Bell's Christmas Ale (-2016)

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

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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.

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3.2
b3shine (9260) - Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks alright; an amberish-orange with off-white lacing and some sediment floating around. Smells solid; semi-sweet, malty, and a little doughy. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as well-balanced. Average on the palate. Decent.

3.5
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy StFun. Orange pour with a small white head. The aroma is citrusy and spicy. Yummy!

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep copper body that has small floaties everywhere and supports a lasting tan head of foam. The aroma offers up apple, cantaloupe and winter spices. The taste starts off with a mix of spices and red apples and then it picks up a dash of roasted malts. Right around the edge of the flavor are mild mango and cantaloupe notes. This is on the spicy side with its winter like spices but fruity sweetness, malts and some mild roasted maltiness creates some balance.

3.2
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft at St. Stephens with pat. Poursdark amber body with slight lacing. Aroma is sweet malt. Mouthfeel is nice with notes of sweet malts and slight hops.

3.5
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Sampled from 12 oz bottle. Poured a amber/copper color with a medium sized whitish color. Aromas are hops, citrus, notes of grass, malts. It’s pretty hoppy, hoppier than I expected from a "Christmas" beer - but not overwhelming. Nice and crisp, the beer is quite refreshing.

3.4
JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Clear amber in color with a minimal head. Funky aroma with lots of malt. Malty flavor with some spice and a nice hop finish. Better than I expected based upon what others told me.

3.4
PorterPounder (8359) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Murky, dark orange pour, sticky off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Sweet aroma with hints of toffee, some rhubarb-like fruitiness. Flavor is relatively mild, some Christmas-like spices, some ripening vegetable notes, some passion fruit, Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Enjoyable - not one of Bell’s bests though.

3.9
FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was malty, sweet, toasty, nutty and fruity. The flavor was sweet with strong notes of caramel and fruity hops. There was a nutty, toasty middle with a touch of sweet nutmeg. The finish was long with caramel and nutmeg lingering. Excellent.

3.1
jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle. Light bready aroma, a bit preserved fruit. Cloudy orange, offwhite low head. Chewy christmas cake fruitiness, good hop balance. Good balance, surely good with food.

2.8
PhillyCraft (8196) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle, poured a hazy amber-orange with light head and lace. Aromas and flavor were on the bland side, bready malts, light spices such as cinnamon, light hops, caramel. Taste followed suit. Nothing great here which was disappointing from such a great brewer. Weak body and carbonation.


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