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Twentieth Anniversary Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by putnam on 09-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of santoslhalper
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a murky, muddy, dull red with a bubbly, unappealing off-white head. Looks nasty, to be honest.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent mix of grains, spices, and earthy hops. Well balanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Hmmm.... I don't know how to feel about this. It has a very intruiging flavor, but really doesn't taste good. Just average. The alcohol is a bit obvious, and the spiciness is a little out of control. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Why release this as an anniversary ale? I don't quite get it. Maybe I'm looking for something different in an amber ale, but this just isn't my beer. Worth a try though.

Glass: John Harvard's Pint Glass
Music: "Cliche" by Typical Cats

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy blood red color. The head is large, creamy and white. The aroma is rather subdued, but pleasant. It has some gentle sweetness mixed with Bell's signature yeast. The taste is sweet to the point of being sugary. This is one of the sweetest beers I have yet had, and is, perhaps, a little too sweet for my liking. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, this beer is alright.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a low, off white head. The beer is a slightly hazy reddish orange in color.

smell: Moderate malt sweetness and a light hoppy aroma. There is a light earthy nuttiness. There is a definate malted milk aroma (also some of this in the flavor), pretty considerable, to the beer. Nothing exciting, but well balanced and pleasing.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, the body a lighter medium. Nice balance of carbonation and body.

taste: The malt character is dominant, providing a moderate caramel sweetness. Just enough hop bitterness to give some balance. Hints of toffee and a slight nuttiness are present. The finish is dry with a light bitterness.

drinkability: Tasty and easy drinking.

The batch ID # 7040 printed on the back label indicates a bottling date of September 7, 2005. Received from CRJMellor as part of SS '05.

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Photo of jp32
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a choppy, nearly-cloudy amber bronze color with a frothy off-tan head.

S: The smell is soft and fruity. I notice cherries and maybe a hint of mandarin oranges. Sweet caramel malts. An easygoing aroma.

T: The taste is sweet and malty up front, gets a tad fruity in the middle, and finishes very yeasty. Its balanced and nothing is overkilled. Maybe a touch of that hop-tangyness when I swallow.

M: The mouthfeel is heavier than I expected. Not overly heavy, but bigger than medium-bodied. It could use a little more carbonation, and doesnt seem to relax in your mouth. The flavors just kind of stick together and race down the hatch. Almost reminds me of a Belgian.

Drinkability is decent. A good, balanced beer, but nothing to go crazy about.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy deep amber brew with chunks floating around in it. I didn't expect that, but whatever.

Aroma was of rich malts, caramel and toffee. It was a little deep and layered.

Taste was lightly toasted, caramel malts with a bit of a hop tang. Yeastiness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich and, as mentioned above, deep. Very nice.

Drinkability was quite good. Cheers to the brewers at Bells, keep 'em coming! Thanks to Frozensoul327 for the bottle.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light coppery color with lots of suspended particles floating around in it. Small, firm ivory cap. Little lacing sticks as its fairly drippy.

Aroma is subdued in malty sweetness. Toffeeish and kinda toasted. Light floral hops add a faint herbalness to it.

Taste is well-rounded in a tamimgly calm, present, softening load of sweet berry-like caramel malt, with a sliding toffee edge of toasted grains and ghostly nuttyness. Nice little herbal/floral hop notes decorate the finishing areas while keeping the malty sweet presence.

Body is about medium with a low, smooth carbonation level. Super smooth and lightly silky; the malts create a heavenly score of smoothness across the palate scale. Drinkable by a ton. Bell's has fashioned a nice session ale for the anniversary, so drink up.

Oh, and Happy Anniversary Larry, keep up the good work!

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Photo of longarm
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy red with some chunky stuff, but I forgot to decant. Nice carbonation and decent head.

Aroma has light hops. Otherwise very little noticeable at first. Once it warms, more sweetness comes through, predominantly caramel malts.

Flavor is exceptionally well balanced. The sweet malt profile of this beer folds well into fruity esters and noticeable hops.

