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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 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 (12756) - 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 (14162) - 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 (781) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle from Whit via the folks. This was fine but seemed a little out of category. It seemed more like a Belgian strong ale and dubbel hybrid than a distinct quad. Something seemed a little off with the yeast and it seemed a little too hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inthasheets (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Amazing. Saint Arnold's strikes again in their traveling series! More stout then the last with a tweaked recipe. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (1181) - , Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2014 re-rate 05/14. bomber with a bout a year of age...increased score from 3.7 from year prior. WOWOW! aroma same + had more of a candied syrup to it. Taste was more complex and perfectly balanced - malts, sugars, slightest hops, caramel, yeast. damn!! good. bottle to glass; dark brown cola pour. aroma of dark fruit toffee and slight cocoa. med palate and carbonation. soft. taste is well balanced and like aroma + slight booziness. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle:   Deep garnet, thin frothy beige head, little lacing.   Soft alcohol, molasses, brown sugar, and faint dark pitted fruit on the nose.   Big punch of alcohol and raisins up front.   A touch spritzy, not too heavy.   Has a slight vinous aspect to it as it warms.   Very raisin like.   I wont go so far as to say its alcoholic, but its very very warming.   Also, its sweeter than most.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Fairly dry on the backside, and amazingly enough comes across as a bit of mulled spiced wine.   Seems a bit sharp and at times a bit acidic.   Lots of raisin and alcohol in this one.   Don’t know that I have said this about any 12oz beer, but its a little tough to finish.   Also has a very heavy whole wheat breadiness to it.   At least it has enough sweetness to carry it, otherwise if it was overly bready, forget it.   Tiz okay, but could use some work.   Thanks for the bottle Bill!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle from store in Garland, TX. Pours dark ruby red with no head. The aromas are molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, beet sugar. The mouthfeel is watery and slightly sticky with a medium to heavy body.

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