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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 365 | Reviews: 162 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

scott2269, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with beergod1, thanks! Brewed 11/12, drank 02/13. Poured into a 14oz tulip. Let's go!

Appearance: Opaque amber color, off-white 2 finger head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy, malty, sweet, nutty. Just what I want out a christmas ale aroma.

Taste: Sweet and malty, apple, some spices. Maybe a tad too sweet for my liking. A little citrus and lemonade. Complex flavor profile that isn't amazing but isn't the worst. No alcoholic heat, not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Low-moderate carbonation. Smooth, medium body. A tad sticky, a tad dry.

Overall: Not bad at all! Pleasantly surprised with this. One of the top 5 Christmas ales I've had before. If only it were a little less sweet, I'd really like it. Wouldn't mind trying this again.

MCain04, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of tito42
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 10/31/2012.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with particulate and decent carbonation. Foamy, tan head.

S: Cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, doughy yeast.

T: Strong malt presence. Cookie dough, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin. Slight grassy hops finish.

M: Medium bodied, creamy but smooth, crisp finish.

O: Nice seasonal offering. Very well spiced. Not quite balanced enough by malt and other flavors. Doesn't taste of an 8.0% ABV brew.

tito42, Feb 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HumanParaquat, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of nick1427d
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

nick1427d, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

DooshBagalow, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Stoshua
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Stoshua, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cliff1066, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of broller
3/5  rDev -18.3%

broller, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TheArmadillo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheArmadillo, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours semi-hazy ruby, with very little carbonation and only a thin wisp of lace.

Nose is heavily spiced -- lots of brisk, wintery elements like cinnamon and allspice seem most prominent.

Taste is heavy-bodied, malty and spicy, with a slight warmth at the finish. A perfectly enjoyable sipper, and an ideal "winter warmer".

secondtooth, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Hawkharvs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hawkharvs, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jscolumbia
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

jscolumbia, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of SamW
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

SamW, Dec 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Whiskeydeez, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

StevenH, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

danoble1, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of cousineddy
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 2.5 fingers of white head. Good lacing

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Very rich aroma, reminds you of the holidays.

Taste: More cinnamon, nutmeg, slight notes of brown sugar. Not a sweet as the pumpkin ale, which i thought was a nice change.

Mouthfeel: Not to bubbly, slightly thick

Overall: Been wanting to try this one for a while and I was not let down. Great beer to have by a warm fire to celebrate the holidays.

cousineddy, Dec 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

psdonnelly, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

6thstreetbrewpub, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a healthy white head. Smells of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Smooth rolling body. Caramel malt with a touch of soapiness on the front end. Creamy and big. Finishes with a pumpkin pie like spice flavor much like their pumpkin ale but not as good and with a bit of a drier rather than sweet flavor. Good with deceptive alcohol but its similarities to schlafly pumpkin are too apparent and this beer just isn't as good as the pumpkin

jtierney89, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

captainbearcat, Dec 20, 2012
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.