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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle. Poured a darker amber color with a little white head. Aroma was spices, malts, and butterscotch. This beer was better than a lot of people think. Flavor was mild. Friuty flavor. Some malts, ginger and other spices in the flavor. Medium body. A good seasonal from bells.

brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a hazy copper amber with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, butterscotch, dark fruits and spice. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of smoked caramel malt, floral hops, pine, cinnamon, and some spiciness. Not my favorite Christmas Ale of this season but okay.

RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is good. Very swwet upfront with a nice bitter hops finish.

boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle (thanks TURDFERGUSON for this one)... Poured clear copper/orange with a thick, off white head. Fruity aroma with spiced hops. Well carbonated. Fruity sweetness, caramel and lots of biscuit-like grains. Very malt driven with a dab of hops, a nice ground pepper tone to balance the sweetness.

drpimento (3729) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Wellllll, interesting. Poured with a nice, white, foamy, frothy head and lotsa lace. Color is a very clear medium-to-dark amber. Aroma is malty. Flavor is more hoppy than what I’d expect. Body is thinner also than what I’d expect; ditto carbonation being almost spritzy. Not a bad beer in general, but as a scotch ale, not as much. Still, a good beer and easy drinking. Could be a session beer especially if you’re not too demanding of allegiance to style.

demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Pours a rusty amber with a big off white head. Bready malt notes on the front with nice piney hops in the background. A lot of carbonation. Biscuit dough and light caramel flavors from the malt and just a touch of hoppy bitterness on the end. Not my favorite Bell’s offering but not bad.

Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
both malts and hops are a little off. not quite the amount of spices need to make this stand out. there is a slight berrish flavor.

nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
The aroma is malty with corn, hay, and a touch of spice. The appearance is amber with a large head. The taste is like the aroma with a fruity flavor. The palate is smooth. Overall not great but it has some nice qualities.

joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
medium to golden brown, large white head. mild nose. high carbonation for the style, somewhat thin. mild bitterness before mild low crystal sweetness, somewhat spicy and floral english hops are the main flavor and are quite pleasant. the beer is pretty mild, and passable, but not a bad brew, though claiming it is a scotch ale is a stretch, more like an irish ale with a little more hops or maybe a special bitter

ben4321 (6668) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/8/09

Aroma: Has some caramel, toffee, some candied fruits, biscuit, earthy hops, and spice
Appearance: Pours a bright red color with a big, fluffy white head, good retention and lots of lace
Flavor: Taste is mostly sweet with some yeasty spice, mild hop backing
Palate: Highly smooth, nice drinking brew with a light-medium body
Overall Impression: First off, this beer has a lot of flavor to it, and I’m almost always in favor of that. Also, it drinks really nicely. Overall, its pretty solid, not great, but definitely good. Bell’s calls this a Scotch Ale, I’m not sure I agree, but whatever you call it I’ll call it good. A bit on the 1 dimensional side, as it lacks a little balance, but there is a little hop there trying to balance it. Rather then debate further, I’ll settle on solid, and have another beer.

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