Fratto (2446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big Texas Beer Fest. Dark pour with a small head. Aroma is dark fruit, lemons, and roast. Taste is chocolate, roast, more banana, and just a whole lot of stuff happening at the end. Torn between whether I was happy at complexity or whether I was confused by a too much going on.
Tejas (825) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít get the hype of the Devine Reserve series. To me, only one was out of this world, the pumpkin beer. This didnít compare to the quads Iíve had from La Trappe, Rochefort, Westy or even Allagash.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Drew. Nose has moderate dark fruits and sweetness. Fairly full body with a touch of booze. Touch of spice. Well rounded.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Easily one of the most dissapointing of the Divine series. The most notable problem is how thin the palate is for the style. There is just no life in this beer when in the mouth.
dfinney23 (1269) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Porch Swing Pub. Very dark pour with no head but I didnít see them draw it. Dark fruit and chocolate are somewhat overwhelmed by the alcohol sharpness. Think Iíll let the 6-pack my wife picked up age a bit before diving in.
ttoadee (465) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep garnet, tan head ever so briefly. Dark fruit in the nose, raisins and figs. Sweet on the tongue. Middle is nutmeg and mince meat, a little oily. Finish presents light hop bitterness, coco, and warming alcohol. Good beer, but the sum does not equal the parts.
oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bold and beefy. Strong aroma of alcohol, malted grain and raisin. Thick. Flavors of berry and malt. Nice finish. Very drinkable but dangerous with its high above. Great job saint a.
LaTrappeMonk (4) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this beer on cask. The other reviews seem to be from the bottle, so mineís going to be a bit different.
Appearance: This beer had no head at all. It is very dark, near opaque black. Hold it up to light, and it has a reddish hue and a remarkable clarity that comes from its long conditioning time.
Aroma: I smelled this beer and thought, "Yep, thatís a quad." It also has some dark fruit, black cherry.
Palate: Divine 13 has a medium mouth feel. The cask version I had, of course, had no carbonation. It coated the mouth like 2% milk.
Flavor: This beer is delicious. Chocolate and caramel blend with dark fruit flavors, like fig and black cherry, maybe even some blackberry. It starts sweet on the front end and finishes like a dry Cabernet, driving you to the next sip. I would have never guessed the alcohol content by itís taste. Itís well incorporated into the beer, warming but not biting.
Overall: I love this beer. Iíd drink it again. In fact, I did. I had to make sure that it was as good as I thought, so I had another, and another, and then just one more. Four tests concur. Itís fantastic.
BigHoss (151) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Color is a very dark brown with a small tan head. The smell is fruity esters, malt, yeast and dark breads. I taste all the same with brown sugar. Nothing to get excited about....
ronaldtheriot (982) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 has virtually no head, but you can get a very thin, yellowish head to develop. The appearance is very dark brown (almost black, really), but under direct sunlight, youíll see a clear, ruby red. The aroma is of spicy, bready malt, with an accompanying sweetness and yeastiness. The taste is similar, with added fruit candy, dark fruit, fruit cake, dark bread crust, pepper, brown sugar, a backside touch of crayfish boil, and the slightest shade of banana, with an added, yet subdued, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and very prickly (with the little, tiny bubble carbonation), and the finish is dry (not Bud Light dry, though), sugar, chewy, sweet, and brandy like. Overall, this is a stunning, outstanding offering from Saint Arnold of Houston, Texas, and I (in the strongest possible terms) recommend hastily heading out to find this. Overall, I rate this as outstanding, and thatís probably a too-low rating. I beg you to try this! As a side note- after drinking 65% of the bottle, one becomes quite aware of the gentle warmth of this beerís 11% alcohol level. RJT