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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2014
On tap (growler). Dark copper coloring with off-white head. Very sweet flavor with a lot of caramel. Iím usually not much of one for Christmas beers, but this one doesnít overdo it on the spice and is fairly balanced. Tastes like a bigger beer than the 5.9 ABV. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (815) - Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours partly cloudy copper with nice off white head. Nose is grain and a little caramel. Taste is quite a bit of spiciness and bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Some caramel in the taste. Lasting spiciness in the aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jethro6191 (494) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours copper with a wispy white head. Malty aroma with some fruity character. The flavor is malt forward with caramel, fruit, and bread notes. The hop bitterness is low. Light-medium body with a thin mouthfeel. The finish is sweet with a lingering mild spiciness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (893) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Very enjoyable christmas ale. This beer is well balanced with malt. Not too spicy and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into glass. Would prefer this over any spiced christmas ale. Smooth and delicious, more malt and hops up front. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1988) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
33 cl bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Hazy brown iced tea colour. Malty without overpowering clove and cinnamon which is nice. Hops come through on the first sip, some sweetness, and caramel. Medium malty hop finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnymusky (543) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Its ok.... I donít care much for this style....drinkable but not great...lots of caramel and malt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1325) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
has a bit of a sweet caramel aroma. Taste is a nice blend of hops with the toasted malt. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 10/22/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, plum, caramel, toasted bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, plum, caramel, toasted bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, plum, caramel, toasted bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Scottish ale style. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1969) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Mostly clear dark orange pour with off-white foam. Juicy medium to medium-dark malts. Dark amber fruit and red stone fruit. Blood orange peels. Apricot pits. Has an unfortunate ascetic note in the middle that groes worse as it warms. Could be this pour. Also has an artificial black cherry gummy beer feeling to it. Not awful but cannot recommend based on this pour.


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