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RATINGS: 670   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (219) - Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Aroma - Light malty Appearance - dark clear amber, light long-lasting head Taste - Palate - Light Overall - I wasnít overwhelmed by this Bellís beer, but I wasnít disappointed as I usually am. I would not have guessed that this was a Scotch Ale however.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2814) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle from West Side. Pours a clear, deep copper color. Big toasted bread malt nose. Light body. Dry on the palate with some light grassy hops. Light bitter finish. Very Oktoberfest like. Simple and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MNAle (132) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Dark amber, somewhat hazy with solid carbonation visible. 3/4-inch off-white to tan head, receding moderately leaving splotchy lacing. Malty aroma, fruits, a bit of bread, nutty, anticipates a sweet taste. Thick feel. Mild initial taste, sticky, a bit sweet, subtle earthiness. Middle and finish remain as with the initial taste with a finish that clings to the mouth and tongue. Hardly any bittering evident. Moderately sweet finish. A bit simple in all aspects. Easy to drink, pleasant, enjoyable in its own right. If you read the brewerís web site description of this beer, it is hitting exactly what the brewer intended, so comparing it against spicy holiday beers or high ABV winter warmers in unfair. Their focus on all (or nearly all) local ingredients from malts to hops is laudable. Nonetheless, as pleasant and drinkable as this beer is, I like a bit more complexity in malty beers.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6454) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Bottle. Every once in a while I stumble onto a beer Iím surprised I havenít rated before. Here ya go. Pretty straight forward, medium brown, thin to no head. The aroma has a vague note of sweet candies. This drinks with a middle of the road malty baseline, light toffee, tight tart top notes. (#6436, 11/29/2016)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozzy70 (892) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Multiple samples from bottle. Pours light amber, beige head. Aroma was malty, toasted grains. Taste was sweet, malty, spicy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1714) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Deep copper/red, a slight haze, with a small off-white head and modest lace. Aromas of toffee, toast, caramel and a hint of earth. Taste is mostly caramel and toffee sweetness, with toast and a whisper of offsetting hop bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1823) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bellís Christmas Ale has a medium, ivory-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, with lots of sediment chunks, some bubbles, and a bit of lacing left behind. Aroma is of mildly sweet brown bread crust, toast, and a touch of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is low-medium, and Bellís Christmas Ale finishes on the dry side. RJT

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hinez57 (241) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Decent beer, not a good scottish ale. Aroma is malty, raisins, hint of apricots/stone fruits. Bright clear beer that looks beautiful in glass with a hint of lace. Taste is quite dry, well bittered which dominates the finish, slight fruity esters that are more british than scottish in nature, no phenolics, woody herbal hop character comes through. Palate is crushed by the bitterness which just doesnít play well with the malt character. It is simply too hop forward for style. Overall itís drinkable, enjoyable even. However a Scottish style ale it is not.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2018) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Because I love Expy I feel compelled to drink everything else. Look, this one isnít all that great - itís got this toasted stale bread thing going on that isnít all that inspiring, and otherwise itís pretty bland -- some caramel sweetness, light bitterness, just sort of a generic beer with healthy malt presence. But thereís nothing unpleasant about this. The main take-away for me is that I like mediocre beers more than most folks.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PanMarek (301) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Clear, amber pour with quick beige foam. Caramel malt nose with some faint spicy notes. Medium body, thin fizz. The malts are complex with caramel dominating but good roasted notes too. Faint spices, but not much. Hops at the end. Less heavy than expected, easy to imagine having more than one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (1318) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Dry malty aroma with some slight honey and medicine to the finish. Some spice and not too heavy but the almost cherry medicine feel to the finish is a downside. Still descent but not my favorite bells beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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