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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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1,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 30
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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Ratings: 1,194 | Reviews: 461 | Display Reviews Only:
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07-29-2013 18:18:09 | More by Bigtwin
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11-20-2012 00:32:47 | More by ckk527
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

11-09-2013 00:44:58 | More by JDizzle
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California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-02-2013 17:47:18 | More by Warlocks-Passage
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03-02-2013 02:44:20 | More by sailorsaint
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08-18-2012 23:49:58 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i guess the aroma isn't too far from a wee heavy, except for the hop and its overall lack of heaviness

it looks pretty good. the head didn't last too long though it did leave some evidence on glass. the color is a nice garnet with sunburst highlights

i get a good base of grain-based aromas but it's not all that complex. fruitiness is appropriately subdued but the kind of bready, caramel notes i might look for are absent. granted, it's not a heavy beer, but i would be interested in more depth. the hop is distinct but not overpowering: wood cuttings, thyme

the hop contributes a blackcurrant and very spicy character. the malt here falls short of interesting. some caramel malts, but...meh

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 02:45:26 | More by bruachan
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fpreh1957

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-15-2012 17:04:34 | More by fpreh1957
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Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-16-2013 19:53:13 | More by Arcous
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BHansen214

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-04-2012 00:26:42 | More by BHansen214
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-22-2012 21:17:14 | More by sendbeer
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Michigan

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Michigan

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bahumutx

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. Copper in color.

Smell: Malt and slight caramel. Some floral notes.

Taste: Malt, toffee, caramel. Ends with a hop bitterness. There a lingering malt flavor after taking a sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A little thin but with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is an OK beer but I am not sure if it is a wee heavy. Give it a try and decide for yourself. It might be able to be classified as a Scotch ale but I am not sure. Not really a "Christmas Ale" in my opinion. It will be interesting to see if it changes next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 21:01:30 | More by bahumutx
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Ohio

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11-27-2012 00:25:33 | More by Deanstreat
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

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Ohio

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Indiana

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Indiana

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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a snifter.

A - Has about a one finger head that fades slowly to a thin head that remains along with carrying a solid lacing. It's a dull rust or copper in color.

S - malt and is it weird to say I get some field grass smell in there. It's a slight aroma overall that I'd say is best described by calling it an earthy malt smell.

T - Another reviewer calls this taste "rather plain and unexciting" and I think that nails it. It's not bad, but it's nothing special by any means. I've never felt more confident marking this down as an "average" beer in taste.

M - It does carry an effervescent mouthfeel.

D - At 5.4% it's definitely not hard to have several of these. And it isn't a bad beer by any means so I'd say it's slighty abover average as a drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:18:22 | More by bsuedekum
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Wisconsin

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Virginia

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Ohio

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.