In this special beer blog, we are going to sample the second beer in the planet series from Bell’s Brewery. It is Venus The Bringer Of Peace. The first one was Mars which was double IPA. I did not get a chance to write-up a review on it and all bottles were sold out. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Bell’s Brewery. Let us get into this ale.
It has a slight cloudy golden to honey tone to the color without a head. The smell has a nice sweet honey apricot notes. The taste has a sweet honey apricot. The apricot is pretty heavy but the vanilla notes take over the aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst’s musical composition, “The Planets.”Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system – in the order of Holst’s piece, Mars to Neptune.
Here is a description from their website (www.bellsbeer.com):
The Bringer of Peace
STYLE: Blonde Ale Brewed With Honey, Apricot, Cardamom, and Vanilla
RELEASE DATE: October 2014
COLOR: Light blondish orange, very slight haze
TASTING NOTES: The second release in our Planets Series starts with spicy, fruity and light citrus notes along with herbal notes from cardamom in the aroma. Apricots contribute a very distinct tart character and sweetness from the vanilla rounds out the finish. More than 60 pounds of hand sliced vanilla beans were used to ferment this strong fruit and spice beer
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Closing, yay, another gimmick to sell beer. I will have to say at least this series of beers have a story behind. I know there is a few other Michigan craft brewery would use a gimmick to sell beer. I was pretty impressed with the first two beers from this series. I like it. It is totally different. I have more faith in Bell’s after this one. I am not a Bell’s fan but this one made me turn my head a little more to their direction. There is some nice notes from Apricots and honey. It is not too heavy. I love the vanilla aftertaste notes. I just wish it was not limited but it is what it is. If you can find a bottle, go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser