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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13



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RATINGS: 83   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 16/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Finally rating this one. Bottle. Pours deep black with a small tan head. Milder roasty nose. Taste is full on sugary caramel, roasty notes, with a big alcohol kick on the end. More of the traditional quad as seen in Belgium. Thick, full, and juicy. One of the better American quads I’ve had. This one is hard to pull off. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
651mL thanks to djd07. Clear, deep red pour. Medium yellow foam. Super sweet grenadine nose. Taste is grenadine. Palate is sticky, grenadine, rich maple and big sugar. Mega sweet- not my style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weisseguy1 (3) - - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
In my recent visit to the Brewery I tried this great tasting beer. It was immediately fruity,with a bit of woodiness. The alcohol was in your face. But these tastes did not linger except for the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
brown, moderate tan head with good retention. cherry, toffee, chocolate, dates, roast. medium-heavy sweet, light bitter. full body, creamy feel, soft carb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, hints of spice, earth in there as well. Taste is a mix of sweet fruits, lots of caramel, molasses, earth, nice dark fig, plum, lots of raisin, hints of a dry tannic like note, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
On cask at the Addison Saucer. Dark brown color, nearly black; hefty brown head, plenty of carbonation without being excessive.

Spicy Belgian components, strong malt backbone, spicy and delicious. And, as mentioned, easy to drink because it isn't overly carbed. Gotta say I'm impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
(Draught) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, toasted coconut, pear, and cherry. Flavor of raisins, plum, cherry, caramel, banana, toffee, molasses, and bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulucid (189) - - JUL 15, 2013
This is a malt excursion. Although this is a very accessible beer and has appealing malt expression, I find sweetness a bit more prominent than I would prefer, though not problematic. Some complexity adds a degree of interest to a smooth easy drinking beer. The gravity is not at all evident.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle from Rosebud Butternuts. Pours really dark, but strong light shows it as red! Head is slight creamy tan. Aroma of dark fruits - acidic plum seems deScriptive. Full bodied. Flavor is dark plummy fruit. It’s somewhat acidic and definitely bitter. Smooth dark malt background. It’s not exactly dry, but the flavor is so good that it doesn’t matter. It’s very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TizzleJizzle (743) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2013
On cask at the Flying Saucer Garland BeerFeäst. Poured a clear brown with a thin cream head. Taste of alcohol, caramel & chocolate malts, dark fruit. Medium carbonation, medium oily body. A little too boozy

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