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RATINGS: 687   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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3.3
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Orange amber pour. Aromas of molasses and malt. IN Kind of weak even for a scotch ale. Just needs to be amped up a little bit.

2.8
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle dug up by BBB63, as he knew I was in search of any untried Bells beers - Thanks Mike. Pours amber with red highlights and a big bubble bath white head. Good lookin beer. aroma is scotch, spices, and paper. flavor is cough syrup, rotten fruit, caramel, and bread. Not bad when its cool, but isn’t very good as it warms. Probably a little past its prime.

3.7
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle: Poured a dark amber with a little head. The aroma was malty and holiday spices. The flavor was malts, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a hint of hops. Overall, one of the best holiday beers I’ve had.

3.3
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, some ginger, and crystal malt. Flavor is malty, caramel, nutmeg, ginger, crystal malt, and a bitter earthy finish.

3.2
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. September ’tis the season for a Bell’s Christmas Ale. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was one finger high and off white with an orange tint. Nice aroma that included the likes of dark fruit, dark molasses, and a bit of hay. Light to medium bodied with carbonation on the high end of the spectrum. I tasted subdued pine, a hint of dark fruit, and minimal toffee. Eh, bit of a snoozer.

3.3
thedm (6178) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2009
This bottled brew from JSquire at a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a slightly hazy softly carbonated orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The weak aroma was malt with tanned leather notes. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and mild brown malt. A decent one that I would consider having again.

2.4
cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle at Cropredy and thanks to Miketd for this one... brown ... sweet caramelised sugers malt nose .. over sweet toffee ... very 1D ... light spice ... quite bock like.

2.8
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
A good but fairly bland Scotch Ale. There’s nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but it also fails to provide much excitement. The beer pours a murky medium amber with a spattering of particulates and a medium head/lacing. The aroma is subdued. There’s light caramelized malt with touches of spice and apricots/apple. The flavor is similar and similarly fails to provide any really interesting notes. A Scotch Ale needs more punch than this one provides for me to find enjoyment. This beer tastes more like a watered down Scotch Ale. It’s not bad, just fairly bland and middle-of-the-road for the style.

3
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Batch 8802, bottled OCT 2008. Saw a random lone bottle on the shelf and thought I’d give it a try. Pours murky, dark orange with apparent sediment and little off white head. Smells like semi-sweet malt and some earthy tones. Taste is bitter carbo malt, some dirty earth (whatever dirty earth tastes like) and a slight hint of scotch. A little heavy on carbonation and a little too dry, bitter...but overall not bad. Definitely not the style for a cookout, but I didn’t want to save it ’till winter.

3.2
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured most of it but left some sediment in the bottle- still tons of tiny yeasty chunks floating through a dull amber with low carb, and a thinning head- and very spoty lace. Aroma is a flatt dull caramel malt,ligth toffee, slight earth, low fruity esters, and some ligth citrus and herbal hops with a light spruce character. Flavor is a dull caramel malt, toffee, light paper oxidation, dry medium burnt toast, and a dry papery finish. ok.


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