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RATINGS: 297   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2002
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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeasonalAleMan (6) - USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2002
Brown-red. Creamy head. Very malt accented. Soft and very balanced. Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2002
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
I spend 10 months a year looking forward to drinking this one. Super sweet malt, sometimes need an IPA after to balance the palate

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
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.


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