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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry malty and slight cardboardish flat malty. Sweet malty and slight caramelish. Light toasted malty. Bitter and lingering malty finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a huge lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a bitter finish. The body is thin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head leaving a little lacework - comes gushing. The nose is dominated by sweet caramel. Medium body, lively carbonation. Fruity and caramelish with a subdued hoppiness. Pleasant but perhaps a little bland. 150311

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and cookies. Sweet flavour of caramel, cookies and dried fruits with notes of hops. Sweet and hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel aroma with some spicy hints. Fruity malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints and some spicy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
17th March 2010
Hazy amber beer. Thick foamy white head. Fairly neutral palate. Bready malt, rich like a good fresh European heavy bread. This is followed by some rich orange. Finishes a little dry. That’s about it. Not what I was expecting from a Christmas beer but it’s all right.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (14176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle at Cropredy and thanks to Miketd for this one... brown ... sweet caramelised sugers malt nose .. over sweet toffee ... very 1D ... light spice ... quite bock like.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber/brown - white head. caramel, spicy, cinnamon, fruity, dusty, honey notes, drieds fruity, light hoppy. Boring.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2009
(12oz. bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of pine, toasted grain, and hay. Flavor of roasted malt, hops (pine, earthy), and caramel.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2009
12oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, maple, some brown sugar, caramel, earthy, light metallic. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some metallic. Effervescent light-medium body, light acidity.


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