Schlafly Christmas Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
Ratings:
543
Reviews:
190
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of jeranbrews
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SPD656
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alarmclock314
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 88caprice
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of doobie77
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aratcliffe
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cbyrd4088
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours into a Duvel glass a nice clear dark amber, almost brown, color with a 1/2" light tan head that soon recedes leaving a ring of foam, some scattered patches of lacing, an island of foam and a thin film on the liquid. Sipping creates some small scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas include ginger, caramel, cinnamon and some other spices along with a light bready character in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the mix of caramel malt, spices and sweetness giving the impression of something akin to gingerbread.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and there's a light prickly feeling from the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through after the malt has given way to the spices and the sweetness begins to fade into a nicely dry, slightly bittered finish that invites another sip.

Overall I've enjoyed this as a well made Christmas beer that is now on my "buy for Christmas list," to have again next year. While there is not a strong hop presence the spices play nicely with the malt and they all get a chance to shine.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This grew on me. Nicely spiced, a little smooth vanilla maybe. Such a pretty russet amber. Very festive indeed.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jefftuck47
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshhersh
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bf7
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jakea
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep garnet color with a one finger khaki color head. Aroma is a blend of seasonal spices and malt sweetness. Taste follows with seasonal spice, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a solid malt presence. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbonated. Overall a very good winter spiced beer that is reminiscent of Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, and spiced holiday cake.

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Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.71 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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