Schlafly Christmas Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Christmas AleSchlafly Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.69/5
543 Ratings
Schlafly Christmas AleSchlafly Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by hopsaplenty on 11-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,333
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
543
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
85
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of MizzouBrew
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Minimal head with some light lace. If you were to try and describe how Christmas would taste in beer form, Schlafly Christmas Ale is it! And at 8%, winter warmer is right. Great winter beer.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffin2
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - pours a reddish amber with a slight white head.
S - Smells of spices.
T - Tastes malty and spicy.
F - Moderately carbonated.
O - This is a decent Christmas ale.

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Photo of wpreynolds
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of robebo44
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the bottom of the label on the front center of the bottle: "10/26/2016 09:53"

Appearance: The body is a dark mahogany with various browns and reds as light strikes the glass from different angles. The beer has great clarity. The head is a light tobacco stained yellow color with a creamy consistency. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma: I get this mix of a flowery and potpourri-like aroma with what smells like ginger and bay leaves. It has a very cool aroma that does smell like Christmas.

Taste: It has a fair amount of alcohol flavor that pops up right at the beginning and lingers through the beer. This is mixed with a bit of what tastes like cinnamon and just a bit of a woody tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body that tapers into a more light body while drinking and finishes with a bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue. Not much texture to the beer itself. Mostly easy to drink with the exception of the alcohol character which hampers it just a bit.

Overall: It's a good beer with a nice spicy flavor. It is an 8% ABV beer and it will convey in the flavor more than many other beers on the market with a similar or higher ABV. If the prospect of this does not bother you in a winter warmer and you are a fan of spiced beers then I would highly recommend it. Overall I did find it to be an outstanding beer and aside from the beauty it looks like in the glass, the aroma is fantastic and very festive. I would buy it again this year and it would be on the list of beers to try again next year.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brandonvlansdown
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sphmiel
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 2016 vintage. Pours ruby red, white head fades fast. Spicy nose, ginger, cloves, like fresh gingerbread, which carry into the taste. Well hidden alcohol. A welcome sign that the holidays are near.

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Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeranbrews
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - murky fizzy cedar amber with fluffy cream cheese white head good lacing. 4

S - minty juniper and nutmeg. Spicy banana bread. 4

T - slightly stale rye bread and barley wine 3

M creamy and smooth 4

D surprisingly good even in June 4

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Very dark, almost opaque with red hues around edges,
Nice one finger tan head, very little lacing.

S-Wonderful cherry, pine, nutmeg & cinnamon
T-Starts dark fruit & spices, at once followed by a big chocolate rush,
it then fades into some smoked almost tobacco notes, &
finally ends with a return to sweet fruit, spices & pine.

M-Good carbonation but only mildly creamy. A bit of alcohol burn.
O-Quite complex, nice holiday sipper.

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Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SPD656
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This does what a holiday beer should do: evokes the season via smells and warms the body.
The malt backbone was balanced with spices.
I bought it on sale last season and it was still good for this.
While I spend more time with the Belgians at this time of year, I hope to go back to this one.

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Photo of aklude
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 10/19/15. Pours clear reddish/amber with a large off-white head; some lacing on the glass. Smells of ginger, clove, and sweet malt. The taste follows with spice, malt, and honey; weaker intensity than the smell. Some light sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a spice-forward and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 88caprice
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed glass.

OVERALL: Deeelightful. A spiced beer that's not too sweet, too bitter, in-your-face, or gimmicky. The spice compliments a fine base brew, rather than covering up for a lame beer that couldn't hold it's own to begin with.

LOOK: Lovely deep amber hue with nice lacing.
SMELL: Crisp and spice-forward, quite sweet, with a malt-hinting backbone.
TASTE: Some initial spice upfront, with a clove-like taste more prevalent at swallow. Afterward, the spiced taste pulls a bitter exit, leaving behind a solid roasted finish. Almost none of the sweetness from the nose follows through to taste. Hides the 8% ABV well.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and somewhat smooth, lots of carbonated tingles, with a thicker finish.

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Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 543 ratings
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