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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 12oz bottle. clear ruby under a huge off-white head. malty aroma with spicy grains and plummy fruit. malty, honey, dark fruits, cherry juice, fruit syrups flavor. smooth, resiny palate. doesnít really register to me as a typical scotch but i enjoyed it anyway. i really liked the smooth creamy palate. i had to re-rate this because by the time i finished the six pack i enjoyed it more and more. it really grew on me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
12 oz. from Greens on Ponce De Leon. Georgia seems to be getting the mediocre Bellís beer. Fluffy head with a nice amber color, but for a scotch ale it is rather light in terms of color. Scotch Ale....huh? Doesnít look like one, and now it doesnít smell like one. An almost fruity malt and floral hop aroma. Really sweet sugar smell with a hint of spice. Somewhat of a pungent beer. Didnít smell like a scotch ale and didnít look like one, and now it doesnít taste like one either. A slight fruit flavor with a sweet malt backbone. Hops come through slightly but are really nothing special. I just donít see how this can be called a scotch ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Orange amber pour. Aromas of molasses and malt. IN Kind of weak even for a scotch ale. Just needs to be amped up a little bit.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle dug up by BBB63, as he knew I was in search of any untried Bells beers - Thanks Mike. Pours amber with red highlights and a big bubble bath white head. Good lookin beer. aroma is scotch, spices, and paper. flavor is cough syrup, rotten fruit, caramel, and bread. Not bad when its cool, but isnít very good as it warms. Probably a little past its prime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle: Poured a dark amber with a little head. The aroma was malty and holiday spices. The flavor was malts, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a hint of hops. Overall, one of the best holiday beers Iíve had.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, some ginger, and crystal malt. Flavor is malty, caramel, nutmeg, ginger, crystal malt, and a bitter earthy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. September ítis the season for a Bellís Christmas Ale. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was one finger high and off white with an orange tint. Nice aroma that included the likes of dark fruit, dark molasses, and a bit of hay. Light to medium bodied with carbonation on the high end of the spectrum. I tasted subdued pine, a hint of dark fruit, and minimal toffee. Eh, bit of a snoozer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5557) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2009
This bottled brew from JSquire at a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a slightly hazy softly carbonated orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The weak aroma was malt with tanned leather notes. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and mild brown malt. A decent one that I would consider having again.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (20757) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle at Cropredy and thanks to Miketd for this one... brown ... sweet caramelised sugers malt nose .. over sweet toffee ... very 1D ... light spice ... quite bock like.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
popery (1947) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
A good but fairly bland Scotch Ale. Thereís nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but it also fails to provide much excitement. The beer pours a murky medium amber with a spattering of particulates and a medium head/lacing. The aroma is subdued. Thereís light caramelized malt with touches of spice and apricots/apple. The flavor is similar and similarly fails to provide any really interesting notes. A Scotch Ale needs more punch than this one provides for me to find enjoyment. This beer tastes more like a watered down Scotch Ale. Itís not bad, just fairly bland and middle-of-the-road for the style.


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