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

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Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale

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1,437 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 43
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

unique take on a christmas beer. pours a heavy amber color with an off white head 2 inches high. smells very different, like wine grapes and other acidic fruits. malty and rich. flavors of the grapes are really bold, very unfamiliar territory on my beer palate, but i like it. theres fruit without sweet, which i like a lot. also a very smooth bready malt flavor which balances everything out. mouthfeel is a little heavy for me on this one, especially as it warms. it filled me up, which most beers usually do not. overall though an excellent beer which is apparently quite hard to come by. really different flavor, worth a try for sure.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of troysoy2
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at 1 for the Road yesterday. Kept it cold and dark, so it should be alright. This is my first Scottish Ale, so bear with me.

Poured into a pint glass, the head recedes rather quickly, leaving just a dusting on the surface. It's a nice, deep brown-red. Lots of tiny bubbles rush to the top.

On the nose, the malt is most apparent. Not overly woody or chocolatey, or anything for that matter. Very tame, but with just a bit of sweetness and spicey hops.

The taste is definitely a winner for me. You wouldn't expect it from the smell, but this is decently complex. The body of the taste is sweet, spiced fruit, and almost funky malt. Balance that with a hint of spice on the aftertaste, a smooth, smooth mouthfeel, and you'll get a rather tasty option for the winter months.

I could use a little more to the nose, to really bring out the subtleties in the taste, but hey - it's nice to curl up with a growler-full of a great, sessionable beer and share with a friend. Happy holidays.

Photo of afdempse
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz snifter

Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a ruby-brown colored beer.

Aroma of sweet malts, slightly fruity. Grape, cherry perhaps? Some yeasty notes also.

Flavor is malty, with freshly baked bread, graham cracker, slight caramel sweetness. Hops are slightly spicy and provide a good level of bitterness to balance. Some peppery / spice notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation. Overall it seems slightly astringent, but not terribly so. I think it would benefit from being a bit more malty overall, with the balance tipping away from hops. The finish is semi-sweet and the bitterness lingers for a while.

Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell starts off initially a bit piney from the western hops it boasts on the bottle, but eventually becoming quite a fruity bouquet, notably with plums and dark fruits obvious.

Taste deviates from what most people think of with winter seasonals, in that it isn't spiced up at all. Actually, it has an interesting grape and plum fruit characteristic to its body that is definitely different not only for the season but for the style. It's a pleasing taste that goes down very easily, just different. There's a subtle wheat taste that shows up at the finish, though I'm not sure if that was used at all in the making of this....with a small but noticeable herbal bitterness to wrap it all up at the finish.

Different as it may be, I certainly did enjoy drinking it....not sure if it's really think "winter" when drinking it, but that at least makes it more versatile if a person lets it sit around until spring!

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in color. Agressive pour leaves a two finger bubbly white head. There's some lacing left down the glass. It's a little hazy.
Aromas are not popping out of the glass, after some agressive twirling I mostly smell caramel and a hint of spice that I can't name.
I taste toastiness, caramel and a hint of lemons.
It's medium bodied with a nice crispness. Very smooth from start to finish.
It's not as spicy as other holiday beers which makes it a little more unique in that aspect. I would like to try this on draft next time.

Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn’t stop raving about this. Wow.

It pours a light auburn color, almost like a dark blood orange tint. It’s lightly hopped with a bit of citrus and a touch of pine to it. Not a hoppy beer but I’m wondering if the hops are more forward with a fresh batch (bottled in October, purchased/drunk on Christmas Eve)? Regardless it was still great. I picked up some sweet cherry notes, a light maltiness that held up, and just a fantastic pleasing finish as well. What a treat.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of Neorebel
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber with a touch of ruby red, with a huge frothy head, which clings nicely to the glass.

Smell - Sugary, malty and earthy - has a bit of a grape juice scent.

Taste - Bready and soft at first, then crisp - retaining that grape-like taste intermingled with the bitterness of the hops in the finish. Complex...

Mouth feel - light to medium. the finish leaves me thirsting for more. I would venture to say that this is light for a Scottish Ale.

Overall - This was a tough one to review for me, I tried to keep it simple. I haven't had a lot of Scottish ales but it does not seem like a typical example. Also not what I would really expect as a 'Christmas Ale.' Still, it is interesting and has good flavors to it.

Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.