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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21427) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of toffee, figs, dates. Taste has soft roast, dark fruit, caramel, molasses. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14079) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2014
12oz bottle at Campground Brewdown. Small tan head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, some cherry, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, fig, plum, some cherry, alcohol warming, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a thin frothy tam head. Decent head retention. Fruity aroma with notes of plum, stone fruits, candied citrus along with some mild caramel and brown sugar. The taste is Twizzlers candy, anise, spice, bread, stone fruits, berries, caramel. Medium bodied, slight booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Deep mahogany with Reddish highlights, and some cream head. Good mallting. On sweet side. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brown pour, tan head. Dates, figs, raisins, prunes, molasses, sweet spice cake. Pretty nice brew! Not overly sweet, nice texture and good carb levels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle... Pours cloudy and brown with a fleeting, white head. The aroma is a swirl of cola, toasted malts, dark candy sugar, dried dark fruits and caramel. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is toasty, roasty and sweet. Well-bittered for near-perfect balance - unusual for this style. Finishes a bit acrid and acidic with dark fruit tanginess. Bottle generously provided by Rosebud butternuts!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10484) - 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.

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