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RATINGS: 662   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hubermi12 (14) - - FEB 7, 2014
I love this beer. Most Christmas ales have too many spices and are overpowering. This is the best christmas ale because of the great flavor. it just tastes like Christmas

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boomersmancave1 (133) - Wheatland, 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonnyLager (8) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2009 does not count
Had no understanding of product position, simply saw and bought as a seasonal ale. Found myself wanting more and will probably buy more. Enjoyed the citrus / pine hints... very well balanced. If I was looking for a heavier scottish ale, this would not have fit the bill, but very pleasant surprise to the strong brand that is Bellís.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Wow am I going against the grain on this one. I had this on cask at Romans Pub. Ridiculously smooth body with an extremely balanced spiciness from the hops. Nice copper body with a velvet texture. This was really good. Very nice malt.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Found this one bottled at Lundeenís in Sycamore, Illinois. Nice, clear, copper-red pour with a thick, eggshell head. Very nice complex maltiness and spiciness in the nose. Spice continues in the flavor, strong maltiness with nutmeg and clove strong. Very nice, strong finish. An excellent seasonal from an excellent brewery.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
This beer tastes reallly good. You can really taste the hops that are in the beer. The beer tastes like Christmas if that makes sense.

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