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

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Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale
1,725 Ratings
Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

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Ratings: 1,725 |  Reviews: 533
Photo of kinggimp
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerboe
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked a 6-pack up on sale because I love Scotch Ales and it was from Bell's! The guy at the liquor store noted it has low alcohol content for a Christmas Ale, but I hoped it would make up for that with more flavor.

Drank some and couldn't taste much Scotch flavor in it. After a while I decided it's a nice Amber ale, nothing more. Disappointing but it makes a good mixer for other over-spiced Christmas beers, one of which I currently have, so there's that. It's not bad by itself, and very drinkable, contrary to what one very odd reviewer below said. Its just not a Scotch Ale as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of dcotom
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass: color is amber, translucent, head is finely bubbled light tan, some lacing.

Smell is fruity, grape dominant, with subtle toffee flavor - grape like flavor reminds me of munich at high levels in some homebrews i've prepared.

Taste is similar to the aroma with prominent grape like fruitiness - must be the Michigan malt - toffee at low levels, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, moderately carbonated.

Overall this is a pleasant and interesting brew - light to moderate grape like flavor from their proprietary malt - I like it - very distinct and unique flavor and style for this Christmas ale.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Demi
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Pens1967
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGoeltz
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MemphisSooner
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: deep ruby to mahogany. Thin white head

S: hops some spices cinnamon cloves little bit of resin

T: hops. Winter spices.

F: thin. Crisp with spicy coating

O: nothing too special. Subtle flavors.easy to drink

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Photo of BeerMama2014
4.87/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

From a growler via DEPS in a snifter. This nice Scottish pours a lightly
chill hazed deep amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles
to a thick ring, light pool, and features some spotty light lacing. Nose of
caramel, toffee, light breaded notes, and subtle berry notes with light nutty
malt notes. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with light toffee and caramel
notes awash in light breaded malts with a hint of dark berry notes pm the
rear with a touch of zesty hops. Very nice mouth feel; medium carbonation,
medium on the feel, sweet lingering finish. Overall an excellent Scottish.


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Photo of Tbulling
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CNoj012
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger off white head that recedes to a microfilm layer fairly quickly and leaves behind patches of lacing.

Smell is sweet dark fruit, caramel, nuttiness and bready malts. Very sweet smelling overall.

Taste is the same, but less sweet than the smell suggests. Also less complex, almost boring.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a decent beer. Not something i'd pay for again, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of jmg480
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MNAle
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, somewhat hazy with solid carbonation visible. 3/4-inch off-white to tan head, receding moderately leaving splotchy lacing. Malty aroma, fruits, a bit of bread, nutty, anticipates a sweet taste. Thick feel. Mild initial taste, sticky, a bit sweet, subtle earthiness. Middle and finish remain as with the initial taste with a finish that clings to the mouth and tongue. Hardly any bittering evident. Moderately sweet finish. A bit simple in all aspects. Easy to drink, pleasant, enjoyable in its own right. If you read the brewer's web site description of this beer, it is hitting exactly what the brewer intended, so comparing it against spicy holiday beers or high ABV winter warmers in unfair. Their focus on all (or nearly all) local ingredients from malts to hops is laudable. Nonetheless, as pleasant and drinkable as this beer is, I like a bit more complexity in malty beers.

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Photo of flaskman
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a six pack and took it to the cabin this weekend. I figured Thanksgiving was over and time for my first Christmas Seasonal. I made my choice based on my past experience with Bells and the nice graphics on the bottles. It looks good in the glass and had a decent head. The feel was good as was the carbonation. It looked and tasted fresh. The smell was malty sweet and it had a decent head. It tasted like a mixture of flavors that left you with an overly sweet and bitter taste that I honestly can't pin down. I can only think of watered down mangos to describe what I was tasting. The combination of hops and malt did not work - at all. At least for me. As I was drinking it all I could think about was how did this get into production. Did they try a test batch first? And then where does the "Christmas" come into this brew. I was very disappointed and would had expected much more from Bell's. Especially in a seasonal.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a reddish amber color with an off white head with decent retention
S-sweet malt, caramel, toffee
T-more sweet malt and toffee followed by a balanced biscuit flavor, hops providing a nice balance but not providing a lot of flavor
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-pretty solid scotch ale although not overly complex

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

Bell's Christmas Ale has a medium, ivory-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, with lots of sediment chunks, some bubbles, and a bit of lacing left behind. Aroma is of mildly sweet brown bread crust, toast, and a touch of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is low-medium, and Bell's Christmas Ale finishes on the dry side.


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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,725 ratings
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