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:
67
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 513 |  Reviews: 347
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of greenmonstah
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle batch 9871

A - Light copper with a finger of tan head.

S - Sweet raisin and toffee complemented by bitter and earthy hops, plus alcohol.

T - Some raisin, brown bread, toffee, caramel, maybe nutmeg. Tastes like wort... The hops are subdued and not very well acquainted with the malts, the two flavor genres seem separated in some way. Strong warming effect.

M - Medium body, smooth, with a slight reminder of the above-average carbonation.

O - Overall this isn't much to write home about. Fairly bland and ill-devised hop profile that doesn't blend in the with the only-just-above-average malt profile. Not a bad beer, but for a special release like this is should have been a lot better.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured on 1-20-12
Batch 9871

A - A very dark orange with a thin light tan head that fades fairly fast.

S - Very sweet and malty. Carmel, toffee, and oranges are all present.

T - Carmel, raisin, and slightly metallic.

D - Lower carbonation, a very heavy body.

O - Old ale that is sweet with a heavy fruity body.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of stbo101
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of stoutlover1978
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bishocr
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MapleCity219
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Kgristoff
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wintbs379 for this beer.

A: Pours out a nice caramel color with deep hues of red. There is about one finger of khaki colored head that seems to last forever. There is some great lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells sweet and malt, almost like a barleywine, with a touch of spice in the background. I'm getting malt, wheat, bananas, oranges, ginger, and clove. I'm digging it.

T: I get a blast of sweet malt right up front, but that flavor quickly transitions to citrus (orange) and clover. The sweetness never fades, but it becomes more subtle toward the finish. I get some nice spice and fresh cut grass in the finish.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors indulge the palate with quick bursts of ingredients, and all of them simmer slowly into oblivion as it drinks. Nothing is too overpowering or sticky. The sweetness lingers but not for too long.

O: I'm really impressed by this beer. I have been let down by a bunch of Bell's offerings, but I'm very happy with this one. It seems incredibly complicated, with no real definitive style, but that's ok with me. This beer is a winner. Happy 25th!

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Photo of senorscientist
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bsuedekum
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of page101
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Bell's 25th Anniversary Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.74 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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