Bell Ringer | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

474 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 Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 4/11/12

A three finger, off-white head sits atop a cloudy, deeply honey-hued body of beer. Bubbles rise slowly. The head drops slowly and deliberately, too heavy to allow much lace to catch. Lace starts to cling a few sips in; a lot is left dripping by the end.

Caramel, bread, butter toffee, floral hops and hints of candied fruits make the aroma rather inviting. Faint, juicy overtones. No sign of booze. One sip finds slick, sweet sugars rolling about - caramel and toffee with juicy entrails. Toasted bread and and earthy, piney hops round out the back half for a rather dry finish and mild bitterness. The feel is a a comfortable medium with an alcohol slickness. Carbonation has a quick zing and tapers off quickly, letting the flavors breathe.

Overall impression - I'm not sure what the style is on this one. Not quite barleywine, not quite dead DIPA. Strong ale, perhaps? In any case, I think it lives up to it's namesake quite well. Worth a shot, at least if you come across a single bottle.

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Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of edraz1224
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired as part of the RJ Rockers variety box - which I purchased at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California.

Served refrigerator cold.

A: Pours a one finger head of light fluffy cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Cream, toasted malt, butterscotch (diacetyl?), and dark malts. A moderate strength aroma. Not especially appealing, but generally inviting I suppose.

T: Clean malts with butterscotch atop - quite a pleasant addition. Nice amber hops are scarce but present. Cream. Mildly dark malts form the foundation. A simply built but enjoyable brew. Balanced and built decently. Lacks complexity or subtlety, but it's pleasant to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. A touch overcarbonated, likely a byproduct of mass production. Thick enough. I find it too smooth.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Fans of the style will enjoy it but it's nothing to write home about. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't have it again, but I don't regret purchasing it. Might be better on draught or even nitro.

A poor candidate for aging. Might pair well with gloucester.


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Photo of DIM
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: This was a clear, golden blood orange color. It poured with a large, firm, sticky head.

s: Potpourri or tea-like fruit and some toffee.

t: Weak tea-like fruit and a short, sugary finish.

m: Pretty this for the high abv.

o: Bland and uninspired.

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Photo of xmuerte
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of robieobie1
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RJ Rockers Brewing Company, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Bell Ringer, Handcrafted. Every Beer, Every Drop, Every Time.

What style is this? I don't know, I'm plunging on in.

Amber hued and utterly opaque, 1/4 " head, lasting, off-white, good-looking.

Aroma: sweet and malty, fruity and funky. Definitely some Belgian yeast action happening here. Lovely.

Tasting it: ah, nice. Not too anything, this ale, warm, smooth, and tasty. High in alcohol, I bet. 8.5 %. Just enough hops, and plenty of malt goodness, mixed with Belgian yeast funky freshness. A little bit of bitter gives some great texture and play on the palate. Excellent complexity, many layers of fun in here.

Let's go ahead and look at the label copy: "Our high gravity offering weighs in at 8.5% abv and is delightfully loaded with malt and hops. This is an ale worthy of you sturdies goblet or most treasured stein. Ring it!"

Still no word on the style, or what actual ingredients or processes are involved. Ah, well, we can only let our tastebuds be our guide. And this is delicious stuff.

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Photo of Chmpgn36
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jeffani
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a haul of beer my parents bought me on their way back from Florida.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, batch 2332.

Appearance: A hazy peach color with a very thick head that takes its time to recede. Lots of sticky foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: Nice piney hops mixed with citrus, pineapple and some caramel.

Taste: Pineapple, caramelized sugar, piney, with a spicy bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink, crisp and carbonation just right.

Overall: Very pleasantly surprised. Lots of hop flavor mixed with some spices reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Grab one of these!

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Photo of ChadT89
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this from Ingles Grocery Store in Asheville, NC & added to my Mix-A-Six Pack for $8.88. Poured from the Grey/Black/White Labeled bottle w/ the cool RJR brand in the middle & "HANDCRAFTED, Every Beer, Every Drop, Every Time" Stated above Bell Ringer into my 16oz Grand Teton Au Naturale Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date but has 2346 stamped on the back.

Aroma- Has tons of malt and strong overly sugared caramel in the aroma. No hops come through but very powerful.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark orange, cloudy body and leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- The taste starts very sweet with tons of caramel and malt once again. Has light hops introduced during the middle of the drink and then finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Gritty, and has STRONG caramel and light alcohol left on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not sure what the style is but very strong maltiness and caramel all the way through. It says "Strong Ale" on here but I would say it is either an ESB or an American Brown Ale with double the strength. Definitely a favorite brown ale for me and would go back to if available! Would like to try more from this brewery also.

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Photo of Crass3000
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really nice orange with a small white head that dies quickly.

Smell is not very tropical but a tiny bit piny. There is a tiny bit of sweetness from the malt bill to be sure. Really more of a little pine/malt but not much tropical. Really an OK beer but nothing special.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of speter
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy tan with one-finger off-white head that is remarkably persistent. Lacing throughout.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, and American hops.

T: Initial toffee and caramel flavor lasts just past mid-palate, at which point the bitterness and pine quality of the hops begins to kick in. The hops last throughout the finish, while the toffee fades away. The alcohol is completely integrated. (Without knowing, I'd guess 6% tops.)

M: Lots of dry-hopping here, so quite a bit of hop residue and sticky lupulin to coat the tongue. No burn whatsoever from the alcohol.

O: A tasty beer in the style of an American brown ale.

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

Rather ordinary beer, though yes lots of hops, and malt, not so well integrated. OK drinkability to get the hops, a better malting would improve drinkability. little coconut.Doug’s bottle. Ordinary for the style. Decent sized retained head on hazey golden body.Some lace.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LouDogg114
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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