queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy AirForceHops. Fruity caramel malt and dusty spice aroma. Clear copper with a moderate off-white head. Caramel barley malt and light bitter hop flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. OK, but not a standout.
Beerenberger (1567) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A grainy aroma. Pours a pretty clear copper with mostly diminishing sandy head. The taste is moderately sweet. Sweet malts initially followed by a spicy finish with a grany aftertaste. Slight candy sweetness also detected. No "Christmas spices" noted. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, enjoyable. I would like to have seen more spices being that this was Christmas ale.
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Kegs and Barrels, Plano, TX. Aroma is of caramel malts, spice and a light dark fruit. Flavor is mostly similar. Caramel with a chewy biscuit malts, light spices, and grassy English hops. Very much has an English feel to it. Texture is lightly grainy. Medium in body. Finish is clean and sweet. Nothing really bold or over-the-top but it does have a nice drinkability. Had no problem killing half a 6’er with a friend.
vipinvelp (2829) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper color with light brown foam head, lasting and lacing. Aroma is light barley with some caramel and alcohol tones. Taste is bittersweet, nice full flavor of caramel and barley. Short aftertaste. (Houston 201301)
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. Bottle from Jamil. One of the worst offerings from this usually stellar brewer. This wasn’t bad. It was just a subpar Christmas Ale. Nothing special here. Apricot odd faint scent. Big white head over a bronze, clear pour. Light and crisp. Grain flavor to light spice and that apricot fruity flavor.
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really solid rendition, great balance and awesome body! Spice is lower for a holiday beer but still stands out as so. Go get some if you can!
SPDickerman (1056) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear umber orange with a medium beige head. Smells malty, hints of caramel, and a touch of hop bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet and has a bit of a mild spice character. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Saint Arnold Christmas Ale finishes with a spiced sweet bitterness.
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from secret Santa 2012 - blutt59. Pours clear copper color with tan head. Toasted malt and caramel aromas. Moderately sweet caramel flavor with some toasted malts and a little nutty. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Bob.
Berbatov (22) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown. light foam head. lots of dark fruit and raisin. light mouth. ages fairly well too.
jhamp9 (1299) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper pour with a thin white head. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, bread, and spicy hops. Taste is sweet toffee, bread, and spicy. Prickly carbonation. Really nice beer.