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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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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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broller


3/5  rDev -18%

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

3/5  rDev -18%

02-18-2014 15:18:18 | More by ConradKenney
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3/5  rDev -18%

12-02-2011 22:37:11 | More by awdturboiv
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Alabama

3/5  rDev -18%

05-28-2013 03:40:31 | More by LJWalker
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WMD-1002

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%

12-10-2013 03:36:01 | More by WMD-1002
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jskennedy

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

01-27-2012 03:56:41 | More by jskennedy
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ch473

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18%

12-06-2011 01:55:46 | More by ch473
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -18%

06-08-2014 07:57:38 | More by KevMo84
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RHB33

Maryland

3/5  rDev -18%

06-17-2014 22:21:22 | More by RHB33
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Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%

07-13-2013 05:50:22 | More by rxthree
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

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

3/5  rDev -18%

03-03-2013 19:40:14 | More by tmars13
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

11-23-2012 03:14:07 | More by jrpapajcik
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Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%

11-23-2011 03:58:32 | More by ortie
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

A - slightly hazy auburn color with a nice white head.
S - orange, cloves, spices and sweet nutty malts
T - Cloves dominate with light notes of orange, spices and sweet malts. Cloves dominate though.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, clove aftertaste
D - amazingly approachable for 8%. You'll probably guess a theme, touch too much clove for me.

02-29-2008 21:38:42 | More by barleywinebrewer
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

Thanks to beerman207 for having this as an offering at a recent tasting. Pour is from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a coppery color that is just a little light; starts with a short 1/2 finger fluffy white head that fades immediately to a thin and incomplete whisp with a firm ring around the surface; body is clear and shows mild carbonation; no lacing, but there is a clear, oily residue that slides around.

Smell: Fair in potency, I pick up some nice warm cinammon and a slightly sweet malty backing. Not bad.

Taste: A little lighter in flavor than I expected based upon a stronger scent; does hold a light warm cinammon flavor and also a moderate flavor of anise or black licorice; minimal hint of nutmeg. Meh.

Mouthfeel: Body feels a little slippery and loose; mild carbonation that is too mild and it comes across as flat; not impressed.

Drinkability: I give it a 3 because it's not awful, but I would certainly never seek it out - doesn't really compete with the likes of a Bell's Christmas Ale or the Hoppin' Frog Frosted Frog.

01-11-2010 04:40:54 | More by bamadog
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Tried at Pi - Washington, DC

Great deep, dark ruby/copper color with a clean white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy.

Taste is a bit overly spicy. Abundance of cloves, ginger, and cardamom. A bit overpowering for me, but just about every kind of spice you can think of associated with Christmas, is probably in this brew.

The sweetness of the beer is immediately a bit cloying, but as it sits in your mouth you're able to begin to dissect the different flavors. Nice beer to try during the holidays, but anything beyond a 12 oz. snifter is probably more than enough.

12-11-2011 20:18:05 | More by Rukasu
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light bronze color with only a half finger of head to start out with and that doesn't last all that long. There is a light ring a foam around the edges of the glass for some time. The nose is quite muted, not something I'd expect from a Christmas ale. As it warms, there's just a hint of light spicing with a bit of cinnamon.

The taste is a bit more pungent and the mild spices are fairly tame and well-distributed. At the same time, the beer is completely one dimensional and I'm not sure I'm enjoying that dimension all that much. Light cinnamon and some ginger are what I pick up as well as a bit of light malt. The spicing is nice on the medium body. This is a fairly-drinkable winter brew, but it's not all that special in the end.

11-18-2010 13:40:51 | More by Thorpe429
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drseamus

New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

I'm not crazy about spiced beers in general, but I guess it is the proper day to drink this.

Pours a cloudy red color with a nice white head. The aroma is has a bunch of malt and cloves. The flavor has a bunch of clove in it and a touch of bitter orange. The malt presence is strong but the spices overpower somewhat. The body is nice but I'm still not crazy about this beer.

12-25-2007 05:43:37 | More by drseamus
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%

Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

10-09-2008 20:14:49 | More by Dogbrick
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rsyberg01

California

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

S - Bottled with love on Oct. 26 2006

A - Pours a pink copper color with an eggshell colored head, decently sticky and attractive.

S - Odd, clove, cinnamon, orange peel, very sweet smelling, mint in there somewhere too I think. Not bad, confusing a little bit.

T - Orange, clove, pretty spicy, malt is well stood for. Similar to the nose, thought for a second I tasted something like orange toothpaste, but that went away pretty quickly. Not bad, not my cup of tea though.

M - Full bodied, good feel. This aspect of the beer is one that is pretty above average, nice.

D - Because of the huge spice note and the little odds and ends that I had trouble appreciating, I would put my personal limit at two with this brew.

11-15-2006 03:04:56 | More by rsyberg01
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottled 01 December 2010, from the Village Pump.

Pouring a beautiful crimson with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a rather beautiful beer. The nose is a blend of spices and bright orange peel, in some ways, like a holiday candle. The hop character is a little herbal, and has a touch of soap to it as well. The spice character is interesting. A little bit potpourri-like, with some clove, mace and maybe even some grains of paradise? The orange peel is rather dominant here. Solid.

The palate opens with a mild medicinal sweetness along with a blend of spices and herbs. Again, this really is like potpourri, with a melange of flavors present. Pine and citrus from the hops, an herbal character that I can't entirely describe, and a blend of spices with clove, cinnamon and a little nutmeg. Orange peel isn't as noticeable here, for some reason.There's a bitterness present that reminds me of grains of paradise for some reason. The alcohol is rather noticeable, even when cold, making this harsher than it needs to be. The booze also makes this more noticeably medicinal, which isn't entirely appealing. Medium in body with a high level of carbonation that is surprisingly creamy, this feels decent on the palate. Mildly bitter and mildly herbal on the finish, this is decent. Ultimately, not terribly enjoyable, but I don't regret buying a single.

05-15-2011 04:13:55 | More by DefenCorps
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%

A- Pours a deep copper to basic brown in color with a fairly high level of clarity. A small, 1 finger head forms and is of slightly off white color. Head isn't around long and there isn't much lacing.

S- Lots of spices and semi-sweet caramel malt are the dominant scents in this one. Spices are more prominent than the malt, with nutmeg and cinnamon being the primary scents. Hint of caramel malts towards the end with just a bit of brown sugar sweetness.

T- Much like the scent as far as spice dominance goes. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate over all the other flavors in a big way. Somewhat of a gingerbread quality emerges form the spices. Caramel malts underlie the entire drink, but is mostly covered up by the spice flavors.

M- Light in body and medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth going down. Fairly drinkable as far as weight goes, but the spices being the primary flavor and the ABV make this one more of a longer drink.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. It has lots of similarities to Schlafly Pumpkin Ale with the spices. Frankly, this pretty much taste like Pumpkin Ale without the pumpkin, and maybe a hint more malt.

11-18-2013 01:22:32 | More by boilermakerbrew
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%

12oz bottle, "bottled with love on 11/14/2013"
A - ruddy brown color with a very thin ivory head
S - cinnamon, spice, bread, caramel, earth
T - gingerbready, cinnamon, clove, ginger, caramel, molasses, warming booze
M - creamy, a bit chalky, medium-full body
O - ok spiced winter warmer

12-23-2013 13:30:40 | More by barnzy78
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-03-2014 01:32:36 | More by sgttibbs
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.