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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4269) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle. Hazy amber pour, with thin white head. Sweet malt, light brown sugar, and fruit. Not bad, better than I thought it was going to be.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
(12oz bottle courtesy of AttitudeBrew. Thanks Mike!). Pours clear copper with minimal off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of grass/hay, some ripe fruit. Taste is sweet with a little sour note at the end. Medium bodied with thin texture. Finish is somewhat abrupt. Alcohol is well hidden. I’m glad it’s not a spice bomb; just a smooth steady beer.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
I spend 10 months a year looking forward to drinking this one. Super sweet malt, sometimes need an IPA after to balance the palate

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ahmashar (9) - Stafford, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2010 does not count
Really fine this year! Deep rich flavor, while not being too heavy - perfect for the really mild November we’ve been having. Possibly the best Christmas they’ve ever made.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4315) - Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2010
12oz bottle from a trade with Bill, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a small off-white head, some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Sweet toasted malts and dark fruits, spices
Taste: Caramel, spices and some hop bitterness in the finish
Nice holiday beer, not over done with the spices.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
On tap at Pappy’s Café – no pretension, lovely pour into the classic “frosty mug.” The color in a gold-orange; since the bar is having trouble with the draft set-up, there’s quite a bit of initial foam which quickly dissipates. The taste is medium sweet…caramel, toasty, a bit nutty – wonderful flavor in a Christmas seasonal, without being overt. The mouthfeel is creamy without chewiness. Above all: fresh!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
12oz bottle from Spec’s. Pours a glowing, copper-colored body with a bubbly head that recedes quickly. Aromas of bready malt, floral hops and a little spicyness. Flavor is medium sweet (caramel), toasty, a bit nutty and has a very short, floral hop finish. Lively carbonation that’s a bit coarse. Not really fantastic, but a solid holiday-season beer that I always look forward to here in Texas.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (1975) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 Nicely Christmas spiced without being overdone. Dark amber colored with small tan head. Aroma and taste of caramel malts and spices. A touch thin, but otherwise, not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date. Bottem of cap read: Hop to it! Pours a thin head that doesn’t last very long. Color is a hazy orange copper. The aroma is of spices. A nut mag flavor is present. There also seems to be some cherry aromas floating around, as well as slight earthy hops. The first thing I tasted in this beer was the hops. It tasted kind of like SN Celebration. The hops were very earthy, followed by holiday spices. There was also a vanilla flavor present. Mouthfeel starts out bitter, like an ipa, but the gets really smooth. However, it leaves a dry aftertaste like an ipa. Overall, this is a really easy to drink and at 7% I could easily session this beer. It is complex and has a lot of taste to it. I really like this winter beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-10-2009 05:32:26

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
A: The pour is a deep amber color with a tan head. S: Quite bready and mildly spiced in the nose. A bit of brown sugar and caramel as well. Actually fairly reminiscent of "the holidays". T: The flavors really follow the nose on this one, but there seem to be some signs of oxidation. A bit of cardboard along with the same bread, caramel, and light spice flavors. M: Light to medium body with a low, rolling carbonation. D: Not nearly as bad I was anticipating, to be honest. A nice little winter warmer in the beginning of Southern California summer.


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