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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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1,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | 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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rwathree

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12%

11-21-2011 05:20:52 | More by rwathree
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imbuckeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

12-03-2012 21:34:36 | More by imbuckeye
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dmorley21

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%

01-14-2012 23:02:49 | More by dmorley21
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prototypic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a very hazy and attractive light reddish brown color. It's topped off with two fingers worth of suds that are off-white in color. Retention was very good and a very sticky coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is slightly sweet and malty up front. Smells like caramel malts mostly. It has a touch of a biscuity smell to it. Surprisingly, it has a nice mix of spices coming through. Smells like cinnamon and some other unidentifiable characters. The yeast smell lingers throughout. There's some hops (mostly floral). Smells a little earthy on the tail. All in all, pretty nice.

Taste: The flavor profile mimics the nose pretty well. Caramel malts are sweet and give it a nice base. It's very yeasty and biscuity. There is a little spiciness in there, but it's not very pronounced. Cinnamon is there, but I have no clue what the others might be. Hops provide a little bit of a bit which gives it some character. Tastes mostly floral in that respect, but it's not a strong hop flavor. It is a little earthy and grainy. Very interesting for a Christmas beer. I like it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and is relatively smooth. Carbonation feels very active and limits it to a degree. Nonetheless, it goes down easy. Drinkability is good. I could handle a few of these in a sitting.

Bell's has an interesting and pretty impressive Christmas release here. I prefer this to the Winter White release. It is a step overall, especially in terms of style in my opinion. Certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:44:21 | More by prototypic
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%

12-11-2011 18:32:26 | More by kristenrae8
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Brewdacris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12%

12-09-2011 02:34:33 | More by Brewdacris
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LestatSabastian

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say this beer was smooth.
the appearance Nice clear a but of rust color but pretty.
smell was so mellow for a Christmas beer with spices it fell short of its taste which was smooth nutty hent of cinnamon flavor
the mouthfeel was so nice. thin and went down smooth.
very drinkable will try again
Beau

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 20:21:13 | More by LestatSabastian
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uziangis

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

12-11-2011 18:35:38 | More by uziangis
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RandyV

Arizona

4/5  rDev +12%

12-02-2011 23:28:45 | More by RandyV
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DougT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

12-31-2013 06:35:19 | More by DougT
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cates1tg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%

01-26-2012 22:23:54 | More by cates1tg
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bkonk10

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12%

11-27-2011 14:55:15 | More by bkonk10
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%

12-27-2011 03:12:27 | More by HoneyLamb
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MichaelBurns

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12%

01-11-2012 18:18:32 | More by MichaelBurns
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Cheld

Maine

4/5  rDev +12%

12-26-2013 03:47:31 | More by Cheld
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

11-17-2011 03:05:25 | More by tclapper
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's does a nice job with this style interpretation. I didn't get much of the traditional peat note, but there was a nice caramel malt aspect which seemed to carry the barest whiff of smoke. Overall the beer was lively and consistent from front to back. There seemed a faint echo of a spice at the finish. Overall, a reserved seasonal offering, but hearty.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 15:39:14 | More by Brent
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12%

01-15-2013 10:51:32 | More by bismarksays
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12%

12-17-2012 00:14:05 | More by MN_Beerticker
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TerryB

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12%

12-01-2012 12:41:57 | More by TerryB
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dizztracted

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 02:07:09 | More by dizztracted
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Tumble

Florida

4/5  rDev +12%

12-30-2012 01:04:20 | More by Tumble
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 03:14:30 | More by oline73
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Jetree

Florida

4/5  rDev +12%

12-26-2012 01:07:00 | More by Jetree
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RandyJ

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 02:21:22 | More by RandyJ
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.