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RATINGS: 582   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a small off-white head. The initial taste is of spices and caramel with a malt overtone. Very mild with not much in the way of hops. Very smooth with a sweet finish.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrownALEx (248) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
Rating a Christmas ale on Easter, huh? Aromas of caramel and toffee. Nice spice taste, very smooth. Palate lingers a bit, very balanced. You would be able to drink a few of these. I almost wish it was that time of the season, no I don’t. No more snow!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
deaconmike (333) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with tan head. Grainy malt aroma. Taste brings a bit more caramel. Not much spice for a winter ale. Slightly on the thin side. Ok, but probably not a repeater for me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 29, 2014
NIce to drink but a ltitle thin. Not so special. Quite aromatic but not much else to say.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
terrybail (515) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from Steve Not sure why all the low ratings on this one it is pretty damn good Dark hazy mahogany nice thick malt back bone could drink a lot of these

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
bottle. deep amber with one finger head. subtle for a christmas beer. medium malt and minimal spice. understated.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CpyNPrnT (226) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
From memory, nice spice and malt character. A great drink in cold weather.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (730) - Cucamonga, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
From a bottle. There’s a slightly citrus note and floral,cereal,slight butterscotch.This is one of the better winter warmers I have had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Brown-orange pour. Nose toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light piney hops. Flavor is more toasted malt and caramel with a bitter pine and peppery alcohol. Lingering alcohol spice, toasted malt, and hops.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fattybladdy (453) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Draft, pours a dark cloudy copper. Taste is sweet caramel malt with slight bitterness. A little watered down tasting but certainly drinkable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hubermi12 (13) - - FEB 7, 2014
I love this beer. Most Christmas ales have too many spices and are overpowering. This is the best christmas ale because of the great flavor. it just tastes like Christmas


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