8 Bells | Brothers Craft Brewing

8 Bells8 Bells
BA SCORE
84.8%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 33 ratings
8 Bells8 Bells
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States
brotherscraftbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the Naval tradition of telling time by the ship’s bells, sailors would hear eight bells each day at noon, the perfect time to enjoy this brunch-inspired brew. We’ve added a hefty dose of blueberries to a bready base ale and finished it off, of course, with a modest helping of rich maple syrup. Just a dash of vanilla and cinnamon round out this decadent yet balanced indulgence.

Added by ThreeBrosBrew on 04-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,144
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
33
Liked:
28
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
6.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of OldeGolde
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Y'know this is a pretty special little cruiser! I felt like I knew exactly what to expect and mostly got that, but it also dodged left a little bit and surprised me too. First of all, the blueberry / vanilla / cinnamon comes flying out of the bottle before you even pour. The smell is a huge part of this beer. The pour - plenty of carbonation but a smaller head (half finger) and a great swirl of light brown / amber. Definitely some sediment flying around. It's a light color, but still somewhat opaque. Definitely looks like a lighter maple syrup. So it was with surprise that I found my first mouthful was not immediately sweet (or really very sweet at all) but leading with bready ALE, watery carbonation, and carrying along not so much the flavor of the additives but their very essence. This may sound like a strange comparison, but it was a lot like vaping. I have hit my share of vapes in my day- including butterscotch and blueberry- and this was reminiscent of those experiences... you get the presence but not the actual consumption of a foodstuff.

I sometimes like to take my second or third sips with gusto and speed in order to not focus on the individual components, but take in the experience of a gulp. This is where the beer shines for me. All I've described before adds up in a quick burst of blueberry breakfast bread that is still very much a BEER. It's not a stout, wild ale, or mead, but it's own thing. Very unique.

As always, the design (which is a tad different from the above image on the latest batch) is stellar. Can't say enough about the design. If you need a designer, find out who they use and hire this person.

Top knotch. Ship shape. Scrumptious.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattXT
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmartinger
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not being a fruit beer fan, this one is quite enjoyable and would be a perfect hot summer afternoon thirst quencher.
Look: pours a super foamy head so pour very slowly as you would a Duvel.
Smell: blueberries and spice.
Taste: light blueberry, and other mild flavors that I cannot put words to.
Feel: definitely bottle-conditioned and very carbonated.
Overall: I would buy this again for a hot summer day.
Bottled 9/07/15 and purchased at the brewery.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kegnation
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is surprisingly exactly what is advertised! Good light malt notes with the sweetness and great blueberry flavor that is not overpowering. Im usually not big on the 'gimmick' beers but I would buy this one again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uvachief
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a golden light brown with 1 finger of head that dissipated quickly. Not much smells. Ale. Barley, some hops, wheat. Taste is a little more sour than expected. Guess that is the blueberries. Definitely bready. Bottle says maple syrup and there is a subtle hint of it. Little vanilla and cinnamon come out as it warms up. Tasty but not overly impressive. Easy to consume.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/7/2015.Pours a hazed murky amber with a large billowing off white head atop.Aromas of fresh blueberries really stand out,ripe and somewhat tart,an iron tinge is there as well.A punch of fresh blueberries at the onset of the palate followed my maple syrup,the syrup is not sweet and in your face it just melds well with the blueberries.I get a hint of cinnamon in the back end making for a near perfect palate for what they were setting out for.Great job here by Brothers.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlothB77
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blueberry up front and thin. Then the maple and a crisp toast feel. Vanilla on the finish. A wide flavor spectrum that is balanced and easy to drink. One of the best offerings ive had from brothers. Worth seeking out. Spices are pleasantly muted. Not bitter or burnt at all.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradStokley
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yoitsarch
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGordito
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Once again another thanks to rudzud.

Big creamy fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace nice lacing, bright ruby red color.

Nose is interesting, weird malt thing, little cinnamon and spice thing, sweet candy, nice blueberry, little yeast and yeast from berry.

Taste very interesting, nice blueberry up front, into cinnamon, candy, fresh blueberry flesh, cardamom, baking spices, a bit of a blueberry candy sweet bread or almost pie. Hint of maple on the back end, semi sweet. Finish is drier, little sticky, mild blueberry lingering and dessert bread.

Mouth is med bod, great carb.

Overall decent

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8 Bells from Brothers Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 33 ratings
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