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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: 1,406
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 126 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Chrisstmas Ale has a nice reddish tint to it's deep amber appearance, a small white head tops it and disappears shortly after pouring.

The aroma gives you a yeasty breadiness and hints of fruit.

The flavor has nicely muted, mellow and very bready malts, just a touch smoky with a nice earthy/spicey hop flavor the tingles the tongue though with little actual bitterness. There is just enough bitterness to keep the malts from being too sweet.

The mouthfeelis medium/light, perhaps a touch chalky and nicely carbonated.

A nice beer, perhaps not nice enough to justify being a "special" Christmas beer without being kicked up a few notches but very drinkable. That's perhaps what they were going for a somewhat sessionable very nice Christmas ale. It's definitely one of the better Scottish Ales I've had.

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Josiahsouthworth
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of brock146
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of VikeMan
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of PossumMunsen31
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a big fan of this brewery was excited to give it a try. Must say, I was a little disappointed. Has a bit of a fruit scent to it and also kind of a sour note like sour prunes. Mediocre at best, fun to try but won't be enjoying it on Christmas this year.

Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
Bottled on 2011-10-19.
Poured into a willi glass.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles that quickly decreases to a very thin cap atop the body. Leaves some spots of lacing as it collapses. Body is a dark, reddish amber color out of the light, a hazy, lighter, red-amber color when in. Can make out some visible carbonation through the haze.

Aroma is medicinal, slightly like cough syrup, also nods towards syrupy fruit cocktail, plus some floral, slightly spicy, hops. Not bad, but still slightly off-putting from the medicinal aspect.

Taste is well-balanced between malt sweetness, almost fruit-like, and mild hop bitterness in the latter half of the tasting. Pleasant, but not particularly complex or noteworthy.

Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation that's just about perfect with this beer. The effect is a crisp, but still slightly creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Enjoyable enough to drink, but nothing really recommends this to be consumed en masse. I liked it, and would drink another if it were being served at a party or something, but wouldn't pick it up again on my own.

Photo of radicalruckus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of 316nuts
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jheiss
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of schoun
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of szartman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark amber with an orange tint. Initially the pour was clear, but some cloudiness came from the final pour off the bottom of the bottle. The full dense head is long lasting. Scents are like a nice fruit cocktail with ripe pear and peach. The taste is nicely balanced between caramel/bready malt flavors and floral/grassy hop flavors. A bitterness in the finish really comes through. Not very complex or intensely flavored, but enjoyable.

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jamiemottram
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of 33nickadams
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amber-orange color with about a finger of sticky white head. Smells of bread and brown sugar. Sweet tasting that is more balanced with a nice spiciness rather than a bitterness from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and nicely carbonated. I really like this one and prefer it over other holiday brews. Bonus for being made with Michigan ingredients! I'll get it every year.

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with about two fingers of fluffy off-white head with very good retention.

The scent is of sweet fruit, caramel and bready malt.

The taste is of sweet fruit, then there is a relatively bitter toasted bready malt taste.

Light body, there is some crispness to this beer, moderate carbonation.

This was a fairly good beer, the flavor was good but nothing really above average. This is a nice easy drinker that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear auburn colored body. Three and a half fingered eggshell colored head. Very tight bubbled head, very frothy. Great retention, the head recedes back slowly leaving a one finger cap floating for the duration. Scattered lacing left stuck to the walls of the glass.

Sweet toasted malt and caramel upfront. Floral hop aroma is subtle. Little depth, not much complexity but pleasant.

Sweet malt, hints of chocolate and coffee on the back end. Floral, slightly grassy hoppiness. Pleasant , again not complex.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Soft feel. Medium finish.

Not a spectacular beer but one I really enjoy. Far too often we can get caught up in big bold flavors, huge depth and complexity and ignore a simple straight forward beer. This one may not blow anyones mind, its simply a good beer.

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of DAllspaw
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Amber color, a little cloudy with solid 1 inch off white/tan head. Plent of tiny bubbles.

Malt is king here, most notable in the aroma then same in the taste. A bit of caramel and toffee which remind me of other scottish ales, though others I've had are darker.

Slightly sweet and even a little smoky aftertaste. Reminds me more of ESB with, but regardless a very nice beer and perfect for time of year. Plenty going on, another strong offering from Bells.

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.