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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-20-2012 02:13:41 | More by Hanzo
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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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StevieDavie

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-19-2012 00:39:59 | More by StevieDavie
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear orange copper, with a finger high tan creamy head building. It dissipates into nice lacing.
The nose is spice, nutmeg, coriander, caramel.
Tasting the beer, I feel this heavy dose of winter spices, which I feel overpowering in this beer. But than again, I assume that this is what winter ale is supposed to be like.
The beer is medium bodied and has a good malt backbone. The hops are in the shadow of the spices, which does this beer no good.
Maybe I will take from winter brews for a while.,

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:53:04 | More by Hopfenpeter
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weonfire

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Red/brown hue. Full finger of off white head. head dissipates quickly. not much to any lacing.

T - smell the spices from my glass which is 2' away. carmel, nutmeg, pumpkin and vanilla. solid nut.

T - Carmel. A moderately sweet but Nutty, pumpkin and a bit bitter from the alcohol.

M - A bit frothy, alcohol tingles the roof and tongue. Viscosity is high.

O - I thick its a descent Christmas brew. 8 ABVs could be hidden a bit more. burns a bit more than i wanted. Missing all forms of lacing. Solid carmel malt. I would buy this a christmas next year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 23:38:41 | More by weonfire
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-16-2012 19:46:04 | More by 2dogbrew
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby, some carbonation, one finger head

S-Spices galore, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, malt, all balanced nicely together.

T-Not as good as the nose, still good though. Spice heavy, cinnamon, less malt than the nose.

M-Light, some carbonation, tad watery though.

O-A nice spiced Christmas brew, a good one, not the best, but good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:34:22 | More by rlee1390
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rudy0908

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

12-15-2012 23:59:26 | More by rudy0908
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Nutwood

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-15-2012 15:55:11 | More by Nutwood
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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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Caskaway

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-13-2012 02:07:18 | More by Caskaway
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Chuck_25

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-11-2012 05:23:22 | More by Chuck_25
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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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dllman25

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-10-2012 22:22:44 | More by dllman25
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harrylee773

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-10-2012 03:33:04 | More by harrylee773
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-07-2012 23:39:08 | More by lilnicky068
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-07-2012 23:23:56 | More by Hellpop65
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DukeX13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-06-2012 03:14:56 | More by DukeX13
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: amber, rich frothy light khaki head
S: deeply spiced (cloves/nutmeg/cinnamon) banana bread; in all of my times drinking schlafly's christmas ale - its a consistent. not bad - just very unique.
T: sweet light pale malts on front; very crisp spice (clove/nutmeg). peppery finish.
M: thin; medium to medium-high carbonation. makes me question if it couldn't be dialed back a bit.
O: definitely gets me in the holiday spirit. it's the perfect beer to consume pre- or post- holiday shopping - but next year i just need to remember, i don't shop enough to buy a case of it. the ABV is very well hidden, so consider that before you bust it out at the christmas office party.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 18:49:22 | More by craft_shannie
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-04-2012 00:26:48 | More by Peyton5410
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-28-2012 17:05:57 | More by Feralerin
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DuckDodgers

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-27-2012 16:08:12 | More by DuckDodgers
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 21:20:49 | More by kylehay2004
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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