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RATINGS: 681   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.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
medium to golden brown, large white head. mild nose. high carbonation for the style, somewhat thin. mild bitterness before mild low crystal sweetness, somewhat spicy and floral english hops are the main flavor and are quite pleasant. the beer is pretty mild, and passable, but not a bad brew, though claiming it is a scotch ale is a stretch, more like an irish ale with a little more hops or maybe a special bitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (6068) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/8/09

Aroma: Has some caramel, toffee, some candied fruits, biscuit, earthy hops, and spice
Appearance: Pours a bright red color with a big, fluffy white head, good retention and lots of lace
Flavor: Taste is mostly sweet with some yeasty spice, mild hop backing
Palate: Highly smooth, nice drinking brew with a light-medium body
Overall Impression: First off, this beer has a lot of flavor to it, and Iím almost always in favor of that. Also, it drinks really nicely. Overall, its pretty solid, not great, but definitely good. Bellís calls this a Scotch Ale, Iím not sure I agree, but whatever you call it Iíll call it good. A bit on the 1 dimensional side, as it lacks a little balance, but there is a little hop there trying to balance it. Rather then debate further, Iíll settle on solid, and have another beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10923) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle Ö Hazy, dirty orange ale with a huge, wispy, white head. Fantastic retention. The malty, biscuity aroma presents toasted grains and pralines. Medium to full-bodied with spritzy carbonation. The flavor is malty and hearty with decent balance provided by a generous, earthy hop component. Crisp, clean finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Got this for the wife. Tasted and its ok. Kinda tame in taste. Looks good in the glass. She liked it alot.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Pours an amber orange with small off-white head. Aroma is all malt. Taste is the same slightly sweet malt, caramel, minimal hops, malt in the finish as well. Not much complexity.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernbourbon (1581) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Draft. Pour is clear brown with medium white head. Aroma is malt, faint pine hop, juniper berries, and light caramel. Flavor is mostly malty with a mild hop backbone and a nice malty finish. Solid, but not out of the ordinary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Appropriate brewerís name to have a Christmas beer. Nice, malty smell when opened and poured. An edge of alcohol is noted only when I take a deep sniff in the glass. Fine brown body with the usual haze of Bellís "floaties" in it. Head almost stands up straight before settling down. Taste is again nicely malt-forward, but seems a little light. Probably the grain is a little less than for a regular Scotch ale to keep the alcohol down. Hops offer a sort of spiciness, rather than the usual spices of a Christmas beer. Light notes of pepper and herb in the hop taste. I suspect this beerís real relation to Christmas is the "gift" to Michigan growers they sourced for the ingredients. I do like it, and will probably drink more to cleanse my palate of all the wassailed Christmas beers this season.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
If this is a Scotch ale, I will eat my hat. Very thin. Solid but somewhat boring taste. It certainly would not warm you on Christmas day. Aroma and color are really ordinary. Good just not inspiring.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2009
12 oz. bottle thanks to my good friend George. Pours a really lovely bright amber. The nose is weak. Not bad, just not much to smell. Not that sure what makes this a Christmas ale. It is fairly light, but refreshing as far as a good session beer may go. All the spice and complexity that should be present in a Christmas ale is not there. I would happily drink this in the summertime.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
straw colored body reddish hue and good carb. aroma is wet, grainy. some fruits possibly lingering in the background amongst weighty malt that eventually gives way to warm biscuit notes. flavor is a bit bland/metallic up front but ends nicely on strong biscuit note. as a beer this is certainly drinkable and not devoid of complexity. as a scotch ale its a total failure.


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