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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 to spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4003) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle from strykzone. Thanks Dave. Pours a hazy red amber with a thick off-white head. Nose has some pleasant spice--nothing too over the top. I also get a mild citrus tartness perhaps from the orange peel. Flavor is equally pleasant, nice balance between spices, hops, and orange peel. I do not find any of the aromas or flavors in this beer overpowering at all. Nice, spiey, slightly dry finish with a clean mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden throughout. Impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Golden dark amber pour....Small head. spicy aroma and taste of citrus (orange) and pie spices. Cloves and allspice predominate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (294) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a big diminishing head that doesnt leave much lacing in the glass. The aroma is of cloves and corriander. There are some yeast esters noticable in the nose, and a little phenolic punch that reminds me of the stronger beers from New Belgium. The flavor is sweet and a little tart, with some lemon and apple. The body is medium and could possibly hold up to the ABV a tiny bit better, but overall a nice effort, and a simultaneously warming and refreshing Christmas treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2008
in bottle, thanks to darrell by way of Carl. Yummy aroma of cloves and honey, almost like baklava. Flavor follows suit, and malt smoothes the taste so I was unaware of the high alcohol content until I logged in to ratebeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Schlafly, a home-town favorite, has bottled and shipped the 2008 batch of Christmas Ale. This is not a pretty beer. The medium-sized dirty-linen colored head tops a murky brownish-red ale that reminds me of things that are too impolite to mention here. The aroma is pretty complex with hops, spiced apples and cloves. The aroma alone will give you heartburn. The initial flavors at 39 degrees F. of clove, cinnamon and sugar are harsh and matched with an equally offensive taste of pennies. As the beer warms to a more appropriate temperature the spices mellow out and the pennies go away. I agree with MOboy that this is similar to a spiced saison. This beer reminds me of the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. The high alcohol content is hidden nicely. An alcohol taste would have ruined this beer due to the spice billet. The body is moderately thick and cloying and the finish is syrupy, spicy and a tad sweeter than appropriate. I give this a solid mediocre which is a disappointment considering the reputation Schlafly has for great beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Light copper body. Small, off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Strong spice aroma of cloves and cinnamon. The spice nose carries over into the flavor which is dominated by clove. The aroma also has hints of pine, caramel and brown sugar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish stays on the sweet side. Medium body with a velvety, slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation. The strong clove aroma and taste was too overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Big, full head with a body the color of hazy tea. Hoppy aroma with a faint Belgian wildness. The flavor is evidence of a Belgian yeast strain being used. Almost like a spiced saison. A very well made beer and a nice departure from the typical heavy, overly spiced ale of the season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3375) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2008
12 oz bottle at the Old Chicago in Overland Park, Kansas. 10 29 08. Pour is ruby golden with active carbonation bubbles and an off white 1 inch head. Nice lacing. Aroma of cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar. Maybe some malt underneath all of that. Taste is big clove spiciness, very much potpourri. The brown sugar and cinnamon are present, but mostly taste the cloves. There is a hop bitterness to the finish. Palate is medium and fairly mouth coating. Nice, but a bit overpowering on the spice - though this did relax a bit as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7120) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2008
courtesy of hwwty4. Pours orange/brown with tan head. Aroma was loaded with nice piney hops. It almost felt like taking a walk in a pine forest, the aroma was that strong. Taste is hoppy, comes off well balanced with the malts and some spices (cinnamon). Really loved this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Nice clear dark amber with fervent rising carbonation and a good creamy head that settles pretty quickly to a thin layer. Nice aroma of doughy cake malt with some nice hops too. Flavor is fine, no flaws, but pretty weak without much character. Amazingly, no trace of alcohol (at 8%) really. Nice mouthfeel but a bit thin on the palate. Overall: dangerously drinkable.

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