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RATINGS: 607   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
For a Scotch ale, this could be better. The alcohol, for me, is way too low. The nose is weak and mostly watery hops. There isn’t much malt or dark flavors in this; it’s very hop forward. Watery and thin mouth feel. Could be better.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerInHeaven (154) - 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 (2765) - 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 (252) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (837) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Amber. Light grassy hop aroma. Taste - caramel malt, light resinous hops, touch of pine, crackery. Crisp and refreshing. Not your typical spiced Christmas ale. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (364) - - DEC 17, 2014
Not a traditional Christmas ale. The spices are subtle. Nice dry finish. Pours red.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2257) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with white head. Caramel, spice aromas. Spiced, caramel, slight resiny, herbal flavors. A little disappointing, one of my least favorite Bells beers. Spices seem a little off and just doesn’t warmth and/or body of a good winter ale.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (559) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap, poured into a tulip. Doughy, toffee/butterscotch, herb aromas come through initially with a touch of spice and secondary notes of seltzer water and marmalade. It pours a clear and light orange-yellow with a soapy, fluffy, foamy off-white head that retains a thick, fluffy ring with a good lace on the glass. The taste is and intensifying medium high bitter with medium sweet support. It’s texture is a bit thin with fizzy carbonation. The medium body has mostly notes of caramel with some roasty chqracters, orange, and some herb at the finish. The mostl dominant flavor is a dry toffee that turns waxy as the drink progresses. The toffee lingers for a bit but is replaced by a doughy and yeasty aftertaste with marmalade notes and a slight tart cherry. There?s definitely a long lingering wax flavor in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ttroha (342) - Americus, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of hops, spice, and Christmas cookies. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and bitter hops. Bitter aftertaste. Decent beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2014
A nice copper body with a nice off white that had great retention and lace. Aroma had a nice malt presence to it. Mostly caramel malts but also just enough toasted malts to it. Hops were mildly bitter in the aroma. Flavor seemed to have good balance between malt flavors and the hops were just bitter enough to give it some character. A nice smooth finish and a decent mouth feel. I liked the fact this was not a "spiced" beer. A good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Amber Color, Huge And Long Lasting Foam Head, Lots Of Lacing. Although It is Rather Fresh Beer. It has Lots Of White Floaters, Therefore A Little Unappealing. Cooked Vegetables Aroma Reminds Me Of Pumpkin Beer. Malt, Cooked Vegetables. Medium Body, Light Bitter. Drinkable, Pretty Decent Besides It’s Label, does not really have anything to do with Christmas... Still Worth A Try...


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