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RATINGS: 300   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamaustin (38) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Not much on the nose for me, but makes up for it with taste. The rich, golden-brown color somehow enhances the flavor for me. Not bad!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5009) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Had a sample of this at Ginger Man in Austin. This poured dark brownish and was opaque. No head and no carbonation seen or felt. The nose offered raisins, other fruit, spices, and malt. This was a bit of a mess to me. Raisins ans spices were tasted but there was an undistinguishable mish mash after that. Not for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. A friend brought this back from their trip through Texas. Poured a copper color with a tiny white head. Aroma was caramel, malts and gingerbread. Flavor was caramel, some malts, and bread. Not as dark as I thought. Some spice hop. Very smooth beer. Average to a little above average beer at best.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Dark, not much head. Malt and spices in the aroma. Taste of brown sugar or molasses.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Amber-orange colour and no real head. Slightly ruity, maybe with a hint of ginger. Light fruits and caramels. Light body, with some caramel and gentle orangey, gingery, spicy accent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ Hoppy Monk El Paso. Has no head but the holiday festive hue is red and pleasant. Aroma has spiced candi sugar, candied cherries. Is sweet but thankfully not cloying, there is a dry finish bc of the spice. Cinnamon. Thin flavor/body and not hot but feels strong in the head. Not bad, just too thin.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (636) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
An amber body with a bubbly off-white head. The aroma is mainly malt with some nice hop notes. The taste is varied, with some forward sweetness from the malts with the hops and feel of the carbonation followed by a long malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndresTM (314) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Great aroma, teeming with dark fruits, caramel, and floral hops, which results in a very Christmas-evoking sensation. I even got some Gummi Bear, which just adds to the awesomeness of it. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional, albeit still good, with hops taking the lead and the malt-derived sweet notes in the background. I want to give this another try.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3257) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2011
tap at The Hoppy Monk El Paso TX-Pours dark orange with a small spritzy off-white head. nose of dark fruits, spice and lite floral notes but not from hops. flavors have a mineral metallic note-is this an issue with east texas water? I dont get it. However, i dont get this mineral note from beers brewed in Austin. SOme spice but i cant really peg-allspice? kind of a soft palate and lite body from the abv not bad but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tx77573 (9) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
Very tasty beer. Bottle Pours clear sorta orange brown. Goes down smooth with a long finish. Gets easier to find every year.


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