Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.34/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From Bells website:
"In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn't contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas."
I agree, There are NO aromas nor flavors of spices/fruits. Just a standard red ale it seems to me---maybe a bit more hop in the finish. Pours with a nice 1 inch offwhite foam that disappears in a few minutes. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel is slightly oily. Taste of malted barley with slight hop finish. Some slight metalic finish once or twice but as glass warmed that flavor disappeared.
All in all this is good but I don't know why it's called "Christmas Ale"...
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2014 03:39:16 | More by Murphious
3.74/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Whatever its designation (Scottish ale? Winter warmer?), this beer is inviting to look at. It's almost a straight medium-red, bright and clear with a darker brilliant flare to its body. The head is a small, creamy off-white cap. Retention is good, while lacing is moderately deposited in spotting that almost manages patching at times.
This is a nicely spiced beer that doesn't go overboard. Cinnamon impresses itself on the nostrils under bready, toasty sort of malts with something like orange peel in it. There's a bit more fruit down under as well, a bit of yeast and just a very light note of hops.
The hops assert themselves slightly more strongly on the tongue with a bit more citrus and something slightly greener, but the show is still the malts and the cinnamon with backing from the citrus peel note. It has a touch of earth, and the yeast adds something not quite musty.
The body is medium, carbonation is firm and consistent, not too spritzy but holding a strong crispness. It's not quite creamy, and a dryness coming out in the finish may be either spicing or hops, leaving it semi-dry overall.
Serving type: on-tap
01-21-2014 22:48:49 | More by Brenden
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.