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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The basic inspiration for Bellís 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 doesnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2016
I appreciate a holiday beer without all that "junk" in there. Reddish brown pour, thin head. Malty. Lots of caramel malt, some light cocoa like notes and some toffee. Subtle. Not sure where "scotch ale" comes from, but whatever. Not a lot of character, but a good malty ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dal9000 (541) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Pours murky copper with a huge thick off white sticky head. Initial burst of sweet malt that fades quickly. A hint of bread at the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle, as pictured. Bottled October 2015. Not a bad beer, wasnít sure what style this was going to be. Reddish-brown pour, sweet, a little roastiness, light spice. Nothing wild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (465) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit and hops. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, berries, cut grass, and bready tones. Finishes with earthy hops. Clean mouthfeel. Really a very nice Christmas ale. No cinnamon. No spices. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cousin_Larry (878) - - DEC 26, 2015
Not bad but not great either. Doesnít have any traits of a Christmas ale, such as spices. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (576) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into a stout glass. Appearance is amber, light brown and clear, with a thick khaki foam head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, touch of citrusy hops. Taste is toasty, slightly nutty malt flavor, and a moderately strong bitterness. Palate is medium body with high carbonation. Overall easy to drink, i liked it for the style. Not sure why others rate so poorly considering the brewery, but it does not rate that highly for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aggiebob (797) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle. Amber color with an off-white head. Malt aroma of sweet caramel. Lack spices of most Christmas beers. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kingaugusta (241) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Pours murky copper with a foamy light brown head. nose is quite gentle with just a few hints of sweetness and subdued hops. Flavor is similarly week and someone sweet without a whole lot of character in any direction. overall quite disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (2143) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Holy cow this tastes like a sweet tart.....Then becomes bitter. Tasted at seiders festivas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (992) - Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Beer was very neutral. Seemed more like a brown than a scotch ale. Not much to say here.

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