Eight Bells | Brothers Craft Brewing

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3.96/5
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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:
#12,095
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
39
pDev:
8.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
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3
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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives amber colored at the bar with a nice head that leaves some squiggles of lace

Smell: Blueberry, vanilla and cinnamon waft

Taste: Bready with the spice, blueberry and vanilla flavors building; the blueberry flavors build, after the swallow, but the finish doesn't steer in a sweet direction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice fruit beer that steers in a different direction from what I expected

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a nice head. The head lasts a bit. My wife gets a slightly fruity scent, possibly blueberry, but my clogged nose doesn't. Taste definitely includes cinnamon along with the malt.

Try it when you need something different! ...with French Toast!

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Photo of RBorsato
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OldeGolde
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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 lupercmda
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason_cs
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattXT
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kegnation
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of uvachief
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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 -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlothB77
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Eight Bells from Brothers Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 39 ratings