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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottles drunk over Thanksgiving 2008 Wasnt sure what to expect, noting that Bells dosent brew special releases to any particular style guidelines, yet scotch ale was mentioned on the label. Im not a big fan of scotch ales, as they generally combine many qualities that I dislike in beer relatively high sweetness, lots of different dark malts, caramelization in the boil, lots of stickines and/or syrupiness in the mouthfeel, but I was very, very pleasantly surprised to find a very dry, even crisply finishing, balanced beer upon first sip. The malts are lightly grainy, with only a hint of caramel flavor and restrained, yet obvious PNW hop aromatics and bitterness. The lean body makes it extremely drinkable and I was finished with my glass in a shockingly short amount of time. I suppose I can see some of the low scores from people who are expecting a traditional scotch ale, but since when was Bells, or most any brewer, for that reason, held to style guidelines on this site? Excellent, drinkable, beer with a very fresh, wholesome, malt flavor that really lets the barley shine through and downplays the yeast character or any obtrusive hoppiness, though the bitterness and hop flavor is just enough to balance the finish. Great stuff, incredibly sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
voyageurmike (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2017
12 oz bottle from liquor store in Macon. No way this is a legit Scottish ale. Copper colored with spicy caramel sweet taste, and mildly cloying finish. Not awful but surprisingly not up to the standard of this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (2076) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Draft. A- Caramel, malty, spices. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Malty, caramel, spice. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, boring finish. O- More like a scottish ale than a scotch ale for sure. Pretty boring and maybe one of the least exciting beers Iíve had from Bells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crajun (1217) - , Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2017
maybe my least favorite Bells. not much spice. not quite a Scottish ale either. some toffee, some bitter; over carbonated. not much flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1590) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Copper color. Average, yellowish head. Aroma of malt , toasted bread and caramel. Malty taste. Bread in aftertaste. An unusual beer for winter seasonal . Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigtaster (945) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4416) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6981) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fujimo2000 (139) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Pours golden with slight reddish tinge. Lasting carbonation. Aroma is hibiscus and taste is mild.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (495) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours Amber with compact white head that holds well. Aroma of biscuits dipped in honey. Sweet finish.

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