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

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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: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,714
Reviews:
531
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
287
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Ratings: 1,714 |  Reviews: 531
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.

Cheers

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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.

RJT

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Look: Pours a cloudy, burnt orange hue with a half finger, off white head.

Aroma: The best part about this beer. Like fruitcake. Raisins, white sultanas, orange and lemon zest, cherries, cranberries, ginger, clove, honey, apples, cinnamon and even notes of toasted nuts and rum.

Taste: Too perfumy and sweet for my taste. I'm getting a big white grape, and candied raisin flavor upfront. Notions of heather, caramel, honey, more grapes and raisins... very fruity and sweet, slightly spicy with hints of clove. Mild hints of baked bananas, biscuits, sugar cookies and bubblegum on the finish.

Feel: Watery. Sweet and dry.

Overall: Hard to finish. Not sure what to say about this one. A fruity, malty, sugary scotch ale thats crisp and tastes of fruit cake and confections but it can be too sweet at times.

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Photo of Miami66
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jslice99
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazelnut brown color. Clear and crisp in appearance. Thin tan head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell has notes of roasted malts, rustic wheat bread, nuts, and hint of caramel.

Taste follows the nose. Nice caramel and bready malts come through with some roast and nutty flavors. Hints of caramel, slightly sweet but not overly so. Touch of bitterness comes through on the aftertaste and linger. Its actually a nice flavor profile.

Feel is light and crisp, easy drinking. Medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice Scottish Ale. I think its a very good beer - so a bit better than what its rated here. I'd happily pick this one up again and enjoy it. To the people calling this "undrinkable" I'll just respcetfully strongly disagree. Its not the best scottish ale, but as an American take its a very good beer.

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Photo of KEH
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's Christmas Ale is a surprisingly drinkable and refreshing Scottish Ale. Most of the American Scottish Ales that I've tried tend to be fairly high gravity. This one is much closer to a session beer. It certainly looks and pours like one would expect for the style. It also has many of the same characteristics in flavor - malty, bready and slightly sweet. I really appreciate Scottish Ales that have a lower ABV (then I can drink more of them!)

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good Christmas beer but nowadays I'd rather have a Belgium holiday ale or Sam Adams Holiday.
Color is copper amber, apple cider look with a snowy white head that resembles a cinnamon Christmas spirit.
Aroma is malts.
Body is light to medium and watery with a dry finish.
Tastes is malty with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

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

Pretty disappointing considering the style and the brewers, i expected much better. Also considering the much better examples of the style that are readily available this is again a bit of a disappointment. Looks weak, smell isnt bad but weaker tones of toffee and vanilla, taste is light with a bizarre finish not typical of a good Scottish ale, also don't see what is at all "christmas" related with this beer.

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.58 out of 5 based on 1,714 ratings.
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