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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-28-2014 21:11:55 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle from Sammy.

Beer is murky caramel brown in colour, with a smallish tan head.

Nose contains spices strongly, as well as sweet malt.

Flavour strongly contains sweet malt and caramel. as well as a variety of spices. The spices are not quite as prominent as I expected, which is nice.

Moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall. quite nice. I have a low tolerance for spices in beer, but this one works.

01-25-2014 02:28:05 | More by jrenihan
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

Great deep red amber color poured into a snifter, visually nice. Very little head or lacing, assuming the 8% is in play. First impressions on the nose, the usual spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Watery, light and thin with a grassy molasses finish that lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is hidden nicely. Flavors are enhanced as the ale slowly warms, more spice and molasses, less grass.

All in all a pretty nice winter ale, I wish it was a little more "thick" & "chewy" but still a good representation of what Christmas is all about.

Share with friends on a cold winter night...fireplace preferred.

01-24-2014 02:41:12 | More by Boca-X
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-23-2014 02:05:24 | More by fishguyac
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2014 22:28:41 | More by RichH55
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-13-2014 04:27:34 | More by CreekyJarls
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mountaincoffee

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-13-2014 03:44:17 | More by mountaincoffee
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-12-2014 03:58:13 | More by Drknight
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%

A big thank you to my Broseph, SplashyFob and his friend for obtaining this one for me. The bottle says "Bottled with love on 11/11/2013".

An aggressive pour does not get me more than half a finger of head. This disappears rather quickly, leaving a tiny bit of froth over a ruby brown body. No lace.

It smells of malt, sugar and xmas spices. I get a hint of dark fruit as well.

Malty with xmas spices up front. Sugar and honey make a a quick in/out appearance before surrendering to an earthy baked good flavor with more xmas spices.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is barely there. Slight dry finish.

01-11-2014 17:40:51 | More by CFHMagnet
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tnflyguy

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-07-2014 23:56:34 | More by tnflyguy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-06-2014 00:22:37 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-05-2014 23:35:52 | More by Sammy
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DeltaGolfSierra

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

01-05-2014 23:02:44 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-05-2014 17:06:19 | More by jaydoc
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kmm1793

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-04-2014 19:16:50 | More by kmm1793
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ArmedsouthernEr

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-04-2014 05:04:56 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-02-2014 17:13:51 | More by bigeyedfish89
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-30-2013 19:15:42 | More by hagbergl
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

12-30-2013 17:56:41 | More by Navalartichoke
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-29-2013 14:31:29 | More by capnamerica
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acslatersbtb

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-29-2013 04:18:20 | More by acslatersbtb
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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass

A-lovely amber color with a thin creamy white head with little lacing

S-aromas of Christmas of clover and cinnamon

T-great taste sweet malt caramel with the clover and cinnamon with a light spicy finish

M-is light body and low carbonation mouthfeel which was great with Xmas dinner

O-this a great beer by schlafly for the winter ale

12-26-2013 00:07:11 | More by reebtaerG
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Dilbert65

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-25-2013 22:41:06 | More by Dilbert65
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

poured into a snifter

A: An opaque cherry color. A tan one-finger head that dissipates fast. Frothy lacing.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, allspice. Biscuity malts.

T: Follows nose with a festive flavor. Caramel, sweet with a spicy finish.

M: Thin with a kinda watery carbonation. This is what ruined it for me. I miss the robustness from the Pumpkin ale.

O: Disappointed. Wanted to like it. But just too thin. Add some robustness and you have my vote.

12-25-2013 18:57:17 | More by brewskifan55
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-25-2013 16:02:46 | More by emwild12
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.