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

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish shaped pint glass.

Like fine champagne... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset golden-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light banana peel, light green apple skin, and a touch of spicy yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit and a less-spicy version of the yeast taking full control. Every now and again, some chlorophyll-laden flowers peek their heads in to make sure things are going okay. What diligent babysitters (he says sarcastically). The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, not all that reflective of a tripel, nor all that sparkling. It's not a bad beer, but one I just don't see drinking all that much of in the future.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden with a frothy one inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast, pear, apple, and apricot esters form the initial aroma. There's a bit of a funky barnyard note, along with perfumey, floral hops.

Flavor is somewhat muted, with pear at the base, slightly sweet, becoming dry and peppery at the finish. Honey-like malt balances mid palate, with lemon rind surfacing as it warms.

Body is fairly light, with prickly carbonation that seems lower than expected, possibly due to the flat malt flavor. Alcohol warmth is substantial.

A little flat in flavor, but good esters. Wish they surfaced as much in the flavor as in the aroma. Could use age to tame the alcohol.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a meager thin head of white. A few whisps on the surface and errant dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are a blend of honey, apples, bubblegum, cloves, and a hint of tropical hops.

Light bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet, honey-drizzled malt starts the palate with apples and cut grass. Spicy phenols follow through.

Finishes sweet and cloying with lingering honey.

This beer needs to dry up and get a serious dose of carbonation. The label also promises northwest hops of which there is barely a trace.

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Sparkling Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 537 ratings