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RATINGS: 310   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 45° Fahrenheit.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2007
bottle. Poured a auburn reddish color. Aroma is strong spice and cloves. Taste is nice and smooth with a crisp spice finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a clear bronze with a tan head that dies completely. Smells sweet, candies with a little spice. Tastes of sweet malt, a little fruity with a spicy finish. Medium and smooth in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Draught at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet malt with caramel and chocolate and maybe a hint of hops. Flavor is also sweet malt with caramel, chocolate, mybe coffee, and hint of alcohol. A strong/sweet winter warmer. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!). Poured a medium to deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted grains, nutty, and a trade of spiciness. Tastes of caramel, fruity, and light spice. Although I enjoyed this, this one did not strike me as a ’Christmas’ ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Smells like apple juice(very mouthwatering), has a beautiful dark coppery color, and tastes of dark fruits and spices. Overall a pretty yummy seasonal beer from the people down in Houston.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12 oz bottle from ucusty - thanks David! Pours crystal clear copper with a big, fizzy beige head - sounded like soda fizzing when I first poured it. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Somewhat spicy, nutty malt nose, some bread and cinnamon. Surprisingly sweet flavor, lots of bread, caramel and some orange. Some spicy notes - allspice? Lively mouthfeel. Very good!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmbeer (1328) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2007
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass- poured transparent light amber color, white ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of malt and yeast. Hits the mouth with a medium body, consisting of malt and some sort of spice (almost a sharp nutmeg), finish with a few mild hops. Decent sipper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
12oz bottle from KAggie97; Nose is fresh baked biscuits with caramel sauce; rusty red (good Christmas color) with a medium beige head; flavor is caramel malt, dried cranberry fruitiness (not sweet), and mild peppery spiciness. "Very unusual"

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to an extra by lb4lb. Pours a clear red/amber with a white head that fades over time. Nose is malty. Candy, red fruit, a hint of chocolate and malt notes that remind me of cheap whiskey. Fruity flavors, a little too sweet. Cherry, pale malts with a touch of alcohol warmth. Almost no spice for a Christmas ale. Meh. ok.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2007
A hearty strong ale, but a bit off balance. They need to back off on the hoping a bit, and this coming from an IIPA lover. It adds just a little much to the already very bold malt flavor and alcohol warmth. Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head do the the high carbonation levels, also detracting from the palate. All in all, a good winter warmer, but not balanced well enough.


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