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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #1

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Our Divine Reserve is a series of single batch beers, each brewed with a completely different recipe. The batches are identified by the number on the neck label. There is no particular theme to the beers, although it can be assumed that most all of them will be big. Many will benefit from being aged. Reserve No. 1: Barleywine Cases Made: 327 Date Brewed: August 18, 2005 Date Bottled: October 17, 2005 Original Gravity: 1.099 Final Gravity: 1.027 Alcohol: 9.3% ABV This big, barleywine was brewed with pale Maris Otter malt as a base. This was supplemented with Munich and Chocolate malts which gave the beer a very chocolatey flavor in the fermenter although it rounded out considerably by the time it was bottled. It was heavily hopped in both the kettle (with Northern Brewer and Cascades) and in the fermenter (with Saaz). When tasted in the fermenter, the hops were very aggressive but after two months of aging, they mellowed. The beer was fermented at 72 F with our Saint Arnold yeast giving the beer a full, creamy mouthfeel with pleasant fruit. This batch was unfiltered which, combined with the high protein Maris Otter malt, makes for a very hazy beer. The first few cases were packaged without an in-line hop filter which resulted in some hop particulate in those bottles. After about 30 cases (and the bottling line being gummed up), we put the hop filter in-line. This filter is very loose and only removes hop bits. While this beer is ready to be enjoyed immediately, it should develop well in the bottle over time.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080728 12oz bottle, thanks to Walt a few years ago, that I finally cracked and shared with Dickinsonbeer and Glouglouburp. Still strong hoppiness, floral, citrus pith. Caramel aroma and flavor. Showing age and oxidation, but the basics were still there. This bottle has been in the fridge since I got it and it must have been kick ass when fresh. Potent. A bit thin and slick but quite good for its age.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of KAggie97. Clear amber golden with floating impurities and a creamy beige head. Fat aroma of caramel, overripe fruit and aroma hops. Very full-bodied with plenty of caramel and overripe fruit with a vaguely oxidized edge. Rather bitter finish. Another solid Divine offering from Saint Arnold. 201008

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31110) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark orange with a diminished off-white head. Dense wooden and caramel malty aroma. Light liqourice note to a dense wooden and smooth hoppy base flavour with a dense caramel malty mix into it. Smooth and dry wooden finish. Ends mild bitter into the far finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. [Tasting @ Papsoe 20-10-2008] Average bubbly beige head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Dark amber color. Aroma of wood, rye bread, alcohol, fruit, grain, caramel. Over the palate came floral, dusty grassy and mild apricot like notes. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering sweet alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2008
12oz from lb4lb, a re-release bottle. Pours deep orange/brown with a tan head. Nose is deep and rich with lots of dark fruit and ruddy rich malts. Taste is big and malty with a lot of nice notes, This is not as good as I’d expect but pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2008
In short: A sweet and floral/perfumy barley wine. Not really interesting at this stage (2 years old)
How: Bottle 12oz. Shared by willblake. Bottle was probably about 2 years old when we drank it
The look: Murky ugly cloudy brown body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of candy and flowers. Dominant flavours of hard-candies and caramel candy-bars and such. It goes without saying that the beer very sweet. Could be a good foundation for a barley wine but instead of “normal” hops I got a perfumy floral taste. An ok sweet sipper. At 2 years old the beer was probably past its prime. I looked at willblake and said “some just don’t age gracefully”, he said “indeed this bottle is past its prime”, I said “ehh… the beer.. yeah… that’s what I meant… this beer doesn’t age gracefully”.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep lightly hazy amber with a nice thin head. Aroma is very thick and sweet with tons of caramel malts, deep thcik toasty dark munich, and a ncie floral hop character. Flavor is also quite sweet with tons of malts, also lots of fruitiness, raisin is apparent, along with a nice tobacco smokeyness as it warms. God body and full mouthfeel. nice barleywine!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
12oz bottle via trade with a buddy back East. Pours a completely hazed medium brown with tons of sediment. Nose of candied dark fruits with some toffee and caramel. A very sweet and smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottled. Poured a deep, murky brown with little apparent carbonation and nothing doing for head. The aroma picked up a delightful blend of dark, aged fruits with drawn caramel behind.. great caramelization and a hint of earthy hoppage remaining. The flavor carried through the caramel and fruit with building peppery spices and alcohol warmth as it progressed.. the middle found sticky molasses to complement the caramel.. long, warm finish. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation, allowing this to roll slowly over the palate.. nicely toasted and deliberate.. just an excellent brew all around! I’d buy a re-release.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4825) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 bottle thanks to biz82. very deep brown color with no head just a very thin head ring. nice thickness and there are still some hops that are quite noticeable. very bitter taste but it’s good and thick and the hops make this beer totally worth it.


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