Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.33/5 rDev +21.3%
Man I love a little cheer from the north country,I didnt know they grew hops back in the home state,ya learn somethin new everyday.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed lighter amber/copper with a nice frothy 1/2 finger white head that left broken lace as it never fully settled.Wow love the aromas,a mix of full sweet malt and spicey hop,with even a hint of winter-like spice to it wich I dont think it has.Toasty and warm up front with some brown sugar and caramel sweetness,and again I get a hint of Xmas spice,a big herbal racey hop finish ends nicely.Wow this beer is rated pretty low but hot damn I love it,another gem from K-zoo.
11-24-2008 19:44:22 | More by oberon
3.25/5 rDev -9%
Appearance: Pours into my New Glarus Uff-da Bock Nonic (one of my favorite pieces of glassware) a slightly murky cinnamon with a thick but shortlived beige head.
Aroma: More hoppy than I would have expected. Primarily citrus hops. Mellow maltiness of biscuits and caramel. Very little spice, if any...
Taste: Yep...no spice. Toasty beady malts and a little oatmeal. No peat to speak of. Finishes with a hint of orange and touches of leafy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Very light, too light...are they allowed to call a beer a Christmas ale if it is like this?
Drinkability: Very drinkable but not exciting or exceptional in any way. I guess I'm being unfair because I expect more from Bell's. There isn't anything wrong with this beer. It just isn't what I look for in a Christmas beer.
12-02-2009 17:39:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a middle of the road copper color with reasonable clarity and a slightly off-white, small head that dissipates quick and doesn't leave much lacing to speak of. The aroma was hard to pick up on, at first I wasn't getting much of anything. I let it warm a little bit and started picking up some apple slices with peppery overtones, along with some other kitchen spices that were difficult to identify. Taste is crisp and full of spices, nutmeg and cinnamon being the most noticeable, along with the pepper flavor that rides the full wave. Some leafy bitterness at the end leaves you with an overall dry finish.
This beer is okay, nothing special. I'm glad I tried it, but there are many Christmas-time seasonal beers I'd choose over this one. Still worth a shot, though.
11-19-2012 13:19:04 | More by tectactoe
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours amber with a pillowy tan head.
Toffeeish malt, a bit of fruity, powdered candy comes to mind. Earthy hops in the background, but overall too subdued.
A nuttiness up front with fruity yeast notes. It sort of tastes like a fairly generic amber ale at times, finishes with an interesting bitterness.
Not bad, but also not a standout in any way.
11-26-2009 03:12:30 | More by brownbeer
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
Bell's Christmas Ale, Scottish Ale style with 5.4% alcohol. Poured into a pint glass with a mild vigor.
A- Dark caramel color with a slight off white head that falls to a rim and froth, lacing is decent with strands holding on for dear life.
S- Scents of sweet pine sap, sugary malts, and a slight citrusy hop nose appear on first breath. Caramel and chocolate appear after the nose gets its second helping.
T-M- Dull flavors upfront of tangy citrus mostly lemon and tangerine, this is followed by a destinct dark oak backbone with alcoholic undertones. Medium to light bodied with a slick and watery finish.
Overall not bad and not so solid... Could use more malty charactor for the style but a hell of a quafter... cheers!
11-22-2011 07:59:05 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.25/5 rDev -9%
Found this lurking in the cellar. '08 Release. Pours into my glass a nice red/orange hue with good clarity and an inch of khaki foam on top of the brew. Sticky lacing moves into aromas of caramelized grains. Earthy accents with a bit of spice. Plums and dark fruits mix in with bread. Mellow herbal hops.
First sip brings solid crisp malts upfront with some caramel sweetness and toasted accents. Earthy spice flavors meld in with some plums, dark fruits as it flows down. Herbal hops sneak in with some bitterness on the finish. Somewhat one dimensional to me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Nice and malty overall. Still the flavor is just a bit too mild for me and I guess I'm not personally a big Scotch Ale fan. I was happy to sample it but it doesn't make me want to grab another. If you're a malt lover check it out.
