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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: 1,476
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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

Poured from bottle to Pilser glass.

Appearance: Nice off-white head with a deep copper color.

Smell: Get a spicy-cinnamon smell, very earthy.

Taste: First off, it reminds me a lot of the Sam Adam's Winter, which is great. Some sweetness with a little bitter after, but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Bitter not overwhelming; crisp and clean.

Overall: Overall this is a good ale.

Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brew into a standard pint glass...

Lots of carbonation, which make a solid two finger thick head of light khaki. The body is copper in color and is mildly hazy.

Not much in the way of aroma, except for some caramel from the malts, some metallic hops qualities, and a hint of pine.

Upfront there isn't much of a taste either, but middle to the end sweetness of ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla envelope the palate.

Feels medium in body with lot of carbonation, and an oily slickness in the end.

Overall a non intrusive kind of beer. Not really sticking out with any real certain qualities.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Clear reddish orange color with one and a half finger foamy head left a little lace

S- Butterscotch, toffee, and a huge pungent citrus hop aroma

T- Super hopped up scottish ale. Big juicy citrus, butterscotch, toffee, caramel. Finishes with some graininess. Hop overshadows the malt quite a bit, but the presence is still there to make this very different than the average IPA. Quite sweet overall.

M- Starts of smooth, carbonation on the middle of the tongue, but the finish really lingers (not dry at all)

O- A really unique beer that sounds like a perfect combination for me, the sweet mailtiness of a scottish ale and a big juicy citrus hop presence. I really enjoyed it, but think the hoppiness took over this beer a little bit too much. I would love to try another hoppy scottish ale and could see myself getting this one again.

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

Pours like a Christmas Ale. a mix of orange and red. orange-red crayon. decently thick head.

Smell is candy sweet. Hints of peppermints, gingerbread cookies, and caramels. smells like a holiday dessert spread in a bottle.

I wouldnt even describe the taste as caramelized sugar, its pure candied sugar. It feels like I just ate a caramel. I have never had anything like it. The grains feel dry, but still I feel candy everywhere. Hops are non-existent. Very malty and sweet. Im not real sure about how I feel about it. I like the interplay between dry grain and candied sugars, but not really a drinkable beer. I like it sips in place of a dessert wine.

It still leaves your mouth coated with a candy coated smoothness.

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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sixer Mixer from Oades.

A & S: smell is a bit on the weak side but incorporates a piney scent off the bat and then turns into more of a subdued spiciness even though they claim to really not have much spice in this beer. Nice unfiltered elements to this copper colored beer. Head is white and fizzy and pours about a finger till it disappears pretty quickly to nothing but a thing layer in the center, not much lacing at all.

T & M: not as powerful as I expected seeing that it is a Scottish ale instead of a winter warmer as much Christmas ales are. A bit more hoppy then advertized, moderately spiced. Hints of cinnamon, berry and herbal elements. Medium to fully bodied (kinda buttery), carbonation on the high side but it fits well with this beer.

O: probably not as good as the famously overrated GLBC Christmas Ale, but it’s a good take on the Christmas Ale style, I really found it enjoyable and easy to drink. I would give this beer my recommendation, but it’s not in my top 5’s for bells.

Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.