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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Copper, clear, I like this. The flavor and finish have an interesting spice note.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pours dark amber with an abundant, rocky, cream head. Big aromas of butterscotch and vanilla with a floral hop bouquet. Sweet, spicy, and toasty malts up front followed by a nice hop tingle. Medium body, bit of a metallic finish. A great Holiday beer that has improved dramatically over the years.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
11.18.2011 - Houston, TX Bottle Very good Christmas ale. Interesting that they would make a English Strong Ale for the holiday brew. I prefer their Christmas stout myself but they are in totally different categories.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Since the Elissa IPA is now being brewed and distributed year-round, I must say that I already miss this fine ale being on the shelf of the local grocer. A very well balance ale with a smooth and sweet finish that tickles the palate. Very well-hidden alcohol punch, with no apparent astringent bite throughout the glassful. Recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Oh god this beer is good. It is rich and sweet with spice to it. Somewhere in the hops this beer gets a taste like a cinnamon Christmas tree.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wordsworth (133) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
My favorite seasonal Christmas beer. A lightly sweet malty flavor with a hint of spicy hops. Goes down very smooth despite the high ABV. Great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Surprised to see this one rated so highly, but it looks like much has changed in the St. Arnold recipes since I last sampled 5 years ago. As I recall back then, this went down simply as a high octane version of the already-nice Amber Ale. I expected more complexity from a seasonal beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hiero (129) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Taste is good, with a medium body and pleasant bitterness. There is no lingering aftertaste and it is very smooth. The taste and palate are simple though and lack a little depth. Overall a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Dark amber with big foamy head. Unique malty aroma...I didn’t find it stale, but rather estery malt, like buttered biscuits. Flavor is dominated by malt, with a hint of banana/ester fruitiness and some unique "spice". Herbal hops are very mild, and the aftertaste is smooth and malty. A retasting of the draft version (2008 batch) makes me rate the palate higher as it is very nice and smooth. The flavor and overall impression are also much higher. I was quite impressed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours coppery with no head. Aroma is raisiny fruit and fruitcake spices. Sweet and mild spices for flavor. Cold, it’s a bit watery, but warmed up slightly (per recommendation), it starts to bloom. From Spec’s in Conroe, TX.


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