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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 45° Fahrenheit.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Since the Elissa IPA is now being brewed and distributed year-round, I must say that I already miss this fine ale being on the shelf of the local grocer. A very well balance ale with a smooth and sweet finish that tickles the palate. Very well-hidden alcohol punch, with no apparent astringent bite throughout the glassful. Recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Very clear light amber color. Mostly malty from carmel malts. The flavor is somewhat ballanced with malt and bitterness. A bit of a tacky malt feel and only a hint of malt sweetness. The offsetting hoppiness is fruity and does present a nice combination for the maltiness. Nice finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bottle. I got this one from kaggie97 - thanks! Pours a dark amber with a little cloudiness and no head to speak of. Nose is malty, sweet, leathery with a sweet aroma of brown sugar and butter cooking on the stovetop. Reminds me of Christmas dinner I guess. Malty taste with a little bitterness in the finish, but not much. Actually light to medium bodied in an odd way. Tastes good. Gets better with every drink. Merry Christmas!! Good stuff!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Small tan head, short lived with little lace. Clear amber colored brew. Grainy, malty nose, lightly spicey. Med/light body, creamy. Medium sweet malt flavors with a mild spice backing. Some hop spiceyness coming through also. Finish is fairly dry, spicey. An OK holiday offering. Thanks Kevin!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Red Brown Coloring With No Head. Christmas Spice Aroma... Hops and Spice Flavor.. Surprisingly Well Balanced and Easy to Enjoy!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Copper color with no head. Spicy aroma with the usual nutmeg and cinnamon found in our holiday beers. More to follow in the taste, but with an unexpected hop blast. It is not overly done so as to spoil the quiet spice. Very well done!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
I had this on hand pump at the Addison Flying Saucer. frothy, lasting head, brownish/red color, spicy, hoppy smell overflowing, very malty but hops come through. Yikes, give me more and more of this wonderful beer. By far the best St. A I’ve had since they opened for business.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Poured clear red with thin, barely existing tan head...smell is malty with some nice spiciness going on...nutmeg and cherry...mainly sweet malts in the mouth, almost like a Red...mild spiciness in the mouth...decent brew...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
The rating given proves i love winter and all the english strong ales available. Sweet malty aroma with a colonial red hue. To bad the head doesnt stay longer but the flavor makes up for that with its rich blend of spices and malt background of butterscotch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Pours a dark amber color - not unlike strong iced tea. Tight white head. Slight candy-fruity aroma, a bit of confectioners sugar as well. Flavor has a slight hint of Christmas spice, some brandy, and dates. Mouthfeel is just a tad too sticky and artificial. Alcohol is hidden well though. A pretty decent winter warmer.


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