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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2008
12 ounce bottle courtesy of cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear reddish-orange with a small head and no lacing. Aroma is buttered popcorn and fusel alcohol. Taste is toasted grains, buttered popcorn, stone fruits, spice and hops. Medium to full body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8234) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Thanks to legion242 for this one. Pours a pretty reddish-brown with a medium beige head that lasted pretty well. Decent lacing. Sweetly spiced aroma with a hint of malt as well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with flavors of sherry, malt, and spice. Mild alcohol flavor in the finish. A great winter warmer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
I think this beer is a bit underated. Pours with a small, fizzy, light brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. Deep amber body. Aroma of fig, port wine and spices. Malty, chocolate, then spicey, and finally fig or pitted fruit taste. A bit too fizzy for my liking, but a strong showing for a Texas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Fizzy copper color with a sweet caramel malty aroma. Body has a medium hoppiness and a touch of spice. This exhibits good balance and is one of the best Texas beers I have tried.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle thanks to David! Poured clear autumnal orange with a light ring and a dusting of white head. Aroma picked up toasty caramel and English toffee along with some alcohol and oxidation notes.. became a bit sharp as it warmed up. Flavor picked up some toffee again at the base with moderate floral hoppage and a large, ugly overriding slick alcohol and oxidation presence.. perhaps an old bottle? Slick on the palate, but tacky at times.. left a warm, rather sharp finish. May have to try this again sometime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2009
courtesy fo lowgear. Pours amber,/orange, thin beige head. Aroma is malty with some nice spices and brown sugar. Taste, dry, malty, caramelized sugar, some spices; cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Some pine hops with the spices not overly present. Finish leans on a light hops with touch of pear/spives, balanced out with good caramel, toffee. Seemed to alternate between the bitter and sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle thanks to MaltoMeal. Poured gold with an opaque head. Aroma had notes of spices, sweet malts and a bit of a biscuit note. Flavor was similar to the aroma but the spices were much more subdued and it was sweet throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours dark copper with a thin white head. Smells of apricots, cherries and raisins? Taste is fruity, but not as obvioud as the bouquet suggests. Mouthfeel and finish are definitely more lively than the other beers I’ve tried from these guys. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - 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!



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