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Schlafly Christmas Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
3.69/5
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545 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:
#29,936
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
545
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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23
Gots:
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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of kkmiller76
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a ruby color with a thin cream colored head that disappears quickly to leave a ring around the top

S-caramel malt backbone with cinnamon and ginger, kind of smells like a gingerbread cookie

T-caramel malt backbone with lighter spices than in the smell, but still with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry finish

Overall a very attractive looking beer that lives up to it's look, not too sweet, but with enough spices to make it a Christmas beer

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice ale pours a bright reddish brown with a modest light tan head of foam that settles to a thin ring and light thin pool with very nice lacing. Nose of cinnamon, clove, ginger, caramel malts, and light biscuit. Flavors follow the nose with ginger and cinnamon blending with honey and sweet caramel malt notes. Oranges and nutmeg (cardamom?) notes follow from the middle to the back of the taste with the ginger leaving a medium herbal note on the aftertaste. Coating finish and nice warming alcohopl. If you like ginger this is your cup of ale. While I can put my dislike for ginger to the side it is a solid brew, but there is just so much of it. Very festive, but a little too much going on.

Cheers

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Photo of Korbynlehr
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Oh no more please

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Photo of GFJABO
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber color with excellent clarity. There's just a trace of fingernail thick beige head around half of the rim and a tiny bit floating in the middle. I smell notes of caramel and just a hint of cinnamon. When I take a sip I taste that nice blend of caramel and cinnamon and perhaps allspice. This is medium bodied and a touch warming with alcohol.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StL_Rob
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Kubrickx
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Devman171
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Jamato14
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Much better on draft than bottle

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of rolingm
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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