N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are we too obsessed with style? The label "Christmas Ale" on the bottle and the style designation "Scotch Ale" by Ratebeer has led many reviewers to produce baffling reviews. Should we critique Three Floyds Dark Lord for not having enough orange peel, cinammon, ginger, and nutmeg? Or downgrade one of Cantillonís lambics because there is no peat, no smokiness, and not enough sweetness? ...
What does Bellsbeer.com say? "The basic inspiration for Bellís Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesnít contain any spices" ... Thatís dead-nuts to what I taste - a malt driven session beer.
Ron (2689) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle that I saved to have on Christmas. Pours a dark cloudy copper. Taste is sweet caramel malt, some alcohol with a slight bitterness. Less hops than a pale, but the rest of the character the same.
BeerInHeaven (156) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a rich copper with a medium off white head. malty aroma. Slightly bitter taste with some spice thrown in. Some hop presence shows up in the lingering finish. Not bad.
vikingguy (839) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber. Light grassy hop aroma. Taste - caramel malt, light resinous hops, touch of pine, crackery. Crisp and refreshing. Not your typical spiced Christmas ale. Good.
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LuckyDog (373) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a traditional Christmas ale. The spices are subtle. Nice dry finish. Pours red.
ChrisSc (255) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into pint glass. Minneapolis.
Pours copper with white head. Aroma is Christmas spices, malt. Taste is mildly sweet and bitter. Body is light-medium. Short finish. Crisp. Overall, not the best Christmas ale ever. Spices are a little weak as is body. Great Lakes makes a better version.
jcnielsen (2276) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with white head. Caramel, spice aromas. Spiced, caramel, slight resiny, herbal flavors. A little disappointing, one of my least favorite Bells beers. Spices seem a little off and just doesnít warmth and/or body of a good winter ale.
ARH (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, poured into a tulip. Doughy, toffee/butterscotch, herb aromas come through initially with a touch of spice and secondary notes of seltzer water and marmalade. It pours a clear and light orange-yellow with a soapy, fluffy, foamy off-white head that retains a thick, fluffy ring with a good lace on the glass. The taste is and intensifying medium high bitter with medium sweet support. Itís texture is a bit thin with fizzy carbonation. The medium body has mostly notes of caramel with some roasty chqracters, orange, and some herb at the finish. The mostl dominant flavor is a dry toffee that turns waxy as the drink progresses. The toffee lingers for a bit but is replaced by a doughy and yeasty aftertaste with marmalade notes and a slight tart cherry. There?s definitely a long lingering wax flavor in the aftertaste.
ttroha (342) - Americus, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hop City. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of hops, spice, and Christmas cookies. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and bitter hops. Bitter aftertaste. Decent beer
dhasmonek (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice color. My favorite Christmas ale of the bunch. Not too spicy. Plain and simple ale for winter.
MrHangover (2766) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown beer with a medium sized off white, creamy head on top. Aroma is fairly herbal, loads of malts and a decent amount of vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet with touches of cinnamon and licorice and slight caramel. Vanilla is present in the back with a herbal, buttery aftertaste. Decent beer, not all that impressed by it however.