Beer Review: Bell’s Third Coast Ale 10.2% ABV

Originally handwritten January 3, 2010 with my beautiful yellow Pilot Vanishing Point F nib with Diamine Majestic Blue ink.

Coming back to Bell’s Brewery, this time I tried their seasonal (November to April) brew, Third Coast Ale.

This beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color. I am a big fan of unfiltered beers, so I’m already anticipating that I’ll like this beer. There was a thin head but there was decent lacing down the glass as I drank it. There are flecks of sediment suspended throughout.

The nose is a little sweet. There’s a thick mouthfeel to this beer, and I get a strong hoppy/bitter character to it, but it recedes quickly. It doesn’t have the strong alcohol taste as DFH World Wide Stout or Fort (does anything?), but there’s a definite warmth here.

Beer Advocate reviewers gave this an A- (very good). I found this beer quite tasty and would love to drink more of it in the future. Bell’s consistently makes good beer. I’m giving it an A or 4.5 mugs.

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Beer Review: Bell’s Sparkling Ale 8.2% ABV

Originally handwritten on December 24, 2009

Coming back to one of my favorite breweries, Bell’s released a Sparkling Ale (no link at the Bells website, unfortunately) this fall. The staff at the Manassas Total Wine gave it a good recommendation.

The ale poured a very clear light golden-orange color. It was effervescent with a bit of a hominy smell. It had a slightly bitter aftertaste, so likely too much hops for my liking. I ended up drinking the whole six pack over a period of a few weeks and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It is a drinkable beer but the hominy smell may be putting me off too much to truly enjoy it.

Beer Advocate reviewers give this a B+ (very good) rating. I am going to give it a B- or 3.5 mugs.