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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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1,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 30
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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Ratings: 1,194 | Reviews: 461 | Display Reviews Only:
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Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-17-2014 15:38:37 | More by Doublicious
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-14-2014 01:31:33 | More by jeffwright
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-13-2014 21:54:13 | More by Josbor11
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Georgia

4/5  rDev +12%

02-13-2014 20:14:42 | More by jripps
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Swaino

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-13-2014 02:39:54 | More by Swaino
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-11-2014 17:53:27 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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jaxray8

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-09-2014 03:28:46 | More by jaxray8
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-08-2014 06:13:48 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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little_star

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-08-2014 02:32:15 | More by little_star
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Brian15

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-06-2014 01:51:14 | More by Brian15
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ralerwen

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-04-2014 14:23:02 | More by ralerwen
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Murphious

Illinois

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
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linnymtu

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16%

01-28-2014 21:49:28 | More by linnymtu
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ltltony

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16%

01-28-2014 16:15:12 | More by ltltony
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Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23%

01-27-2014 03:03:27 | More by WesMantooth
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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9%

01-25-2014 17:31:34 | More by closisinthehouse
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-24-2014 03:39:19 | More by threedaggers
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jimmy13

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-23-2014 22:54:37 | More by jimmy13
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Brenden

Ohio

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
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Jim-Conley

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-21-2014 00:17:06 | More by Jim-Conley
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Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30%

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Missouri

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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.