A decent mouthfeel coats well. Not too sticky, and it also has a nice finishing bitterness to it.

Overall a solid beer. Nothing overwhelming, either good or bad. Somewhat boring for a special edition, but I can't judge it based on that.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is an orange brown color, a colorful blend of autumn colors.

Smell: Smell is very sweet. Like fallen apples and blackberries that have weathered in the rain. While sweet smelling, there is a very level regulating water-sense to the smell.

Taste: This taste has a lot of what I expect from high alcohol Belgian beers, but without the potency. There is an equal presence of fermented fruit and alcohol. In a way, it reminds me of their 'Third Coast Old Ale', but without the ever present alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A good mix of buttery, smooth, mixed with slightly carbonated fresh fruit. The body really carries for such an easy-going beer. If you take care to not sip too often, this beer can really reward you with a long aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is a good beer to celebrate with, as the title implies. You can really drink a lot of them -its heavy, but you can still drink three or four of them without being full or need a new flavor of beer on hand. I would recommend splitting the six pack with someone.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/orange, big off white head forms, sticky lace all over. Smell is very malty, chocolate, citrus, spice, very grainy. Taste is very malty as well, chocolate, caramel, citrus, coffee, and grains. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nice ale. Nice pickup DrJay.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. browner with 7040 imprinted on the back label. This poured into a tulip with a hazy amber hue containing a few suspended particles, topped by a settled thin khaki collar.

Aroma is a ginger ale grassy leafy hop burst followed through with a clean copper metallic finish.

First swigs: Balanced hop characters with a candy sugar sweet malt. Seems like maybe some Belgian candi sugar could be in there. Just a one dimensional sugary tacky malt ale.

Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. A bit cloying in the feel due to a sugary note.

Last swigs: Sweet malt ale. I didn't find the cause for 20th Anniversary Celebration here. Maybe next year? Aw well... Special big ups to BA OrbitalR0x.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Looks just like the BA avatar. Reverse label has the Code ‘7040’ on it and the words “A special ale brewed to celebrate and commemorate our 20th Anniversary. We believe it’s worthy of the honor.” No strength listed.

Appearance: Lovely rich ruddy Sunset orange when backlit, slight haze with floating bubble streamers that seem trapped in a buoyancy dilemma. Head is crusty on the pour but soon collapses to leave a persistent bubbled halo ring and a very thin surface covering. Minimal lacing but the dissolved conditioning is of the resilient finely carbonated kind.

Nose: Sugar coated candied orange slices and soft toffees with some rising fruity malts in the back end. Nice enough.

Taste: Yeasty start with powdery malts. But the fruit breaks through in the middle to add some luscious orange and white grapes whilst the bitterness starts to fill the back end. Mild finish has baked Pears and Apples with some brown sugar and raisins, but the lingering ending seems to reactivate the strength of the flavors somehow and mix them with a light alcoholic twinge. Tasty stuff and it gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Sturdy full bodied feel from the Twentieth Anniversary Ale, soft carbonation with a light spritzy feel in the swallow.

Drinkability: A nice enough brew that has a lovely soft orange fruity aspect to it in the start, whilst the finish takes a different dimension. Simplistic in some ways, yet complex and attractive in others. Started with a staid entrance but by the end of the 12 ounce bottle this had grown on me and I have to say I really enjoyed this one.

Overall: Nicely done and rather enjoyable…..a Thanksgiving cheers to BigHuge, or should I say ‘Thanks’ for ‘giving’ me the chance to try this one……..shit I wish I was Twenty again….Cheers Joe!

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Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel amber colour, slight haze, with a light tan head. This foam produced some lacing and the thin head showed good retention. A bit yeasty overall, bitterness was restrained, but provided some balance against caramel maltiness. Slight butteriness. Decent body and texture, but this seemed a little mediocre for Bell's (and a 20th anniversary offering).

