Bell Ringer | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange body. Thin ivory white head. Light bits of lacing. Bit of a spiked fruit punch aroma a la arogant bastard. A little pineapple. Some cherry. Light alcohol on the nose. Flavor is solid, but nothing really stands out. Some definite alcohol linering afterwards. Biscuity malt. Tropical hop flavors. Decent.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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 -29.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Bell Ringer from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 485 ratings