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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle. I felt like I didnt even get a kiss after I saw the price I was charged for this. 10.69 for a six pack of it, the guy at the register charged me 4.00 per bottle. Why? Who knows. Call City Beverage and ask them. I prefer to get a kiss or at least a reach around if I am going to be fucked in the ass. Pours out a brown color without much head on it. Smell is sweet and fruity, not really as spicy as I would have thought it should be. Taste is smooth, easy to drink, but not really up the the quality that a bells beer should be. Its ok, but its not something I want again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (554) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2009
(bottle) A red beer with a disappearing tan head. Sweet caramel, herbs and spice aroma; also fruit and candy. Sweet malt flavor, woody, earthy; mild hop dryness, cherry fruit. Medium bodied, somewhat sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Date: February 15, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of fruity caramel candy character is held back by an earthyness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of earthyness with a spice edge keeps it dry, light bitterness, hint of spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid coppery orange with 2-finger, uniform well-retained off-white head and some noted floaties. Nose is caramel malt, bitter hops, earthy and slightly spicy notes. Tastes hoppy, caramel malty, slightly spicy, peppery, and spicy, yet I noted no X-mas spice, rather the spice emanated from the yeast. Not super complex from these guys, and more hopped than may scotch ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Floback (541) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle at Shallo’s in Greenwood, Indiana. This beer had an orange body and a thumbnail of off white head. Subtle nose of grains and spice. Same flavors with subtle hops and more grains. Medium carbonation and medium body. Decent; a generic-tasting ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Draft at BIrreria Paradiso in DC. Smooth, creamy, and malty. Large foamy head. Tangy, a bit soapy. Light and watery finish with a slight hop tinge. A little disappointing for a Bells product, but still above par.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3901) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
12oz bottle. pours amber with white head. nose of caramel malt. flavor is caramel, slightly malty, floral. watery feel. very sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
12oz bottle from masonjer maybe?....pours an amber brown with a moderate white to off-white head....aroma of candied sugar and caramel malt. not too multi-faceted.... flavors were of the malty sweet variety with perhaps a little touch of spice in the finish....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (7103) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium off white head. The aroma had caramel malt, light fruit, but not much else. The flavor was equally underwhelming. Basic caramel maltiness, light fruit, and iced tea. This is thin and lacks a finish. Definitely one of the more disappointing Bells beers I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle from JCB. Thanks man! The aroma is kind of malty with hints of caramel, toffee, and iced tea. A little earthy too. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. The flavor is malty, but kind of flat, and nothing stands out to me. Iced tea, light sweetness. A touch fruity, but in my opinion, it does not really work. Drinks easily. Meh. Probably the least best beer I have tried from Bells.

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