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RATINGS: 307   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 (6299) - 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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to my 2006 Secret Santa!. Bright clear ruby-peach with a smallish foamy/bubbly off-white head. Dry yet malt-sweet aroma of gingerbread, chocolate nut brownies, mild alcohol and herbal hops - a bit like a spicier scotch ale. Taste - very malty and nutty, sweet, yet enough nutshell bitterness to keep it in check - finishes a little too quick, but eventually a moderate alcohol presence looms. Bright, watery mouthfeel, but enough slickness and life to make it pleasant, a slight cocoa/nut aftertaste. Very nice seasonal beer, just boozy enough and extremely easy to drink - it passes my "Id hit it again" test - thank you very much, Santa!!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
bottle, clear copper colored with slight dishwater head, aromas of molasses, dried fruits and spice, taste is sweet caramels, flat TAB cola, some malt, finish is thin and weak

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
12 oz. bottle from 2004. Pours a orange/amber hue with a slight head. Malty, spicy sweet smell. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice malty, spicy sweet and black pepper taste. A very tasty, ultra smooth drinking brew. Jan 2005.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (5945) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 first bottle was a single from U-Stop... . . what an interesting brew, It has a good uplifting smell and has no real head at ALL. No bother, the taste is like ,wow! CRAZY sweet assortment of flavors, could use a tad bit more carbonation but not really seeing as this is a sippin good night brew, but wow! NO surprise here, ANOTHER great beer from St.Arns! .. . . i got spice in my eye

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5938) - Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of maltomeal. Pours a clear copper color with a large fizzy beige head. The aroma is bready and caramel malt with hints of spice and herbal hops. The flavor is bready, caramel malts, lightly spicy, with more fruit than the nose indicated. Hops are mildly spicy and earthy. Drier finish, medium bodied with good balance. I get increasing warmth from this beer without ever showing any alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, 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)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours burnt orange with a minimal white head. The smell is malty sweetness, with a little bit of unidentifiable spices. The flavor is more malt, possibly biscuit malt, with a strong aftertaste of spices such as cloves. There is more in there, I just cant tell exactly what it is. Nothing about this beer really stands out, but it is a very easy drinking, lighter winter warmer with no trace of the 7 percent alcohol. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Pours a dark amber color - not unlike strong iced tea. Tight white head. Slight candy-fruity aroma, a bit of confectioners sugar as well. Flavor has a slight hint of Christmas spice, some brandy, and dates. Mouthfeel is just a tad too sticky and artificial. Alcohol is hidden well though. A pretty decent winter warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
( 12oz bottle 2008 vintage thanks to BA zdk9) Pours clear orange with thin ring of film on top. Nose of brown sugar, caramel. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and earthy hops. Nice roasted creamy finish. If you get a chance to have this aged it smells SO much better than fresh.


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