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Schlafly Holiday Ale (Culinaria)

Formerly brewed at Saint Louis Brewery
Style: Old Ale
St. Louis, Missouri USA


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A Schlafly Ale for Culinaria. Holiday Ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style "Old Ale" brewed at The Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culinaria, a Schnucks market. This ale is a collaborative effort by the Brewers of Schlafly Beer and our friends at Schnucks to celebrate the ongoing revival in the City of St. Louis. The Schlafly Tap Room opened in 1991 and was one of the first efforts of the modern revival. Culinaria, opened in 2009 on 9th Street, brings a fine food and beverage market back to Downtown St. Louis. Our Holiday Ale is a rich, amber-colored ale that will pair well with meats, cheeses and desserts that accompany the Holidays. Celebrate the Season in St. Louis and best wishes from your neighbors as Schlafly and Culineria.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2013
The appearance of this beer is a reddish dark brown with a large white head, and the aroma fuses hints of molasses, clove, fig, and slight undercurrent of wild sour cherries. The taste mildly umami, slightly sour, and a touch sweet; also, the palate combines a long astringent finish, oily texture, full body, and average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Tasted on tap at Pi during the Schlafly "tap takeover," currently labeled as Schlafly Old English Ale. Dark, chocolatey, very roasty, some coffee and tea-like tannins, strong caramel and toffee, residual sweetness. No trace of hops. Profoundly melanoidy and toasty, so much so it was one-dimensional. Medium body, chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol. A nice enough big brown winter warmer, but not delicious. I hope to try one after several years of beneficial aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (2099) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle - nice size light tan colored foamy head, beautiful clear medium-dark amber color, nice balanced malt aroma and flavor, caramel, toffee, biscuit, all balanced by fair hop notes - this is really good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Pours a clear bright yet dark amber with a full off white head that stays to ring the glass. Aroma is caramel malt and a little licorice. Taste is sweet (almost cloying) mouthcoating caramel malt, licorice and a buttery, biscuity character. Moderately hopped with some alcohol noted after the swallow. Pretty decent, but somewhat astringent.
Earlier Rating: 12/18/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Pours a hazy reddish amber with a big yellow/tan head that diminishes, but remains. Aroma is roasted malt, maple and mild hops. Rich, smooth and buttery, flavor is sweet roasted malt, maple syrup and caramel. Hop bitterness is nearly non-existant. Super effort, this should join the regular stable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (500) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Pours a ruby/amber that is clear and pours a one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. Caramel and nutty malt flavors. A little bready. Very rich and mildly sweet. Maybe a hint of clove. Mild herbal hop flavor. Mildly sweet throughout. Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium body with sticky mouthfeel. Long dry finish. This is my first old ale and I really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
2009 Bottle thanks to drew. Amber with a cream head. Nose is rich toffee, caramel, and malts. Very smooth on the palate, light dried fruits, toffee, and bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
(750ml from Drew the brewer of the beer) medium copper with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, light hops, honey, fairly rich. Taste of honey, faded hops, brown sugar, rich and delicious. Oily body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
It poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of some yeast, spices and warm malts. The flavor was definitely warm malt, with hints of fruit and spices. A very good Old Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
750ml bottle poured into an English Pint. Pours a clear light brown with a small bit of white head that disappears almost immediately. Aroma of cinnamon and orange zest with a hint of caramel. Taste is light sweet. Baking spices with a little citrus and light caramel. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad...but the Christmas ale is a lot better!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Sample sat beer fest. Poured an darker amber almost brown color with a smaller head. Aroma was citrus, spices, clover, and toast. Flavor was a little ackward. Spices, with lemon zest, basement aromas. Just didnt go as well as it could have. Still a very good beer.

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