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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
65 70 58 5 16 6
Christmas Ale by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe
Scottish Ale
5.40 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 05/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 14 3 6 0
On-tap at Lowertown Bulldog: Served in a full pint glass as one solid looking rusty brown with only the slightest of dark orange casting from within. Small capping of off-white foam was present.

Aroma is sweet and Belgian yeasty-like with a bunch of biscuity breads smoothered in lemon frosting and some slight herbal spicing. Not all that Scotch like but was quite perfumey none-the-less.

Taste was one mixed up beer. Trying hard with some sweet brown sugary maltyness, some cookie spices, but getting convulated with a big Belgian bite of lemon spritz and yeastyness that never quite fits. Making for an uncomfortable experience in the mouth as it never quite decides which way it should go or where it needs to go. It needs to go the way of getting a complete revamp in my book. This wasn't just me, the entire table I was with that had it was very unimpressed and most never finished theirs and just moved on to something else.

Feel was tight and gritty with a wierd yeasty chalky-like texture that didn't make the taste any better. Maybe its biggest downfall was how strangely dry while trying to stay smooth and malty just never pulled thru and seemed very messy and undrinkable.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by Kegergator on 02/19/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 14 3 6 2008
Smoo McIntyre> hay there

A- Muddy dark rust color. Monster frothy head on this bad boy, slightly off white like buttered mashed potatoes.

S- Malty and that distinct Scottish spice sent. Sweet

T- Very fruity upfront, figs...plums. Some light yeastiness...and pretty grainy. Lingering "scottish" aftertaste.

M- Kinda like soda...prickly

O- A good brew...nothing great...kinda reminds of their Octoberfest brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 02/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 3 6 12 3 6 2008
bottle from tip top. kinda had my hopes up for a scotch from Bells. cloudy amber/orange pour with a cream head that dissipates into a ring quite fast. nose of fruit, light smoke, caramel and citrus. flavor of fruit, caramel and a touch of smoke. not the greatest aftertaste in the world though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 11/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 2 6 13 3 5 2008
Pours a murky deep copper with a slight hint of red. Foamy light brown head atop settles after a minute or two and leaves a nice finger of foam and no lacing on the walls of the glass. Tiny bubbles rise to the top.

Smooth caramel and a touch of fruitiness. Nice sweetness with a hint of spice.

Small bubbles burst on the tongue and bring with them toasted malt with a light caramel hint. Almost wheat in nature there's a nice light bready flavor and a light sweetness. Hops impart a little bite toward the end and a nice bit of fruity flavor. More bready flavor in the aftertaste. Full bodied and nicely drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 11/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2008
A - Pour produces two finger head of light tan dense looking foam. It's rocky on the top, but slightly soapy from the sides. Great retention and sticky, web-like lacing. Body is a glowing orange with an ever so slight chill haze to it.

S - Sort of spicy, with sweet malts. A little bit toasty. Light caramel malt.

T - Starts off more toasty than the aroma ever was, sort of like toasted wheat bread. Fruity and caramel tones at the same time, neither very robust though. Some spicy notes of black pepper. Sweetness continues, but it's not overly sweet. Slight hop bite and bitterness, but no real hoppiness. Finish brings more toasty flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation that mellows nicely with a good swirl in the glass.

Overall - Not bad at all, but not really overly impressed. It's fairly one dimensional, which makes it very drinkable at the same time.

Served In: Tulip

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