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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BackyardDogs (41) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle. Not much aroma. Not much flavor. Kinda watered down in my opinion. Not sure I would be to happy if Santa put this under my tree. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (2659) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle - Pours amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is...not much. Some lightly caramelly berady malt. Some faint herbal hops and a touch of clove. Taste is the same. Pretty subdued malt. It’s bready and a bit bitter on the finish, with some faint herbal hops. Thin and lightly carbonated. Pretty meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (1131) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a dark amber, tint of light brownish. Large frothy creamy off-white head, mostly lasting with some decent lace. Sweet, bready, malty, moderately fruity aroma. Lighter side of medium body. Kinda thin. Moderately dry bready finish. Flavor is sorta bland. Sweetish bready flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarinEvelyn (525) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Strong scotch, malt aroma. Sweet, bready, some fruit. Taste is a little surprising, smoother, sweeter, more malt, less scotch. A little light, but fine. Doesn’t taste much like a scotch ale, or a Christmas beer either. A little disappointing from Bells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gamin (88) - - DEC 21, 2013
Too malt forward with not enough roastiness to balance it. Thin mouthfeel. I don't not like it but I find it a bit strange to call it a Christmas ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (2805) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft pour. Pours a translucent amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma is sweet and candy like. Taste is more earthy sweetness but leaves an odd taste of gummy bears in the finish. Lighter bodied. Lower carbonation.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
This one of the first Chirsmas beers I saw on the shelves, and since it was Bell’s and only bottles 2 weeks prior, I grabbed it. This main impression was, as I have had with some of the other Christmas beers, where is the Christmas?? A fine, middle of the road amber ale, but I would like some spice or dark notes with my holiday brews...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1600) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2013
translucent orange, off white head, plenty of lacing. nse of fresh toast. generally sweet, cereal grains. a quick bitterness and flowers on finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
hellcamino814 (12) - - DEC 19, 2013
Hazy. A bit of suspension. Nice head. Definitely do not get an overwhelming Christmas ale taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
boxofrane (2050) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear amber with a large tan head. The aroma has light spices and caramel. The taste is lightly spices. Watery.

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