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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours dark tawny copper with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of toffee / caramel, toasted malt and nuttiness. Medium / full body that is a bit crisp and and has sharp fizzy carbonation. The flavor starts with very toasted malt that is a bit on the musty side and there are hints of anise and dry spices along with warming alcohol that’s a bit more prevalent than I’d like. The finish has dry caramel, powder, basement must malt and warming abv. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
750 ml bottle from Culinaria. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a big beige head. Aroma of mixed winter spices, sweet malts, caramel, toast, berry fruits, and a little alcohol. Flavor of malt, cinammon, nutmeg, berries, raisins, fig, pine hops, honey, bread, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied and dry, with a bready mouthfeel. Just a hint of roast on the alcoholic finish. Interesting beer, I might have to grab another and let it sit for a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pour is a dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses with a bit sour apple and toffee. That was pretty good. Flavor is again a little bit of apple and toffee with some alcohol. Leaves a little chocolate/cherry on the tounge after the swallow. A damn fine beer but once its gone its gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009
750 mL capped bottle, sampled fresh in December 2009: pink, orange candy hue with a creamy ivory head that settles to the outer edge of my glass. Deep, sugary malt aroma with candied nuts, fruitcake, and toasted grains. Peaty alcohol mixes with charred honey over-ripe bananas. Slightly bitter initially, with cinnamon apple slices and candied pears. Long, malty flavour with significant alcoholic raisins, buttered toffee and bitter honey. Though the palate begins fairly gritty the finish is creamy and smooth. The alcohol creeps up on you slightly, but is more warming than overwhelming. A nice holiday treat.

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