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

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81
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1,442 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,442
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle already 18 months old from great beer store on Topsail Island, NC. Was in the cooler and apparently well kept.

Not much to remind me of a Scottish Ale and surely not typical of a Christmas ale. Label says "malt driven," but fairly dry, more like a very well made pale than a Scottish.

Appearance - Burnt orange with some cloudiness with a nice creamy head. That and yeast in the bottom says this is a live beer.

Smell - Orange, citron, pine and malt.

Taste - Full but dry malt balanced with hops bitterness and some dry hop fruit. Lots of subtle esthers carry on to make the taste last.

Mouthfeel - Light but creamy. Despite not getting what I expected from a Bell's Christmas, a highly drinkable and delicious brew. What I have come to expect from Bell.

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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really pleasant beer, tasting much lighter than a typical Scottish and for a beer of 5.4 ABV. Bell's website doesn't list a style but does not that no extra spices are added as there are with other holiday beers.

Scent, taste, and mouthfeel are all good. The carbonation is a bit high but not as bright as a pilsner. A definite malt presence.I will get this again if I can find it.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smell - sweet, piney... malty..

color - nice reddish/orangy amber... - nice thick quick foaming head..

taste - crisp, sweet, piney about a 3/3.5

should have had this during christmas, but life happened..
Bell's is usually on top of their game.. the two hearted ale is excellent... this is above average... worth a swig

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.