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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 99   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.

ClassyBeagle's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
A: Some fruity notes with a lot of caramel flavors. Light estery notes with hints of clove and banana. A: Pours a somewhat murky amber-caramel color with a thin ring of foam. T: Follows the nose with some toffee, oak, spices, very very mild dark fruits, alcohol and vanilla with a slight bitter hop note that just pulls away the nice sweetening flavors. P:Medium-light mouth-feel with a full alcohol warmth and just a hint of bitterness. O: Drinks like a mild Old Ale, especially for a 10% ABV, which qualifies it as a full SNIPER. Sweet, as to be expected but nothing earth-shattering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (5140) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
12oz bottle shared at Kenny’s celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Kenny. It pours a clean amber color with a small white head. Aroma is tangy card boardy with notes of raisins run red wine. Taste is sweet boozy with light tangy lemon and raisins. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ken at his 20K tasting. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is malt-driven toasted grain, earthy, brown bread, dried fruits, must, cereal and a touch of nougat. The taste is earthy, oily, toasty, brown bread, toffee, wood, warming alcohol and leather with a dry finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth, but it is still pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Amber colour clear. Lasting white head. a little musty aroma. Sweetness. Some toffee. It’s like a barley wine. Hoppy. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4626) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber. Aroma is bready malts, vanilla, toast, and faint oats. Flavor is sweet and chewy with great malt character, light toast, and some dark fruit notes. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Caleb! Dark brownish red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, hints of molasses into a bit of spice, touch of spice and yeasty notes with some toasted bread as well. Taste was a mix of bread, cocoa, toast into a bit of caramel, toffee, molasses, some dark fruit into a bit of slight oak, vanilla, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (434) - Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3 1/2 year old bottle. Aroma has notes of sherry, malt sweetness and black cherry. Some booze on the nose but not much. Appearance is a see through amber color with no head (possibly due to the age of the bottle). Looks more like a cider than a beer. Flavor has molasses like sweetness and is very malty. Exceedingly drinkable for 10%. A little on the sweet side for me, but overall

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle: No fizz when popping the cap; coincidentally, absolutely no head forms during the syrupy, viscous pour. Clear burnt orange-copper body. Looks like whiskey. Aroma contains caramel malt, prunes, moderate oxidation staleness, spicy-earthy hops, & toffee. Flavor has light caramel, toffee, earthy hops, anise, dates... But wow, there’s a strong finish of cardboard & oxidation. Very stale finish with a terrible mouth feel. Oily, slick, with NO carbonation at all. Flat, the mouth feel exacerbates the off-flavor in the finish. Bleh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (2677) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Pours a light hazy gold with no head. Aroma of malt, malt and more malt. Taste follows, malty and oxidized, belgian yeast. Not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5198) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle optained in my very first trade ( that took place on BA ) . At the time, I was told to keep this one for a year or 2 . So I did, and here we are, on the verge of 2015 , Time to finally see wether it was worth trading ( and waiting ) for . Pours clear, dark orange, with a good white head . Smell is toffee , sweetness , malty , bit copper , some leaves-spicyness . Taste is bit bitter, very full bodied , sweet , metallic grainyness , buttery , toffee , slightly spiced in the back. Aftertaste is bitter maltysweetness and slightly metallic . certainly very nice, but nothing too seek out specificaly . I prefered the quad they made ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[6595-20140815] Bottle. Fruity date roast wood aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a quick bubbly head. Roasted raisin plum wood flavour. Medium-full body. Tasty. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)

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