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RATINGS: 614   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.


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Murky rust pour with nice off-white head. Pretty to look at. Understated sweet malt nose with hints of spice. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, grain. Lacks the spice I anticipated. Dry. Mildly bitter. Really just so-so for a Bell’s offering.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackfrost9p (328) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Decent but not the best. Pretty cool it is derived from local ingredients though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2504) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes nutty, like musky hops, toasted cereal malt, citrus, caramel. Light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells Like toasted cereal malt, musky hops, citrus, caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3789) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and bready malts, apricot, faint pear, and some floral notes. Flavor is dry and malty with a touch of sweetness, faint hops, and faint spice. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1170) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba and snoworsummer. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a layer of beige colored head. Aroma and taste of malts, spice, and a bit of hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpar73 (534) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Pour copper with a white head. Aroma and taste is mildly malt-forward with a hint of hops. A pleasant, easy-drinking beer.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhasmonek (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Nice color. My favorite Christmas ale of the bunch. Not too spicy. Plain and simple ale for winter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2692) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle that I saved to have on Christmas. Pours a dark cloudy copper. Taste is sweet caramel malt, some alcohol with a slight bitterness. Less hops than a pale, but the rest of the character the same.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerInHeaven (156) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2014
pours a rich copper with a medium off white head. malty aroma. Slightly bitter taste with some spice thrown in. Some hop presence shows up in the lingering finish. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrHangover (2792) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown beer with a medium sized off white, creamy head on top. Aroma is fairly herbal, loads of malts and a decent amount of vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet with touches of cinnamon and licorice and slight caramel. Vanilla is present in the back with a herbal, buttery aftertaste. Decent beer, not all that impressed by it however.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisSc (256) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2014
12oz bottle into pint glass. Minneapolis. Pours copper with white head. Aroma is Christmas spices, malt. Taste is mildly sweet and bitter. Body is light-medium. Short finish. Crisp. Overall, not the best Christmas ale ever. Spices are a little weak as is body. Great Lakes makes a better version.


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