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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is mild fruity and light yeasty. Toasted malty, light oxidised caramelish. Bitter and light toasted breadish into a medium sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19642) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops and grass. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and marzipan with notes of hops and alcohol. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit aroma with hoppy hints. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (13117) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...... copper ... thin whote head ...soft sweet fruits ... soft totffe malt nose ... soft dry malt ... soft toffee roast ... soft fruit ... soft malt ..dry roast ... sweet toffee

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bu11zeye (11760) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10073) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle shared at Natifest ’13. Poured clear orange copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one! Pours an orangish color with a mostly white head. Aroma is fruity, caramel malt, some tropical notes, sweet sticky syrup. Flavor is sweet, some boozy notes on the finish. I get hints of papaya, agave nectar. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, graham crackers, citrus, floral notes and booze. The taste is stone fruits, candied fruits, citrus, toffee, toasted malts, booze. Medium bodied, high heat. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Bottle with great thanks to Tran from Perry’s! Pours with a medium hazed golden orange hue. Tight but somewhat small, just off-white head. Decent retention above average lace. Aromas are of toffee, vanilla, nougat, almond paste, marmalade. Slightly earthy hop profile with a hint of EKG like suppressed orange note. Warm and bready. Mostly malt in the aroma mainly toasted character. Medium to medium low esters, alcohol is there but well restrained. A touch grassy. Flavors are warm, toffee, almond paste (and pastries normally associated with it, i.e. bear claw, etc) nougat. Warm and inviting. Alcohol is there but not distracting. Somewhat dry finish, with still a nicely complex malt character. Fresh baked bread. Yeast character is pretty low for a traditionally English style beer. Medium marmalade and spice from the hop character. Medium to medium low carbonation. Somewhat warming. Fuller bodied but not oppressive in the slightest. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that show cases malt character without being too flashy. I liked it quite a bit as a big beer that one doesn’t need to over analyze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On draught at the Draught House brewpub. Clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dank fruit, caramel and yeast. Medium body with flavors of ripe fruit, earthy malt, yeast and a touch if spice. The finish is slightly boozy with a fruity malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

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