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RATINGS: 303   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle:   Caramel, slight ruby hue, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Mealy aroma, slight cereal and cardboard.   Seems like one of those English Strong Ales that try too hard.   Biscuity, cardboard, and slightly earthy on the tongue.   Not enough sweetness to make me forget what just happened.   I lick my lips to see if there is anything there I rather taste than this beer.   The trap has been laid, and Saint Arnold fell right into it.   A mediocre English style Strong Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finish just seems a bit cardboardish to me.   The sweetness that is required is not there.   It finishes very mealy with a sense of "Who cares what you say, this is how we do it in Texas!"   The Rahr & Sons version was better than this one.   I guess thats all I can really say.   Thanks Bill!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1113) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle courtesy of thickfreakness from TBS...thanks. Pours an orange-amber with minimal head. Not sure how old this bottle is...might be fresh, might not. Smells of toffee, apple. Has a bit of a boozy/warming (winter "warmer"?) feel to it, despite the relatively low ABV. Taste is similar, perhaps some other fruits in the taste...some pear?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 oz bottle from Ben. Amber colored pour with a slight tan head. Aroma is malty, biscuity and spicy. Flavor is very malty with some hops and more spiciness. Sweet finish. Very nice sipping beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Draft at Flying Saucer/Addison. Amber with a pleasantly frothy front. The aroma is light and hoppy. Moderate maltiness is up front, but this settles into a decently balanced session brew. Even keeled. (#4039, 12/14/2010)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
12oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a clear, orange-copper-amber colored body with a thin, frothy, light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is malty with a touch of grain and biscuit, some light spices, dried fruit, and a few florals. Flavor is similar. Caramel with a light sweetness, some chewy biscuits, a hint of grainy toast, light spices, and dried fruits. Finishes a tad thin and malty sweet with a light spice and hop bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a light, smooth body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent Christmas Ale. A tad thin at times leaning more towards a light malty sweetness. A light spice and hop bitterness balances, but this is pretty average. Glad to have tried another one from this brewery though!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4496) - 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 (5022) - 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.


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