Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
2.35/5 rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Strange beer. First of all, the entire idea: a Christmas themed beer that purports to be a Scotch Ale? Call me confused. I know that this had to be shoehorned into some category, but do not go and have a pint of this expecting full bodied Scotch goodness, because you'll be disappointed.
Amber pour with a generous head. Nose is gentle, malty. The flavour of this beer is...odd. It has a bit of an herbal hop bite that is vaguely clove-like and somewhat astringent, and then it segues into an inoffensive, but also unimpressive malt section. That's it.
The bottom line for me is that Bell's needs to either run with this ball or just forget even coming to the field. MI is full of breweries that are putting out top tier Scotch Ale style product (Founders and Arcadia both come to mind) and this doesn't hold a candle to either of those.
Serving type: on-tap
11-30-2008 22:32:38 | More by CortexBomb
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with an off-white/khaki-colored head. Good sheets of lacing left behind.
S: Some sort of spiciness over caramel malt. Ginger perhaps?
T: Modest cereal-grainy malt foundation, then some earthy spices: ginger and cinnamon come to mind. Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie, which I guess is appropriate for the style/theme.
M: Light-to-medium in heft with decent carbonation. Thinnish for the style.
O: OK. Nothing offensive about this one, but it doesn't blow me away either.
Serving type: growler
03-06-2014 19:07:27 | More by Kendo
2.25/5 rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
A murky amber color with a white head. There’s a hint of some hoppy bitterness, but otherwise there’s not much there in terms of flavor or aroma. Has a smooth watery feel. It's odd that this should be a scotch ale, as it lacks the character of scotch ales that I have had. Also odd to call it a Christmas ale, as it lacks the fruits and/or spices associated with such a holiday brew. Disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 17:56:19 | More by brutusmuktuk
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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