Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
11-18-2010 13:40:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
Shlafly's special offerings usually fare well, but it's the standard beers that sometimes fall short. The experience with this beer leads to a wonderful, light, spicy flavor, but with a lesser body. Opens with a bright copper / orange hue with great clarity, initial head formation that lacked staying power. Spicy aromas of curraco, clove, and giner dominate the modest malt profile. Flavors bring more than just a hint of these spices, but allowing a smooth caramel malt flavor to balance and smoothen. Somewhat dry and thin in the textures, leading to a crisp, grahm-cracker finish. Very nice, drinkable beer, but a more round body would have helped.
03-06-2008 18:51:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
ight brown pour fills the glass and leaves a nice and very sustainable top of light fizze head that gives it some nice depth.
the aroma is a very big blend, a kitchen since, or spice rack if you will as i am picking up copious notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ample apple notes, brown sugar and touches of light citrus. at first you would not think this would work, but hell yeah it does. as i take the first sip I am struck by how well this is working for me. really nicely put together with light body that is crisp, clean and does wonders for keeping the large amount of flavor in check. starts with a healthy dose of citrus like flavors that roll into a spiced brown sugar and ends with a nutmeg and cinnamon led charge of nice spiced, holiday like flavor.
09-26-2011 00:50:02 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.
A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber body. Nice head retention.
S: caramel malt, toffee, peppermint and cinnamon.
T: very similar to the nose with spices of the season including nutmeg, mint, cinnamon with barley, breads and ginger.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: very nice seasonal brew. Not usually a fan of seasonal beers but this one is very good and matches well with the season.
11-25-2012 21:20:49 | More by kylehay2004
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Poured out an orange/burgandy color with a tan, one-finger head that left some soapy lace. It also had a cloudy appearance.
S - It smelled of tons of clove, nutmeg and orange.
T - It tasted of a good deal of spice. It brought a little heat. It tasted a little like a pumpkin pie.
M - It was crisp and sharp. It had a warmth due to the alcohol. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This was a really good beer. It is probably the best herbed/spiced brew that I've ever had.
08-29-2007 23:35:10 | More by zeff80
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
Schlafly Christmas Ale
12 oz. bottle; $2.49 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
Wow, what a great beer! I'm surprised I've never tried this before, but then again I am a little "gun shy" when it comes to spiced beers.
It's a little bit sweet, but that's balanced by the spices and a nice bit of fruitiness. And the spices aren't overdone. I'd imagine you could have two of these in a row without having either the sweetness or spice build up on your palate. At the same time, it's not a weak or light beer, it's pretty flavorful. There's a decent amount of malt here, and a good 8% abv to boot!
Maybe it's the choice of spices that I like so much: orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves; and the fact that they're so bright and that I can actually pick each one out. But there's no cinnamon or nutmeg either, and that makes a difference as they both tend to be a bit heavy and stick on the palate. And although a lot of people like to think of cinnamon and nutmeg as "Christmas spices", I think this one tastes just fine.
I'm not sure that I would drink it other than as a seasonal, or with special events, but I'm really impressed and I think that it would make a great after-dinner beer, or even an apertif. Quite nice!
12-15-2011 00:34:20 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
Picked this up in Wichita this weekend
Pours copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention
S: Faint breadyness & cinnamon
T: Pineyness, a bit of biscuitty malt & spruce tips up front. Orange slices, brown sugar, cinnamon, pears & dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, caramel & dryness
MF: Medium bodied, fairly chewy with low carbonation & good balance
Drinks easy, nice mix of flavors here
12-22-2008 03:37:25 | More by russpowell
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Beer is brown and clear with almost a reddish hue to it and a thin head that forms a halo around the edge of the glass. Beer is lightly carbonated and leaves very little evidence in the form of lacing that it was ever there.
Aroma is spicy, almost like cloves and cinnamon. Eh...
Beer is light in body and sweet at the lead off and finishes with a light cinnamon flavor in the background. It's nice, not a great beer in my opinion but a drinkable one. The spices aren't terrible, its just an average beer.
11-24-2010 14:59:40 | More by drabmuh
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
a cool christmas beer, a drinker, not a novelty. the pour is amber to red, darker than that, but not brown at all, mostly clear, and a minimal head. the nose is really boozy, but juniper and cardamom permeate too. love the taste of this, complex, fruity, spicy, strong, and as drinkable as any holiday ale or winter warmer out there in terms of subtle and not dominant or aggressive spice notes. sour fruit up front, sweet finish, daring but approachable at the same time. body is thin, too thin really. it lends to drinkability, but it makes it less of a winter warmer in the classic sense. its carbonated fine, but its just a tad too little on body for me, especially given how alcoholic this is. better and better as it warms. overall an exceptional holiday brew, a must try at the taproom.
