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RATINGS: 303   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 This is definitely the best offering from this bunch. A nice mixture of spices from all over this crazy world. Worth the money... and the wait... Nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. The nose tricks the drinker with hints of caramel, but the overall experience is laced with seasonal spices and bitter hops. The alcohol is very well hidden, so be careful!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddipaolo (26) - USA - DEC 8, 2003
Glad to see a local brew do well. Not too spicy, but not bland or flat. Has a nice sweet hint to it and a nice dark color.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a dark cooper color with a small head. Descent tasting Christmas ale from Houston.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 *****Re-rating of 2009 batch, officially on sale at Spec’s in bottles. This is, to me, the best version of their Christmas Ale that I’ve tasted in years. I taste apples, clove, and less sugary sweetness, with more hoppy bitterness instead. I love it. ******* Pours a dark copper with a small head that dissipates. Aroma is hops and delicious malts of the, dare I say, barleywine variety. Flavor is similar to their brown ale, but with a bigger alcohol kick. Excellent balance of hops and malt. I will definitely seek out and purchase again. On sale for 5.99 for a six-pack. Worth the money!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Copper color. Good malt in the front, but nice bitter and hops that mellow out in the end. A medium finish with lively mouthfeel. Surprisingly good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Amber with a nice thick head, side by side this is identical to theri brown ale! A rich malty mouthfeel, almost soft and creamy but thick. Some hops at the finish, but still leaves along malty aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
A real nice hearty, warm flavored beer that is a nice winter beer without the "hot" high alcohol flavor of most heavy Xmas beers, or the overly spiced versoin of other Xmas beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Oh god this beer is good. It is rich and sweet with spice to it. Somewhere in the hops this beer gets a taste like a cinnamon Christmas tree.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Fizzy copper color with a sweet caramel malty aroma. Body has a medium hoppiness and a touch of spice. This exhibits good balance and is one of the best Texas beers I have tried.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2003
Strong fruity aroma with raisin and hints of vanilla. Brown color, off-white head, fair lace. Smooth, sweet, fruity, little bitterness. Long lasting finish with raisin and a alcohol burn. Not bad at all. Reminded me of some good but macro ales from Belgium.


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