Here’s a beer to drink with lunch or dinner or snacks when you don’t want the flavors of the beer to take center stage. Bell’s Brewery of Comstock, Michigan created a scotch ale they simply call, Christmas Ale.
Christmas Ale pours dark copper with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. It has a earthy malt aroma, caramel with some bread and spice. Bell’s says there are no added spices, it achieved through the malts and hops. The flavor begins with very light caramel, toasted malts and some bitterness from hops. It’s dry, not sweet. I think Bell was aiming for drinkable, and that’s how I’d describe this beer. It’s 5.5% ABV and trying not to stand out.
Bell used 100% Michigan two-row barley malt and mixture of Michigan and Pacific Northwest hops. Bell’s Christmas Ale will please those who are not looking for a heavy, spiced, out-there, Christmas beer. Enjoy!
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