Bell's Christmas Ale (-2016)

 
overall
48
29
style
Formerly brewed at Bell's Brewery
Style: Scotch Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Thistle

bottled
available

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 684   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.

A tick is a star rating
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


N0AH's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
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 Cantillon’s lambics because there is no peat, no smokiness, and not enough sweetness? ... What does Bellsbeer.com say? "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" ... That’s dead-nuts to what I taste - a malt driven session beer.


3.2
trentejgordon (9) - - DEC 16, 2017 does not count
Pours a cloudy caramel. I didn’t get much of an aroma. One of the smoother Scotch Ales out there. Smooth going down but didn’t like the aftertaste on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
bytemesis (9516) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours hazy chestnut, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is malty, toffee, nutty, rich, coffee notes. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. This beer is getting no love, but I thought it was solid.

3.3
sawbuck (779) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2017 Nice aroma of rich toffee malt. Deep dark red color with a thick tan head. Very sweet up front. Complex toffe mixed with dark fruit tones. Bitterness is dry and earthy and balances sweetness. Slightly slick with a mild bitter finish. Nice change from typical Christmas brews.

2.5
higgsbison (275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Malt forward. Odd spicy notes. cloves? I didn't care for it because of the spices. Sorry, I had to upload these old ratings. They were for me, not for uploading. And also I need 75 characters, hence this sentence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Hopper8 (268) - Holland, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2017 It's maybe not as bad as it's been rated before. It's got great drinkability and it's a decent scotch Ale. The malts are nice and the Hops give a fun piney character to a Christmas beer. Overall though it just lacks complexity and a real incredible flavor. Utterly drinkable, but falls a little short.

3.2
bwy (100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Nothing Christmas stands out. Extremely misleading. In terms of a Scotch Ale, it works. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 63

3.1
MBlessing (1640) - Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
Helles leicht trübes braun schöner schaum, im Geruch viel Getreide malzig süß würzig, im Geschmack würzig malzig süsslich aber auch herb saurer Abgang , ok aber nichts so tolles

2.6
DrNosha (2848) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
12oz Flasche. Hellbraunes Bier mit flüchtigem Schaum. Laut Edikett ein Scottish Ale. Es riecht nach geschrotetem Korn. Antrunk Körner und Malz. Recht schlicht.

3.5
DocJitsu (2060) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Pours a copper color with a very light khaki head. Caramel and toffee nose with a hop note or two. Heavy mouthfeel. Rich caramel flavor. Finishes with a bit of hoppiness.

3.2
voyageurmike (521) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2017
12 oz bottle from liquor store in Macon. No way this is a legit Scottish ale. Copper colored with spicy caramel sweet taste, and mildly cloying finish. Not awful but surprisingly not up to the standard of this brewery.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 70
A tick is a star rating
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5