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

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1,477 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BierFan on 11-06-2008

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy copper/orange, small head, little lacing

S - hops, grains, malts, sweetness, heavy caramel

T - a weird taste honesty.. kind of a smoked honey taste, with lots of sweet malt, bitter hops to ration it out

M - nice and smooth ale that just goes down without questioning.

O - this is not like most christmas ales.. i don't taste many spices, but it sure is awesome.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wintbs379 for this bottle.

A: Pours a really nice amber hue with about a half finger of bone white head that fades into a think halo along the top of the beer. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose of this beer seems really complicated. I'm getting notes of malt, berry, and mild spice. There may also be a touch of citrus in there as well.

T: The flavors of the beer follow the nose. I get some malty sweetness, some hints of berry, a touch of spice, and just a little bit of lemon peel. It's really pleasant.

M: Light bodied beer. Sweetness right up front, a bit chewy, and it finishes thick.

O: This is one of the best Scotch Ales I've had, and definitely one of the better Christmas Ales on the market. I'd drink this beer again.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains and some eager streams of fine bubbles rise in the column from the sides of the glass.

S: Candy-like, with both toffee and mixed fruit represented. A trace of husky grain emerges as it warms.

T: Begins off-dry, with caramel malt and herbaceous aromatics that are authentic in their delicate astringency. Acidity is mild and citric into the middle where understated bread is clean and sweetness is able to surge incrementally. The finish is comparatively vacant of flavor, compared to the other acts, with a fine thread of phantom astringency from earlier in the profile and a whiff of savoriness that lingers on the palate, turning to fermented tea late.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet but balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This ale is relatively malt-forward, but conservative. It has a nuanced and dynamic sweetness that is, perhaps, its most interesting feature. When one considers that other notable qualities include an early herbaceous burst that is not particularly hop-like, it seems like a reasonable contribution to the style and a worthwhile candidate for food pairings.

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3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is brick red. Translucent. Head is off-white with red tinge, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Full malt aroma, caramel, some holiday spices, hops.

T: Full malt base, floral and citrus hop notes, mild caramel sweetness, light holiday spice. Aftertaste is mild piney hops, malt, caramel.

M: Medium body. Carbonation and malt give a full, creamy texture that follows initial hop forwardness. Wet finish.

O: The one thing I think is generally overdone with scottish/scotch ales is the malt presence. Sometimes they are so malty and give such a full, creamy feel that it is difficult for me to put down a pint without feeling full. Not this beer; the forward hop notes totally balance this ale and make it quite drinkable. Well balanced and, despite the larger initial hop presence, this beer really comes through as a scottish ale. I will buy this every winter going forward.

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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle - thanks to cfrancis for this

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish/copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hay/straw, cherries, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some herbal notes. There is also a cherry sweetness mixed with light hops. It ends with a malty and spicy aftertaste.

Overall - The beer definitely has a taste all it's own. It's a mixed bag of all kinds of flavours, unfortunately one of them is a little too artificial. Still a beer with a taste that is interesting enough to warrant trying it.

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3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass.

A: the beer pours brown-ruby red color with a thin head of yellowish foam that dissipates quickly.

S: I get an initial note of yeast and candi sugar, along with some sweet malt.

T: There's a real strong graham cracker flavor with the beer, backed by Belgian candi sugar and a bit yeasty funk. There is also a bit of a peppery note hanging around in the beer as well.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

O: A little too sweet, but still enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deer amber color with ruby hues in the light. There is a one inch light tan head. There is nice head retention and some heavy lacing.

The aroma is decent. There is a strong citrus hop profile with a very sugary sweet aroma as well. There's a bit spicing as well.

The taste is nice. Again some citrusy hops with a big dose of sweetness. There is a decent grain profile giving notes of caramel and raw grain.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a small carbonation bubble that provides a gentle tingle.

Overall it's a solid beer. There is a pleasing nose and taste, however nothing that stands out as being mind blowing. A great seasonal go to? Definitely.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Bell's Christmas Ale pours a red-amber color with a finger of head. The aroma is a nice mix of sweet fruits, caramel malts, and a bit of spices. The taste follows this, with a sweet cherry taste and some light spices up front, with a bit of herbal hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, a solid beer. I meant to drink this actually on Christmas, but the whole working at 3 AM the day after Christmas thing put a whole damper to my holiday celebrations.

Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.