Bell's Christmas Ale (-2016)

 
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Formerly brewed at Bell's Brewery
Style: Scotch Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Thistle

bottled
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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The basic inspiration for Bell’s 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 doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them.

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3.4
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Because I love Expy I feel compelled to drink everything else. Look, this one isn’t all that great - it’s got this toasted stale bread thing going on that isn’t all that inspiring, and otherwise it’s pretty bland -- some caramel sweetness, light bitterness, just sort of a generic beer with healthy malt presence. But there’s nothing unpleasant about this. The main take-away for me is that I like mediocre beers more than most folks.

2.8
PanMarek (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Clear, amber pour with quick beige foam. Caramel malt nose with some faint spicy notes. Medium body, thin fizz. The malts are complex with caramel dominating but good roasted notes too. Faint spices, but not much. Hops at the end. Less heavy than expected, easy to imagine having more than one.

3.5
Mep3222 (1743) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Dry malty aroma with some slight honey and medicine to the finish. Some spice and not too heavy but the almost cherry medicine feel to the finish is a downside. Still descent but not my favorite bells beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
mjmoen (630) - - JUL 24, 2016
D. Pours a deep amber color with white head. Not a good flavor. Doesn’t get better through the glass

3.4
BREWMUSKCLES (2766) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2016
caramel and butterscotch with a bit of dank. how can you dislike that? touch of pine and chewy in the body in spots.

3.4
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Deep dark color. Malty and sweet aroma. Flavor is of roasted barley, chocolate malt and light hops in the finish.

2.9
JDBaker11058 (2436) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2016
appearance: medium amber, lots of floaters, short, fizzy beige head. aroma: brown bread, hint of caramel, some earthy hop notes. taste: toasted pumpernickel, hint of cracker jacks, light earthy, spicy hops. finish: abrupt, palate is medium carb and slightly astringent. notes: Disappointed. I like just about everything Bells puts out, but this was a miss for me. I get what they were going for, but there just wasn’t a lot of character to this beer.

3.5
obguthr (6917) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Strong pecan, medium roast nose. Cloudy copper, many fine floaties, medium lacy yellow head with pretty good retention. Slightly sweet pecan at first, finishes drier with malt and dried leaves. Light body, moderate carbonation. Better than most scotch ales, IMO, because it is not as cloying. No British malt character though probably more of an ABA.

3
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Copper colored pour with small off white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, hops and spices. Taste of roasted malts, grains, hops, slight caramel and burnt toffee. Light bodied, higher carbonation, bitter hop finish. Not coming all together very good on this one. A little disappointed.

3.2
Alpha10 (880) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
2015/01/25 - Pours a hazy amber colour with a thin, creamy, khaki head that quickly reduces. Aromas are roasted grain, bread, light toffee and earthy hops. Taste follows nose; toasted malts, sweet toffee, cereal, bread and earthy hops. Starts slightly sweet and ends moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly oily with average carbonation and a sharp, drying finish. Pretty bland. Should have read the label more closely, as this tastes nothing like I expected when I read "Christmas Ale." ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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