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Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Mother Murphy's Irish Pub in Chicago. Served on tap!

A nice reddish/mahogany colored ale. Nice head in the glass, good lacing.

A really tasty Christmas Ale-one I could drink all night, actually. Not overly spiced, and the alcohol is tolerable, in fact, barely noticeable.

I really like Bell's Brews, and this is another to add to the already delicious lineup. Whatever they are doing works for me. I enjoy everything they do, and this Christmas Ale will go on my list for future purchase.

montecristo2, Nov 26, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, beautiful two finger head leaving lace layer all over, amber brown coloring.

s- sweet toasted malts, cinnamon, nuttyness.

t- i just looked at the style and didn't realize that this was a scottish ale, i figured it was a winter warmer. either way it was very tasty, nice amber body to the front that gives way to nice hops and a spicy finish with cinnamon, tasty.

m- medium body.

d- nice drinkability here, i would drink this again for sure. winter isn't my favorite season for beer, but i found this to be a welcome brew. i'd drink this again for sure.

thecarster1, Mar 07, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber hue with a nice rocky white head that rises high. Lots of beautiful lacing. The beer is an iconic color and depth.

S- Very sweet off the bat, bot a whole lot of malts, but more candy and cherries. Do I sense a citrus hint in the nose? I digress, there is a small amount of earthiness present, but the nose on this beer is very unique!

T- If a beer can be very mild yet bold, this one toes that line. As opposed to the nose, I get a lot of yummy maltiness in the taste. I can't sense bitterness anywhere, this is one smooth beer. Maybe there is a small bit of dried fruit in the taste, but it's like rum-soaked cherries or cranberries.

M- Very full and satisfying. I'm quite pleased, the beer is mouthcoating.

D- Very sessionable beer with no negative qualities. The only thing I can think of is why they call this beer a scotch ale. When I think of scotch ale, I think of Dirty Bastard which is a lot more powerful than this one. Odd...maybe it's a mild english style?

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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to footed ale glass, pours a deep amber reddish golden orange, cream colored head fades to lacing, looks deep

smells of sweet piney hops, spice, heavy malt

taste is of sweet pine, bitter, great flavor, spicy barley, dry, crisp, yeastly, good balance and easy to drink

mouthfeel is bitter and spicy, sweet, malty, creaminess, lingering flavors and highly sessionable

a nice addition to bell's portfolio, mmm

drxandy, Dec 11, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before starting off this review, I have to say that I absolutely love the bottle artwork. (I've had this from the bottle as well.)

A: Red-amber color with a pretty creamy head. Good lacing.

S: Caramel and malt with a decent amount of hops.

T: Good taste; very interesting. Big fan of the modifications to the style.

M: Good balance and a nice body to it. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. Much better on tap than in the bottle. I'm looking forward to having this one again next year.

Thorpe429, Apr 22, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this puppy. It pours a beautiful dark red, nice for the season. The smell has notes of figs, lots of malts, caramel, some berry notes like cherry. The taste is very warming, thick fruit and backgrounds with mild spices blending well in with the caramel malts. I really liked this beer, it's in my top three favorite winter warmers without a doubt. Grab while you can!

chaz410, Dec 01, 2008
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.