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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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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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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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".

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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
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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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Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-15-2012 15:55:11 | More by Nutwood
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-15-2012 04:13:39 | More by RoryOMoore
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-11-2012 05:23:22 | More by Chuck_25
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.