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

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

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 537 |  Reviews: 364
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with an amazing amount of carbonation. Head retention is a bit disappointing though.

S: Honey, cloves, and lemon meld well in a moderately expressed bouquet.

T: A bit on the sweet side, with all of the notes promised in the nose.

M: A bit slick, but the onslaught of bubbles scrub the oiliness away from the palette.

D: A nice example of the Tripel style from a brewery that typically only does the English side of things. Worth a shot, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No longer my favorite beer this is still one of the best of style in my book, a very good tripel.Its a bit candy sweet and fruity but it goes down oh so smooth with just enough drying herbal hop profile in the finish.Its big time drinkable and a great beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful Abbey Tripel. The body is that hazy, creamy orange and is full of sediment. The head came up fairly nicely as well.

Smell – This is my kind of Tripel. The yeast is light and bready, and the spices are big and deep. Coriander is my favorite spice for this style, and this one has it in spades. I can also pick up just the right hint of alcohol.

Taste – The alcohol came out a bit on the mediciney side but mixed well with the fine spices. The combination is huge though and overpowers the yeast and fruit notes.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol presence was a little more pronounced than I care for, but the carbonation was fluffy and right on for the style. This was a solid medium-bodied and fun to hold in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – Ah, a big Abbey Tripel. My preferences for this style seem to run a bit on the exotic side, but I enjoyed this one very much.

Comments – Thanks to feloniousmonk for sending this beauty shop out my way.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A white fluffy head sits upon an apricot tinged sparkly gold body in a white wine glass at Maduro. Head is lasting and carbonation is highly active and very appealing to the eye. Aromas of bready yeasts and toasted malts form a base under a peppery spice and citric finish. Tastes of bread and toast with lemon/lime jam, pepper, and just a hint of light alcohol. Feel is sparkling, mediumbodied, and mildly warming. Drinkability is decent but the alcohol sugars, which become noticeable when the beer warms to room temp, create a sweet coating on my palate that prohibits me from drinking more than two glasses. Overall, I find this to be an impressive trippel, largely because it grasps subtlety and isn’t overly sweet, tropical, or banana filled as so many American trippels are.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oak cafe. Pours a vibrant, golden-yellow color; hazy, opaque, seemingly volatile with a large, fluffy, beige colored head, leaving plenty of large lace chunks on the way down. Bell's pulls off the typical Beligan tripel aroma quite nicely - the Belgian yeast is very noticeable and apparent; spices, cloves, white pepper, fruity esters, pears and apple skins. It hits the palate thin and highly carbonated, the beer almost disappears from your mouth. The high carbonation isn't stingy, and it really makes the flavors pop. Undertones of earthiness and bread are the playing field for more intricate tripel flavors, like the signature clove-banana-bubble gum combo, all of which are certainly present here. Alongside this tasty trio are some pears, white grapes, apricots, light white pepper, and another spice which I can't quite put my finger on, maybe coriander. The alcohol warms things up and rounds out the rough edges. Though it's definitely noticeable, it's pretty damn drinkable for 9% ABV. Aftertaste is full of fading, estery sweetness in the form of green apple skins and bananas, along with some clove for good measure.

Another tasty beer by Bells, proving that they aren't afraid of the Belgian yeast culture. High drinkability for a relatively high ABV brew - be careful or this one could sneak up on you quickly.

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Photo of mull0263
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of brownbeer
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden with a thin white head that's fading fast. Completely filtered?

Aromas of under ripe banana, sweet pale malt, sauvignon blanc.

Applesauce and banana up front, with a lot of white wine characteristics thoughout the experience. Finishes off-dry and slightly hot with the forced carbonation being noticable.

This shows potential, but if they did bump up the quality we wouldn't see it being affordable anymore.

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Photo of SRoseGR
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of sgoodship
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My good friend Brian gave me this after his trip to Binnys in the South Loop. There was no freshness date on this bottle.

The beer had a soft white finger head. No lasting lacing. The color is yellowy and clear with plenty of carb bubbles showing.
The nose is a slight hop, slight banana.

The start is nice and clean.. It then jumps right into fruit. I get banana but there is a sweeter peach type profile there too. It finished surprisingly dry and hoppy.

It's a clean and refreshing drink. There's plenty of carb but it is not too aggressive on the palate - soft like champagne bubbles. It's definitely a very light and subtle body.

I like this beer as a thirst quencher, I find it hard as a seasonal. I guess it's only claim for seasonal is the champagne like bubbliness and dryness and it certainly delivers in that department. An interesting drink and I'd be happy to have more in future but won't be going out of my way looking for it.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

Pours crystal clear pale orange with very minimal white head. Foam disappears quickly and goes to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Very light lacing.

Aromas of sweet malts & esters come through a base of something like green apple and fruit.

