Bell's Christmas Ale (-2016)

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

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RATINGS: 686   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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brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2008
A nice woody malty aroma, with late arriving hop coming on,,taste is muddled, a mash of barly malt ,and surging hops , little hints of some kind of spsicing, not distinctive ,nothing to bring Christmas to mind

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jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Caramel-amber with good, creamy beige head / Candied citrus and malt nose / Medium body, moderately sweet and syrupy, with good, lightly bitter, finish / Flavors of sour malt, candied orange peel, violets, and honey / A rather mild Scotch ale, and an almost boring effort from Bell’s.


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