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RATINGS: 633   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Floback (546) - 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 (5270) - 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 (3915) - 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 (7464) - 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 (5831) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5015) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours hazy amber with a brown / tan head. The aroma has sweet toffee / caramel and light spice. Medium slick body that is slightly cloying. The flavor starts with slick and sweet caramel, some toffee, light roast and a good deal of spiciness. The finish is fruity, mushy and very phenolic. An okay beer at best. A bit of a disappointment considering the brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
cloudy amber/orange pour with a cream head that dissipates into a ring quite fast. nose of fruit, light smoke, caramel and citrus. flavor of fruit, caramel and a touch of smoke. not the greatest aftertaste in the world though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber gold body with an off white head. Sweet malt profile, with hint of caramel, butterscotch, a light woodiness and some light fruity esters. Citrus and some toasted malt and a hint of smoke. Some pine and grain. Eh not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2009
12 oz.bottle pours a clear, coppery amber that sports a medium yellow/tan head. Lightly grainy and malty with some hints of caramel. Body is medium with a nice creaminess, light carbonation, and a pleasant mouthfeel. Malt dominated flavors, although not overly sweet, and a softly dry, but not bitter fiinish.

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