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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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1,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | 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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FedExPope

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16%

11-19-2011 18:51:36 | More by FedExPope
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-19-2011 14:16:11 | More by mmcnaughton
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

11-19-2011 03:09:04 | More by DoctorB2B
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Transferred over from the Christmas Beer session in my tasting notebook.

Pours out a hazy reddish amber with an off-white two finger head that leaves some really nice lacing behind with each sip, smells like butterscotch and mildly of....fresh cranberries? My best guess is that the heavy sweet malt odor is combining with some kind of spicy / citric hopping to read as cranberries to my nose. Flavor has a nice full spectrum of overlapping malts on top of each other heavily spiced (for the scotch ale style, that is) with the same kind of hopping flavor as expected from the nose, perhaps I detect some cinnamon elements as well but it is hard to get a bead on it. Body is medium to heavy in thickness and carbonated just enough to keep it from being sludgey. Pretty good in my book.

11-19-2011 02:32:00 | More by WastingFreetime
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

11-18-2011 17:44:05 | More by waiting4lunch
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - deep amber in color with a thin, white head. Not much head formation, but it could have been due to the bartender's pour.

S - Malt, slightly roasted. Caramelized sugar.

T - Sweet, sugary malt & caramelized sugar. Raisins. A little smokiness. Slight alcohol that warms in the throat & stomach.

M - very slight carbonation, smooth, sweet, drinkable. Good representation of the style.

11-18-2011 06:14:34 | More by Gatch
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Kromes

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

A: A nice clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a little bit of noble hop aroma.

T: A sweet grainy toasted malt flavor up front with a lit bit of earthy hop. Very simple in flavor and nicely balanced. Some fruity and floral notes to it.

M: Light bodied and good carbonation. Easy drinking beer.

O: A nice christmas ale. A break from the winter warmers. Full flavored and well crafted.

11-18-2011 02:00:55 | More by Kromes
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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%

11-17-2011 06:50:11 | More by adamant1912
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

11-17-2011 03:05:25 | More by tclapper
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Virginia

5/5  rDev +40.1%

11-16-2011 21:10:25 | More by horrorspecialty
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thearsenal

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 20:02:19 | More by thearsenal
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bpgpitt10

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 16:32:36 | More by bpgpitt10
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 03:14:30 | More by oline73
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 00:50:02 | More by coz
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

11-15-2011 20:34:18 | More by victory4me
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brycevolk

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 18:57:33 | More by brycevolk
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dcsoke

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 14:43:47 | More by dcsoke
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Gtg642

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 13:46:57 | More by Gtg642
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-15-2011 05:28:05 | More by hyuga
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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 03:23:01 | More by scott2269
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RandyJ

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 02:21:22 | More by RandyJ
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dizztracted

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 02:07:09 | More by dizztracted
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-15-2011 02:01:16 | More by ithinkimasofa
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%

11-14-2011 21:28:13 | More by OneEyedJack
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SrMonkey

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12%

11-14-2011 20:59:27 | More by SrMonkey
Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.