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

Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
41.1%
Liked This Beer
3.57 w/ 1,714 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,175
Reviews:
531
Ratings:
1,714
Liked:
704
Avg:
3.57/5
pDev:
12.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
287
Trade:
0
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This brew pours a beautiful brownish/red color with a white, fluffy two finger head and good carbonation.

The smell is sweet malts and floral hops. There are also some fruits and nuts in the smell along with a dank earthy smell contrasting with a sweet wheat like smell.

The taste follows the nose with sweet malts hitting first then floral, spicy hops. There is also a nutty taste followed by light caramel and ending with hop spices.

Overall this is a complex brew with a lot going on. This would be a good beer for a cold day but the low alcohol content keeps it out of the 'winter warmer' class.

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I like this one a lot. I was expecting some spicy flavors, but there was little to none. Instead I had a very smooth malty brew with a medium-light body. It reminded me of a malty Pale Ale or maybe an ESB, both of which I like very much. Nicely done.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bell's other winter offering besides its witbier is its Christmas Ale. Many thanks to Halcyondays for sharing a 12 ounce bottle with me. On to the beer:

Attractive dark amber rests in the glass. But despite its monikor as a Chirstmas Ale, this Bells offering tastes more like a light English bitter filled with esters than a warming spiced ale. The taste is straightforward as dates and esters make much of it. The beer is on the lighter side, which means you could fool people in a blind test for which season this beer is brewed for.

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Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 41.1% out of 100 with 1,714 ratings
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