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RATINGS: 633   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours a hazy golden color. Particles in body. Aroma or malt, spice and some citrus. Flavor - Good blend of sweet malt/spice and has a moderate bitter finish that lingers a bit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17715) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2009
On draught at Birreria Paradiso. Hazy orange. Aroma of connamon, taste of malt, yeast, allspice and cinnamon. Dryish slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours a warm pinkish orange with a slight haze and a healthy enough creamy white head. The nose is sweet and toasty. Big caramel malt and that fruity scotch ale maltiness. Round but light. Slightly creamy. Light but creamy mouthfeel, without a ton of heft. Strong toasty astringency and nuttiness over the sweet malt, which doesnít seem as rich as I would have guessed. Not as sweet either. A bit fruity. Clearly a scotch ale in terms of the fruitiness, but not a ton of malt like I anticipated, and mostly fruity and toasty astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5233) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Deep rich amber coloured body with a strong ruby highlight and a perfectly sized dense tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, caramel malt, a bit of light spices and some light fruity sweetness. Medium-bodied; Strong hops up front with a potent nuttiness following behind, all followed off by a period of prolonged malt bitterness. Aftertaste shows a lot of malt, some hop bitterness (pine & flowers) and a light nuttiness. Overall, a good beer, I felt this was more of an English Pale ale rather than a Scotch - but Iíve been wrong before. Regardless, itís a good beer, but not great. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 25-November-2008, sampled on 09-January-2009 from home in Washington.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Picked up a 6 since it was $8. Red in color with a good amount of head. Interesting smell, though somewhat muted. First taste is a wide array of spices and malt, which clear up with continued drinks. Small hops and go well with the different spices used. I think it started off as a scotch, but doesnít really hit that style to well, which Bells seems to do more and more, and i like it. Not offensive in any means and very drinkable, but in the same breath you know your drinking a micro beer. Above average because of the turn it took with the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
batch 8803. bought this single in lexingtonn for two dollars. pours plum red, clear, half in foamy heaad. very carbonated. lightly hard candy malt aroma. nice light flavor, toasted malts pretty apparent, decent caramel charactr.slightly spiced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at Chumley’s Pours a deep burgundy amber with white head. Unfortunately the aroma was undetectable due to smoking being allowed in this particular bar. The flavor is of grains, hops, and biscuit malts - reminds me of a pilsener. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Overall this is a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Smell is malts, hops, caramel, and spices. Look is a clear copper color with not too much head. Taste is malts, hops, spiced. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2009
bottle from secret santa! Nice! Cloudy amberish color with a light head. Aroma is very faint. I get some average malts, some spices and not much else. Flavor is very malty and a bit on the sweet side. Some spices are noticeable, but very lightly. Not bad but a little subpar for bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Butters. Batch 8803. Nice dark red orange with a finger of sawdust colored head and some small floaties. Very malty aroma, light spice. Taste is smoky peat, malt, just a touch of clove spice and a nice hoppy bitterness.

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