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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
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 Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hanzo, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of elBecko
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

elBecko, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of StevieDavie
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

StevieDavie, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.,

Hopfenpeter, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of weonfire
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

2dogbrew, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

rlee1390, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of rudy0908
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

rudy0908, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Nutwood
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Nutwood, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

RoryOMoore, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Caskaway
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Caskaway, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Chuck_25
4/5  rDev +9%

Chuck_25, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

nkp765, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

dllman25, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

harrylee773, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

lilnicky068, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Hellpop65, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of DukeX13
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DukeX13, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of craft_shannie
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

craft_shannie, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Peyton5410, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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!


BeerLover99, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Roland45s
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Roland45s, Nov 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Feralerin, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

DuckDodgers, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Nov 25, 2012
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.