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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6033) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy StFun. Orange pour with a small white head. The aroma is citrusy and spicy. Yummy!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
In short: A messy amber ale of no specific style. Annoying.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh a few months after its release. Sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Cloudy dark orange topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Faint nose of hard-candy and light spiciness. Taste is a mess. Extra light fluffy body, candied caramel, light smokiness that doesnít fit in, metallic notes, orange zest, butterscotch, cinnamon, ginger (!?), more... Basically just a bunch of random flavours that do not work together. Hopping is very reminiscent of the leafy/floral hops of true English ESB. I usually like that hopping profile but here it just doesnít work with the beer. On the positive, this was batch 8802, and even a wasted batch like this is taking us one step closer to Bells Batch 9000.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2008
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, orange brown color with no head, aroma of movie popcorn butter, flavor is toffee, buttery with a bitter watery finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6018) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours a copper hue with a huge foamy white head. A cool label. The aroma is spices and rich sweet hops. The flavor is similar; easygoing, spicy, rich hops. Light malts, not too sweet. A unique brew, interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 5, 2010
batch 9431. Clear amber color/ huge beige head. Mild caramel sweet aromas. medium body. Mild spicy caramel flavor with mild floral hops. mild

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2010
[2812-20100319] 12floz bottle. Old musty malt fruity brew aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light yellow head and lots of suspended floaties. Old wine-soaked burlap bags flavour mixed with brewery floor and muddy malt grain. Full body. Probably past itís prime.
(w/ jerc)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheAlum (5701) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5638) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle. Light bready aroma, a bit preserved fruit. Cloudy orange, offwhite low head. Chewy christmas cake fruitiness, good hop balance. Good balance, surely good with food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle from JCB. Thanks man! The aroma is kind of malty with hints of caramel, toffee, and iced tea. A little earthy too. Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. The flavor is malty, but kind of flat, and nothing stands out to me. Iced tea, light sweetness. A touch fruity, but in my opinion, it does not really work. Drinks easily. Meh. Probably the least best beer I have tried from Bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5542) - 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.

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