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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.

habadin's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
habadin (15) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Great beer. Super tasty. Letís start. Tastes full of hops and malt. Smells solid. Great beer once again. Love michigan.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boomersmancave1 (109) - Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Great hop aroma. A great mix of barley malt and hops. Great finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skybison (5) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
My favorite autumn/ winter ale: Aroma: sweet-herbal; dried alfalfa; clove/leaf-pile yeast aroma (Scottish ale like) Appearance: Amber; hazy-copper ; beautiful! Taste: malty; slightly sour-malt; deeply earthy at start; floral then light-spice; finish is bitter/hops but metal/copper sweetness; balanced contrasts through-out. Palate: Clean, brightly carbonated; sharp; necessary due to malty base of this ale. Overall: My personal favorite; almost year round; a big malty Munich with Michigan hops ... Or is it a Scottish ale thatís too hoppy but bright & crisp? Too me its Bellís Christmas Ale ... There can only be one ... And itís a holiday treat all around!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopwine (613) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Prune, toffee, bread crust, pine, cocoa. Prickly carb, light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arn8897 (244) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a clear pale brown with a tiny tan head. Aromas of fruit and cherries. Nice sweet ale flavors of malt and toffee with cherries or cranberries. Not to bad. Different but pretty good. Light palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EvanFriend (449) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Aroma is cranberries. Taste is slightly fruity, a tiny hint of sour, and some of that sickly sweet taste that I donít know what it is, but is a common off flavor in beer. Not the best offering from Bellís.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Okay, darker session beer. Mahogany colored. Malty, some fruitiness, a pinch of holiday spice. A tad too thin maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle at Guinnís house thanks to Casey. Pours brown with a tan head. Toffee, caramel and slightly sweet. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
twindadplus2 (638) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2015
Copper amber color with a small beige head. Aroma is yeasty spiciness with a fruity sweetness. Flavor is spicy hops bitterness with a light banana sweetness that finishes up with a dry herbal bitterness. Medium bodied with a syrupy palate and light carbonation. Itís a good ale but not at all what I think of when I hear Scotch ale. Definitely worth trying/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Gave it a try. Not much flavor but wasnt overpowering either. It is ok if you need something in a pinch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Iím impressed with this one due to the brewing of it -- Iím getting some spice notes, but interestingly, no spices in it! An unusual Scottish ale, insofar as usually thereís more maltiness. Donít think of this one as a Scottish, but as a different kind of Christmas ale.

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