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
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a reddish amber color with a 1/2" finely bubbled ivory head that recedes very slowly leaving both some lacing on the sides, a ring of foam, and an irregularly shaped island over much of the liquid.

The aromas include some caramel and bread with some touches of fruitiness.

The flavors follow from the nose with the caramel and bready character along with some sweetness, an almost nutty flavor and some touches of citrus, fruitiness, and some spicy notes.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and nicely smooth with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the malt flavors and sweetness fade to allow some citric spicy bitterness to close out the show.

On the whole a well made beer that I'd not turn down if offered. That said it doesn't even come close to knocking my preferred Christmas ale from it's perch above the others.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass

Appearance- The color is a hazy peach with a solid finger of off white head that only dissipates a small amount. Leaves a decent amount of cascaded lacing.

Smell- Some carmel, pine and bready malt.

Taste- First off, I have to say this barley reminds me of a scotch ale at all. I suppose there is a case to be made that it could be a winter warmer/scotch ale experiment gone wrong. You get this Wheat beer flavor with an orange peel flavor that is quickly cut off by a ton of smoke.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with medium carbonation that creates a crisp semi dry finish.

Overall- This beer is all over the place with the flavor and scent profile. As I described above, it is a science experiment gone horribly wrong.

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Photo of jcparish88
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a reddish amber color with a nice one finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention giving a quite nice level of lacing.

Smell – The nose is overall quite light. It consists of a light bready smell mixed with some light citrus and brown sugar.

Taste – A bready and malty flavor greets the tongue. A decent sweetness is upfront being of a caramel and brown sugar flavor. Dark fruit flavors then come to the taste more toward the middle. While the dark fruit comes to the taste, the sugary tastes dwindling a bit. Some flavors of a smoky nature soon come to the tongue more toward the end and are accompanied by a light spice as well as some bitter citrus. These flavors, in the end, leave a malty but hop and sweet balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew was on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 5.5 % abv. The carbonation level was on the slightly lower side, but very close to average. The combo of the thicker body and medium carbonation made it a bit of a slower drinker, but not too slow where it wasn't still refreshing and to where all the spice and sweet flavors lost their draw. Quite nicely done.

Overall – A great drinking Christmas ale with a good flavor and mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty redish amber haze, on top is a fluffy foam head that's kinda of kahki color.

Grabbing me with totaly non-standard flavors...esp for style (not always a fav).

Very low note of sotch ale on top of bubblegum.

Spice bombs are a distant memory.

What a mellow holiday brew, that has a personality. I could see this as a go-to brew on a long x-mas eve.

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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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