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RATINGS: 657   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (981) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Sample at whole foods, Auburn Hills, Mi. Pours golden honey, white creamy milkshake head. Aroma is bready, Christmas spices, cinnamon. Flavor is cinnamon, slight spice character but really light for a Christmas beer. Not much complexity but a simple example of the style. Not bad for sure. But not exceptional. Good for Christmas season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2015
12oz bottle from the singles rack at Woodmans in the Falls. Sweet. Thick. Nothing to distinctive in the flavor. Some fruit, some basement. 12.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryrpat (281) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Average ale. Expected more from bells. Nice and malty but didn't get too much flavor overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1547) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Pours a brilliant copper color with a cream colored head. Bread malt aroma with slight cherries and herbal notes. Flavor is a chewy, biscuit malt with fruity cherry . Finishes with herbal hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorkenstein (321) - - DEC 4, 2015
Nice aromas of prunes, plums/figs, and spiced bread. Taste is plums/figs, peat, cherries/cranberries, cinnamon/sugar, and a doughy sweet bread malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boomersmancave1 (128) - Wheatland, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Great hop aroma. A great mix of barley malt and hops. Great finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skybison (5) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
My favorite autumn/ winter ale: Aroma: sweet-herbal; dried alfalfa; clove/leaf-pile yeast aroma (Scottish ale like) Appearance: Amber; hazy-copper ; beautiful! Taste: malty; slightly sour-malt; deeply earthy at start; floral then light-spice; finish is bitter/hops but metal/copper sweetness; balanced contrasts through-out. Palate: Clean, brightly carbonated; sharp; necessary due to malty base of this ale. Overall: My personal favorite; almost year round; a big malty Munich with Michigan hops ... Or is it a Scottish ale thatís too hoppy but bright & crisp? Too me its Bellís Christmas Ale ... There can only be one ... And itís a holiday treat all around!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopwine (663) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Prune, toffee, bread crust, pine, cocoa. Prickly carb, light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arn8897 (281) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a clear pale brown with a tiny tan head. Aromas of fruit and cherries. Nice sweet ale flavors of malt and toffee with cherries or cranberries. Not to bad. Different but pretty good. Light palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EvanFriend (463) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Aroma is cranberries. Taste is slightly fruity, a tiny hint of sour, and some of that sickly sweet taste that I donít know what it is, but is a common off flavor in beer. Not the best offering from Bellís.

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