a a beer that I think wine lovers would enjoy. Pair with sweet deserts.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, capped.

This ale poured a clear, reddish amber brown color with creamy, tan foam that settled. There was good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty with a light, tart cherry aroma, though this was modest for a beer with "cherry" in the name. The taste was tart cherry with some malt beneath. Not an overly complex flavor. The mouthfeel was dry and tart with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly tart and fruity. This was a decent fruit ale, and was easy to drink.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky orangish brown color with almost no head. There is a little head floating in the middle of the glass. It is tan. It leaves a surprising amount of laces.

This beer smells like apple juice. A slight cherry aroma is present, but mostly I smell apple juice. It smells slightly tart.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Apple juice like. A slight cherry flavor is present. It tastes sweet, and slightly tart.

This beer leaves a ciderlike aftertaste. It is low in carbonation.

This beer might be a good session beer. I assume it is low in alcohol, and the flavor is nice, and mild.

Overall: Thanks Faro for this beer. I love Bells, and I love fruit beers. This one, is not my favorite from Bells, or from the style. However, I am happy to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hm, an interesting ale to be sure, but definatly teetering on the disjointed side.

Pours a medium copper in color with a thin head that lacked retention. Nose is slightly medicinal, hints of cherry and malt, fresh. Taste starts off with a slightly sour cherry but that quickly tails off into a standard Bell's ale flavor profile with very little interaction between the two. The cherry dissapated very quickly, almost disturbingly so.

Not a bad little ale, more enjoyable than the cherry stout, but something really needs to be done to bring this one together overall.


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Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out dirty brownish amber into my snifter with hardly any carbonation, just a tiny white ring. The smell is cherry tinged yeast, not overly strong, but distinct.

The taste is a tart cherry explosion which makes my back taste buds absolutely tingle which settles down into a nicely balanced hop and grain mix with the fruit present but not knocking the door down. Finish is very crisp: a light hop kiss, and then nothing.

The body is about middle of the pack, with only mild carbonation, but it felt right for this beer. Drinkability is good, it's not a problem to put one of these down, which is sometimes problematic for fruit beers.

My overall impression is good but not great. I like the way Bell's have crafted this one with an eye toward crispness, tart flavour, and present but not overwhelming cherry presence, but still am not overly wowed by it. I do think the flavour fits the ale style better than the stout though, so I'm glad they branched out with this offering.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a unique amber tinged with rusty (red/brown) tones. Head looks and particularly sounds (fizzy) like it could be topping a glass of Coke. Malt smell is pleasant enough but nondescript. Tartish cherry notes are quite muted in the nose but turn out to be much more prominent in the taste. Cherry flavor is present from start to finish--particularly bold in the middle and most pleasant at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth but more watery than I would like. Better integrated than many fruit beers, this one nonetheless lacks subtleness and complexity.

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Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange colored...nose is nice...not as much cherries as I expected...sweet vanilla and caramel notes along with a subtle sweet cherry aroma..

Taste is more to the tart side with the cherries...the malt backbone is there (and makes this about medium bodied) but does not add much to the taste...some of the aromas I noted do not translate to the taste..

Overall an OK fruit beer...It would be better if it was a touch sweeter and also incorporated some brown sugar notes to it. I don't think I'd be able to work my way through a six-pack of this but as a change of pace it's OK..

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Bell's Cherry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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