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

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Sparkling AleSparkling Ale

Brewed by:
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
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very initial foamy, aroma of strong yeast and alcohol. Blondish yellow and whitish head. Easy full mouthfeel without heaviness-could be quickly drunk. Cirtus, and fruit sweet. Very little tartness, and of the cheery type. A real American version of a Belgian, very fresh with no skunkiness or mouldy yeast.I don't think I've met a triple I don't like, and this is no exception.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 277/1499. Batch # 11471.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The retention is thin and scattered. The lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is bready, sweet and has a subtle spice note on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront and has a dry fruity spice finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of an oily feel to it. The carbonation was pretty high but should be for the style. Overall it was a pretty good brew, I was glad to see it on draft in my area.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An imensely rich beer that is easy to under-estimate. A beauty to the sight: Almost bubbly carbonation and fluffy white foamstand. Very bready, doughy, yeasty, and fruity to the nose. Flavors are much like sugar-cookie dough with lots of citrus (lemon) flavors. Reminescent of a chardonay or champaign in its flavors, textures, and sweetness. Active and vibrant against the toung with a mildly fizzy texture. Finishes warm and sweet with a bit of a fusal hotness. Aftertaste is bite-ey and a bit harsh, but fair for a belgian-like beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a small, white, soapy head that left a little lace. There was also a good deal of sediment at the bottom.

S - It smelled of orange, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted very yeasty. Nice orange flavors. It had a light maltiness.

M - It was very sharp and bubbly. It had a warm alcohol presence. It was a light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. A nice interpretation of a Belgian ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet without leaving much lace

Smell: A hint of pineapple and some sugar, but a lot of bandaid phenols and a bit of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens doughy but fruit flavors quickly develop in a mango direction by mid-palate; becomes peppery and pithy in the middle; after the swallow, the alcohol and bandaid flavors appear and detract from the finish; metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Chalk this one up as another domestic failure to pull off a Belgian tripel; for some reason this style gives our better brewers fits

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a cloudy yellow with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some interesting fruity ester, some sweet malt which may include some wheat. Full body with some great carbonation but some light alcoholic phenol which were not too upfront. While I really enjoyed this beer I thought it lacked some complexity and subtlety.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8204

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Color is a bright yellow gold. Thin white head that leaves some decent lace rings.

The aroma is very fruity. There is some orange and citrus zest. I also picked up a bread aroma.

Taste is very bready, along with the same citrus notes from the smell.

Mouthfeel is bitter but goes down clean. When I looked up my batch on Bell's, it said it was 9% abv, which is apparent in the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very delicious belgium treat. I love bell's and I love this beer. It is over a year old, but it tastes pretty fresh to me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden-orange body topped by a full frothy white head that eventually receeds to an 1/8" creamy surface covering. The thin head holds exceptionally well (buoyed by carbonation) and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is fruity, yeasty, and sweet with cookie dough. The body is light/medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts lightly tangy and fruity (citrus), then becomes quite creamy in the mouth as it warms & CO2 breaks out of solution enhancing the sweet bready malt. Alcohol, peppery notes and a firm bitterness burst forth... then gently receed with a lingering sweet & fruity (cherries, berries, orange) maltiness in an exceptionally long finish. Quite impressive. Clearly a little bit on the wild side, but also unique. Clearly not a pale ale - definitely a tripel.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5%

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 nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, honey, some fruit, some spices and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong flavor of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of honey, spices and fruit quickly follow. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a solid beer but there are better ones within the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a big, white head that slowly dissipated away. The nose was spicy, redolent with pepper. Warming, the nose became yeasty and musty. The color was a sort of orangish-yellow, with flecks of yeast swimming throughout. The mouthfeel was almost creamy with a taste of yeasty spiciness on the palate. The finish was both citrusy and chocolaty, like one of those milk chocolate oranges. I enjoyed it, but the high ABV makes me hesitant to mark drinkability as good.

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Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Poured a light golden color with a bright bubbly head that disappeared completely quickly. No lacing on my glass.

Aroma is spicy with some fruit and yeast flavors.

Taste is tangy with some fruit and spiciness. The Belgian yeast also plays a large part in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with above average carbonation.

Drinkability is good, for the alcohol content and amount of flavors going on in this one it is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly clear light golden color with a fairly large off white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Nose brings a fair amount of Belgian spice and hints of fruit, as well as a bit of sweet bread. Taste adds in a bit of sugar, although it is mostly dry. The earthy spice and fruit flavors are present, but faint. Feel is light and airy, with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but isn't much compared to many of the Belgian versions of the style.

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