1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Not Rated.
Schlafly Christmas AleSchlafly Christmas Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

360 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 360 | Reviews: 160 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ToddHolder
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of gtg079x
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

gtg079x, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of vidguy17
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

vidguy17, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -18.3%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of scott2269
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

scott2269, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

MCain04, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of tito42
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tito42, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of richeddi
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HumanParaquat, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of nick1427d
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

nick1427d, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of DooshBagalow
4/5  rDev +9%

DooshBagalow, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Stoshua
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Stoshua, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cliff1066, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of broller
3/5  rDev -18.3%

broller, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TheArmadillo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheArmadillo, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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".

secondtooth, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Hawkharvs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hawkharvs, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jscolumbia
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

jscolumbia, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of SamW
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

SamW, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Whiskeydeez, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of StevenH
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

StevenH, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of danoble1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

danoble1, Dec 26, 2012
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.