Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a brownish tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark and clear bronze color.

The beer smell has a smattering of the usual spices you find in Christmas Ales. The smell has a strong ginger smell and strong cinnamon smell, and potentially a little bit of clove. The smell doesn't necessarily have a strong honey smell, unfortunately. I detect a little bit of an orange peel but it's not strong enough to alter the smell by much.

The beer taste is similar to the smell. Strong gingerbread and clove notes with a weak orange peel taste. The sweet caramel malt also makes an appearance and it works pretty well with the spices. The taste also has some faint honey notes and a little bit of a hop bitterness.

The beer is medium bodied with a slightly thick feel. The carbonation keeps the beer from becoming too thick and gives it a little bit more texture.

Overall, a pretty decent beer but could be better. While the notes are well done, they're not as strong as they could be and that would probably improve the beer. However, the beer is pretty nice and I would recommend getting it.

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Brownish red with a moderately fizzy head, this beer is an attractive pour. The aroma is a mix of malt, spice, and wood. Full flavor, well balanced, and a spicy,ms harpness in the taste. Full bodied.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/20/2014 printed on the label. My first beer from Schlafly, their seasonal Christmas ale. "Ale brewed with natural flavors and with spices added". That's fairly indistinct. Expectations are about average, per the style.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery caramel body, appears with a slight ruby tinge in the glass with about one finger of frothy khaki-tan head.

S - The nose is fairly bland. Some distinctive orange peel & juicy ginger notes are noticeable. Slightly herbal, but again it is indistinct. Very mild alcohol content is noticeable, but not distracting. I'm not really pulling out any sweetened caramel malt from the nose. Becomes slightly more nutty as it warms.

T - Taste follows the nose - a cherryish / berry (from the juniper) flavor seems dominant, with subtle notes of raisins, & caramel malts in the background. The ginger and orange peel flavor is very recognizable, when you look for it. Again, not nearly enough caramel / nutty malt flavor for my liking.

M - The feel is sticky, fairly smooth, but a hefty medium-fullish body. Very drinkable, however, despite the moderately high 8.00% abv. Lightly warming.

Overall, a fairly average holiday ale from Schlafly; but very drinkable one at that. Representative of the style, and recommended for what it is.

Schlafly Christmas Ale -----4/5.

Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.