Bell's Christmas Ale
Bell's is a consistently fantastic brewery. They successfully span across different styles from Two Hearted to Hopslam, from Kalamazoo to Expedition. Interestingly, they put out both a Winter Warmer and this, their Christmas Ale. Christmas Ales are often full of different arrays of spices, but Bell's intention with this beer was to bring out that seasonal taste without the addition of spices, but rather fresh barley and hops. Many Christmas Ales are high-ABV too, which makes Christmas parties quite dangerous. This beer, however, is a subtle 5.5% ABV. I don't think the bottle I purchased was quite as fresh as I would have preferred, but the taste came through nicely anyway. Moderation is the word I would use to describe this beer. Unlike most Christmas seasonals, this is one that you should go after if intending to down a 6-pack at a holiday get together. Little sweetness. Little spiciness. Little bitterness. Overall, well balanced.
Overall Rating: B- (7 Swans-a-swimming)