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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-20-2012 21:55:14 | More by captainbearcat
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mikeherrera

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23%

04-11-2014 19:56:26 | More by mikeherrera
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

Reviewed on 02-08-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden amber color, 2 fingers of foam with carbonation present throughout the review

S - Just what the bottle says. I can pick up the orange peel and cloves. I get a faint cinnamon aroma but next to nothing regarding any hops

T - Medium bodied but a very smooth citrus malt taste, the spices masked the smell of hops until I had some hop bitterness at the back end. The bitterness did smooth rather quickly

M/D - Another great brew from Schlafly. Smooth medium bodied brew that carried the right amounts of citrus and sweet blended well with spices but over done. A little hop bite at the end but doesn't ruin the experience. A great seasonal from Schlafly that comes highly recommended

02-09-2010 16:28:36 | More by FreshmanPour77
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

A: rust body, finger khaki head, patchy lacing

S: orange peel, big clove, and spices (think Christmas cake)

T: orange peel, malt, clove, winter/Christmas spices, mild alcohol warmth.

M: med body, smooth/firm carbonation mouth

O: G-d Bless you, Schlafly! This Jew loves this time of year.
Fine brewery & delicious offering. Highly recommend
this Christmas Ale; most are too watery or odd flavor
combinations that sound great but just don't work.
This is a winner!

DELICIOUS, CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS PROPERLY!

11-30-2012 18:31:16 | More by BeerLover99
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elBecko

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-19-2012 15:24:27 | More by elBecko
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dragonfyre17

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

03-18-2012 01:21:36 | More by dragonfyre17
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BCK

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a cheap Rusty Wallace racing Pint glass, haha. After drinking it, I regret that I didn't put it in a better glass.

Nice amber/brown/orange color brew with a nice inch head on it after pouring. Smell of citrus and clove, very nice aroma.

Beautiful taste of Hops, spice and citrus.

Nice smooth beer with lovely hops bite to it and a bit of carbonation.

My favorite Christmas/Winter Ale so far this year and lucky me that it's readily available everywhere I go. I am a newer person to the craft beer population, but Schlafly still has not disappointed me and this one raised the bar for the next.

12-06-2008 05:45:43 | More by BCK
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nick1427d

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

01-23-2013 21:52:56 | More by nick1427d
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jen_not_jenn

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-03-2012 19:10:35 | More by jen_not_jenn
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nkp765

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-11-2012 04:48:59 | More by nkp765
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karst

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Served in a smaller sniffer that shows off its chestnut amber, low head persistant ring. A fireside beauty!
Cinnamon, clove, and sweet caramel meets the nose at the taproom with all its competing aromas. Malts don't dominate but easily support the spices that give a gingerbread impression to the palate.

Well balanced with alcohol and IBUs easily handling sweet malts and dextrins that provide a nearly full mouthfeel. Still young but very nice as winter approaches. Pleasing carbonation that allows sipping without going flat.
Alcohol very nice and although apparent very nice in that it overall supports what the brewer is doing.

Hats off to Steve Hale and the rest of the Schlafly brewers.

11-07-2006 04:03:50 | More by karst
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MarzenMan

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Bottled on 10/29/2008.

A - Medium sized head on a bright amber beer. Good lacing. The bottle reminds me of old Christmas records. I think they took it off a Kenny Rogers Christmas Record we used to have :). Very....'Christmasy'.

S - Reminds me of Blue Moon because of the orange/citrus and the spice that may be clove but comes across similar to corriander. Some slight alcohol.

T - Wow. This is better than I expected. Some good malty qualities and a nice, but subtle, hop balance. Def. some orange and other spices but not overpowering at all. A little alcohol in the mix. Very nice. Medium body on the tongue.

D - I'd drink it a ton if it weren't for the price tag. I paid 10.50 for a sixer but it does appear to be worth it. This is exactly what I want in a holiday ale.