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Very clear orange color, no head or maybe wispy head. Smells kind of fruity, but also smells a little like bad white wine. The type I can buy in Northern OH. Not a promising aroma in a beer.

Taste is better than was advertised by the smell. Goes down easily, but the after-taste is tart and not pleasant. Luckily the after-taste isn't too strong.

I think I recommend against this.

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Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours redish gold with a short head. Great lacing.

Smells delightful, but is a little faint. Tastes delicious. Rich malty body with a little bitterness. Mixture of fruit and caramel that finishes with a bitter bite.

I'm usually picky about my carbonation, but this one is right on. Balances nicely with the body.

At 6.7% this could be dangerously drinkable. I can easily see myself putting down a 6-pack or growler of this way too fast.

I'm not sure exactly what it is, but this beer really impresses me. Overall it has great balance with great flavors. Nothing is really off and the 6.7% isn't noticable. Go buy this beer and be merry!

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what they are trying to do here. Peachy colour and there's head and lace. Strong carbonation. Definite hop and bittterness, and lemon peel, overall drying finish. It has good intentions that don't all work together. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing.

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Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just bought two singles of this and was excited to get something strong and celebratory in honor of Bell's.

This poured an opaque amber with little head and lacing. There was trace carbonation; when held to the light, an infinite dance of yeast floaties was manifest and beautiful.

Nothing particularly notable about the smell. A good, but typical, carmel presence with a hint of pungence.

I'm impressed by the balance that this beer has to taste: a good hop bitterness throughout that is matched with a fruity sweetness. Satisfying, but not especially complex. Light to medium in body, this beer doesn't hold any surprises as it warms up--the lingering hoppiness makes for a pleasant aftertaste.

This has the potential to be an inoffensive session beer, but not much else. Truth be told, I expected a little more bang for my buck with a special Bell's release and doubt that I'll try this again. Rather, I'll stick to celebrating their twenty-fifth, thirtieth, and fortieth anniversaries through an unhealthy commitment to Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cloudy amber brown with an ivory white head that retains well and tons of lacing dripping all over the glass.
Smell is of grainy wheat and malt. Very appealing aroma with a buttery smell that seems to be placed well in this brew. Somewhat addictive to sniff.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice blend going on. I like the taste.
Mouthfeel is a tiny dropoff that is smooth but bitter and sweet. Hard to describe. Almost like a potent fuel that is drinkable.

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Photo of NolanGTI
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was a bit dissapointing, I am such a huge fan of the two hearted I was hoping for something with a bit broader falvor profile.

Nice amber color, thin head, dissipated quickly. Nose was a bit bready, tiny hint of citrus that was not immeadeatly noticeable at first. The beer is a very nice and smooth amber, has a hint of hop and good malt profile. You could easily have 5 or 6 of these, but none of them would bowl you over with with that 'I got to have another one of these' feelings.

All in all a solid amber that doesn't take too many chances.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy tan head that sits atop a copper-amber beer that is quite clear. The aroma is malt driven with notes of crystal malt, caramel, fresh baked bread, toffee, toasted grain and just a splash of spicy hoppiness.

This has a nice, creamy smooth body with a heft to it that I was not expecting. It is still quite quaffable, but has a fullness that, in combination with the malt, almost makes this beer chewy. There is also a nice level of hop flavor here, nothing outrageous or overly expressive, but a nice mix of interesting hop notes. There really is all sorts of different hop flavors packed into this beer, but it lies at a level just underneath the malt; I get fruity notes of citrus, notes of fresh cut herbs, hints of menthol and pine, and a nice balancing bitterness that carries through to a longish finish.

The malt really is the focus here though; notes of sweet caramel are evident from the first, but carry through to the finish. There is a soft raisin like fruitiness that fills my mouth as well as a dry, toasty malt base that is reminiscent of a biscuits that have been just slightly browned and are fresh from the oven.

