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

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3.58/5
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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

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Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,668
Reviews:
533
Ratings:
1,720
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of sethcroisant
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmentpond112
1.29/5  rDev -64%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Well, I love the holidays, so I gave this a 5 for looks. Smell, taste, feel?! Hello?! How is this a Christmas Ale if it does not smell, taste, nor feel like scotch tape?! It would most definitely be an improvement. Perhaps Bell's should consult 3M the next time they want to brew a batch of this stuff. If I don't feel the same kind of elation I feel when I am tearing the wrapping paper of a new Lionel train or Castle Grayskull while I drink a beer, then that beer has no business being called a Christmas Ale! Oh well, Bell's will probably just change the name of this to Holiday Ale anyway.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AColtonOfBeer
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eammon1920
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- Dark, dark brown; fluffy 2 finger tan head; leaves some spotty lacing

Aroma- fairly weak nose on this, but i do get a little dark bread and toffee. As it warms I'm getting a little nuttiness as well

Taste- really explodes with vanilla, toffee, rich breadiness, brown sugar and just a hint of bitterness at the end

Feel- medium bodied and creamy texture

Overall- Great Scotch Ale with a weak aroma being it's only shortcoming. However, the flavor more than makes up for it making this an excellent sipper perfect for colder weather.

Side note- This beer is listed as 5.4% alcohol, but my bottle says 7.5%.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of a dark copper presentation with 1/3" off white head. Aroma of malt, brown, red up in here.

Taste, malty. Not quite winter warmer, not quite scotch ale, but somewhere in between. Mild bitterness, no real hop flavor though. Earthy. Tobacco. A little bit of holiday spice. Low carbonation but not a problem. Sticky caramel. A lot of brown and crystal malt, this one I can't figure out who I would recommend it to. Its middling ya know?

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle packaged 10/24/16 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy copper coloration with some suspended sediment and an off-white two finger head. Decent head retention.

Smell: Not much going on here, mostly just malts.

Taste: Malts, grapefruit rind and some light hop bitterness.

Feel: Medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, just kind of bland.

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

Photo of tmryan21
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MJ64
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An amber colored beer with a lot of particles in suspension. The light tan head fades and leaves no lacing. The aroma is spiced apple cider with some caramel. The taste is sweet and yeasty with apples and spices that finish with some bitterness which doesn't linger. There is a decent amount of carbonation and the beer is medium to light in body. Quite a tasty beer that definitely stirs up feelings of Christmas with the cider and spice flavors.

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

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

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chewy6935
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mooseo
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Bottled 10/7/15; drank 12/31/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque red/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Allspice, orange citrus & candle wax notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dry clove, mild orange citrus & candle wax flavors; ester dryness on the finish. Interesting, but this was a misfire for my palate.

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

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this beer is overly sweet, but not in the traditional kettle cooked caramel malt Scottish kind of way, but rather an artificial sweetener like resemblance, Sorry, not my cup of tea. Cheers!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Christmastime tradition. Had this one served every which way. Spiced and malty/bready aroma leads to a flavor of dark fruits, plum, raisin, bread, and warm spice. Some sips are reminiscent of mulled wine. Very fitting as a Christmas ale, my second favorite Christmas ale behind Great Lakes.

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,720 ratings
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