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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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 Brent
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall, I'm a fan of Kalmazoo, and this was a nice try, but I have to give it rather low marks. This is obviously all about the cherries - brewed with cherry concentrate - but the cherry flavor was neither sweet nor tart - either way would have made more of a statement. Cherry juice flavor was present, but needed either sweetness or tartness to give it some personality. As it was, it was just pretty uninteresting fruit flavor component to the beer. The finish was a very blunt, tannic cherry pit-like bitterness which really turned me off.

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Photo of maxpower
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy and bright amber with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Malty sweet fruity aromas, tart and sour cherry flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sourness.

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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 BrianKeyes
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average at best. Tasted like someone put a shot of cherry <generic kids drink here> in a standard ale. Not to say that I didnt enjoy it, but it is not something I will be going out of my way to pick up while in season. Perhaps part of the problem was the first bottle I opened was flat, it might have spoiled my experince. That sort of QC is not something I expected from Bell's.

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Photo of walleye
2.34/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. poured a reddish brown, with a off white head that didn’t hang around for very long. aroma, tart cherries, malt, and metallic. flavor get mostly tart cherries but a little bit of sweetness creeps in there and some malts. it does have a clean finish.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing like a beer brewed with cherry concentrate! Seems more like minute maid than Bell's at first impression. Very red body, a little bit dark maroon colored. Head is not much, other than just a wisp across the top of the beer. Light cherry tartness in the nose, light malt, also. Taste also has a lot of cherry tartness, backing is light and fairly thin. This is not very good compared to the Cherry Stout. To thin in everything else except the cherry flavor. This almosts tastes like a cherry cola, or possibly kool-ade.

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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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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 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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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 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 ADR
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely red-hued darker amber appearance, clearish and not as yeast clogged or hazy as many Bell's brews. Head is speckly in appearance, but not long-lasting. Minimal string laces. Aroma features cherries, but not in an overly tart manner, more like a cherry pie sense. And...cherry pie carries into the flavor (what is meant by cherry concentrate on the label, I don't really know), canned sweet, a little cloying, doughy with pie crust notes. Not at all astringent or even as forward as the old Cherry Stout. Finishes with slightly bitter tones and no thinning of the mouthfeel. Pretty reserved overall, needs some things to give more interest and to tone down the sugary qualities.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Chris.

Lets see how this compares to the tap version. It pours a hazy reddish color with a light coating over top. The nose is not as fruity cherry as I would like. I get a sweet creamyness. If I take a very deep breath, I get the cherry. A little disappointing. The flavor is also not as impressive as I remember. The first and most intense flavor is metallic. Behind that, there is a light tart cherry, but the metallic taste is hard to get past. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I'm not as impressed with this in bottle. The flavor is really a bit off-putting. Overall, fairily lacking.

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Photo of clvand0
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a red color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little creamy, but I don't get much cherry in there. The smell is kind of stale and musty. The flavor has some strange tart apple tones along with some syrup and a hint of cherry. Not what I was expecting. Something in there is not tasty - might be metallic. The body is moderate. The drinkability is ok, but I don't care for the flavor.

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Photo of cokes
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Opaque apricot mud with scattered, clotted flakes. The brief tan head hastily retreats to a piled lace around the rim.
Nose of damp moss, store brand cherry pie filling, and bread crust.
It storms in thick, but lacking normally expected malt traits. What is here is loose and doughy in a damp and stale sort of way. Tiny trickles of caramel goo ooze out as it warms, as a cider notion grows. The yeast is thick, humid, and earthy, and not congruent in the least. It ventures towards cherry cheesecake, with an over ripe sense of marscapone and mushy canned cherries. The back end is all coagulated blood and rusted iron and worm-eaten pears, as what is left of its wheels fall off.
Obese and sticky in the mouth. It thins a bit as it progresses, but still exudes a binding sense of girth, especially in absense of any likeable flavors.
In all honesty, it's probably only a step or two away from a passable Flanders Red. But as is, it's ten thousand miles from anything respectable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly reddish tinged coppery color. Somewhat cloudy. Low aroma-trace of fruit. Malty flavor with a slight trace of cherries. Somewhat tart. A little bland except for the tartness. The cherry doent really announce itself. Ok body. Overall this beer could use some work. Really nothing to get excited about. Get the cherry stout thats a winner from Bells.

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Photo of bashiba
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy Amber color with minimal head.

Smell was slightly sweet with a touch of cherry.

Slightly sweet malty apple flavors at first finishing with a dry tart cherry finish. The Cherry is really subdued, especially for something called cherry ale. Nothing real great here, I'll finish the six, but can't imagine picking this up again.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany/cherrywood tone. Very little head. Lace is minimal. Aroma of cherry-vanilla and slight whiffs of malt, but nothing really stands out. Taste is simple. Brown sugar, cherry syrup and tart apples. This one just doesn't do it for me. I'm not usually a big fan of beers that use fruit concentrate and this one just reaffirms my feelings. They tend to be a little syrupy. Teetering on that cloying feeling. This is definitely not one I'll revisit in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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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