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Schlafly Christmas Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Christmas AleSchlafly Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of Jerm2401
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Averwo
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Basically Schlafly Pumpkin Ale but with Christmas spices instead of the pumpkin. Medium mouthfeel. Smell of clove, ginger, brown sugar. Taste is more like the smell.

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Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dexterk1
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%

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

The beer pours a brownish tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark and clear bronze color.

The beer smell has a smattering of the usual spices you find in Christmas Ales. The smell has a strong ginger smell and strong cinnamon smell, and potentially a little bit of clove. The smell doesn't necessarily have a strong honey smell, unfortunately. I detect a little bit of an orange peel but it's not strong enough to alter the smell by much.

The beer taste is similar to the smell. Strong gingerbread and clove notes with a weak orange peel taste. The sweet caramel malt also makes an appearance and it works pretty well with the spices. The taste also has some faint honey notes and a little bit of a hop bitterness.

The beer is medium bodied with a slightly thick feel. The carbonation keeps the beer from becoming too thick and gives it a little bit more texture.

Overall, a pretty decent beer but could be better. While the notes are well done, they're not as strong as they could be and that would probably improve the beer. However, the beer is pretty nice and I would recommend getting it.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.26/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Brownish red with a moderately fizzy head, this beer is an attractive pour. The aroma is a mix of malt, spice, and wood. Full flavor, well balanced, and a spicy,ms harpness in the taste. Full bodied.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 545 ratings
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