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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
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....


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2929) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Poo brown pour with a fleeting off white head. Sweet malty aromas. Uber sweet with loads of caramel malts and cola highlights. Average body and mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coachd (287) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2015
Aroma is a great blend of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and plum. Nothing but sweetness. I would like to eat this for dessert. Very dark brown color with a virtually nonexistent white head of foam. Taste is not as sweet as the aroma with a decent booze burn at the end. Nothing but malt and dark fruit. Aftertaste brings back some of the brown sugar from the aroma. Not very complex or strong. Palate is pretty weak for the style. Overall I would say this brewery took a stab at a category that is packed with great beers and it was mostly a swing and a miss.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle: Deep, ruby-red & mahogany-brown pour with a small trace of khaki foam that settles quickly. Aroma loaded with heavy caramel coated prunes, Candi sugar sweetness, butter toffee, raisins, dates, prunes, moderate black cherry, a touch of alcohol, & a hint of licorice. Flavor has a nice spicy & zesty quality from the Belgian yeast. Almost clove-like with a big earthy & leafy backlash. Prune, Candi sugar, mild brown sugar, raisin, dates, anise, & a little bit of sherry alcohol tones in the finish. Dry caramel, dark fruit, & booze lingers long into the aftertaste with a hint of spicy yeast. Typically not a quad lover, but this is pretty nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4535) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle thnx to kurt! Pours beautifully dark brown, creamy white to brown head. Smell is sharp metallic., abbey yeast. Dark fruits, earth, hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, earthy, dark fruits, chocolate, very full and rich. Perfect carbo. Lovely beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1285) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle shared by Dan at my house. Pours a deep brown thick and oily in a snifter. Not much head at all. Aroma is dark fruits (raisin, prunes, figs), sweet brown sugar cookie dough, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. The taste is brown sugar, cookie dough, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. Medium full body, chewy. Finish is slight boozy and warm.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2656) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle at home tha KS to Mora2000. Pours brown with ruby highlights small head and legs. Nose is dark fruits and toffee. Tastes of figs, cherries, tobacco, caramel, raisins, and candy. Light warming and syrupy but enjoyable palate. Nice one for this cold evening.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle @ home from the rot box. Pours a deep brown, somewhat hazy appearance with a thin brown head. Candy syrup is heavy in the nose. Some brown sugar, dates, figs, and plums as well but it smells awfully sweet. Moderate full body. A little bit oxidized. Caramel, burnt sugar, apples, and plums in the flavor. Ok - maybe a bit old at this point.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from djd07, thanks again! Brown pour with a light khaki head. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and slight yeast. Flavor is similar with notes of toffee and sweet malts. Abv is hidden completely. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15617) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of toffee, figs, dates. Taste has soft roast, dark fruit, caramel, molasses. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1196) - New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, 10/19/2014, shared by dfroms. Dark brown pour, ruby highlights, a few wisps of head apparent. Aroma is brown sugar, plum and other dark fruity overtones, dark toffee, touch of chocolate, older leather character. Taste is dark brown malts, brown sugar, spices, caramel, smooth finish. Thick body. Great, really authentic and delicious quad, reminds me of a well-aged Trappist brew.


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