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RATINGS: 310   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....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.Arn’s! .. . . i got spice in my eye

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - 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!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6237) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6223) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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 "I’d hit it again" test - thank you very much, Santa!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet with spicy hops and pine. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is very smooth malt with a spicy finish and hides the alcohol well. Very easy to drink and a great winter brew. An excellent English Strong Ale from Saint Arnold.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6046) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)


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