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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy copper color. The head dissipates quickly leaving nothing, and no lacing at all. The beer smells boozy with lots of different spices. I was hesitant to buy this, and the taste confirms why I shouldn't have: it's just over-the-top with flavor, like most of the Schlafly beers I have tried are. Sweetness and spices just blow your taste buds into defensive mode. There's a lot of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and the likes in this. It tastes like Chai tea, and almost could pass for a Pumpkin ale. And just like their Pumpkin ale, this beer is loaded at 8% ABV and goes down too smooth, so watch out.

Overall, I just don't like the sweetness overload on top of the high alcohol content. Plus, the spices are in overdrive, so this beer is just a bit too much, all the way around. This might be the last Schlafly beer I ever try.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:49:56 | More by JuicesFlowing
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jbone78

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I know it ain't Christmas no more, but I got theis beer and it needs to be drunk.

A- pours a light amber with a slight haze.
S- has a malty nose and you can start to smell the spices up front.
T- Very malty and a ton o fclove flavors, almost too much. not digging it at all.
M- Sticky, syrup, somewhat thick.
D- Not gonna drink many of these.

-Bye

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 23:03:32 | More by jbone78
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mikey711

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: a light brown color with very good clarity. not much head or hold making it almost look like a soda.

S: brown sugar, caramel, toffee, a slight peppery note, some herbal zesty hops. some pine notes.

T: Peppery with some pine tree notes. hints of cinnamon and all spice. lots of brown sugar and a touch of nut meg. the spices arent all that powerful but the all spice note sticks out the most and overwhelmed at times

M: Slightly hot and a bit chalky due to the spices. i would have liked a bit more of a creamy feel

D: Not my favorite of this style but a nice one to try. glad i did not buy a six pack

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 21:57:07 | More by mikey711
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dropout86

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with bottled on date: 11/12/2009. Sampled 2 for a fair tasting.

A: Pours a crisp, clean amber to toasted caramel with a dense but short off white head. Very little head retention or lacing.

S: Smells of caramel, subtle oranges, fruit (pumpkin?), vanilla, malt, and clove.

M: Moderately carbonated but not overly so. Light to medium-light body with a syrup backbone. CO2 evaporates halfway through the glass leaving a syrup overload.

T: Front: Mild clove and citrus, toasted malts Middle: Floral hops Finish: metallic, oxidized fruits and vegetables, malt, and alcohol.

D: Drink it cold and drink it quickly on a cold night and you'll enjoy yourself.

I've had better examples of this style but I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again next year, maybe a little fresher or on tap?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:46:17 | More by dropout86
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navband

Michigan

3/5  rDev -18%

12-13-2013 07:11:33 | More by navband
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broller


3/5  rDev -18%

01-11-2013 05:47:28 | More by broller
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%

02-18-2014 15:18:18 | More by ConradKenney
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awdturboiv

Indiana

3/5  rDev -18%

12-02-2011 22:37:11 | More by awdturboiv
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -18%

05-28-2013 03:40:31 | More by LJWalker
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WMD-1002

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%

12-10-2013 03:36:01 | More by WMD-1002
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jskennedy

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

01-27-2012 03:56:41 | More by jskennedy
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ch473

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18%

12-06-2011 01:55:46 | More by ch473
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -18%

06-08-2014 07:57:38 | More by KevMo84
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RHB33

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%

06-17-2014 22:21:22 | More by RHB33
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rxthree

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%

07-13-2013 05:50:22 | More by rxthree
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

12-30-2013 17:56:41 | More by Navalartichoke
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

03-03-2013 19:40:14 | More by tmars13
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

11-23-2012 03:14:07 | More by jrpapajcik
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ortie

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%

11-23-2011 03:58:32 | More by ortie
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly hazy auburn color with a nice white head.
S - orange, cloves, spices and sweet nutty malts
T - Cloves dominate with light notes of orange, spices and sweet malts. Cloves dominate though.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, clove aftertaste
D - amazingly approachable for 8%. You'll probably guess a theme, touch too much clove for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 21:38:42 | More by barleywinebrewer
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerman207 for having this as an offering at a recent tasting. Pour is from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a coppery color that is just a little light; starts with a short 1/2 finger fluffy white head that fades immediately to a thin and incomplete whisp with a firm ring around the surface; body is clear and shows mild carbonation; no lacing, but there is a clear, oily residue that slides around.

Smell: Fair in potency, I pick up some nice warm cinammon and a slightly sweet malty backing. Not bad.

Taste: A little lighter in flavor than I expected based upon a stronger scent; does hold a light warm cinammon flavor and also a moderate flavor of anise or black licorice; minimal hint of nutmeg. Meh.

Mouthfeel: Body feels a little slippery and loose; mild carbonation that is too mild and it comes across as flat; not impressed.

Drinkability: I give it a 3 because it's not awful, but I would certainly never seek it out - doesn't really compete with the likes of a Bell's Christmas Ale or the Hoppin' Frog Frosted Frog.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 04:40:54 | More by bamadog
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried at Pi - Washington, DC

Great deep, dark ruby/copper color with a clean white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy.

Taste is a bit overly spicy. Abundance of cloves, ginger, and cardamom. A bit overpowering for me, but just about every kind of spice you can think of associated with Christmas, is probably in this brew.

The sweetness of the beer is immediately a bit cloying, but as it sits in your mouth you're able to begin to dissect the different flavors. Nice beer to try during the holidays, but anything beyond a 12 oz. snifter is probably more than enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 20:18:05 | More by Rukasu
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light bronze color with only a half finger of head to start out with and that doesn't last all that long. There is a light ring a foam around the edges of the glass for some time. The nose is quite muted, not something I'd expect from a Christmas ale. As it warms, there's just a hint of light spicing with a bit of cinnamon.

The taste is a bit more pungent and the mild spices are fairly tame and well-distributed. At the same time, the beer is completely one dimensional and I'm not sure I'm enjoying that dimension all that much. Light cinnamon and some ginger are what I pick up as well as a bit of light malt. The spicing is nice on the medium body. This is a fairly-drinkable winter brew, but it's not all that special in the end.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 13:40:51 | More by Thorpe429
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drseamus

New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm not crazy about spiced beers in general, but I guess it is the proper day to drink this.

Pours a cloudy red color with a nice white head. The aroma is has a bunch of malt and cloves. The flavor has a bunch of clove in it and a touch of bitter orange. The malt presence is strong but the spices overpower somewhat. The body is nice but I'm still not crazy about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 05:43:37 | More by drseamus
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 20:14:49 | More by Dogbrick
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.