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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This beer was inspired by David Rogers’ winning entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash homebrew competition. The color is orangy amber with a light, creamy head. The nose has rich malt notes and a little alcohol that combines with a spicy hop note to create a complex bouquet. The taste has a spicy, malty beginning that smoothes out into a creamy middle and a warming finish. While this beer is enjoyable now, it is designed to be aged and will shine after a year or more in the bottle. This will allow sherry flavors to develop as the alcohol oxidizes. It is also important to allow this beer to warm up so that all of the flavors emerge and round out the high alcohol level.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This is a trade extra. I guess this must be pretty old, since it’s anniversary ale and it’s retired. Pours a light amber with basically no head. Aromas of boozy oak (was this barreled or just oxidation I’m getting?), some apple cider notes. Taste is sweet and rather one dimensional. Sweet apple, booze, caramel. Low carbonation. High residual sugar with low bitterness. Syrupy. Not a good combo. Still, it’s decent for what it is. I wouldn’t drink it again though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a copper color, supposed to be clear, but has white sediment like soap at the bottom. Aroma is off, more alcohol than anything on the nose. Weird for an old ale, kinda dirty. They missed the boat on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10620) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper, sweet, cardboard, dry toffee, soft roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Another 12 oz. bottle shared by Phatdog1, dude... You are a rock star! Lightly cloudy amber color with a tiny ring of white head in the tulip. Aroma is apricots, sauger and a trace of floral hops. Decent.

Flavor sugary yet real smooth in texture. Light yeast presence in a grainy type body. Notes of apricot and toffee with a blast of sugar in the finish. Alcohol heat or flavor is not present anywhere, ridiculously easy to drink for a 10% after barely two years of cellaring. Again another nice brew from this brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dls13dls (60) - Royse City, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
12 oz bottle aged 2 years. Poured an orange unfiltered. very complex: definitely yeasty, biscuit smell and alcohol after taste. Medium carbonation, medium body. Courtesy of TizzleJizzle! Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (770) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
12 oz bottle aged 2 years. Poured an unfiltered hazy orange-amber with a thin cream top. Really pleasant doughy aroma. Tasted very complex: yeast, biscuit, sweet, raisin, and boozy. Medium carbonation, medium body. Wow, glad I aged it! Worth it for sure. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle through trade poured an amber color with a thin coating of white head. Aroma has malts, sweet sherry, and light alcohol. Mouth feel is light and the carbonation is on the low side. Flavor gets the old ale thing going, lightly oxidized sweet malt, yeasty esters, aged hops, and light alcohol. According to the St. Arnold web site this was brewed two years ago and the age has worked nicely here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
12oz bottle from MikeTD Thanks! A nice sublte orange beer, with almost no head to speak of, but again it is kind of boring malty beer, its still enjoyable but its not dynamic to me, rather flat and simple with a big smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle... Mostly clear, deep amber ale with glimmers of orange and a small, fizzy, white head. The bouquet is an assortment of rich malts and fruity hops and esters - notes of vanilla, toffee, fruitcake and medium-dry sherry assert themselves. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is malty-sweet, but pulls up just shy of cloying - caramel, cotton candy and a splash of crusted port stand out here. Lengthy, malty, fruity finish. Bottle generously provided by Rosebud butternuts!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2014
Murky orange, huge white head. Smells like prune and honey, with hints of raisin. Smooth viscous palate, with some fruity, bready flavors. My wife says it tastes like panatone, which is apparently some fancy raisin bread.

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