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RATINGS: 298   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours a ruby color with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is light and contains apple, cinnamon and citrus. Body is light and not very complex. I taste some citrus and medium hops. Aftertaste is light and sweet. Not a very deep beer, but it doesn’t taste bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle, thanks to ILoveDarkBeer. Pours clear coppery amber with a fading pale yellow head. Just a little toffee in the nose, maybe a bit of spice, but really not much of anything. Medium body, light carbonation. Nutty toffee flavor with a bit of spice. Quick and somewhat earthy finish. I guess this is really understated?

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle courtesy of theisti; thanks Tim. Pours a hazy caramel orange with a loose beige head that quickly collapses to a small island of bubbles at the surface. The nose is a sweet, somewhat medicinal blend of spicy hops, allspice and dark caramel malt. Light to medium-bodied and grainy with a spicy finish. The flavor follows the nose: a dark caramel malt note takes a back seat to a big blend of holiday spices and spicy hops. It finishes nutty, spicy and slightly astringent. I am just not a big fan of most heavily spiced or spicy-hopped beers, and this one is no exception.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ronaldtheriot (1220) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale has a thin, off-white head, with a golden tinge, and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, and little lacing left behind. The aroma is of hops and some sort of sweetness I was unable to place. Taste is heavily malty and fruity (plum?), with a not-too-strong hop bitterness across the sip. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and this ale finishes wet and rich. Overall, this is a good, interesting, but not particularly great Christmas Ale. It’s worth a try, though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Nice amber hue, but a poor head and off smell of slight acidity. Uh oh. Some decent toffee notes through this layer of infection, with some added nice spiced cider aromas. Slightly leaning towards cloying, but overall if this weren’t infected would’ve been ok.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
11-5-07 bottle. Translucent ruby red with foamy head. Stale malt funk. Not a strong or pleasant smell. Difficult to swallow - not an enjoyable flavor for me. It seems to just attack the taste buds and mouth. Alcohol in the aftertaste - which is perhaps the most pleasant aspect of what otherwise may be a dreadful aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Zinister. Nice dark copper pour with a small head that quickly dissappeared. Malty and spicy. Pretty good all around.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth. Aroma is grainy and has a buttery note. Flavor is caramel, spices, and malts. A little woody.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (887) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2013
It was OK. Predominant malt aroma with some graininess. Dark brown color like bread crust with an off-white head. Again, malts are the predominant flavor here with a mellowness that was distinctly English. Some spice but subtle. I didn’t detect much in the way of hop bitterness. Alcohol was well hidden. Decent but they make better.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steve1966 (106) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Dark amber color head dissapears fast. Aroma malts fresh and earthy. Faint spices of some kind. Nice hop taste on the tounge bitter finish. Has some balls to it. Chewy mouth feel kind of a cross between anchor steam and bass ale...fairly interesting


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