Christmas Ale (-2016) | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Christmas Ale (-2016)Christmas Ale (-2016)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The basic inspiration for Bell's Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn't contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas

Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
543
Ratings:
1,767
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
304
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,767 |  Reviews: 543
Photo of DonBowman
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzman
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tdengel
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SB2017
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good old ale with some spice twists. While the beer itself contains no spice, the herbal notes of the roast come through nicely. A little hard to drink for its complexity, though this is welcome when following or proceeding heavy holiday meals. Pretty to look at and an all around solid old ale.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nunya
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JStorz13
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I truly like this beer because it doesn't have the traditional holiday beer items in it (cinnamon, etc.) I look forward to having one or two during the long holiday season family time. Hits the spot each time. It is also still being brewed. I bought it yesterday.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chilmer
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CScott12
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbundang9
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haines710
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had to try this over the holidays. A nice looking beer but not strong smelling. Taste is a little malty and I sense th toffee or caramel. Overall not my favorite but good for the season. Nice night time drink that got better as it warmed.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber / toffee brown color, medium fluffy cap. Aroma isn't exactly robust but fine, has the expected caramel malt, a little raisin, warm bread you get in wee heavys. Taste is traditional, checks all the boxes, not adventurous or fixing the wheel but good - scotch malt, darker fruit (fig, date, etc), rum cask, whisper of hops on the finish.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superwho24
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim67
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice caramel colored head, smooth and balanced. Hints of caramel.

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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

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Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,767 ratings