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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (7066) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (2083) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2015
4 oz. pour at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar; sold as "English Style Old Ale." Aroma: Fig jam; very light nuts and caramel tea. Appearance: Mostly still dark copper pour with a foamy tan cap that fades into a skin. Flavor: Nuttiness; spiced bread that reminds me a little of nutmeg; lighter fruit than the nose would suggests; light tootsie roll. Palate: Light body, slick texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Some different things going on, but nothing overly dynamic; flavors raise their hands and quickly sit down. Just kinda alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7713) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
As Old Ale . Pours clear, dark copper . Smell is a bit sweet . Unintense though . Taste is a bit bitter , full grainy sweetness . Earthy and fruity notes . Some booze in the finish .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (7703) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Keg @ Meridian Pint. Deep amber pour with a small head. Nose is toffee donut and old cinnamon chocolate cookie. Sweet and alightly hot. Some apple. Taste is pretty boozy. Hot apples. Astringent and aggressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and dirty orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The nose presents earthy and spicy notes layered upon more subtle notes of caramel and toffee. Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and the carbonation is nearly still. The flavor features rich components of sweet pralines and mild, crusty bitterness. Finishes minerally and moderately sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (24002) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Cask. Deep clear ruby amber color, off white big bubble edge head. Aroma of tiasted caramel. Taste has port wine, cherry, burnt caramel. Good winter beer.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle of folding ale, thanks Seth! Bottle pours brown with big head. Aroma is toasted malt and sweet dark fruits, taste is similar with a medium body and dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2014
"English Styled Old Ale" bought when in StL during the RBSG at the Culinaria near the hotel: Pour is a very nice reddish amber with an off white frothy head and minimal lacing. The aroma has heavy caramel, toffee, cotton candy, and even a little earthy smoke. There is also noticeable butterscotch which I find acceptable in the style but could be a big turn off for some people. The taste is similar to the aroma with some minerally overtones and faint pitty fruits. The mouth feel is a tad thinner than expected. Sadly I wanted to love this beer but alas I only liked parts of it. Even for me the Diacetyl was a bit distracting. This is for sure NOT an olde ale you would want to age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brown color with white head. Syrupy, brown sugar, malty, slight alcohol flavor.

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