Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Azurelimits. Served in a tulip.
Pours a copper-bronze color with a very thin head that quickly fades into a thin white color. There are a few bubbles on top as well. The nose is quite plain with just a tad bit of pine and cinnamon along with some caramel backing. The taste is along the same lines--pine and a bit of faint spicing plus a bit of caramel sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation. Overall, nothing offensive as it doesnít take the spicing too far, though itís quite boring.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
BillKismet (3721) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brew with beige cream top. Crystal candi sugar and cotton candy nose. Crystal candi sugar body. Sweet, but not quite cloying with cotton candi notes throughout.
ronaldtheriot (1687) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale has a thin, off-white head, with a golden tinge, and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, and little lacing left behind. The aroma is of hops and some sort of sweetness I was unable to place. Taste is heavily malty and fruity (plum?), with a not-too-strong hop bitterness across the sip. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and this ale finishes wet and rich. Overall, this is a good, interesting, but not particularly great Christmas Ale. Itís worth a try, though.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with very little head. Aroma is light cinnamon, with some cherries and honey. Flavor has some ginger and cinnamon, with honey and caramel sweetness. Light body with lively carbonation. Not out of this world good, but solid. Could use some stronger aromas and flavors.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown color with very little head. Bit of spicyness and bready malts. One of the many christmas ales I look forward to all year - very balanced.
johnnnniee (3399) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from notes, sampled 1/23/2008
Received in a trade with RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a bright, crystal clear dark golden/amber with some red highlights when held to the light. Has a fluffy white head and lots ío lacing. Beautiful color! Aroma is of caramel malts, and some nondeScript spices. Taste is weak caramel malt and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a bad brew, could use some more malt and a bit more body. Didnít really notice the 7%abv.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Caramel, slight ruby hue, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Mealy aroma, slight cereal and cardboard.   Seems like one of those English Strong Ales that try too hard.   Biscuity, cardboard, and slightly earthy on the tongue.   Not enough sweetness to make me forget what just happened.   I lick my lips to see if there is anything there I rather taste than this beer.   The trap has been laid, and Saint Arnold fell right into it.   A mediocre English style Strong Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finish just seems a bit cardboardish to me.   The sweetness that is required is not there.   It finishes very mealy with a sense of "Who cares what you say, this is how we do it in Texas!"   The Rahr & Sons version was better than this one.   I guess thats all I can really say.   Thanks Bill!
pete4999 (1377) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of thickfreakness from TBS...thanks. Pours an orange-amber with minimal head. Not sure how old this bottle is...might be fresh, might not. Smells of toffee, apple. Has a bit of a boozy/warming (winter "warmer"?) feel to it, despite the relatively low ABV. Taste is similar, perhaps some other fruits in the taste...some pear?
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Ben. Amber colored pour with a slight tan head. Aroma is malty, biscuity and spicy. Flavor is very malty with some hops and more spiciness. Sweet finish. Very nice sipping beer.
Braudog (6172) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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)