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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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81
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1,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 32
Gots: 56 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A murky amber color with a white head. There’s a hint of some hoppy bitterness, but otherwise there’s not much there in terms of flavor or aroma. Has a smooth watery feel. It's odd that this should be a scotch ale, as it lacks the character of scotch ales that I have had. Also odd to call it a Christmas ale, as it lacks the fruits and/or spices associated with such a holiday brew. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 17:56:19 | More by brutusmuktuk
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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

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.