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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cousin_Larry (784) - - DEC 26, 2015
Not bad but not great either. Doesn’t have any traits of a Christmas ale, such as spices. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (533) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into a stout glass. Appearance is amber, light brown and clear, with a thick khaki foam head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, touch of citrusy hops. Taste is toasty, slightly nutty malt flavor, and a moderately strong bitterness. Palate is medium body with high carbonation. Overall easy to drink, i liked it for the style. Not sure why others rate so poorly considering the brewery, but it does not rate that highly for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aggiebob (598) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle. Amber color with an off-white head. Malt aroma of sweet caramel. Lack spices of most Christmas beers. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kingaugusta (181) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Pours murky copper with a foamy light brown head. nose is quite gentle with just a few hints of sweetness and subdued hops. Flavor is similarly week and someone sweet without a whole lot of character in any direction. overall quite disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1853) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Holy cow this tastes like a sweet tart.....Then becomes bitter. Tasted at seiders festivas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (919) - Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Beer was very neutral. Seemed more like a brown than a scotch ale. Not much to say here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tnkw01 (1683) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle. Rather disappointed. Slightly explosive when opened, overflowed and made a mess. Copper-amber in color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is notes of caramel and roasted grains. The taste however was like roasted corn. Strange is would taste that way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Msdrbeat (290) - Darnestown, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Bottled. Beautiful Amber pour. Spiced. Odd aftertaste at first. Smooth mouthful but more carbonation than I was expecting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2015
12 oz single bottle into a pint glass, purchased at Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - Muscatine. Amber appearance with a lingering khaki head and visible sediment. Aroma of light spruce, toasted grain, light toffee, earthy hops, herbal hops and light caramel malt. Similar flavor, mild hop bitterness balanced by a mild grain sweetness. A little boring, but clean and kind of easy to drink. Medium body with ample carbonation and a light dry finish. Pretty weak for a brewery that is usually solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroadestTom (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Aroma caramel, clove, Appearance amber, hazy, frothy, tan foam, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, thin feel, Overall a nice malty beer with a nice kick of hops. A nice Christmas beer that I would suggest to a friend.

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