Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 07-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
513
Reviews:
347
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
66
For Trade:
4
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Photo of axeman9182
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle that came to me via the generous StormKing47. It's Batch 9871, meaning that it was bottled on August 12th, 2010. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale pours a rich red-orange, and it's fairly yet not entirely murky. A three finger light tan head comes together, and shows some pretty impressive head retention. Lacing is also very good, plenty of it left all the way down my glass. Nose is predominantly caramel, with a still noticeable alcohol burn present and just a hint of sweet fruits (think figs). It's a little weak to be honest, and there's a bit too much alcohol present, especially for an 8.5%ABV beer. I'm really struggling to find any hops present. There's maybe a bit of herbal spiciness on the back end as I sip on the beer, but that's basically it. After the same sweet malty flavors lead off, the same overbearing booziness drowns out any hop bite this beer might have. For a big, malt forward strong ale the body is a bit too thin. At the same time, carbonation is a little bit high, and the result is a beer that I would describe as "slightly fizzy". Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale is a beer with an inexcusable amount of alcohol presence and a poor mouthfeel, and the result is that I'm not exactly gulping this one down. Bell's is still one of my favorite breweries in the country, it's just a shame their 25th Anniversary beer is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark golden veering on copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of weird cereal notes with a big rush of sugar and some off balanced hops. Taste is a weird mix of everything that was left to brew around the brew house that day including half caramelized malt with weird unrefined cereal notes with a dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one is a bit messy in a similar fashion that batch 10,000 was messy.

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Photo of Buebie
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up this single 12oz bottle for $3

Poures a very pale copper/ amber color with over an inch of tan head. Leaving a solid cap of retention and sticky webbings of lace.
Aroma is sweet, malt dominant, with mild hop bitters and metallic fruitiness.
Taste is a bit strange, it has fruity off flavors, plenty of buttery malt backing, banana bread and a little heat.
Fell is slick and full bodied.

Interesting beer for sure, noticeable alcohol, bittering hops through the finish, but some oddball flavors that were not so desirable.
Placing one in the cellar, lets see what a couple years does.

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Photo of crusian
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from Scoobydank in MN.

pours like a ginger-ale... like it was force carbonated. and the head shows it also, quickly fades with zero lacing. Color is a light amber, average...
alcohol on the nose, and thats about it. Maybe a bit of caramel malt, and sweet... but I have to stretch for it.
Taste, sweet, but honestly, not much to it. Disappointing, especially for their anniversary series. Taste of stale hops also.
yeah, overall, not impressed at all. I really wish it was better, as I have never had a strong ale from Bells before, and they do everything else really well.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an amber color with a finger of head that camps out for a while.

Aroma is earthy hops, nuttiness, and some caramel/fruity sweetness.

The flavor is a bit musty with a healthy dose of caramel maltiness and earthy hops. Some waxiness in the finish.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and a bit watery.

Overall this beer was meeehh....tasted OK but not worth the time it took to drink it

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Photo of Krakistophales
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light red/dark orange with a finger's worth of off white head that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles atop the glass.

S: Caramel, malt, slight toffee, slight earthy hops. Not much going on here.

T: Initial bits of citrus, followed by some earthy hops, grassy hops and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Even less going on here.

M: Good carbonation, light body, if not for the blandness of it, highly drinkable.

O: Not impressed with this one at all. I find the batch 8,000 and 9,000 and hopslam to be far superior to this one. Like, solar systems apart.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%
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Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.74 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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