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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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3.5
drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy StFun. Orange pour with a small white head. The aroma is citrusy and spicy. Yummy!

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep copper body that has small floaties everywhere and supports a lasting tan head of foam. The aroma offers up apple, cantaloupe and winter spices. The taste starts off with a mix of spices and red apples and then it picks up a dash of roasted malts. Right around the edge of the flavor are mild mango and cantaloupe notes. This is on the spicy side with its winter like spices but fruity sweetness, malts and some mild roasted maltiness creates some balance.

3.2
jredmond (8283) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft at St. Stephens with pat. Poursdark amber body with slight lacing. Aroma is sweet malt. Mouthfeel is nice with notes of sweet malts and slight hops.

3.5
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Sampled from 12 oz bottle. Poured a amber/copper color with a medium sized whitish color. Aromas are hops, citrus, notes of grass, malts. It’s pretty hoppy, hoppier than I expected from a "Christmas" beer - but not overwhelming. Nice and crisp, the beer is quite refreshing.

3.4
PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Murky, dark orange pour, sticky off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Sweet aroma with hints of toffee, some rhubarb-like fruitiness. Flavor is relatively mild, some Christmas-like spices, some ripening vegetable notes, some passion fruit, Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Enjoyable - not one of Bell’s bests though.

3.4
JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Clear amber in color with a minimal head. Funky aroma with lots of malt. Malty flavor with some spice and a nice hop finish. Better than I expected based upon what others told me.

3.9
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was malty, sweet, toasty, nutty and fruity. The flavor was sweet with strong notes of caramel and fruity hops. There was a nutty, toasty middle with a touch of sweet nutmeg. The finish was long with caramel and nutmeg lingering. Excellent.

2.4
Ernest (7693) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (orange, apricot, grapefruit), with a note of metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, metallic. What the heck does this have to do with xmas? Bupkis, as far as I can tell. Thin, watery, and metallic mouthfeel leaves an awful lot to be desired in that department, and the nose is basically a pale ale sorta thing with a tinny note there as well. Rather sourish too. Ugh. Poor by any measure.

3.2
blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle [12oz] courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours a hazy orange-amber with lots of tiny floaties and a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is vegetal, spicy and quite floral along with caramel malt and what I call "bottle" -- it’s a bit of an odd duck. Flavour’s a bit better with caramel malt, light spices, fruit, light hops and a light bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. It doesn’t seem like a Scotch Ale to me and I didn’t love it, just O.K.

3.1
jonas (7568) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle. Light bready aroma, a bit preserved fruit. Cloudy orange, offwhite low head. Chewy christmas cake fruitiness, good hop balance. Good balance, surely good with food.


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