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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Rich toasty caramel aroma with a hint of spices. Poured a dark amber with a white head that didnt last too long. Taste is quite malty sweet, with some faint hop action and faint spiciness. I wished the carbonation would be a bit higher, and the high ABV is well hidden. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer and i cant wait till next winter to taste this again. Oh and by the way, this beer on cask is out of this world.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Draught > Flying Saucer. Dark clear amber with no head. Reminds me of a extra malty amber. Some roastiness too. Thin palate. Enjoyable but probably won’t try again. Just too many other better options.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Light brown nice well laced off white head. Weak aroma is barley present. Well carbonated w/ an avg body. Flavor is nutmeg, cinamon and some weak carmel malts. Nothing special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 first bottle was a single from U-Stop... . . what an interesting brew, It has a good uplifting smell and has no real head at ALL. No bother, the taste is like ,wow! CRAZY sweet assortment of flavors, could use a tad bit more carbonation but not really seeing as this is a sippin good night brew, but wow! NO surprise here, ANOTHER great beer from St.Arn’s! .. . . i got spice in my eye

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 10, 2005
Slightly cloudy amber body with a thin but present white head. Caramel nose with a bit oad at al.f grain mash and herbal hops. Nice medium mouthfeel with more thick caramel malts. Traces of spice work their way through the nobel hop bitterness and leave a touch of cinnimon in the finish. 7% alcohol is exellently hidden. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
As flakes fall in March, it seemed like a good time to enjoy this Christmas brew from my Secret Santa. Medium orange amber, very little head. Slight aroma of caramel and fruity hops. Light caramel flavors, slight fruit hoppiness, mixed with a bit of dirt. A quite decent, restrained English style ale, with an almost American hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (139) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pjk33 (390) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2688) - 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!

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