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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 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.


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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle, thanks to swalden28, hazy orange color with some lacy white foam. Fruity caramel aroma with a sweet malty taffy and caramel flavor, some orange peel, malty hot finish


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2014-08-15. Dark orange amber body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is sweet, caramel malt and alcohol notes. Flavour is similar, sweet caramel malt, toasty biscuity accents. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent malt forward brew. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle: Murky poured amber hue which zero carbonation nor lace. Good toffee and figgy pudding stuff going on. Lots of dark fruit notes of figs and dates appearing. Still some brash bitterness lingering so this Old Ale needs to rest for a year or three. I wish I had another to cellar till 2015, oh well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2014

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ cgarvieuk [ Lets do a chrisO Tasting ], Edinburgh, Scotland.

[ As Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, plum, dates, alcohol, light oxidide. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140315]

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacBoost (1246) - Pouring Bus, 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TXBadger (1334) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper, sweet, cardboard, dry toffee, soft roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3100) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dls13dls (58) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (620) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (1947) - 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.


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