hubermi12 (14) - - FEB 7, 2014
I love this beer. Most Christmas ales have too many spices and are overpowering. This is the best christmas ale because of the great flavor. it just tastes like Christmas Skybison (5) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
My favorite autumn/ winter ale:
Aroma: sweet-herbal; dried alfalfa; clove/leaf-pile yeast aroma (Scottish ale like)
Appearance: Amber; hazy-copper ; beautiful!
Taste: malty; slightly sour-malt; deeply earthy at start; floral then light-spice; finish is bitter/hops but metal/copper sweetness; balanced contrasts through-out.
Palate: Clean, brightly carbonated; sharp; necessary due to malty base of this ale.
Overall: My personal favorite; almost year round; a big malty Munich with Michigan hops ... Or is it a Scottish ale that’s too hoppy but bright & crisp? Too me its Bell’s Christmas Ale ... There can only be one ... And it’s a holiday treat all around! Boomersmancave1 (133) - Wheatland, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Great hop aroma. A great mix of barley malt and hops. Great finish. Good beer. JonnyLager (8) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2009 does not count
Had no understanding of product position, simply saw and bought as a seasonal ale. Found myself wanting more and will probably buy more. Enjoyed the citrus / pine hints... very well balanced. If I was looking for a heavier scottish ale, this would not have fit the bill, but very pleasant surprise to the strong brand that is Bell’s. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
I’m impressed with this one due to the brewing of it -- I’m getting some spice notes, but interestingly, no spices in it! An unusual Scottish ale, insofar as usually there’s more maltiness. Don’t think of this one as a Scottish, but as a different kind of Christmas ale.
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Wow am I going against the grain on this one. I had this on cask at Romans Pub. Ridiculously smooth body with an extremely balanced spiciness from the hops. Nice copper body with a velvet texture. This was really good. Very nice malt. orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2009
I loved this beer and I can’t give you tasting notes because i didn’t take notes and around the time i had it, this website was under construction. Anyway, Fantastic retraint and very true. This is real beeer and one for those who love those balanced beers from the British iles. Nice light sipper with nice grain complexity and pure flavors. This is not fruity tuity and over the top like all the west cost stuff. This is a great session ale. At first it seems to light, but be patient because theres alot of intrigue here fot patient people. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Found this one bottled at Lundeen’s in Sycamore, Illinois. Nice, clear, copper-red pour with a thick, eggshell head. Very nice complex maltiness and spiciness in the nose. Spice continues in the flavor, strong maltiness with nutmeg and clove strong. Very nice, strong finish. An excellent seasonal from an excellent brewery. habadin (15) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Great beer. Super tasty. Let’s start. Tastes full of hops and malt. Smells solid. Great beer once again. Love michigan. udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
This beer tastes reallly good. You can really taste the hops that are in the beer. The beer tastes like Christmas if that makes sense.