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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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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:
#39,030
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
1,747
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of KBomb
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say I'm surprised this is classified as "Scotch Ale", but whatever. Its the drinking experience that matters, and my friends, I enjoy drinking Bell's Christmas Ale.

Ruby toned deep brown color, one finger of foamy head. Big caramel malt aroma on the nose, a hint of fruity sweetness compliments. Tastes bready. Some green apple flavors and a touch of cinnamon and spice. Good sweet flavor to this beer, but not too much sweetness. The "Christmas Spices" are mild, but present to add depth of flavor to the caramel malt. Super dry mouthfeel-- creates an invitation for another.

Bell's Christmas Ale is very likeable. A great simple, malty session beer well suited for the season.

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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 DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Amber color, a little cloudy with solid 1 inch off white/tan head. Plent of tiny bubbles.

Malt is king here, most notable in the aroma then same in the taste. A bit of caramel and toffee which remind me of other scottish ales, though others I've had are darker.

Slightly sweet and even a little smoky aftertaste. Reminds me more of ESB with, but regardless a very nice beer and perfect for time of year. Plenty going on, another strong offering from Bells.

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Photo of bf7
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilerdvm14
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pedro07
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber hue with a nice rocky white head that rises high. Lots of beautiful lacing. The beer is an iconic color and depth.

S- Very sweet off the bat, bot a whole lot of malts, but more candy and cherries. Do I sense a citrus hint in the nose? I digress, there is a small amount of earthiness present, but the nose on this beer is very unique!

T- If a beer can be very mild yet bold, this one toes that line. As opposed to the nose, I get a lot of yummy maltiness in the taste. I can't sense bitterness anywhere, this is one smooth beer. Maybe there is a small bit of dried fruit in the taste, but it's like rum-soaked cherries or cranberries.

M- Very full and satisfying. I'm quite pleased, the beer is mouthcoating.

D- Very sessionable beer with no negative qualities. The only thing I can think of is why they call this beer a scotch ale. When I think of scotch ale, I think of Dirty Bastard which is a lot more powerful than this one. Odd...maybe it's a mild english style?

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Photo of acknight
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Christmas ale pours a very hazy reddish amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white froth. The head retention is good, and it leaves some very nice lacing as it goes.

The nose is malty with a gently caramelish and biscuity note, a hint of fruitiness, and some minor hops (perhaps some citrusy hops?).

In the mouth it's dextrinous and decidedly medium bodied (not quite medium-full) and creamy smooth.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a rich but only lightly caramelish malt that's bready, a touch nutty, and perhaps even subtly toasty - smeared with leafy, herbal, spicy, and citrusy (lemon zest) hop flavors, and accented by underlying yeasty fruitiness (berries, apple) and yeastiness.

Quite enjoyable, and readily drinkable, it's a bit of a mini malt monster that's well balanced by hop bitterness, and well-accentuated by a wide range of mild yeasy and hoppy flavors. Nicely done!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,747 ratings
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