Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains and some eager streams of fine bubbles rise in the column from the sides of the glass.
S: Candy-like, with both toffee and mixed fruit represented. A trace of husky grain emerges as it warms.
T: Begins off-dry, with caramel malt and herbaceous aromatics that are authentic in their delicate astringency. Acidity is mild and citric into the middle where understated bread is clean and sweetness is able to surge incrementally. The finish is comparatively vacant of flavor, compared to the other acts, with a fine thread of phantom astringency from earlier in the profile and a whiff of savoriness that lingers on the palate, turning to fermented tea late.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet but balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This ale is relatively malt-forward, but conservative. It has a nuanced and dynamic sweetness that is, perhaps, its most interesting feature. When one considers that other notable qualities include an early herbaceous burst that is not particularly hop-like, it seems like a reasonable contribution to the style and a worthwhile candidate for food pairings.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 00:37:59 | More by beagle75
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