11-23-2008 03:43:51 | More by MarzenMan
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dllman25

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-10-2012 22:22:44 | More by dllman25
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gtg079x

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-14-2013 01:22:43 | More by gtg079x
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tut2528

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

11-22-2013 01:23:21 | More by tut2528
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-08-2013 20:47:54 | More by mwar
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woogie359

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-23-2014 19:11:24 | More by woogie359
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

03-24-2013 21:14:59 | More by Jamison85
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acslatersbtb

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-29-2013 04:18:20 | More by acslatersbtb
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-15-2012 04:13:39 | More by RoryOMoore
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SolomonGrundy

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Actually looks like the 2009 release, an extra from great trader Brian44556...Thanks mate, and cheers...Pours a rusty amber. Two to three-fingers of marshmallowy head adorn this-a-here brew. Sheets of pleasant lacing fall down the glass like snow. Good carbonation. Actually a beautiful looking beer so far. Huge, robust aromas. I get a lot of interesting notes. Yes, some orange peel. Yes some clove. But the nose is more and better than the sum of the parts. It comes off also having an egg nog note to it, as well as some banana. Sweet smelling and very robust. Wow on the flavor...This is more than I expected. A blizzard of sweet, malty, egg-nog like flavors burst over you. Truly amazing, as I expected a much maltier, more effervescent beer given the carbonation and typical versions of the style. Carbonation actually helps to subdue these Winter flavors and balance it out nicely, otherwise they might be cloying. The initial burst of flavor slowly fades into a nice, malty middle that features a lot of banana flavor, and closes out with a orange peel/hop melding of flavors that lasts a while. This is actually an exceptionally good beer. Very tasty and highly surprising to me. The only flaw appears to be a weird bitterness in the finish, but it's a minimal flaw to be sure. I can only assume this beer is well-priced, and I'm going with that assumption. I would definitely suggest trying to tracj down this wonderful and unique version of the style.

What I like most: Pretty much everything, but mostly the robust, unique and expressive flavor profile upon first taste.

What I like least: The pithy, off bitterness in the finish.

Verdict: Really excellent and wonderful beer. Worth tracking down.

11-24-2010 22:14:12 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Roland45s

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

11-30-2012 00:18:08 | More by Roland45s
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peabody

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours our a really clean effverscent ice tea color with very little suds. Some lacing.
Smell is very spicy. Fresh corriander and nutmeg/allspice/pumpkin pie. Can't really smell the alcohol here.
Can't taste the alcohol here either. This is very refreshing for a christmas ale. Very spicy and a great balance between bitter and sweet. Hey, this is good and from Schlafly!
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part because of the bitter blackness at the end.
Drinkability is good here is you like the spices.
All in all, a pretty darn good beer.

12-25-2009 19:11:33 | More by peabody
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MTNboy

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Appearance: Brown amber body.

Smell: Spicy and very sweet malty aroma.

Taste: The flavor has a European like Christmas dessert like feel. Spicy at first but a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, It reminds me a lot of the pumpkin but smoother. It is very slick feeling.

Overall: One of my favorite holiday beers. Very thick and warm it feels like the holidays.

01-15-2012 06:29:34 | More by MTNboy
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a gorgous and lively amber red color and produces a nice, bubbly off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is just slightly hazy, but very rich in color. This beer just looks good. Spotty lacing is left inside the large snifter I'm using for this beer. The nose is the Holidays in a glass. Strong aromas of holiday spices (cloves, cinnamon and citrus). Behind the spicy notes is a very pleasant roasted malt character. Smells festive in every way. The palate doesn't disappoint either - spices up front, intermixed with aggressive floral hops and dominant citrus notes (bitter orange peel, mostly). Due to the liberal use of hops in this beer, you get an over all dry taste with a lot going on in the back of the mouth. The finish is very herbal and citric, without being medicinal or cloying at all. Beautifully crafted. The mouth feel is medium and very fluid. The 8% ABV is well-masked in my opinion, but opens up a bit as the beer warms. I believe this to be one of my very favorite Christmas beers. It's very well balanced, incredibly tasty te. This is a nicely balanced spiced Christmas beer that is quite enjoyable. It's the type of beer I'd hit up for a and a nice departure from the typical winter warmer. For me, the citrus and bold hop presence makes this beer. These characteristics could well be why some won't like this beer, but it's what makes it stand out of the crown for me. Absolutely excellent and one of my favorite beers from Schlafly this year ... and that's saying a lot.

11-17-2007 20:09:35 | More by beerphilosopher
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.