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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13



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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1227) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LaTrappeMonk (4) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
What an amazing bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, candied sugar, and chocolate bread. Pours deep mahogany with minimal tan head and lacing. Taste is just perfect. Pumpkin bread crust, brown sugar, dates, figs, raisins, and a big chocolate malt behind it. Just delicious and insanely addictive. I wanted more right away. Canít recommend this one enough to anyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
teaton07 (1) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2013 does not count
First!! Pours thick, almost no head, very deep burgundy. Aroma is sweet, sugar, plums, mild dark fruit. Mild carbonation, full body. Taste of burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit at the end. Almost no alcohol burn given the high content. Only issue with it is that it needs a heavier dark fruit presence. Great beer, which leaves the question, why aren't all of their beers of this quality? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weisseguy1 (3) - - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
In my recent visit to the Brewery I tried this great tasting beer. It was immediately fruity,with a bit of woodiness. The alcohol was in your face. But these tastes did not linger except for the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meestergud (1) - Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
echoes of other reviewers - ripe pitted fruits, vanilla, a hint of leather in both nose and taste. a wisp of alcohol, but not overly boozy. malt and candy dominate. very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts awhile leaving decent lacing. The aroma is dark fruit and booze. Medium mouthfeel with a strong brown sugar and caramel with a light booziness and sweet finish. Very impressive quad,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (952) - , 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerby23 (9) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
Quads arenít my cup of tea, but this is good. To sweet for me with over ripe dark fruits-raisins, cherries, figs-and a licorice back bite. Definitely fits the style, just not mine

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