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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 45į Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2008
12oz bottle. Thanks to MaltOMeal for including this as an extra. Pours a very pretty burnt orange/red color with low carbonation. Some traces of a head start but quickly recede to just a thin layer of bubbles surrounding the glass. The aroma shows candied fruits, traces of hoppiness still linger (or are those just spices?). A lot of fruitiness with some pineapple and other tropical fruit. Smells remarkably similar to a Barley Wine though a little more tame perhaps. Taste is pretty thin and watery. Some traces of maltiness and caramel are present but it tastes like a normal BW watered down. Very quick finish. Interesting but not entirely successful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6504) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a small thinnish looking fizzy off-white head that faded quickly. The nose is slightly sweet with a light spice and herbal accent. A little husky and grainy smelling. Pretty sweet flavor with a thinnish grainy cereal malt base. Some light spicing late in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a course grainy texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. Not really caring for this one too much, but maybe it is a bit over the hill by the time it got too me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Malty aroma, with a bit of spice. Flavor is more alcohol dominant than the ABV would suggest, with a bit of pepper and biscuit malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to bleeng.... pours a semi-transparent amber brown with a thin soapy head... aroma of brown sugar and sweet malt notes..... flavors of brown sugar and sweet candied malt. not too spiced up with a medium body and very well carbonated, almost to a fault.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Caramel brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, fruity. Flavor is brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg. Pleasant lively mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2009
A caramel color beer with a nice head. The aroma was sweet & the taste was sweet, somewhat fruity & caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 Bottle from SAggieTits97: Pours a clear seared sienna, head but a halo. Nose of Christmas cookies, fresh pine tree, and caramel apple. Tastes of spices, caramel, and light pine. full almost syrupy yet wet feeling body..tastes pretty alcoholic and aggressive hopping probably more than adequate...alcohol is not hidden. at all. I donít give a fuck what half these raters say...Itís almost peppery, like cheap spirits...a bit harsh, i must say. Just seems rigid and not something I could drink and relax with...which is the whole purpose of a Christmas ale, in my opinion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottles from Docís. You could accuse me of drinking this too late and too warm, but I would immediately respond that Celebration is good under both conditions, and then where would you be? Reconciling the fact that this isnít very good, thatís where. Merry Christmas, Texas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DwightSchrute (51) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2010
A pretty high ABV, seasonal brew. I actually think it tastes a bit stronger bottled versus tap. Something to look forward to every winter!

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