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RATINGS: 680   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
I typically donít like "XMas" beers, but this one is good. Spicy yeast flavor with a rich malt flavor. Hops presence was great for this style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2009
This is actually a pretty nice Scotch Ale. Toasty and biscuty malt, not much hop flavor and a balanced bitterness. Pretty easy to drink. Simple, but flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (2588) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle. Amber-red with a large off-white head. Light aroma with some sweet malts. Taste is bitter copper and grass. Not what I want in a Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3995) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Poured to a fluted fest glass at Brixieís Holiday Beer Tasting in Brookfield, IL. with a deep amber/brown color, a modest, off white, foamy head and a light amount of clingy lacing. The nose was toasty, earthy, light resin, light esters, caramel and spice. The flavor added some grainy nature along with a better than average hop bitterness. An decent Scottish that one can pair well with Christmas food faire. On tap at Ellynís Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and a larger, shaker serving this time, so better appearance, as good clarity, creamy head, and curtainy lacing. Otherwise, somewhat similar notes as previously stated, with an added touch of dankness, but less the esters in the nose, lively carbonation, medium body, and some sweet maltiness to the flavor. +.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small nutty off white head. Nose is spicy hops with a light sticky malt note hidden. Palate is full and smooth with a light stickiness. Flavor is clean, lightly spicy hop notes with a nice sticky malt note as well. very well done and sessionable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beercamel (84) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
pours amber, copper bubbly aqt first with a decent head that soon dies. Heavy aroma nose of honey, floral and grassy. Has a strong alchohol kick and a very heavy carbonation sting. Carbonation is boosted with gas. Has a bit of ginger and a cinnamon like undertone. A good brew...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Malty, hoppy mediocrity with a hint of some seasonal spices, though not overpoweringly so. Simple Christmas ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7637) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Sampled from 12 oz bottle. Poured a amber/copper color with a medium sized whitish color. Aromas are hops, citrus, notes of grass, malts. Itís pretty hoppy, hoppier than I expected from a "Christmas" beer - but not overwhelming. Nice and crisp, the beer is quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours copper/amber with a craggy off-white head with some nice retention and lacing. Nose is quite hoppy, grassy, some citrus, some caramel malt background. For a "malt driven" beer this sure is hoppy. I quite enjoyed this, a real caramel-ly pale ale with some nice muted citrus grapefruit hops, spicy, restrained bitterness. A mild fruitiness from the yeast(?) with a clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Batch 9431 ( where is 9000) I missed out on this last year so I had to jump all over it this time pour was dark amber with frothy off white head, aromas are off light malts grains, and hops tasted more like a irish ale than a scotch ale well I really didnít miss out on this its very disappointing when your expecting a malt bomb and get this rather very weak and thin version shame on you larry give us what we want I dont know maybe alesmith ruined me forever

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