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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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mastelefish (81) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2013
On tap at Mad Mex, pours an amber. Paired well with wings and was pretty refreshing but was weak overall; honestly not sure why this is a Christmas ale. Smell is weak in hops. Taste isnít too bitter at all and brings a ton of carbonation to the table. After taste is almost none. Little to no lacing down glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (534) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 9, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a white head. Taste malty, sweet, fruity. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricTeusink (678) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Hands down worst beer Iíve had from Bells. Pours amber. Scent is grainy and a bit synthetic. Bland mildly sweet flavor. Wondering if something is wrong with the 2013 edition of this beer. Bottle - Ale Yeah! - Decatur, GA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highibus (707) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
alright something is off with this one a terrible flavor kind of off. pours crimson with thin white head. no real aroma either. bummer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastmaster (228) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
First Christmas ale. Bottle. Two to three finger snow capped head. Cloudy honey Amber color. Sweet barley aroma obviously malt heavy. Bitter, nut, malt and sweet. Medium body. This would be great on a cold December day. Too bad Iím in Florida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Some malty hay notes and grassy hops and a bit of a yeasty smell in the aroma. Itís an amber color with a very fluffy, lingering off-white head. Itís a malty-sweet flavor akin to a white peach or a mango, with only enough grassy hop flavor to balance. This is not your typical, spiced-up Christmas Ale. Itís very subtle and would probably be just as appropriate in June as it is in December. I guess Iím slightly disappointed that itís not a bit more "Christmas-y", but itís plenty tasty in itís own right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3341) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and spice. Taste is malt, spice, caramel, and fruit. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nittanytide (225) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Poured a nice clear, deep copper, with a thin white head. Sweet, bready aroma. Taste is rye bread with grassiness on the back end. A little lacking on the mid-palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackflag321 (464) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle pour to shaker. Dark, orange/amber color. Taste not characteristic of scotch ale; itís like it doesnít fit neatly into a style. Bit of fruitiness; malt. Just so-so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MaroonOrange (128) - - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle. Clear orange color with a thin white head. Fresh malt, orange, and grass on the nose. Flavor is straw, pine, grass, and a bit of pepper. Mild, light palate, with decent carbonation.

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