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RATINGS: 680   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
For a Scotch ale, this could be better. The alcohol, for me, is way too low. The nose is weak and mostly watery hops. There isnít much malt or dark flavors in this; itís very hop forward. Watery and thin mouth feel. Could be better.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigtaster (921) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2017
From a bottle, copper color with light tan head. Nose is bread, caramel. Body is medium with adequate carbonation, slight sweetness. Surprisingly easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4345) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2017
11 Jan 2017, bottle. dark amber, clear, no bubbles. nose is malty, toffee, some grassy hops. med body and mildly fizzy. sweet, lightly toasty, some cherries, tea leaves, mild grassy hops. nice enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6459) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2017
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of spice, caramel, malt. Tastes of spice, floral, malt, light caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fujimo2000 (131) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Pours golden with slight reddish tinge. Lasting carbonation. Aroma is hibiscus and taste is mild.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Dark copper color with a small tan head. Malty aroma - including a little bit of bread and also earthiness. Malty flavor, not too sweet, with the bread coming through. Palate is medium bodied, average carbonation and slightly oily.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (491) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours Amber with compact white head that holds well. Aroma of biscuits dipped in honey. Sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olenickj (88) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Draft. Smells sweet, a little spice. Golden red, not much head. Taste: Very mild. Palate: Moderate body, decent finish. Overall: Is ok, drinkable but not fantastic

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ehaak26 (259) - - DEC 19, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma was candy and malt. One person said they noticed grape. Way too carbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2987) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Copper-brown with a small head that persists. Aroma of spiced candy apple. Flavor is the same, with some wood and toasted nut shell on the finish. Maybe some faint smoky caramel, but then again maybe I only wished it were there. Almost-medium body is a little too fizzy and finishes dryish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cimbasso (843) - - DEC 15, 2016
Sampled on draught at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. A deep copper colour with a thin head that does not last. The taste is of brown bread and toffee and is quite sweet. Some fragrant notes and little bitterness. A pleasant and well-made dunkel beer.


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