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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Christmas AleSchlafly Christmas Ale

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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Christmas Ale is a warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness. We use honey in the fermentation process, which raises the ABV without producing too much heat from the alcohol content.

Many breweries produce richer, higher alcohol beers for the winter holiday season, bolder than their year-round offerings. The inspiration for this beer came from spiced holiday beverages such as wassail and mulled wines. Around the holidays, the sweet and spicy aromas, not to mention the booze, in such libations tend to smooth the rougher edges of enjoying each other’s company and spreading goodwill.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 11-02-2006)
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harrylee773

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

12-10-2012 03:33:04 | More by harrylee773
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2013 bottle served in a goblet.

Body is dark red-brown with excellent clarity. Head has decent retention.

Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix seems odd and not entirely appealing in the nose, but works better in the taste.
The spicing, while obvious and a bit strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale. Still, seems a bit too spicy and slightly too sweet

Medium body with medium carbonation..

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:43:19 | More by chinchill
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mikeherrera

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

04-11-2014 19:56:26 | More by mikeherrera
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D-18V

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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03-04-2014 04:41:16 | More by EF4
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mojohawk21

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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Mcwill51

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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irongator

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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BillRoth

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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy.

Beer is murky caramel brown in colour, with a smallish tan head.

Nose contains spices strongly, as well as sweet malt.

Flavour strongly contains sweet malt and caramel. as well as a variety of spices. The spices are not quite as prominent as I expected, which is nice.

Moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall. quite nice. I have a low tolerance for spices in beer, but this one works.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:28:05 | More by jrenihan
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great deep red amber color poured into a snifter, visually nice. Very little head or lacing, assuming the 8% is in play. First impressions on the nose, the usual spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Watery, light and thin with a grassy molasses finish that lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Flavors are enhanced as the ale slowly warms, more spice and molasses, less grass.

All in all a pretty nice winter ale, I wish it was a little more "thick" & "chewy" but still a good representation of what Christmas is all about.

Share with friends on a cold winter night...fireplace preferred.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:41:12 | More by Boca-X
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

01-22-2014 22:28:41 | More by RichH55
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thank you to my Broseph, SplashyFob and his friend for obtaining this one for me. The bottle says "Bottled with love on 11/11/2013".

An aggressive pour does not get me more than half a finger of head. This disappears rather quickly, leaving a tiny bit of froth over a ruby brown body. No lace.

It smells of malt, sugar and xmas spices. I get a hint of dark fruit as well.

Malty with xmas spices up front. Sugar and honey make a a quick in/out appearance before surrendering to an earthy baked good flavor with more xmas spices.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is barely there. Slight dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

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Tennessee

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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

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Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.