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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
A very tasty and sessionable ale. Its somewhat sweet and has hints of the spices associated with Christmas but its not too strong. Really, its a decent balance between the malty sweetness of a scotch ale, subtle hop characteristics and some spiciness on the aftertaste.

2.8
thorongil2 (3374) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
(bottle) clear deep amber colour; minimal head; weak malt aroma; light sweetness and tiny bit of spice; long slightly bitter finish; quite average

3
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2009
amber pour with a thick foamy head. Aroma is biscuity and caramel maltiness. light spiciness. flavour falls a bit flat. carboard and biscuity malt body. The bitterness is combination of of light burnt caramel and something that is possibly citrus but is not assertive enough to stand out as clearly recognizable. what a strange beer, and certainly a dissapointing offering from Bell’s from my experience.

3.1
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a decent head. Caramel, citrus, gingerbread flavor. Definitely not like any Scotch ale I’ve tried. Very drinkable, not very memorable.

2.6
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2009
A bit thin on the taste... Mainly an amber, though cloudy. Not bitter and little spice. Some citrus, a bit sour. Nice head. 0-2 on Christmas Ale ratings tonight.

3.6
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Tasted 11/30/09. 12oz bottle. Batch #9423. Activated pour produces a hazy amber hue. Thick finger width of cream colored head. Heady aromas of graham crackers, cinnamon and fruity marshmallows. Touch grapes and citrus. Caramel malty nose. Medium bodied with a bright effervescence and a crisp bitterness. Lacing head and a nice rather abundant hoppy bitterness. Nice base malts. Flavors of cola and sweet breads. But dry and astringent. Nice lingering tingling sensation.

3.2
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Dark amber pour with a light tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, light hops. Taste is semi-sweet malt, little roasted flavor, good carbonation, bit spicy, hops at the end. Sporatic lacing.

3.2
thegreenrooster (4518) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pour is a dark brown with a huge white head. Aroma is caramel malts with some earth and a spicy hop. Flavor is more of a toned down malt with a bit of dough. Decent but not great and I don’t get what would make this an x-mas beer.

3.5
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Batch 9423. Poured a slightly hazy amber with less than a finger of off white head. Malty caramel aroma. Medium bodied. Nice malt base with some more caramel. Bit of a hop bite. Decent beer, more of an amber ale, very drinkable, but nothing spectacular.

3.5
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
I typically don’t like "XMas" beers, but this one is good. Spicy yeast flavor with a rich malt flavor. Hops presence was great for this style


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