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RATINGS: 298   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (566) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep clear red with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation. Has a malty sweet taste, a medium mouthfeel and a spicy finish. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
12oz shorty bottle. Orange-tan with a thin, creamy off-white head. This is quite different than your typical US XMAS beer in that it is quite drinkable and sessionable, Still displays some fruitcake spice characteristics, but the malts are clean and smooth. This is really well done, I look forward to trying more beers from Saint Arnold. Medium bodied despite the rather big ABV. Smooth sweet finish, mild mead characteristics, but in no way overbearing. Awesome beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DANEgerous (90) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4011) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2011
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2011
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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8173) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber. White head. Nose and taste of candi sugar, sweet caramel and light spices. Creamy mouth feel. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (948) - , Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
from old notes - kinda bland up front; doing down easy; some alcohol warmth going down; nice palate; no bitterness

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
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


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