DANEgerous (85) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Fantastically fragrant nice notes of toasty wheat, floral hops, slight under tones of spice, choclate and a sweet soda like flavor.
Appearance: Deep rich amber with a descent pale tan foam
Taste: Deep rich full all with balance of hops and sweet malt notes, it is broken up from being overly heavy with notes sweet caramel.
Overall: Fantastic and with rather local distribution and a seasonal availability I say grab a sixer spark up a nice fire and grab a friend get toasty while getting toasted on a cold day.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Russo’s Pizza on hwy 290 @ West Rd, Houston. Clear orange amber, thin laceful head. Nice malty aroma of pale malt, nice chewy cereal grains, a tad bit of honey and dark fruit. Taste was much the same to my delight. Nice chewy cereal malt, a bit of honey, raisin, subtle winter spice tones, pretty sweet but adequately balanced, finished dark fruity cereal grainy. Nicely done.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gotta love Christmas in July!! First things first … this brew is way easy on the drink-ability scale! So pace yourself when you have some! Definitely a brew to stock up on during the summer to let age until winter rolls around (but have a few between now and then)! This is one classy brew in its style or category. When compared to other strong ales (e.g. winter warmers), this one is going to be on the lighter end of the scale but still provides one with a very rich and flavorful body and taste. There are a lot of Christmas-y flavors in this brew and it had a few Christmas carols roaming through my head even in the heat of summer! I’m thinking of pairing this up with some stuffed Cornish game hens in the winter!
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Cavie. Thanks again, Travis! Dark amber orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Somewhat spicy, organic hoppy, caramel malty nose. Moderate caramel/toffee malty, lightly boozy, organic hoppy, somewhat spicy flavor. Pretty nice smooth beer though there is a little bit of a booze burn on the finish.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle thanks to Crusian... light copper body, light watery tope head... nose of light caramel with a bit of bo, amazingly, better than most xmas beers... the taste is malty with a touch of spice, not bad but boring
jtclockwork (6890) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber. White head. Nose and taste of candi sugar, sweet caramel and light spices. Creamy mouth feel. Medium body.
crajun (866) - , Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from old notes - kinda bland up front; doing down easy; some alcohol warmth going down; nice palate; no bitterness
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Azurelimits. Served in a tulip.
Pours a copper-bronze color with a very thin head that quickly fades into a thin white color. There are a few bubbles on top as well. The nose is quite plain with just a tad bit of pine and cinnamon along with some caramel backing. The taste is along the same lines--pine and a bit of faint spicing plus a bit of caramel sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation. Overall, nothing offensive as it doesn’t take the spicing too far, though it’s quite boring.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brew with beige cream top. Crystal candi sugar and cotton candy nose. Crystal candi sugar body. Sweet, but not quite cloying with cotton candi notes throughout.
ronaldtheriot (1059) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale has a thin, off-white head, with a golden tinge, and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, and little lacing left behind. The aroma is of hops and some sort of sweetness I was unable to place. Taste is heavily malty and fruity (plum?), with a not-too-strong hop bitterness across the sip. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and this ale finishes wet and rich. Overall, this is a good, interesting, but not particularly great Christmas Ale. It’s worth a try, though.