08-13-2009 00:49:44 | More by orbitalr0x
3.75/5 rDev +5%
A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber/copper with one finger of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacig all down the glass.
S - Sweet malts, a bit of spice and some fruity aromas. Smell is subtle but interesting.
T - Slightly sweet malt up front, some piney hops I didn't pick up in the aroma, and some spices that provide a dry finish. Not sure what makes this a Scotch ale, but this is a pretty enjoyable brew.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.
O - A pretty good brew overall, but not something I would seek out in the future.
12-08-2011 02:50:15 | More by warnerry
4.78/5 rDev +33.9%
Appearance is a beautiful brown to red color with a finger length head. Smell- I can smell beautiful types of fruit, some honey, some wheat. Just a beautiful smell I really love the smell of this beer. Taste- So I have to be honest. I am from Cleveland Ohio and I am going to college in Michigan and very upset because Great Lakes Brewing Company's Christmas ale just came out in Cleveland and I can't get it in Michigan so I saw this at the store and said I'd give it a try not expecting much. I'm shocked. It's great! It starts with a hoppy like honey taste and finishes with a beautifully smooth yet strong cinnamon taste. I think it competes hard with Great Lakes Christmas Ale the only thing I don't like as much about it as it is only 5.5 abv and Great lakes is 7.5% abv. Other than that I'm loving this beer. This is my second beer by Bell's and I'm loving this brewer. Mouth feel- the moth feel is exactly what it should be for this type of beer. I is easy to drink and smooth but has a perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is great and makes being away from my hometown of Cleveland and away from my Great Lakes Christmas Ale a little bit easier. Just a Great Beer. A Must Try! Just to say though I think my rating might be a bit higher because it totally surpassed my expectations.
11-10-2013 03:11:02 | More by smptenor
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
12 ounce bottle-Packaged 11-4-13
Pours hazed medium amber, typical medium khaki head, lasting nicely. leaves a thicker film, some low sheeting and nice looking strands of fine lacing.
Warm malty nose.
Smooth and tasty, nicely malted up beer. Notes of maple, caramel, vanilla and malty goodness.
Nothing special going on here. Worth a try if ya like da malt. Not overly sweet, with some muted hops drying out the rear.
12-26-2013 13:56:23 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Dark coppery color with a decent head that dissipated fairly quickly.
S - Malty aroma with some caramel
T - Malty, as it should be, with a subdued sweetness. Nicely balanced. It isn't quite as complex as some of the heavier Scotch Ales.
M - A pleasing feel, not too thin, not too dense.
D - A very drinkable winter, though not as "strong" as most winter warmers
I expected more of this beer. I liked it, but hoped for a good, chewy, strong winter warmer Scotch ale. It's not quite that.
11-23-2008 05:07:09 | More by mrquartetman
4/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy
Smell: cherry, bread, dark fruit, and holiday spice
Taste: earthy pale malt malt, cherry, bread, dark fruit, and holiday spice
Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with slight earthy bitterness especially at the end, high carbonation
Overall: A bit more pale than I would have expected and I got more winter warmer here than Scottish ale. That said I like the spice combination. A good not great beer that I would get a six pack of each holiday if it were available here.
01-21-2013 16:46:15 | More by tigg924
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber-orange with very thin head and minimal lacing.
Smell: Cherry, caramel, tea, citrus and light spicy hops.
Taste: Dried-out caramel, cherry and tea malt backbone with a nice spicy English hop counterbalance and maybe a tinge of citrus.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Maybe too much carbonation for the style.
Drinkability: Pretty good balanced English/Scottish style ale. Like a more malt driven Bitter. Definitely drinkable but seems a little out of place for the season.
11-06-2010 19:27:47 | More by bsp77
3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice hazy orange color, light bodied. The aroma is of orange peel and herbal scents, followed by some yeasty notes. The flavor is quite bitter and you lose the citrus and breadiness of it. The toffee-flavored toasted malts are too apparent as there is a lingering aftertaste and slight alcohol finish. Not bad, but couldn't see myself sitting around the fireplace long enough for a session, like I normally expect a fine Christmas Ale to be.
02-10-2011 21:24:19 | More by Prospero
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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