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

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Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 44
Gots: 135 | 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why this is classified as a "Scottish Ale". It's more of a hoppy pale ale with a stronger malt presence and some occasional hints of chocolate and honey and burnt notes.

Appearance: As typical with all of Bell's beers, tons of yeast sediment. Murky dark orange color. Great one finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer of foam. I really love clarity in beers, and being that Bell's is the biggest Michigan brewery, I wish they would just go ahead and start to make a greater effort to make their beers more appealing to look at.

Smell: First thing I got was a BIG hop presence. Very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Did not get any spices, cinnamon, honey, or things of that nature. Picked up a little malt, but as the beer warmed I could eventually pull more malty scents from the beer, which is to be expected. Very pleasantly surprised by the aroma. I wasn't overwhelmed with spices like so many other Christmas ales tend to do. They were just barely there to be noticeable and enjoyable. Very yeasty smell as well.

Taste: Follows the scent with the big hop presence. First sip I could mostly only get hops out of the taste with a bitter bite at the end. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but it definitely was NOT a typical Christmas Ale, and is certainly not what I'd classify as "Scottish Ale"... Great malt tastes come through as the beer gets a tad warmer. Very nice chocolate, honey, and bready qualities. Hops hang around to create a fantastic mix!

Mouthfeel: Nice tingling mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Pleasant on the palate.

Overall: Definitely one of my favorite Bell's beers. Love how it's not overly spicy and it's very very much like a more malty Celebration Ale.

Can we please change this beer from a Scottish Ale, though?

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S: Caramel, cinnamon, malt
T: Toffee, candied orange and cinnamon
M: Medium-bodied, a touch spicy
O: Worth a try, not as much winter spice as many other Christmas ales

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.