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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/20/2014 printed on the label. My first beer from Schlafly, their seasonal Christmas ale. "Ale brewed with natural flavors and with spices added". That's fairly indistinct. Expectations are about average, per the style.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery caramel body, appears with a slight ruby tinge in the glass with about one finger of frothy khaki-tan head.

S - The nose is fairly bland. Some distinctive orange peel & juicy ginger notes are noticeable. Slightly herbal, but again it is indistinct. Very mild alcohol content is noticeable, but not distracting. I'm not really pulling out any sweetened caramel malt from the nose. Becomes slightly more nutty as it warms.

T - Taste follows the nose - a cherryish / berry (from the juniper) flavor seems dominant, with subtle notes of raisins, & caramel malts in the background. The ginger and orange peel flavor is very recognizable, when you look for it. Again, not nearly enough caramel / nutty malt flavor for my liking.

M - The feel is sticky, fairly smooth, but a hefty medium-fullish body. Very drinkable, however, despite the moderately high 8.00% abv. Lightly warming.

Overall, a fairly average holiday ale from Schlafly; but very drinkable one at that. Representative of the style, and recommended for what it is.

Schlafly Christmas Ale -----4/5.

mfnmbvp, Yesterday at 07:06 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Chucker17, Yesterday at 06:46 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

beerme626, Tuesday at 09:57 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AWB3, Monday at 05:23 PM
Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- A deep amber red, semi transparent pour. A decent off white head that leaves a slight ring.

S - Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves/all spice, ginger. A slight sourness.

T - Initially, I get that sourness. Definitely has some citrus. I assume from the orange peel listed in description. All of the spices seem to mix together. Pretty noticeable alcohol for 8%. No real single one stands out until the aftertaste, where I notice more cinnamon and cloves. Also some sweetness in the form of honey. A lot of thick malt. Reminds me quite a bit of the malt base in their pumpkin.

M - Still a medium body for as heavy of a malt base as it has. Average carbonation. A considerably dry, and slightly spicy finish.

O - I had high hopes for this based on the Pumkin Ale being one of the best out there, and for the most part, it didn't disappoint. Looks like I am going to have a +rdev on this one based on the other scores. I think it could do without the orange/citrus aspect, and it does seem slightly boozy for what it is. However, it is an excellent winter warmer that I would likely enjoy again… if I wasn't surrounded by Great Lakes and Thirsty Dog :)

WesMantooth, Sunday at 08:10 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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beerginner45, Saturday at 01:57 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

IpeeA, Saturday at 07:06 AM
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4/5  rDev +9%

kyvolunteer, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Jtalley1138
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jtalley1138, Nov 19, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

ejk99, Nov 18, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%

JamieDuncan, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

little_star, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of IMFletcher
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

IMFletcher, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +9%

briandaube, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of cj8311
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

cj8311, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of harryhops
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Pete_2112
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Better than their Pumpkin Ale if you ask me. Delicious spices and a sweet, malty aftertaste. Delicious.

Pete_2112, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

LennyBound, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of chihomebrew312
4/5  rDev +9%

Pretty good for a Christmas ale. At 8% you really don't notice it. Still prefer other Christmas ales such as Great Lakes, though overall good

chihomebrew312, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

atrocity, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade and a soft texture. Retention isn't great, though. Small patches of thin lacing are left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The spices here do a good job of invoking Christmas, bringing nice savory qualities such as ginger, clove, and juniper. Just like as advertised! In addition, the malt brings some notes of nut, caramel, toffee, and even roast. It smells like a fruit cake without the moronic sweetness. While the nose isn't really my thing, I can't deny it's executed extremely well. (3.5)

Taste: It's weird...because just as the nose suggested, it's a savory brew instead of a bitter or sweet one. The spices end up initially dominating with notes of clove and spruce, before transitioning to notes of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. At times, it's faintly roasty. Hell, even some hints of honey and coffee (!) pop up on occasion. While it's not the most cohesive brew in the world, it's still quite complex and even nicely balanced. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Honey gives it a subtle sweetness...and a nice finishing dryness that makes it go down easily for 8%. Carbonation is gentle, but helps ease this beer down well. (4)

Overall: Wassails can be hit or miss with me. This is a hit, thankfully. Admittedly, the subjective qualities of this don't really appeal to me, so I won't go looking for it again. However, it's superbly made and loaded with complexity, and that means I'm still going to give it a higher score. (3.75)

3.71/5: Really well made, even if it isn't my favorite kind of beer

ThisWangsChung, Nov 09, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

Ngntjp, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

RavenForBeer, Nov 06, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

Is_it_beer30_yet, Oct 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HarmonMW, Sep 28, 2014
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Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.