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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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1,478 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,478
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 154 | 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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. "bottled on" date of 10/19/11

A - Pours a slightly hazy mix of dark copper and ruby-red. Glows fiery red in the light. Has a finger of off-white head after a rough pour. Moderate retention. No lacing.

S - Much hoppier than I was expecting for a scottish ale. I am used to getting lots of caramely malts in the nose. Piney, resinous hops, and a background of light, aromatic malt. It also possibly has some very mild fruitiness to it.

T - Lots of bready malt flavor up front. It's not necessarily that candy-like sweetness, but a milder, dry rye-like sweetness. Mild hop bitterness and medium earthy hop flavor. More bitterness toward the finish that sticks to the sides of the tongue. There is also a citrusy hop character in the finish, but otherwise it's fairly bland and lacking in complexity.

M - Thin-to-medium bodied with good, tingly carbonation. It doesn't taste too sweet, but the residual sugars in this ale leave my mouth feeling sticky and slightly parched.

Overall-- this is a decent beer. In my mind, it does not fit the scottish ale label very accurately and it is lacking in the malt complexity department. I would describe this as more of a IPA/Irish red hybrid.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Brambleman
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the look of this one! Copper/golden in color. Lightly cloudy as most fall/winter seasonals.

The smell was VERY pleasing. Very complex, and I picked up on the various components in this order: Spice/hops/citrus/caramel malt

The tatse followed the smell almost exactly. Just what I expect from a holiday seasonal. Solidly good!

Mouthfeel was good and on par with the style.

Overall, this beer was a very good holiday seasonal and very, very drinkable!

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deeply hazed plum color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is average and a decent amount of nonuniform lacing is left

4.0 S: Holy crap, this smells exactly like Pez candies, specifically the pink ones. Exactly like them. I almost can't believe it. Usually I try to pick out specific flavors, but I don't see a need to for this beer. PEZ! I love it!

4.0 T: The pez flavor is definitely there, but this tastes more like beer than it smells like beer. Plenty of sweet caramel, toffee, and a pleasant toastiness to go along with it. A bit sugary overall with a spicy and herbal hop flavor.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth. Good here.

4.5 D: I like this beer for a lot of different reasons. It gives lots of caramel and toffee without being overly thick and sweet. It smells unlike any other beer I've ever had. (PEZ!) It drinks super easy. Great holiday ale.

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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Christmas Beer session in my tasting notebook.

Pours out a hazy reddish amber with an off-white two finger head that leaves some really nice lacing behind with each sip, smells like butterscotch and mildly of....fresh cranberries? My best guess is that the heavy sweet malt odor is combining with some kind of spicy / citric hopping to read as cranberries to my nose. Flavor has a nice full spectrum of overlapping malts on top of each other heavily spiced (for the scotch ale style, that is) with the same kind of hopping flavor as expected from the nose, perhaps I detect some cinnamon elements as well but it is hard to get a bead on it. Body is medium to heavy in thickness and carbonated just enough to keep it from being sludgey. Pretty good in my book.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - deep amber in color with a thin, white head. Not much head formation, but it could have been due to the bartender's pour.

S - Malt, slightly roasted. Caramelized sugar.

T - Sweet, sugary malt & caramelized sugar. Raisins. A little smokiness. Slight alcohol that warms in the throat & stomach.

M - very slight carbonation, smooth, sweet, drinkable. Good representation of the style.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a little bit of noble hop aroma.

T: A sweet grainy toasted malt flavor up front with a lit bit of earthy hop. Very simple in flavor and nicely balanced. Some fruity and floral notes to it.

M: Light bodied and good carbonation. Easy drinking beer.

O: A nice christmas ale. A break from the winter warmers. Full flavored and well crafted.

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,478 ratings.