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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
terrybail (670) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from Steve Not sure why all the low ratings on this one it is pretty damn good Dark hazy mahogany nice thick malt back bone could drink a lot of these

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
bottle. deep amber with one finger head. subtle for a christmas beer. medium malt and minimal spice. understated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CpyNPrnT (413) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
From memory, nice spice and malt character. A great drink in cold weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (887) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
From a bottle. There’s a slightly citrus note and floral,cereal,slight butterscotch.This is one of the better winter warmers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1589) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Brown-orange pour. Nose toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light piney hops. Flavor is more toasted malt and caramel with a bitter pine and peppery alcohol. Lingering alcohol spice, toasted malt, and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft, pours a dark cloudy copper. Taste is sweet caramel malt with slight bitterness. A little watered down tasting but certainly drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hubermi12 (14) - - FEB 7, 2014
I love this beer. Most Christmas ales have too many spices and are overpowering. This is the best christmas ale because of the great flavor. it just tastes like Christmas

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (807) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a medium amber. Some spice aromas with herbal hops. Taste is slightly sweet , herbal hop bitterness and some faint woody spice notes. Overall not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7097) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep copper body that has small floaties everywhere and supports a lasting tan head of foam. The aroma offers up apple, cantaloupe and winter spices. The taste starts off with a mix of spices and red apples and then it picks up a dash of roasted malts. Right around the edge of the flavor are mild mango and cantaloupe notes. This is on the spicy side with its winter like spices but fruity sweetness, malts and some mild roasted maltiness creates some balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonshawn (449) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Tap. Pint. Light red, small head. Aroma is subtle for a Xmas ale. Has some typical spice flavors, but muted. Finish is ok.

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