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RATINGS: 655   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle. Very hazy, even a few floaters in an orange/amber liquid. Poured with a really big, soft white head that slims down to thin layer. Not a lot of smell, just a distant maltiness. Nice yeasty, malty flavors. Some caramel. spice, and a hint of whiskey balanced with a touch of bitterness. Not my favorite style, and really didnít taste that much like a Scotch, which for me is a good thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
12-oz bottle, batch 8803. Pours clear amber with an average, foamy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, grain, straw), average hops (grass, herbs), heavy yeast (soap, sweat) with notes of cardboard, light brown sugar, and apple. Light bodied, thin texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Surely Bells can do better than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraemer420 (14) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle...First time ive tried a Christmas beer and was pleased with what i got....very hazy pour..could definatly taste cinnamon and some spice in this beer and ejoyed it alot...enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Purchased a single 12-oz bottle at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St. Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy copper amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some light butterscotch, allspice, and dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of light-smoked caramel malt, some floral hops, light cinnamon, and a hint of spice. Finish is semi-sweet with a light spice aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7466) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle, Batch 8802. Poured hazy medium orange with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma was sweet and lightly-smoked with aged caramel supporting orange zest and a fine array of warm mulling spices.. very nice. Candied caramel joined darker fruits in the flavor department with spices and moderate herbal and lemony bitter accents.. touch sharper on the finish (but well-controlled) with more spices and warmth. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with moderate carbonation.. I really dug the warm finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Cloudy copper color with an off-whit ehead. Aroma of malts, molasses, and barley. Flavor of molasses, malts, toasty... Carbonated. Not bad, but could have been better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2009
I loved this beer and I canít give you tasting notes because i didnít take notes and around the time i had it, this website was under construction. Anyway, Fantastic retraint and very true. This is real beeer and one for those who love those balanced beers from the British iles. Nice light sipper with nice grain complexity and pure flavors. This is not fruity tuity and over the top like all the west cost stuff. This is a great session ale. At first it seems to light, but be patient because theres alot of intrigue here fot patient people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours cloudy amber (think apple cider) with some floaters and a big foamy light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mostly a clean, malty aroma, but there is some sweet caramel and light spice back there too. Simple malt flavor profile with spice and citrusy hops is strange stylistically and not totally successful. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but pretty unspectacular overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle from Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana. This pours a slightly hazed light brown body with an ample eggshell head that laces profusely. Itís got a rich malty aroma with a touch of dark berries and a bit of butterscotch. Very smooth drinking, the flavor being pretty much what one would expect from the flavor. A light citric bitterness comes in at the finish, out of place for style, but not a bad thing. A bit thin, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/24/2008. Hazy caramel amber body wtih a small creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and spice aroma. Sweet spice flavor with a caramel background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

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