This is a perfectly quaffable brew. Too quick do I find that my 12 oz portion of this beer gone and I am wishing that I had another bottle to contemplate. This is a great rendition of an Amber ale and I would have loved to have spent an evening quaffing pints of this beer.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a cellar Temperature (68 deg F) bottle, this beer pours clear orange copper with thin white head.

Smell rich sweet & malty was apparent as soon as the cap came off the bottle;

Taste is rich and malty, smooth with subtle hop bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, no bite or harshness, fuller than I remember Bell's flagship Amber.

Very drinkable, good session beer; and a good beer to introduce others to full flavored brews.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a wheat beer glass, with ample head. Good color, like the moderate cloudiness, good amber color. First impression is that this is definitely a Bell's beer. Always liked the strength of these beers. Feels good in the mouth, plenty of body. Tasting carmel hints, .. and, maybe a little nutty? This is a great beer to drink, like it the whole way through. Was somewhat surprised to see it is 6.7%... higher than I thought it tasted. Head lasted all the way to the end. This is a beer that I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours with a nice head the dissipated slowly. Nice lacing along the edges of the class. Nice amber in color.

Smell: The first thing that hits the nose is a nice citrus aroma with notes of Carmel and malt. Also some bread smell is present.

Taste: First thing that hits the tongue is a citrus flavor and then bitterness. I get a nice maltiness on the back of my tongue. Also some hints of toffee and some bread flavor are present.

Mouthfeel: Nice Mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting, very drinkable.

Once again, another good brew from Kalamazoo brewing. Congratulations on twenty years and here’s to another twenty.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with an evanescent tan head. Biscuity, malty aroma with slight hop spice. Flavor is full of grainy, toasty malt with some caramel sweetness. There is also a bit of yeastiness floating around. Hops seem to quietly appear out of nowhere, before making a little noise and presenting a complimentary spice. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is on par with the style. Hops are a little bolder than I was expecting, but overall, nothing out of the ordinary with this offering. Easy drinking, enjoyable amber from the boys in Kalamazoo. I20th Anniversary? I'll drink to that.

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Photo of carln26
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, topped by a thick off white head with great retention. Toffee/caramel aroma with just a mild hint of citrus and apple. The flavor is nicely balanced between the caramel and apple/ pineapple fruit. It really gives the impression of a toffee apple. There may even be just a touch of nuttiness to the flavor. Smooth, rich mouth feel, surprising since this is an amber ale. Great drinakbility. I was surprised when Bell’s picked this style to celebrate 20 years, but it is a great offering and tribute.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a blue label. bell's logo is front and center with "twentieth anniversary ale" below that. under the name is an image of what i'm guessing is the brewery. there are warehouse doors on the right, a tower in the center with an american flag, and some other tower in the courtyard in front. "a special ale brewed to commemorate our 20th anniversary. we belive it's worthy of the honor." batch number is 7040. according to the bell's website, this was bottle was packaged september 7, 2005. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a hazy red orange with a nice inch and a half creamy off-white head in a stein mug. color is a little off. highlights are orange and the shadows aren't very red or amber either. head retention is good and lacing is pretty good. there is a suspended smokey shape in the middle of the brew.

smell: malty sweet and lightly hoppy with light citrus hop aromas. mostly caramel and a bready or cookie tone.

taste: very malty. caramelly cake with a taste of apple when i breath over the brew. warming alcohol flavors. there is a lightly spicy hop character and bitterness is mild, not balancing. finish is sweet with a yeasty bitterness at the back of your tongue.

mouthfeel: lightly residuous. nice medium body with good carbonation. rolls smoothly and swallow is velvet. i enjoy rolling this around in my mouth every sip. nice mouthfeel.

drinkability: good drinkability. alcohol is there and warming, but well masked. tasty with an excellent mouthfeel.

overall: the american amber/red ale is a catch all syle, but the color is still off. that kills the review a bit, but other than that, this is an excellent beer worthy of better overall reviews imho. one of my favorite reds. flavorful with an excellent mouthfeel. a must try anniversary. thanks to mlh1227 for this try.

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Twentieth Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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