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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Draft at Flying Saucer/Addison. Amber with a pleasantly frothy front. The aroma is light and hoppy. Moderate maltiness is up front, but this settles into a decently balanced session brew. Even keeled. (#4039, 12/14/2010)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
12oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a clear, orange-copper-amber colored body with a thin, frothy, light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is malty with a touch of grain and biscuit, some light spices, dried fruit, and a few florals. Flavor is similar. Caramel with a light sweetness, some chewy biscuits, a hint of grainy toast, light spices, and dried fruits. Finishes a tad thin and malty sweet with a light spice and hop bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a light, smooth body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent Christmas Ale. A tad thin at times leaning more towards a light malty sweetness. A light spice and hop bitterness balances, but this is pretty average. Glad to have tried another one from this brewery though!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4946) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle. Hazy amber pour, with thin white head. Sweet malt, light brown sugar, and fruit. Not bad, better than I thought it was going to be.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
(12oz bottle courtesy of AttitudeBrew. Thanks Mike!). Pours clear copper with minimal off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of grass/hay, some ripe fruit. Taste is sweet with a little sour note at the end. Medium bodied with thin texture. Finish is somewhat abrupt. Alcohol is well hidden. I’m glad it’s not a spice bomb; just a smooth steady beer.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
I spend 10 months a year looking forward to drinking this one. Super sweet malt, sometimes need an IPA after to balance the palate

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ahmashar (9) - Stafford, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2010 does not count
Really fine this year! Deep rich flavor, while not being too heavy - perfect for the really mild November we’ve been having. Possibly the best Christmas they’ve ever made.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6096) - Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2010
12oz bottle from a trade with Bill, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a small off-white head, some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Sweet toasted malts and dark fruits, spices
Taste: Caramel, spices and some hop bitterness in the finish
Nice holiday beer, not over done with the spices.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
On tap at Pappy’s Café – no pretension, lovely pour into the classic “frosty mug.” The color in a gold-orange; since the bar is having trouble with the draft set-up, there’s quite a bit of initial foam which quickly dissipates. The taste is medium sweet…caramel, toasty, a bit nutty – wonderful flavor in a Christmas seasonal, without being overt. The mouthfeel is creamy without chewiness. Above all: fresh!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
12oz bottle from Spec’s. Pours a glowing, copper-colored body with a bubbly head that recedes quickly. Aromas of bready malt, floral hops and a little spicyness. Flavor is medium sweet (caramel), toasty, a bit nutty and has a very short, floral hop finish. Lively carbonation that’s a bit coarse. Not really fantastic, but a solid holiday-season beer that I always look forward to here in Texas.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2214) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 Nicely Christmas spiced without being overdone. Dark amber colored with small tan head. Aroma and taste of caramel malts and spices. A touch thin, but otherwise, not bad.


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