Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Megahertz:
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz into a New Belgium Globe. Bottled on 10/15/12, consumed 12/02/12.
A - Clear deep red with a massive, pillowy head and very tight lacing. Beautiful.
S - Surprisingly sweet freshed baked bread with a subtle citrus & resin note in the background.
T - Fresh baked bread, crust and all, with a serious toasted note in the middle. Considerable ale esters - raisin, plum and cinnamon. Hop bitterness is present but very mild, clean and gentle. Medium dry finish. A refined flavor.
M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
O - A very nice ale - distinctly American yet complex. Nothing to do with christmas, but I'll drink it any time, anywhere.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 20:35:00 | More by Megahertz
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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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