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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13



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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - 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 (1245) - McKinney, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle at BTBF and from a trade with angrypanda06. Pours with a near black, deep brown hued body. Aromas are toasty, malty, chocolate, grapenuts, dark fruit and molasses. Moderate to low esters. Flavors are medium dry and very fuselly hot. Moderate roast, molasses, boozy. Raisins. Almost a rye like spicy-crispness. Lively carbonation and quite hot/warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EnzoPR (7) - Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2013 does not count
Warming aroma of malt and booze rise slowly from the chalice, not too overpowering not be underestimated. Pours the darkest hue of red almost black, reminds me of blackberries. The taste is completely accurate to the description, very slight bitterness, maltiness and a dryness that wraps it all up, until you start drinking again. Very pleasent, very enjoyable indeed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
The pour is dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is raisins, prunes, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses. The taste is high sweet and low bitter. The texture is soft, smooth, heavy body and a long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2013
[On-tap] Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is play-dough and raisin with a little soapiness and citrus zest. The taste is a little boozy with some dustiness. Good mouthfeel, smooth, with the alcohol showing through. Not real impressive, although I’d like to give it another shot some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2013
Leaving the bottle dark brown with deep beet red hues (at least in mid-stream), Divine Reserve #13 collects in the glass so dark reddish brown that it almost looks black. A light-medium brown head tops the beer after the pour, but the beer’s dense, thick, syrupiness seems to prevent the beer from sustaining any serious head after it bursts its own bubbles. The aroma is of burnt sugar, roasted beets, roasted malts, and a touch of cocoa with underlying Belgian yeast characteristics. In the mouth... not as enjoyable as the nose lets on, but give this a year or two and it’ll be much nicer. That burnt sugar seems to dominate the flavor, coupling with an intense roasted malt and hop bitterness. This leads straight to a finish that starts off yeasty and ends with a charred, gaseous combination of cloves and raisins. It’s nice, though, and fruity and soft. As Saint Arnold intended, it doesn’t have a very complex flavor palate, and although it tastes nice and isn’t overwhelming, it does taste like it could use some melding and softening of the individual flavors. Talk to me again in a year (and two) and then we’ll discuss what this beer really is all about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3982) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle - thanks Mora2000! Pours clear deep ruby black, small tan head, some lacing. Aroma is dried fruit, molasses, figs, maybe chocolate, spices. Flavor is the same, light sweet, rich of orange zesty, spices. Medium body, airy carbonation. Too spiced for my tastes. ABV is well hidden though!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Copper pour with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Dates, raisins, banana, and a touch of spice. Some chocolate, alcohol, and yeast. Big sweetness of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Strong date, plum, and raisin flavors. Hints of clove, nutmeg, chocolate, and yeast. A little bit boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
Deep brown almost black in the glass. Aroma of yeast and dried fruits. Somewhat bitter with nice raisin and dried fruits notes on the palate.

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