Still in a recap mood, there are three beers from Bell’s Brewery in the book. It took me quite some time to hunt the first two and then suddenly, beers by the Michigan-based brewery started appearing in our tasting sessions. Broader distribution? Maybe.
I got Bell’s Amber Ale and Bell’s Cherry Stout via trade last year. Judging from the number of ratings on Ratebeer, Bell’s Amber Ale is one of the brewery’s most popular brews. First brewed in 1985, it’s a veteran craft beer we got here. I shared my bottle at a tasting we held at the pub at work with Nachum, our beer training manager and a legendary figure in the community and the industry alike. Bell’s Amber ale pours murky amber (duh!) with a quick dissolving head that turns into a ring. Sweet, cooked apples aroma, very bitter and a little yeasty taste. Light-to-medium body, faint finish. Drinkable but past its prime.
Next, from the same trade, is Bell’s Cherry Stout, with Michigan cherries added to the brew. The result? very dark and opaque beer that has light cherry aroma, slightly sour taste accompanied by cherry sweetness. Full body, smooth texture, slightly sour finish. Nice.
Finally, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. Though widely available, the bottle I got was a little old, which doesn’t do much good to IPA’s. Hazy orange with white ring, floral and a little baby barf aroma, a little floral-honey sweetness with soft bitterness. Medium body, long finish.
I like the cherry stout the best out of the three, and like Bell’s Porter and the Golden Rye Ale better.
Bell’s Amber Ale, Bell’s Cherry Stout and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale are beers #347, #348 and #349 I Must Try Before I Die.
Here’s Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Let the Bells Ring, cos it’s a beautiful song.