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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 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 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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4925) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (5978) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2016
750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. As Schlafly English-Style Old Ale (Culinaria). 2013 vintage. Bought at Schlafly Bottleworks during RBSG 2014. Clear dark copper/amber with half a finger of beige head. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, malt, light spices. Tastes of caramel, malt, some citrus, sweet spices, biscuits with honey. Medium body with a dry finish. Alcohol fairly well masked. Sweet but not too rich, just right. Nice old ale.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2010
750 bought at Bottleworks. Spicy and malty. Sweetness is just right. Amber color with some very nice caramel tones. This is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours hazy red/orange with a thin head. Aroma is sweet, honey, molasses, orange peel, and slight funk. Flavor is initially bready, a slight metallic note, big grainy center (think barley wine), an alcohol wallop, and a bittersweet finish. A wreck during the transitions, but the overall package works.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonLaRue (59) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Beer has light touches of cereals and toasted bread. Fat lace and amber brown shadings. Taste is a light malt wafts of hops, which is something I desire more on my palate. It finishes quickly and asks to be drank more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1621) - 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.

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