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

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Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.58/5
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1,748 Ratings
Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,079
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
1,748
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 1,748 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of Mjohemi
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer gets better the more I have it. Smokey, malty, hints of oak, syrupy. The flavors get better the warmer it is. Proper tasting for this beer is like a good stout, just above room temperature. Another nice offering from Bell's.

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Photo of DuaneL
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not worth hunting down.

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Photo of skywizzard
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of grittly
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pstam87
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riff
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, reddish brown color with an off-white head about a finger thick, leaves a little lacing and some clinging to the glass. Smell is minimal, toasted malts, cinnamon, and caramel. Taste is a little muddled. Toasted malts, toffee, pine, burnt sugar, and a little hop bitterness throughout. Medium-heavy body, creamy, dry. Bitterness lingers. Overall, eh, it's not bad, but it's not great either. The flavors were muddled, none truly stood out at any point in time.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkdayton01
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmoore32
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red color with some cinnamon, nutmeg flavoring scotch ale. A slow sipper that should be shared over A fire with snow falling during the holidays. This 7.5 version better than 5.5% abv

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Photo of Wamba
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeIquiades
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Nice cloudy copper body, looks pretty thick, with auburn head that fades to a ring. The nose has a horrible, nasty, intolerable herbal note similar to crushed cilantro, absolute turn-off, I hate this. There is some warm malt behind it, but that initial herbal chalky note is too bad for me to investigate more. The taste has even more of this unfortunate element, but this time it even overshadows anything else. Another review calling it Scotch Tape flavor is also an appropriate description. Just awful. The body is fine, I guess; again, too much nasty flavor going on to tell.
I hope this is some flaw of my palate and Bell's isn't subjecting everyone to this thing. This is just like Flying Monkey's Chocolate Manifesto beer; that herbal, chalky, cilantro, nasty flavor might not be the strongest thing here, but just like a tack in your heel steals all of your attention even if you're in a room full of Victoria's Secret models, this stole my attention in a bad, bad way.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Christmas Ale, 7.5% ABV. Pours dark brown with one finger off-white head. Nose is...not much, some vague sweetness. Taste is roast malt, some tartness, some sweetness, and a moderate bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is opaque dark cinnamon amber color with a thick soapy cream colored head that doesn’t recede and leaves thick bands of sudsy lacing. The aroma is of toasted grains, buttery malts, toffee, caramel, and light dried cherry notes. The taste is a combination of toffee/caramel and bitter/tart cherry fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall, this is excellent and exactly how I like my Christmas ales.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of moundbz
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,748 ratings
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