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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Clear amber with creamy, medium beige head. Aroma is apple juice like, sweeter, yeast, light cinnamon. Sweeter, apple flavor, cinnamon, slight bitterness, some grass and only the slightest peet but I have to search for it. Medium, well carbonated body. Interesting, but different, sweeter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle Pours a hazy amber with a good off white head. The head is creamy and lasting. It looks awesome. Pretty good lacing also. Has a sweet aroma of fruits, caramel, and cinnimon. Has good carbination and mouthfeel. The flavor is good not too sweet and spicy. Very well blended and a medium body. Apretty good finish. This is a tasty beer. A step away from the normal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2009
[Bottle] Pours reddish-amber with an ok khaki head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is quite sweet--fruity, with golden delicious apple, plum and pear mostly. Some unpleasant vegetal notes also appeared as it warmed. The taste yields a good dose of hops when cold, followed by quite a bit of barley. Bitterness is restrained, and the shift between malt and hops is sharp. Decent mouthfeel, but hardly any finish to speak of. Pretty simple in the taste, and not an overly remarkable beer in any respect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle from Ross, in which he charged me $4!!!!. Thanks asshat. Pours copper amber with soda like carbonation bubbles and a retentive off white head. The aroma is nice- bread, caramel, dark sugars, and tobacco. Medium bodied with average carbonation, but slightly thin in the mouthfeel for the style. Flavor of caramel with hints of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), countered by a moderate piney bitterness. Finish has flavors of wet grains and some odd off flavor that I canít think of at the moment since itís 12 am. Does this beer suck? No. But considering the source, I expect better. This is a let down. Sort of like going to a fancy strip club that has gorgeous strippers, but come to find out that itís NOT all nude- only topless with no lap dances.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
this certainly wasnt what i was expecting form bells. this was a less than great beer. im speechless and disappointed. I am even a big fan of scotch ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Pours a amber/brown with thick head. Smells of hops with a hint of cinnamon. Taste sweet with a mild aftertaste. Slightly pine taste on this one. I quite enjoy it. (6pk bottles, $10) Batch: 8802

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper with a rich thick off white head. Smells of malt, flowers, cinnamin, and orange. Tastes of sweet malt, cinnamin, nutmeg, orange zest, lemon, and slightly piney hops. Nice comination of flavors, but slightly watery. A somewhat candy sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle. I felt like I didnt even get a kiss after I saw the price I was charged for this. 10.69 for a six pack of it, the guy at the register charged me 4.00 per bottle. Why? Who knows. Call City Beverage and ask them. I prefer to get a kiss or at least a reach around if I am going to be fucked in the ass. Pours out a brown color without much head on it. Smell is sweet and fruity, not really as spicy as I would have thought it should be. Taste is smooth, easy to drink, but not really up the the quality that a bells beer should be. Its ok, but its not something I want again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (662) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2009
(bottle) A red beer with a disappearing tan head. Sweet caramel, herbs and spice aroma; also fruit and candy. Sweet malt flavor, woody, earthy; mild hop dryness, cherry fruit. Medium bodied, somewhat sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Date: February 15, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of fruity caramel candy character is held back by an earthyness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of earthyness with a spice edge keeps it dry, light bitterness, hint of spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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