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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13



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RATINGS: 88   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours almost a brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, alcohol, sweetness, and some yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet. Gets better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a clarified mahogany hue, with a modest, diminishing layer of off white head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was caramel & sweetness, with esters of plum & cherry. Ditto on the taste, with syrupy texture, medium body, moderate hop bitterness, and decent enough carbonation to convey the flavor notes. Alcohol warmth was most evident toward the finish. Quite tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1683) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with hints of almost magenta; the head is fine-grained, tan, lacy, and thin. Nose is chocolate, caramel, dates, toffee, fig, and a touch of mushroom. Very rich and sweet, with notes of barley syrup, coffee, and milk chocolate; there’s a bourbon booziness undertone that adds a nice warming note. Finish is long, warm, and elegantly smooth. Quite nice, and probably has a few more years of aging potential in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6192) - 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 (2931) - 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 (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 (4208) - 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 (4587) - 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 (2712) - 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.

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