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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This beer was inspired by David Rogersí 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from trade with crajun. Pours a cloudy amber color, with low head and a light sweet malt aroma. Flavor is sweet but not over done, and has strong hints of peaches and maybe a little citrus. I donít really find any hop bitterness in this, which is just fine. Mouthfeel is nice, not thin at all. I almost thought this was a fruit beer since I really didnít know what style is was brewed as. In any case, this is a nice one, a bit of a surprise, and it stands out from the crowd for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2136) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Thanks Tiffany, Poors a bit hazy brown ruby color with decent off white foam head. Aroma is dominated by malt, but alcohol is present. Taste is hoppy, but difficult to pinpoint. Bit herbs, alcohol present. Nice long lasting aftertaste, winish. (Velp 201301)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
raradel (340) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Really light coloring for the style like an IPA. Nose is sour fruit, bread, booze. Flavor is deep as heck, more like a big farmhouse or heavy sour. Great body that masks the 10% ABV. Overall, great offering, different in the fact that it excludes all that is roasty and dark, more IPA or Belgian style. Let it warm also...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz. bottle: Thanks, Kevin! This one pours a slightly hazy, lighter orangish-amber color. The aroma is a bit light for a 10%er, but good none the less. Itís a bit musty, with caramel and citrus notes. Also a bit of breadiness, spices and grassy notes. The taste is good. Body is more towards medium. Slightly bitter/sour taste. Some caramel and spice, as well as some faint fruits. No evidence of the alcohol. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (952) - , Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
12 oz bottle to glass - REALLY enjoyed this one - cloudy orange amber pour. good bit of lacing. Niiiice aroma - malt fruits and alcohol. alcohol not in taste though. taste of sweetness - fruit and caramel, sweet in middle then creamy dipa finish. VERy good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (3408) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruit, grain, and alcohol. Taste is tropical sweet fruits, caramel, grain, malt, and alcohol. Perhaps it needed more aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Orange-amber with a bare skiff across the surface. Big manly ABV and strong mouth presence. Nice hop level, enough for an IPA. A little alcohol fume in the finish. Lively for a big beer. A lot in common with an IPA or Barley Wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to Errl. Pours a fairly pale gold with a white froth of head. The aroma is grassy and slightly sweet and buttery. Taste is mildly bitter and fairly delicate in that every aspect of the beer is so slight, youíve got to work to figure everything out. Itís an interesting beer, and definitely not what I expected. I never would have guessed this was an old ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of mineral, earth, light caramel, cardboard, and alcohol. Flavor of grass, herbs, caramel, aspirin, spoiled fruit, cardboard, and earth. Quite oxidized for how young it is. Drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle from trade with Errl. Thanks, Chris! Big fruity nose, tons of malt. Very hot especially when cold-booze blows it all out. Big malt bomb. Other guys I was with really like this, but there was something off for me. Thing is I read the description after trying it first and felt they were making excuses for faults when young and hoping it improves. Did improve as it warmed to become tolerable but was downright unpleasant to me at the start. Got another bottle...Iíll give it at least a couple years...see what happens.

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