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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13



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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The aroma is distinctly Belgian and has a hint of fruit. As with most Belgian beers, the hops are primarily used for bitterness and provide little to no flavor or aroma. We kept the malt bill relatively simple to allow each malt to come through in its own way without getting all muddled together. The caramel and chocolate malts, in particular, work well together and you can taste each of them in the beer. We also added a large amount of Belgian Extra Dark Candi Syrup during fermentation, which darkened the color, imparted dark fruit-like flavors, and boosted the alcohol. Despite its high strength though, the alcohol only comes out as a warmth on the back end but is not over powering. The aftertaste is slightly sweet but also has a dryness that makes you want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5770) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Another 12 oz. bottle shared by Phatdog1, this brewery is hitting home runs tonight! Nice sampling of three different in the Devine series. Dark ruby color with no head. Aroma is fruity Belgian yeast, figs, and thick sugary cola.

Sweet and fruity flavor. Candi syrup upfront followed by fruity, yeasty hints and burnt sugar. Caramelized malts and a large dark fruit profile. Soft carbonation leading into a syrupy sweet finish. It really could use more bitterness to help with the balance of the rich malts. Pretty much exactly as the brewers description informs you this brew will be. Still after 6 oz. of this beer I really liked sipping it. Solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle poured dark cola brown in color with a thin covering of tan head that fell off to a ring. Aroma has dark candi sugar, dark fruit, minerals, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is medium light and there is low carbonation. Flavor follows along with the nose, dark fruits, fig, very little yeast influence, and dark sugar into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2838) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Aroma: Sweet Bread, Belgian Candied Sugar, Mild Dark Plum, Mildly Boozy Appearance: Very Dark Brown Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Sweet Bread, Caramel, Belgian Sugar, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a thin frothy tam head. Decent head retention. Fruity aroma with notes of plum, stone fruits, candied citrus along with some mild caramel and brown sugar. The taste is Twizzlers candy, anise, spice, bread, stone fruits, berries, caramel. Medium bodied, slight booze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (3831) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to djd07. Holy figs and dried fruits in the nose. Like a candied sugar explosion with wonderful fruit esters. no phenols. Pours a clear-ish deep red with light brown head that dissipates quickly. Taste is initially just like the aroma, very sweet, fades into an alcohol warming that keeps coming at you. The mouthfeel is very thin considering what I would expect from the sugary sweet aroma and flavor. It doesn’t stick to my lips like a barleywine. The malt bill seems a little flat and one dimensional, but otherwise this is a treat. A high boost treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4528) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep mahogany with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of candy sugar, molasses, fruit cake, clove, prune and raisin. Taste is of chocolate, prune, dates, raisins, yeast, sweet cherry, candy sugar, and pound cake. I had a bottle about 6 months ago or so and I must say the flavors matured nicely over that time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2685) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany color with a small bubbly head. Notes of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, yeast, caramel apples, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
A: Inviting with the alcohol clearly there, but buried in Belgian candi sugar aroma rich with dark fruit notes such as black cherry, plum and raisin, and a good balance of sweetness and maltiness. A: Pours a dark brown, almost blood-burgundy color with little to no head. T: A light yeast character, lighter than the nose. Alcohol not as noticeable as in the nose. Toaste malt and baked bread notes although the dark fruits are much more apparent. Figs, plums, maybe even chocolate covered cherries. P: Perhaps just a touch thin, but medium carbonation and a medium body. O: As a major fan of all things Belgian, I have had a great many quads, including a great many American-brewed quads. I think this is probably the best American quad I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerby23 (28) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Quads aren’t my cup of tea, but this is good. To sweet for me with over ripe dark fruits-raisins, cherries, figs-and a licorice back bite. Definitely fits the style, just not mine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10799) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brown pour, tan head. Dates, figs, raisins, prunes, molasses, sweet spice cake. Pretty nice brew! Not overly sweet, nice texture and good carb levels.

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