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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 45į Fahrenheit.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
11-5-07 bottle. Translucent ruby red with foamy head. Stale malt funk. Not a strong or pleasant smell. Difficult to swallow - not an enjoyable flavor for me. It seems to just attack the taste buds and mouth. Alcohol in the aftertaste - which is perhaps the most pleasant aspect of what otherwise may be a dreadful aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ilovedarkbeer (2227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Kinda lame. Pours a deep amber brown color. Smells like malt and stale hops. Taste is like an american amber plus some strange spices. Weak ale.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2007
This beer pours a deep amber color with a thin tan head leaving no lacing down the sides. The smell is kinda of musty, like an old ale or something. Canít really place it. But It is very interesting. The flavors are not very complex but it does have a good warming sensation and spicy mouthfeel to it. This is an intriguing beer! Cheers

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Pretty dang good... a little bit sweet, masks the higher alcohol content. Definite malt flavor as well. Good looking beer as well... nice full brown color. 12 oz.. bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2007
This beer struck me as being overly light for a Christmas beer, and is rather thing from a mouthfeel perspective. This beer also struck me as overly light in hoppiness, and a bit unbalanced in terms of too much malted milk ball character. Beer pours a sparkling amber color with excellent head formation (cumulus and towering and composed of tiny bubbles). Aroma is lightly fruity hoppiness with too much maltiness for my liking. Mouthfeel is rather flat. Flavor is a light sweet maltiness with a whiff of sweet hoppiness. Iím not really impressed with this beer. Not really recommended, but not too bad (canít say too much negative about it).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
12 oz. bottle from 2004. Pours a orange/amber hue with a slight head. Malty, spicy sweet smell. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice malty, spicy sweet and black pepper taste. A very tasty, ultra smooth drinking brew. Jan 2005.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2462) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Clear copper pour with an offwhite head. Metallic toffe malt aroma with a hint of spice as well. Taste is light toffee flavored malt again, with a light note of spices coming into the flavor as well and a light bitterness. Slightest hint of alcohol shows, but still very drinkable. Decent beer all around, but just not my favorite style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
pours a lovely shade of ruby, with a spicy hops aroma. Nice off white head a decent lacing. Taste is a clean malty flavor with a twist of toffee. Hoppy finish great beer for winter,alcohol is well masked.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3299) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet with spicy hops and pine. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is very smooth malt with a spicy finish and hides the alcohol well. Very easy to drink and a great winter brew. An excellent English Strong Ale from Saint Arnold.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Finally arrived at stores this week! 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear brownish-red color with a thin, off-white head which dissipates very quickly, but not completely. Left a little lacing on the glass. Smell is of malts and some spice. Taste is slightly sweet because of the malt and can taste the spices, but not overwhelming. Some alcohol warmth in the chest after swallowing, but not too much. Very pleasant brew, especially for a winter beer. Will definitely buy again.


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