Bell's Christmas Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
Served on tap in a generic 'pint' glass at HopJacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, Pensacola, Florida.
A: clear copper color, minimal head, no lacing.
S: very slight notes of malt and undetermined spice
M: bright & effervescent up front, smooth and spicy on the back end. Very pleasant overall.
T: modest hints of cinnamon and clove with a fairly rich, malty finish.
Summary: When the weather outside is frightful, this ale is quite delightful.
11-23-2011 03:20:02 | More by NWFLyer
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
P: Medium brownish amber with 2 finger head that hung around for awhile
N: Mixed hops, piny accents, malt
T: Based on the nose, you'd think this would be a heavy hopped and pine tasting beer. Not so! The malt, piny accents, and blend of hops balance each other out well. The malt characteristics are the most prevelant in the end though.
M; This was medium bodied with a malty aftertaste. The hops and pine don't stay on the palate that long.
Overall, a good offering. I'd say worth buying a couple 12oz bottles to try out.
11-22-2011 17:13:44 | More by StArnoldFest2010
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
Bell's Christmas Ale, Scottish Ale style with 5.4% alcohol. Poured into a pint glass with a mild vigor.
A- Dark caramel color with a slight off white head that falls to a rim and froth, lacing is decent with strands holding on for dear life.
S- Scents of sweet pine sap, sugary malts, and a slight citrusy hop nose appear on first breath. Caramel and chocolate appear after the nose gets its second helping.
T-M- Dull flavors upfront of tangy citrus mostly lemon and tangerine, this is followed by a destinct dark oak backbone with alcoholic undertones. Medium to light bodied with a slick and watery finish.
Overall not bad and not so solid... Could use more malty charactor for the style but a hell of a quafter... cheers!
11-22-2011 07:59:05 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
Pours a nice amber color with a solid one finger head or so. Waves of tiny bubbles rise to the surface appearing to be moderately carbonated. Head stays a solid finger throughout.
Smells of slightly sweet toasty malt and a light tropical fruitiness (citrus, pine, and melon?) from the hops. Not really getting anything else in the aroma. Would give this a higher score if the aroma was more prominent.
Get a nice dose of toasted malt first that lingers throughout. Then the hops come in and give a little kick, same as in the aroma, I'm still thinking citrus, pine and maybe some melon. Finishes with a very light bitter bite that just gives a little bit more sharpness to the hops. A nice drinking beer, flavors are more subdued like the aromas.
Medium body that is very easy to drink. Light to moderate carbonation.
A really nice beer that can be easily drank. Like that this is on the lower alcohol side than most winter beers. Enjoyed the toasty malt and unique hop flavors. Will drink again for sure. Hops do a good job of complementing and not overshadowing the malt.
11-22-2011 05:13:19 | More by ahq514
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. "bottled on" date of 10/19/11
A - Pours a slightly hazy mix of dark copper and ruby-red. Glows fiery red in the light. Has a finger of off-white head after a rough pour. Moderate retention. No lacing.
S - Much hoppier than I was expecting for a scottish ale. I am used to getting lots of caramely malts in the nose. Piney, resinous hops, and a background of light, aromatic malt. It also possibly has some very mild fruitiness to it.
T - Lots of bready malt flavor up front. It's not necessarily that candy-like sweetness, but a milder, dry rye-like sweetness. Mild hop bitterness and medium earthy hop flavor. More bitterness toward the finish that sticks to the sides of the tongue. There is also a citrusy hop character in the finish, but otherwise it's fairly bland and lacking in complexity.
M - Thin-to-medium bodied with good, tingly carbonation. It doesn't taste too sweet, but the residual sugars in this ale leave my mouth feeling sticky and slightly parched.
Overall-- this is a decent beer. In my mind, it does not fit the scottish ale label very accurately and it is lacking in the malt complexity department. I would describe this as more of a IPA/Irish red hybrid.
11-20-2011 23:36:40 | More by rundocrun
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
I loved the look of this one! Copper/golden in color. Lightly cloudy as most fall/winter seasonals.
The smell was VERY pleasing. Very complex, and I picked up on the various components in this order: Spice/hops/citrus/caramel malt
The tatse followed the smell almost exactly. Just what I expect from a holiday seasonal. Solidly good!
Mouthfeel was good and on par with the style.
Overall, this beer was a very good holiday seasonal and very, very drinkable!
11-20-2011 00:55:47 | More by Brambleman
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Deeply hazed plum color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is average and a decent amount of nonuniform lacing is left
4.0 S: Holy crap, this smells exactly like Pez candies, specifically the pink ones. Exactly like them. I almost can't believe it. Usually I try to pick out specific flavors, but I don't see a need to for this beer. PEZ! I love it!
4.0 T: The pez flavor is definitely there, but this tastes more like beer than it smells like beer. Plenty of sweet caramel, toffee, and a pleasant toastiness to go along with it. A bit sugary overall with a spicy and herbal hop flavor.
4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth. Good here.
4.5 D: I like this beer for a lot of different reasons. It gives lots of caramel and toffee without being overly thick and sweet. It smells unlike any other beer I've ever had. (PEZ!) It drinks super easy. Great holiday ale.
11-19-2011 19:15:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.