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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Are we too obsessed with style? The label "Christmas Ale" on the bottle and the style designation "Scotch Ale" by Ratebeer has led many reviewers to produce baffling reviews. Should we critique Three Floyds Dark Lord for not having enough orange peel, cinammon, ginger, and nutmeg? Or downgrade one of Cantillonís lambics because there is no peat, no smokiness, and not enough sweetness? ... What does Bellsbeer.com say? "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" ... Thatís dead-nuts to what I taste - a malt driven session beer.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOne (247) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Pours red amber, brief head. Yeast, breast aroma. Flavor is the same - lightly roast flavor, a liitle caramel, initially slightly sweet, mild hop finish. Overall, OK session Scottish but nothing special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (323) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice aroma of malt and yeast. Appearance- An amber colored brew with an off white head Taste- Toasted malt flavor, not bad at all Palate- A medium bodied beer with medium carbonation Overall- A really good ale. I would definitely drink this again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iceman15658 (133) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
12oz bottle pours a light amber with a very thin head. Nose is. Very faint bready aroma. The taste is actually a bit bland and nothing really jumps out as a dominant trait.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bennetporter (149) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Pours a nice copper from a bottle. Very good sweet toffee maltiness with a slight bitter end on the tongue.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6485) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (orange, apricot, grapefruit), with a note of metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, metallic. What the heck does this have to do with xmas? Bupkis, as far as I can tell. Thin, watery, and metallic mouthfeel leaves an awful lot to be desired in that department, and the nose is basically a pale ale sorta thing with a tinny note there as well. Rather sourish too. Ugh. Poor by any measure.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sturmthis (700) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Sample. Light copper color with white head. Malty aroma. Likewise taste, really isnít anything special.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanscourt (848) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Red in color. Sweet malty flavor with light hop flavor. Similar to an irish red in some senses.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jow (2356) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Tap at Gingerman. Quite boring for Christmas. Light copper pour nose is toffee. Tastes of toffee, faint malt, grains, light earth. Semi sweet palate kinda flat. Overall dull but not offensive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjc51478 (429) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is hazy copper color with medium, beige head. Aroma is toasted grains, caramel, and some pine. Taste is malty sweetness, toast, slight nuttiness, and a very mild pine bitterness. Palate medium-bodied with a smooth, soft finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Decent but not the best. Pretty cool it is derived from local ingredients though.


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