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RATINGS: 684   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.

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   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (1010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 Medium-bodied with flavors of baked bread and roasted caramel malt presence. Undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg spice and subtle hops, pretty easy drinking for a Christmas Ale, but finishes on a bit of a stale note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle pours amber with a big sustained head. Aroma is bready, perhaps sour dough. The flavor is mostly bready and slightly spiced. The palate is pretty full. Overall, middle of the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
A very tasty and sessionable ale. Its somewhat sweet and has hints of the spices associated with Christmas but its not too strong. Really, its a decent balance between the malty sweetness of a scotch ale, subtle hop characteristics and some spiciness on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thorongil2 (2836) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
(bottle) clear deep amber colour; minimal head; weak malt aroma; light sweetness and tiny bit of spice; long slightly bitter finish; quite average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2009
amber pour with a thick foamy head. Aroma is biscuity and caramel maltiness. light spiciness. flavour falls a bit flat. carboard and biscuity malt body. The bitterness is combination of of light burnt caramel and something that is possibly citrus but is not assertive enough to stand out as clearly recognizable. what a strange beer, and certainly a dissapointing offering from Bellís from my experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a decent head. Caramel, citrus, gingerbread flavor. Definitely not like any Scotch ale Iíve tried. Very drinkable, not very memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2009
A bit thin on the taste... Mainly an amber, though cloudy. Not bitter and little spice. Some citrus, a bit sour. Nice head. 0-2 on Christmas Ale ratings tonight.

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