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RATINGS: 244   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Draft - deep amber colored body with a creamy beige head. Malty aroma with a touch of spice, but not overly so like many Christmas beers. The flavor matches the aroma. Nice and full-bodied. A good beer!

3.2
   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.

3.2
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
A treat from Tish. Thanks! Letís see: orange and cloves and cloves and cloves. So Christmasy itís sickening. And I like Christmas. This might go well with a honey-baked ham, but Iím not even sure it could stand up to the pungency of the cloves. Totally over the top, yet intriguing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jahshuwuh (454) - USA - NOV 22, 2012
Medium brown with one finger white head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg spice, vanilla. Light sweet taste with some different spices coming through, particularly the cinnamon and nutmeg with a little Belgian yeast kinda taste. A little spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Ar: Rich toffee and treacle - mulling spices, clove, black pepper. Ap: Deep chestnut, clear - medium off-white head with poor retention, leaves a solid ring of foam and a wisp of covering. T: Deep, roasted caramel - toffee, molasses, cinnamon - bread pudding - sweet, with a backbone of clean alcohol - low bitterness, finishes with raisins and cinnamon. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Very nice spiced winter warmer - lots of burnt sugar, dark fruits, and spices, all in good balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
On tap at Taproom...smell is sweet like christmas candy. Taste has some alcohol burn, balance is definately towards the sweet and malty side, I agree with xmarcolanxís rating beolw that notes the slightly disappointing finish (even though mine is obviously a 2007 version vs 2006), maybe iím too much of a hop head. I will say that Iím glad that they didnt make this overly spicy. all in all I really enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (423) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours a semi-clear brownish color. Aroma of Christmas - cloves, spices. Tastes sweet, the malty caramel taste but with some hop bitterness. This is a good winter beer. Gets too sweet for me as it warms though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thewade (340) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
Really nice Christmas brew. Spiced very well. Not overdone. Hint of orange. Very drinkable. Enjoy.


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