Bell Ringer | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Bell RingerBell Ringer
477 Ratings
Bell RingerBell Ringer

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our high gravity offering weighs in at 8.5% ABV and is delightfully loaded with malt and hops. This is an ale worthy of your sturdiest goblet or most treasured stein. Ring it!

Added by mikesgroove on 08-16-2007

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey brown with a 1 inch foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, brown sugar, and malt. Taste is of candied citrus zest, brown sugar, and toasted malt. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of beertours
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Mikel772
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jifigz
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Commis for hooking it up on the trade.

Okay, so the appearance is a very hazy orange colored beer that is filled with sediment. The head is small but very long lasting and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fruity with esters in the nose with the hops and the malts dancing nicely together. The flavor is rich and tastes almost like Fruity Pebbles at first and then yields to intense malt sweetness. The lingering aftertaste is very enjoyable. It is slightly burnt and toasted and lasts quite a while. The MF is thick and creamy and rather chewy.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty offering. I would gladly enjoy this one again.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: High munich, crystal and pils malt aroma. Very little esters. Hops are floral and mildly fruity. Rather mild for an American Strong Ale. An touch of wortyness.

Appearance: Glows a deep bold orange. Very hazy. Tan head develops into little height. Great retention and lots of lacing. Some sediment at the very end of the pour. Very little stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Bold Munich and pils malt. Bitter lemon and some butterscotch. Hops are moderate and taste floral. Some dark worty malt at the aftertaste. The residual yeast at the end of th pour improves the taste some.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Chalky. Mild and smooth carbonation.

Overall: This would be more of an American Strong Pale Ale if this style was even recognized. A far cry from the Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Stone or other top American Strong Ales.

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Photo of midweb23
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A malty strong ale...caramel breads...brown sugar....real bready on the aroma....not much for a hop bite which is fine with me I like how this drinks....not immense in stature....maybe high side of medium bodied....finishes with just a little hop twang but this is a malt-forward ale all the way with big bready caramel/brown sugar notes..

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Photo of dcellis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Chrixsus
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Daktah
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a faint orange hue that has a big, thick, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - bread, plum, figs, alcohol, cherry, medicine

T - plum, cherry, bread, faint pine, faint herbal hops, dark fruit, alcohol, faintly medicinal

M - a bit crisp, medium bodied, warm, a little overcarbonated

This is a rather complex and flavorful beer, but unfortunately there are a few off flavors in my opinion. The cherry in both the nose and taste are a bit medicinal which over power the bready malts and nice dark alefruits. There's a nice underlying hop character which lends a little balance. Overall, not a bad beer, but a bit of a more balanced flavor would really make this an awesome ale. As it stands it's worth a try, but I'll probably avoid it in the future.

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Photo of DubleAs
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of pagardner
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a burnt orange color body with no head, just a real thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is of sweet malt and a little bit of fruit. The taste is maltey and tart fruit. I don't get a lot of hop taste just a tiny bit on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is ok, kinda leaves a after taste in my mouth. Overall this ia a ok beer in my book, i'm not a big malt loving guy.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of booze and malts in the nose; these are similar to a barleywine but not as pronounced.
T: The taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of fruit and malts along with hints of caramel and oak.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is not too difficult to drink considering the strength; the alcohol is noticeable but doesn’t detract from the taste. It’s a real guzzler coming out of the bottle so you need to pour it carefully so you don’t get a glassful of head.

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Photo of efb123
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GTB
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HarmonMW
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy burnt orange, sediment and floaties are present. Really nice fluffy white head and tons of lacing. The initial aromas were awesome and full of fruity hops, but the caramel malts quickly dominate and take over for good. There's a nice breadiness to this one. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Mild hop bite with a touch of orange. Similar to a candy apple. Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Alcohol goes undetected. Unique beer, I like it and would drink it again for sure.

The subtle flavors and aromas actually end up working in the beer's favor. This isn't an intense and aggressive beer, but it's well crafted and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange or almost amber in color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Toasted malts with a sweet smell, may'be caramel or butterscotch.

T - Malt goodness with plenty of hop balance. Just enough bitterness and flavors from the hops (pine and floral?).

M - Medium on the palette and carbonation. Alcohol tastes doesn't escape this beer.

O - Malt and caramel with great hop balance. This beer blurs the lines of what it actually is. But, it's interesting to drink and one that keeps you entertained.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 477 ratings
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