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RATINGS: 661   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Msdrbeat (466) - East Lansing, 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 (5084) - Denver, 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 (386) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TH28 (379) - - DEC 12, 2015
12oz bottle. Bottled 10/21/15. Appearance: Amber, light brown and clear, with a thick khaki foam head. Nice lacing. Aroma: Toasted and caramel malt, touch of herbal and citrusy hops. Taste: Bready, toasty, slightly nutty malt flavor, notes of cherry, and a moderately strong bitterness. Little to no hop flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Finish: toasted, nutty malt lingers. Definitely malt forward. Overall: Seems like a little bit of Scotch Ale, a little Vienna Lager, but not an outstanding version of either. Easy drinking and overall very nice, but nothing inspiring either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (1267) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Sample at whole foods, Auburn Hills, Mi. Pours golden honey, white creamy milkshake head. Aroma is bready, Christmas spices, cinnamon. Flavor is cinnamon, slight spice character but really light for a Christmas beer. Not much complexity but a simple example of the style. Not bad for sure. But not exceptional. Good for Christmas season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2535) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2015
12oz bottle from the singles rack at Woodmans in the Falls. Sweet. Thick. Nothing to distinctive in the flavor. Some fruit, some basement. 12.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryrpat (326) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Average ale. Expected more from bells. Nice and malty but didn't get too much flavor overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1771) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Pours a brilliant copper color with a cream colored head. Bread malt aroma with slight cherries and herbal notes. Flavor is a chewy, biscuit malt with fruity cherry . Finishes with herbal hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorkenstein (425) - - DEC 4, 2015
Nice aromas of prunes, plums/figs, and spiced bread. Taste is plums/figs, peat, cherries/cranberries, cinnamon/sugar, and a doughy sweet bread malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boomersmancave1 (132) - Wheatland, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Great hop aroma. A great mix of barley malt and hops. Great finish. Good beer.

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