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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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MCain04

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Acquired in a trade with beergod1, thanks! Brewed 11/12, drank 02/13. Poured into a 14oz tulip. Let's go!

Appearance: Opaque amber color, off-white 2 finger head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy, malty, sweet, nutty. Just what I want out a christmas ale aroma.

Taste: Sweet and malty, apple, some spices. Maybe a tad too sweet for my liking. A little citrus and lemonade. Complex flavor profile that isn't amazing but isn't the worst. No alcoholic heat, not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Low-moderate carbonation. Smooth, medium body. A tad sticky, a tad dry.

Overall: Not bad at all! Pleasantly surprised with this. One of the top 5 Christmas ales I've had before. If only it were a little less sweet, I'd really like it. Wouldn't mind trying this again.

02-13-2013 04:42:58 | More by MCain04
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tito42

Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 10/31/2012.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with particulate and decent carbonation. Foamy, tan head.

S: Cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, doughy yeast.

T: Strong malt presence. Cookie dough, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin. Slight grassy hops finish.

M: Medium bodied, creamy but smooth, crisp finish.

O: Nice seasonal offering. Very well spiced. Not quite balanced enough by malt and other flavors. Doesn't taste of an 8.0% ABV brew.

02-13-2013 02:35:58 | More by tito42
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richeddi

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

01-29-2013 17:43:39 | More by richeddi
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-28-2013 13:10:45 | More by AngusOg
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-28-2013 02:44:55 | More by HumanParaquat
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nick1427d

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

01-23-2013 21:52:56 | More by nick1427d
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DooshBagalow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-21-2013 03:47:15 | More by DooshBagalow
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Stoshua

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-16-2013 23:10:53 | More by Stoshua
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-12-2013 03:08:23 | More by cliff1066
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broller


3/5  rDev -18%

01-11-2013 05:47:28 | More by broller
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TheArmadillo


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-05-2013 23:35:18 | More by TheArmadillo
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours semi-hazy ruby, with very little carbonation and only a thin wisp of lace.

Nose is heavily spiced -- lots of brisk, wintery elements like cinnamon and allspice seem most prominent.

Taste is heavy-bodied, malty and spicy, with a slight warmth at the finish. A perfectly enjoyable sipper, and an ideal "winter warmer".

01-04-2013 22:34:00 | More by secondtooth
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Hawkharvs

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-01-2013 16:00:52 | More by Hawkharvs
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jscolumbia


4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-28-2012 17:10:26 | More by jscolumbia
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SamW

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-28-2012 14:32:39 | More by SamW
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-27-2012 18:55:13 | More by Whiskeydeez
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StevenH

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-27-2012 06:47:43 | More by StevenH
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danoble1

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-26-2012 20:17:55 | More by danoble1
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cousineddy

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 2.5 fingers of white head. Good lacing

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Very rich aroma, reminds you of the holidays.

Taste: More cinnamon, nutmeg, slight notes of brown sugar. Not a sweet as the pumpkin ale, which i thought was a nice change.

Mouthfeel: Not to bubbly, slightly thick

Overall: Been wanting to try this one for a while and I was not let down. Great beer to have by a warm fire to celebrate the holidays.

12-24-2012 15:23:47 | More by cousineddy
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-24-2012 02:34:51 | More by psdonnelly
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-22-2012 02:06:46 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Clear copper color with a healthy white head. Smells of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Smooth rolling body. Caramel malt with a touch of soapiness on the front end. Creamy and big. Finishes with a pumpkin pie like spice flavor much like their pumpkin ale but not as good and with a bit of a drier rather than sweet flavor. Good with deceptive alcohol but its similarities to schlafly pumpkin are too apparent and this beer just isn't as good as the pumpkin

12-21-2012 02:30:37 | More by jtierney89
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-20-2012 21:55:14 | More by captainbearcat
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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
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.