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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Poured cloudy amber with a tan head. Mildly spicey aroma. Taste of earthy hops, herbal tea and roast malt with a hint of orange peel. Some bitternes. Not really my cup of tea.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Pours a deep hazy orange amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, cereal grains, caramel, light citrus and nuts. Flavor of toasted malt, caramel, light banana, citrus, light hops, nuts, cereal grains. Interesting choice for a Christmas Ale from Bells. Not sure they are really calling this a Scotch Ale and I could see how some folks are say this is more like a pale ale. Sure the hops are there but not present enough to really be a pale ale. If you don’t worry about trying to plug this beer into a style I think in the end you come away with a solid session beer to share with friends.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
bottle. Pours amber with a thin white head. Smell is predominately orange marmalade, with a nice undertone of toasty caramel malt complementing the hops. The sweeter smells become more potent as it warms. The taste is somewhat sweet, with light pineapple, caramel, cheerios, that switches to a mineral-like bitter finish, showing signs of toasty malt showing up upon exhaling. Not bad, but not particularly good either.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Light color. Almost too light for a Scotch Ale. Im a huge Bells fan, but this one is a disappointment.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Pours a deep caramel amber with a medium sized foamy beige head. Aroma of barley, toffee, caramel and light citrus hops. Taste of slightly tangy citrus hops, barley and caramel malt.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This has to be the lightest "scotch" ale ever produced. Light in color, light in malt, just...light. Drinks more like a pale ale, but with very little hop bitterness. Just looked at turdfergusons review, and I just typed almost the same thing as him. This was ultra dissapointing to say the least from Bells.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Sampled at Carrboro Beverage Company. This is an interesting Christmas Beer. It doesnt really make sense to be in that category. Let alone scotch ales. Is this a joke? This beer drinks like a pale ale. It has some good hops balanced by some nice barley malts. A good beer, but slightly mislabeled in my opinion.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5101) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Orange copper color with a smaller light tan head. Sweet caramel and pine and light citric hops aromas. Dryer caramel flavors mix with some sweet pine in the middle. Flavors are not coming together for me. Some earthy hops and malt in the finish. A bit acidic and thin in feel at times. Not enough malt depth for me. A better than average amber.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4566) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
On tap at the Trivia pub. Big creamy head. Smell is a little vanilla. Cloudy brown iced tea color. Flattish on the palate with little carbonation. Some interesting earthy flavors. Slight malt bitterness. Has a few identifiable Christmas spices. Not bad for a Christmas brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersnake63 (1) - Crystal Lake, USA - DEC 6, 2008 does not count
Much more of a session style of beer than I thought it would be. Not really a true scotch ale. Only the butterscotch notes in the taste would match with the scotch in scotch ale. Once I got over the fact that this was not your typical Christmas beer, I thought that it was different enough to take note. What Oberon is for the summer, this beer is the winter polar sister!


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