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Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

JordanHageman, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

sgttibbs, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Rosiex7, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

woogie359, May 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Jamco_76, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2013 bottle served in a goblet.

Body is dark red-brown with excellent clarity. Head has decent retention.

Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix seems odd and not entirely appealing in the nose, but works better in the taste.
The spicing, while obvious and a bit strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale. Still, seems a bit too spicy and slightly too sweet

Medium body with medium carbonation..

chinchill, Apr 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

mikeherrera, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

D-18V, Mar 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Mphis, Mar 22, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ThurstonHowell3, Mar 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

mojohawk21, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

ConradKenney, Feb 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Mcwill51, Feb 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

irongator, Feb 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

threedaggers, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BillRoth, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

SammyJaxxxx, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jrenihan, Jan 25, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Boca-X, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

fishguyac, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

RichH55, Jan 22, 2014
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.