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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanscourt (1016) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Red in color. Sweet malty flavor with light hop flavor. Similar to an irish red in some senses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jow (2843) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Tap at Gingerman. Quite boring for Christmas. Light copper pour nose is toffee. Tastes of toffee, faint malt, grains, light earth. Semi sweet palate kinda flat. Overall dull but not offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is hazy copper color with medium, beige head. Aroma is toasted grains, caramel, and some pine. Taste is malty sweetness, toast, slight nuttiness, and a very mild pine bitterness. Palate medium-bodied with a smooth, soft finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Decent but not the best. Pretty cool it is derived from local ingredients though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3504) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes nutty, like musky hops, toasted cereal malt, citrus, caramel. Light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells Like toasted cereal malt, musky hops, citrus, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4386) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and bready malts, apricot, faint pear, and some floral notes. Flavor is dry and malty with a touch of sweetness, faint hops, and faint spice. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1504) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba and snoworsummer. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a layer of beige colored head. Aroma and taste of malts, spice, and a bit of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpar73 (754) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Pour copper with a white head. Aroma and taste is mildly malt-forward with a hint of hops. A pleasant, easy-drinking beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhasmonek (38) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Nice color. My favorite Christmas ale of the bunch. Not too spicy. Plain and simple ale for winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3105) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle that I saved to have on Christmas. Pours a dark cloudy copper. Taste is sweet caramel malt, some alcohol with a slight bitterness. Less hops than a pale, but the rest of the character the same.

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