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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (7738) - Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks alright; an amberish-orange with off-white lacing and some sediment floating around. Smells solid; semi-sweet, malty, and a little doughy. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as well-balanced. Average on the palate. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7503) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7176) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft at St. Stephens with pat. Poursdark amber body with slight lacing. Aroma is sweet malt. Mouthfeel is nice with notes of sweet malts and slight hops.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7164) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel and some mild piny hops. Body starts with decent fullness and some earthy caramel sweetness with some drier hoppy notes before a bland finish. Doesn’t have of the smoky peaty notes I like in Scotch ales and seems more like an amber ale. Still, not that bad and pretty drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle [12oz] courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours a hazy orange-amber with lots of tiny floaties and a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is vegetal, spicy and quite floral along with caramel malt and what I call "bottle" -- itís a bit of an odd duck. Flavourís a bit better with caramel malt, light spices, fruit, light hops and a light bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. It doesnít seem like a Scotch Ale to me and I didnít love it, just O.K.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6972) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Murky, dark orange pour, sticky off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Sweet aroma with hints of toffee, some rhubarb-like fruitiness. Flavor is relatively mild, some Christmas-like spices, some ripening vegetable notes, some passion fruit, Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Enjoyable - not one of Bellís bests though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (6839) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Smells a little oaky, pours amber with foamy head and good lacing. Meidum carbonation. Sticky texture a little heavy on the syrupy side. Pours clear amber. Aftertaste light sourness but pretty bland overall. Bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a very nice copperish ruby red grapefruit juice, highly hazed hue with moderate offwhite head. Aromas are malty, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and a touch of a hoppy bouquet. Initial taste is malty, but more somber than anticipated. Malty sweetness, caramel on the back end, touches of light spices tucked into a fairly light and watery beer. A tad one dimensional. Hoppy bitterness comes through, but does not stick either. Thin, watery, not really a true Scotch ale. Fair.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6778) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Sampled from 12 oz bottle. Poured a amber/copper color with a medium sized whitish color. Aromas are hops, citrus, notes of grass, malts. Itís pretty hoppy, hoppier than I expected from a "Christmas" beer - but not overwhelming. Nice and crisp, the beer is quite refreshing.


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