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

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81
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1,237 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,237
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 36
Gots: 63 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rjcoy06, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

jibjib513, Jan 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

deuce9259, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

EL48823, Jan 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Jae9979, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

BtownIrish20, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy

Smell: cherry, bread, dark fruit, and holiday spice

Taste: earthy pale malt malt, cherry, bread, dark fruit, and holiday spice

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with slight earthy bitterness especially at the end, high carbonation

Overall: A bit more pale than I would have expected and I got more winter warmer here than Scottish ale. That said I like the spice combination. A good not great beer that I would get a six pack of each holiday if it were available here.

tigg924, Jan 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Bakker, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

vanillacokaine, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i poured this into a pint glass, it had a reddish color body, with a 2"tan head to it. The smell is sweet of malt. The taste is sweet of malt and has some citrus hop on the finish. I didn't detect any spices. The mouth feel is very nice, smooth and well carbonated. Overall a good beer. This is only the the 3rd scottich ale i have had.

chefhatt, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

tswater, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Siciliano's. 12oz into a tulip, batch 11572 bottled Oct 22, 2012.

Hazy reddish orange with a few fingers of cream coloured head. Nose has a sweet cakey malt, some fruits, a bit of grass/herbal and some grains. Taste has grainy notes, some dried fruits, citrus zest, and some spice. Mild bitterness, malt is sweet. Medium carbonation. Nice flavour profile on this guy, I'd revisit.

liamt07, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jhollamu, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

BeerLover99, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

shamrock071521, Jan 14, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, cream-colored head. Pretty good retention and some nice lacing. Lots of yeasty floaters make the beer appear murky.

S – Lots of caramel malt, some nutty and toasted malt, and some earthy and faintly smoky aromas, too. There may be some very faint orange hops in here, as well.

T – Sweet caramel malt up front giving way to toasted, nutty malt and some earthiness. Possibly a presence of bitter citrus hops can be appreciated at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a toasted and slightly bitter finish.

O – This is a pretty good beer. It just seems a little watered down, especially for a Christmas beer. I think it would do well with some more of that sweet caramelized malt and definitely some more smoky and earthy aromas and flavors. Still, this is a tasty and very drinkable beer. Even when Bell’s misses, they don’t miss by much.

BlackBelt5112203, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Jerone
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy golden tan one finger head, some lacing. With every beer from my six pack I got large sized floatables that I do not like at all.

S - Nice malt smell, bready, touch of yeast, touch of hops.

T - Mostly bready malt with a kinda weird and nice aftertaste of yeasty bread with a hint of hops.

M - Mouthfeel was good, medium carbonation, pretty light body.

O - Meh, nothing I would buy again, could be done much better and I don't know why I kept getting large floatables in my beers, and yes I was very careful when pouring.

Jerone, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer, it was better than expected. Still developing my palette and have been trying various craft brewers out.

MikeD71, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jadedlilmonkey, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Blueribbon666, Jan 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jjd315, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

CMUbrew, Jan 05, 2013
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.