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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle: Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrusy with hints of spices. Rich flavor is sweet with a citrusy hops in the creamy mouthfeel and finishes with some spiciness in the mild dry finish. Very flavorable and enjoyable.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thewade (318) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
Really nice Christmas brew. Spiced very well. Not overdone. Hint of orange. Very drinkable. Enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle A amber color white head taste of spice,clove, caramel, sweet,fruit nice winter beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head which has nice sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy on spice, coriander and nutmeg... all things Christmas. The taste is heavy on the cloves, nutmeg and the spicy hops, which certainly linger quite a bit on the palate. Body is medium. This is an excellent example of a Christmas beer. Recommended to be enjoyed by a light Christmas Tree and or lit fireplace on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2008
12 oz bottle, served at 48 degrees. pours burnt orange haze to my pint, faded retention on the head; a bubbly, oily film remains. on the nose? up front is pine needles, nutmeg/clove and fir trees. a slight creamy apricot/banana creme may be underlying in the midst of all the sap, though faint. taste is odd. itís a bit heavy on the tart citrus peel, faint on the "spicy" hops, and overall, just a bit too fruity. itís lacking body and structure. perhaps too 1D for me. the finish is bitter, but not in the hoppy sense. thereís also a lingering steel/mineral taste that doesnít go away on the finish, which is kind of turning me off to the ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (295) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Consumed Dec. 2013. Pours a dark amber with moderate head, diminishing. Definitely spices infused through the finish. Nice to sip on a few, but just not my thing. I will say most who tasted enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
aroma clovey,oranery esters, small lacing head, poured into steiner color, orange, amber hue taste, front clove on the tongue mingled with orange esters, malty background ties all together overall, not bad, old bottle, had last night!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (286) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2014.01.21 - Schlafly Christmas Ale - 12oz bottle in pint glass. 2012 vintage - bottled 11/21/2012 Aroma: smells of dark spices, generic I know but thatís about all I get. An aroma I canít quite identify, maybe nutmeg as others are noting. Appearance: Pours around 12 on SRM scale. Orange tan, similar to Newcastle Brown for example. Still a decent amount of carbonation, foamy, dissipates to a white ring. Taste: not very complex, basically a mild ale with possibly mild bitterness, a spicy cinnamon is prominent and obvious without being too much. Palate/Mouthfeel: light overall, smooth, spicy powdery aftertaste. Overall: Like their pumpkin ale, it is tasty and enjoyable. A solid brew without being great. Nowhere near as good as some Belgian holiday brews and so forth, but a solid specialty ale. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 13/20

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