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

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Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It's Christmas in March, thanks to this beer. Sure, it's not quite Christmas in July, but Rudolph and Frosty can't be everywhere at all times. Anyway, it pours a generally clear light russet-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. A healthy population of particulates wafts about the glass. The nose comprises caramel, orange peel, light red grapes, and a pinch of nutmeg. The taste follows pretty closely, though with the addition of some mild toffee and some cinnamon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a nice Scottish ale, nothing special, but tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and orange with a half inch of head that generates a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is relatively subtle, with notes of malt, fruits, and alcohol.

T: The beer itself is mildly fruity, with a sweet malt flavor. It's rather plain and unexciting, but altogether drinkable. This is certainly a different, and refreshing in most cases, take on a Christmas ale, in that it is not loaded with spices. None of the flavors are particularly bold, but everything flows pretty well together.

M: The feel is medium-thin bodied, with a mellow hop presence in the finish.

D: Simple in nature, and relatively easy to drink. I wouldn't want more than one, however.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber hue when held toward the light, I guess this one has some hops from and barley grown in Michigan, how cool dude! Large thicket of off white head looks delicioso while staring at my full frothing pint in front of me, lacing is left in thick chunks between sips.

Aroma is pretty clean with citrus pine and a mild spicy characteristic that is hard to pin point. Mild mint and herbal tones with caramel malts backing the party. Not in my face christmas just a nice table ale with nuances of the festive season bring more on soon please, this was a 1.89 a bottle not bad. A nice yeast driven bread like note goes on and on in this brew, an easy to fall in love with characteristic in this substance some call liquid bread.

Flavor is subtle with herbal, pine, mint, and citrus pith. A solid team of effervescent carbonation, semi sweet malt that has a great slice bread appeal with a peppery biscuit finish. Mild tart tang the yeast unfiltered Bell's offering provides warmth and sustenance in the winter months. I love the label the beer the brewery, what a trifecta.

Mouthfeel is solid slightly textured with hop oils and mild spice bitterness, this carbonation level just works sturdy yet natural. The semi hazed unfiltered approach adds a bit much more body than your average low alcohol Christmas ale just like artisan bread.

Drinkability is delivering this beer will be searched out for, I'm in love while the limited release we need to get some down here in Steubenville, I picked this one up in Boardman. Last year it hit Pittsburgh but I missed it sold out everywhere quickly.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a quarter of an inch of thick, soft, white, pillowy head that has great retention

S - caramel, a bit grainy, bread, baked apples

T - baked apples, faint caramel, a bit bitter in the finish; the flavor here is dominated by fruity esters

M - crisp, medium bodied

This is a rather "run of the mill" beer. There isn't much to it. It's all esters and caramel malt. This isn't bad, but I certainly won't buy it again.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle-Packaged 11-4-13

Pours hazed medium amber, typical medium khaki head, lasting nicely. leaves a thicker film, some low sheeting and nice looking strands of fine lacing.

Warm malty nose.

Smooth and tasty, nicely malted up beer. Notes of maple, caramel, vanilla and malty goodness.

Nothing special going on here. Worth a try if ya like da malt. Not overly sweet, with some muted hops drying out the rear.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tone
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, citrus (strawberries?), and spice. Seems to stretch the boundaries of what a Scottish Ale can be. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, slight hops, slight spice, and strong yeast characteristic. The malt is really lacking, which is odd in a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Hazey, opaque color, bordering on a lighter brown, nice, creamy toned head, ...

Fruity malt sweetness hits the nose at first, matched by hops, high hops, higher than I'd expect out of a Scotch Ale, as this is purported to be...grapefruit and orange, a twist of lemon, matched with juicy malt. Interesting...

Whoa! Big, bitter bite right off the bat...not sure I'd call this a Scotch Ale or a Wee Heavy, after the pithy attack of hops with each new taste. I like it, mind you, I might even love it...

Described on the label as a "malt-driven Scotch Ale". the malt may drive it, but the hops take over the steering wheel and take command. Scotch Ales shouldn't taste like Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale or Surly Furious. But I like it, despite that...
It's great, ...bright hops smack up into lush, lovely malt. Great balance, ... like a big IPA, with full Scottish malt at hand. I can enjoy this. Stylistic sticklers should be warned, though.

I think I'll be having a lot of this, this winter!

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Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Got this at Twisted Kilt while watching UFC. Batch 10,023. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of soapy foam that settles to a solida cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. The body is a mostly transparent, amber-bronze body.

S - Tastes of light English hops and big toasted caramel malts. Not overly smoky - feels like more of an American amber than a Scottish Ale.

T - The taste is more toasty and less sweet. More biscuit and Christmas cookie in there as well. There's some faint fruity yeast character.

M - Zesty carbonation, lightly dry finish, with some light residual oily resins. Body is medium, and of average viscosity.

D - This was surprisingly decent. I'm glad that they didn't spice this like every other Christmas on the market. It was one of the best options available at the Kilt, so I may be having it again sometime.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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