Flavors are somewhat typical in that the Belgian yeasty flavors and that interesting spicy note that mingles with a light fruitiness. Also missing is the subtle sweetness - instead, the sweetness is foremost on the tongue with no subtly in site. The finish is also sweet with a slight linger of something like a clove spice.

Mouthfeel is rather course due to the fairly high carbonation. The higher gravity is masked well, probably due to the sweetness.

The brew is enjoyable and is probably what I have come to expect from an "American Tripel". There are better Trips out there but this one isn't too bad.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a bright golden yellow orange with a light active bubbly head on top. Bubbles rush up to the top of the glass from all sides. Aromas start with some fruity notes of apples, pears and some tropical scents. A mellow spiciness along with sweet grains and some yeast. Not bad.

First sip brings a sweet, light malt body that is highlighted by mixed fruits and a dash of peppery spiciness. Yeast tones come through on the way down along with some hops. Refreshing overall..but seems a little understated for a tripel to me. A bit of alcohol peeks its way through on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and slightly creamy. Good carbonation allows this one to go down super smooth. Overall, this is a refreshing tripel with a more laid back flavor profile than most. Worth a try..but if I want a tripel I will probably look elsewhere.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, batch 7134 (11/9/2005). Pours a cloudy tea color with lots of floaties. The head is white and creamy and quickly recedes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sugary malts with some banana and melon and pepper and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet melon and banana followed by some spices and butterscotch and a little alcohol in the finish. It pretty smooth and mellow. The mouthfeel is medium to full and very creamy.

Overall, an OK trippel. It's a little sweeter than usual. The flavors just rub me a little wrong.

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Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow color with a white head that dissipates to a bubbly ring around the glass and spotty lacing. Aroma is yeasty, with bits of bubblegum, hay, chamomile, and a touch of creamed corn. Taste has chamomile, bread dough, banana, and some sort of spice, perhaps clove. Pretty high carbonation with medium body. I didn't really know what to expect when I tried this, but what I found was a nice little Tripel. I could probably see myself getting this from time to time.

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Photo of deebo
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at bulldog-uptown
Served in a pint glass this beer had a thin skimming of white foam leaving no lacing on the glass. Completely clear and golden. Aromas of phenolic clove and yeasty banana esters. Not unlike a hefe. Some spiciness here that would suggest a triple. Tastes like it smells. A spicy aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden. Overall a solid but not outstanding brew. A welcome brew from bells. Better than their dubbel.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ADR
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hazy bright peach color with lots of chunks and a 1/4 inch head that laces in rings. Some yeastiness and definite bread in the aroma, with a little sour apple. Viscous mouthfeel, prickly sense of coriander and thistle flowers, candied lemon, and a musty sense of canvas. Finishes with impressive hops and a big and bitter alcohol bite. Something about this was unsettling in my mouth and stomach, some sense of a bitter anisey medicine and thick flavor warbling that's not my style. The yeasty smells are distinctly Bell's and seem more appropriate in their Stouts. Oh well, you can't love 'em all...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mesmorizing glowing golden orange amber hue with a fluffy growing massive white head leaves thick patches of lacing so good evenly dispersed. Aroma: Herbal clove combo with the funky yeast characteristic that every Bell's brew has, a warming sweetness but no acohol ridden nose. Taste: Excellent ties everything together so well, seems farmhouse funkyness of peppery spices and then the bread yeast characteristics, with an herbal clove and underlying fruit sensation this is good stuff. Mouthfeel: Fluffy very right on the mark for carbonation spritzy but still holds together some great texture awesome. Drinkability: Dangerous I could chill with these all day but a bigger beer means beware, so good clean well made triple awesome one of the better American brewed versions.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of harlanhu28
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Plaza in Tucson AZ... When poured there is quite a good amount of carbonation.. Poured a very clear golden left a 1 1/2 finger head, that cleared quickly.. I will say I am not fond of the style but here we go..

The flavors of fruit were noticed and the tinge of high alcohol was present, but overall quite enjoyable.. I will definitely purchase again..

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a thin creamy light tan head that last and last on top of a light golden body. The crystal clear body shows the dense carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- There is a soft note of pale malt and bubblegum hint that may just be a slight sweetness to the malt. Otherwise a very clean smell.

T- This beer has a pale malt taste with a hint of bubblegum and some smooth wheat notes that make it really light in flavor. There is a faint perfume note with a slight nugget note. The finish is a smooth soft hop bitterness.

M-This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a little bit of a creamy texture.

D- For a sparkling ale this has the smooth light qualities but there were just a few off notes that didn't really blend with the flavor and aromas. Very drinkable especially for none BA friends.

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Photo of hughesm4
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown color with quite a bit of sediment floating in the beer. Smells malty with a little fruity sweetness. The taste was initially very malty. As the beer warmed I got a little bit of a citrus aftertaste. It leaves a very yeasty sweet taste in the mouth after the drink. Goes down very well and is a very good tripel.

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