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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1844) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
Garnet tinted brown with a medium-to-large light brown head. Loads of bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma predominantly ripened plums and figs with baking spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), caramel candies, bubblegum and slight-to-moderate alcohol. Subdued sweet taste, very low bitterness with some definite (though low) saltiness. Body is rather thin with low-to-medium carbonation. Finish is dry and nutty with a hint of alcohol burn, reminiscent of almond extract. Alcohol is overall pretty noticeable, surprising for a 8% ABV. A big thanks to Narnad for lugging this down to me during his last visit. I was very happy I got to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3472) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
From a 750ml capped bottle courtesy of Strykzone, this poured a hazy amber to orange color with a nice tan head and decent lacing rings. The nose is of caramel malts with aromas of ripe fruits. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth but also lively. The flavor is complex with fruits nuances of all kind…strawberry, melon, some chocolate, and some subtle spices. The finish has a citrus bitterness. This is a difficult beer to describe, but a very easy one to drink. The sad part about getting a beer like this in a trade is that when it is gone, it is gone. A real winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
A very attractive pour. Amber brown with plenty of visible carbonation. A big tan head has strong retention that tries my patience. Aroma is fruit, bread, caramel, and light spices. Alcohol is prominent in the flavor. Chocolate, fruit, red hot candies, soft spices. Licking my lips brings malt flavors. The chocolate stayed throughout and described the finish. Lots of subtleties here. A hint of hop late. Warming throughout. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Tasted 1/3/10. 750ml capped bottle. First pour mildly hazy and lively. orange amber hue. Layer of off-white head. Aromas of mild spices and sweet breads. Strong berry esters in the nose. Hints of strawberries. Faint melon and a touch of brownies. Medium to full bodied with a familiar flavor. Sweet and tangy malts. Tingling effervescence. Great mouthfeel. This hits on all cylinders. Initial flavors are sweet cinnamon bread and berries. Bready notes. Then the astringency hits and totally dominates the rest of the show. Lotta fruity flavors pop up throughout the palate roll. Subtle bubblegum in the middle. Typical Schlafly house yeast. Not a bad thing, just noticeable. Finishes with a kiss of grapefruit bitterness. That, mingled within the myriad of other lingering flavors. This has great complexity and a great palate. You did a great job on this one Drew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2010
750ml bottle poured into a bulbous stemmed glass. SHA pours a nice clear burgandy color with a large linen-colored head that persists quite nicely. This beer pours so clean that it almost looks like carbonated scotch. The aroma is hard to place. Parts of it remind me of that after-meal mint stuff that you get by the door of an Indian restaurant. There’s also a nice malty aroma. The flavor is quite mild with autumn leaves, lima beans and maybe horehound. I’m not sure how to classify this beer but it works quite nicely. It’s a nice cross between a saison, Belgian strong ale and barley wine. The finish is unexpectedly dry and clean considering the malt in the nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Schlafly limited production of this beer to only 300 cases. Pours a deep caramel color with some mild red-orange hints and topped with a very big, off-white head that fades down to a very dense, creamy filmy head. Aroma has a sweet caramel note, a mild spicy cinnamon presence, mild alcohol nose and finishes with an overall bready character. Flavor has a very smooth caramel sweetness, a bready middle, a fairly hefty spicy presence, a very subdued floral hops middle, a modest alcohol bite and an very sweet toasted ending. The brew as a whole is very smooth with a slight sticky texture and a heavy body. Carbonation is low but the head is great and produces a very solid lacing on the glass. Overall a great brew and well worth the money. The only problem I have with it is that the alcohol, albeit only at 8%, comes off a bit too hot in the flavor. I hope with a bit of aging that this becomes less of a concern but as of right now the alcohol is a bit on the rough side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1223) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 A hazy amber pour with off-white head. It has a malty caramel aroma mixed with some apple and berries. It has a medium body with slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is moderately sweet and finishes lightly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2009
(large bottle) slightly hazy medium amber with off white head. Aroma of faint yeast, spice, warm malts. Flavor is warm malt, hints of fruit and spices. Nice full body. Great with a holiday meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2009
bottle, thanks to Keir, pours amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is toffee and carmel with lots of sweetness. Flavor is carmel malt and toasted nuts with a lightly spiced finish of cinnamon. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Noelweichbrodt (25) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Nice-looking pour, rich white head that can get quite tall. Roasted malt, honey, pine, pine nuts, alcohol but not unwelcome, actually a cleansing bite. Good, not spectacular. If it had a bit more vigorous alcohol taste, I would try to cellar it for a year. As is, not sure where it’s trying to go.

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