11-20-2012 03:43:56 | More by StonedTrippin
3.55/5 rDev -3%
This is a 2010 bottle poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a finger and a half of off white head. There is an alright amount of retention and no real lacing on this one.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt with some spices and dark fruit as well. The fruity notes remind me a bit of cherry.
Taste: Follows closely from the smell. The malt sweetness blends well with the spice and fruit notes. There is a slight bitterness in the finish with no real alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: The time has improved this beer a bit. The lack of alcohol is a good thing. The spices have faded a bit, but still smooth and good.
12-27-2011 03:39:40 | More by oline73
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.
a - Pours a amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of cinnamon, cloves, spices, and fruity malts.
t - Tastes same as the smell with cinnamon and spices, fruity malts, and then also some graham crackers and bready malts.
m - Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation.
d - A pretty decent spiced beer, I enjoyed the taste a little more than the smell. Would be willing to try again.
11-26-2010 22:12:32 | More by mdfb79
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Good starting head that settles quickly but leaves some decent spotty lace. The color is darker amber and appears to be perfectly clear.
Aroma: Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet molasses. There's a some lesser clove and alcohol smell.
Starts off spritzy and malty. It transitions into white peppery spice. The aftertaste is very dry and the alcohol warms the throat. Relatively thin body but this may be from the high carbonation.
12-19-2010 21:47:18 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Thanks goes out to bort11 for this brew.
Pours a very nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinimmon, nutmeg. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with nice touch of spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, I enjoyed the 08 better. Thanks Tim.
Thanks goes out to bort11 for this brew.
Pours a very nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinimmon, nutmeg. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with nice touch of spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, Thanks Tim.
03-27-2009 00:17:12 | More by Wasatch
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Thick head lasts nicely, with lasting lace. Aroma is a light popourri, ample spicing, but not over the top. Taste is just what the label indicates, a zesty citrus cut with clove. Again, moderate amounts here, not falling for the overdo that many spiced beers do. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with relative easy drinkability. Not the world's biggest spiced beer fan, but this one pulls it off rather well.
01-02-2007 22:20:05 | More by ppoitras
4.1/5 rDev +12%
From notes, poured into a shaker pint from the bottle at Jackie's in Silver Spring.
A solid two maybe three finger head off white in color, some good staying power. Body appearance is great dark orange and crystal clear. Some small carbonation rises slowly, not much lacing but a little. Good looking beer.
Even off the pour this bottle releases quite a bouquet. Lots of cinnamon, sweet nutmeg almost allspice too. Toasty malts and a bit of actual hot brown spicy heat. Impressive.
Taste is spicy hot in the palate. Matching the nose of sweet brown nutmeg and the like. Malt action comes with a brown sugar finish and toast a little. Spicy heat detracts a little, but the flavors are quite good. Medium carbonation with a good feel.
Overall a solid Christmas beer from Schlafly, love this brewery.
12-20-2011 17:29:07 | More by smakawhat
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
- Brewed with orange peel, cloves, and spicy hops.
A: Dark coppery-penny coloring shows a fine mist of effervesce within. A bready, buff head sits atop moderately before succumbing to a slight creamy covering. Lacing is minimal, a few splashes adore the glass at best.
S: No doubt about the cloves, spicy cinnamon and cola are also there. The dried orange peels is also fairly dominant. Very xmasy, fresh pine, gingerbread and sweet baked sugar cookies.
T: Dominant orange peel first arrives on the flavor, along with sweet baked cookie malt. Pine and ginger closely mirrors the nose. Spicy hops, golding like, with some honey pine. A dusting of dry caramel malt residue covers the tongue on the swallow.
M: spicy and gingerly, dry caramelized malt dusting residue sits on the tongue. Enough carbonation to give this some feel without distraction.
O: Overall a lot of spicy xmas nature here. Sweet and festive and blends rather nicely together. It is what it is a xmas beer, limit of one is fine.
10-11-2012 22:51:00 | More by beerthulhu
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
Review from notes 2/25/11
A: Poured a clear ruby/copper color. Small one finger white head with poor retention and no lacing.
S: Lots of spice, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bit of orange peel.
T: Very similar to the nose, but more pronounced. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, but by far the most dominant flavor is bubble gum.
M/D: Light bodied with good carbonation and quite smooth. A pretty good beer, but had high hopes after trying their pumpkin beer in the fall, which was amazing.
03-09-2011 04:12:40 | More by mdaschaf
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.