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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12394) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
750ml bottle-pours a foamy tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/cocoa/spices. Taste is medium malt-roasty/cocoa/spices, some hops bite. Finishes semi dry. OK effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (16163) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown. Off white head. Nose of toffee, spice and caramel malts. Taste is the same. Same alcohol in finish. Full mouth feel.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2800) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle picked up in St. Louis. Pours a nice reddish amber with a massive head and a fizzy soda-like carbonation. Aromas are fairly bland... a little bit of a mixed fruit and brown sugar/caramel sweetness is about it. As best I can tell, this bottle was from last years batch, so it has a little bit of age on it. Flavor is a decent enough mix of thick and sugary malt, a little bit of spicing and some fruit tones that balance things out. It sits a little sticky and heavy, but is enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orangish brown pour with a medium light brown head with fine bubbles. Aroma is toffee, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is raisiny, toffee, brown sugar. Sweet, but overall pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7657) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - 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 (5171) - 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 kindstrawberry, 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 (7252) - 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!

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