legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Everything you could want from a Xmas ale. Warming with a HIT of alcohol in the finish. Sweet and hoppy, everything good. Santa loves this beer too!!
(2001 CASK)- Much more restrained in the sweetness department; Mouthfeel is PERFECT with no carbonation and smooth as silk. The color is also slightly more orange. As close to perfect as I may have ever had. Rerate-2-28-02 Although I still love this beer, after much soul-searching, I can not let it have a perfect score. There are a few flaws that keep it from being in the same strata as Chimay Blue or Fullers Vintage. I will knock off a point in flavor for being too sweet at times. Sorry Brock, but I gotta.
SeasonalAleMan (6) - USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good seasonal ale. With a nice aroma that bounces out the bottel neck as soon as its open. Appearance is light brown with a hint of yellow. Flavor is very smooth and ritch with a hint of spiciness to it. Too bad its only around for the holidays. Farily hard to find, and when found, only a few 6 packs are in stock.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Very pretty brew, but I thought it was way too sweet actually. There was a weird alcohol aftertaste too. Rerate: much better than last year's....very complex with a fruity sweetness, hoppiness, and slightly acidic finish....st arnolds best? Nice beer! RERATE: The 2003 cask version of this beer is unbelievable, the beer improves every year. Drinking a cask christmas is like drinking a bowl full of fresh blueberries and cream, along with the hoppy and robust goodness I've come to expect from this beer.
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown-red. Creamy head. Very malt accented. Soft and very balanced. Great beer!
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask: very herbal and tobacco aromas (barnyard hay?); light palate; bad cask? will resample bottle in a few days. i will give this a good rating so i do not screw things up.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on hand pump at the Addison Flying Saucer.
frothy, lasting head, brownish/red color, spicy, hoppy smell overflowing, very malty but hops come through.
Yikes, give me more and more of this wonderful beer. By far the best St. A I’ve had since they opened for business.
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I spend 10 months a year looking forward to drinking this one. Super sweet malt, sometimes need an IPA after to balance the palate
SPDickerman (827) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear umber orange with a medium beige head. Smells malty, hints of caramel, and a touch of hop bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet and has a bit of a mild spice character. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Saint Arnold Christmas Ale finishes with a spiced sweet bitterness.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Rich toasty caramel aroma with a hint of spices. Poured a dark amber with a white head that didnt last too long. Taste is quite malty sweet, with some faint hop action and faint spiciness. I wished the carbonation would be a bit higher, and the high ABV is well hidden. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer and i cant wait till next winter to taste this again. Oh and by the way, this beer on cask is out of this world.