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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9

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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Important: let this beer warm to at least 50° before enjoying. This beer is black with some ruby highlights. The nose is full of pumpkin pie spices and some alcohol. There are notes of nutmeg, caraway and vanilla. The taste starts with chocolate malt with a hint of spice and rolls into a warm spicy alcohol taste which has the effect of creating the balance that usually comes from the hop bitter. There is some hop bitter on the finish, but not much. Overall, this beer finishes relatively dry for such a big beer. As it warms, the spices move forward in the taste and the chocolate moves to the finish. The pumpkin provides a pleasant undertone and a nice mouthfeel. The spices will probably fade some over time; they mellowed considerably while still in the fermenter.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12oz from santa. Pours a dark brownish/black color with a small off white head. Nose is roasty black malt. palate is full, filmy and lightly foamy. Flavors of light roast and chocolate with a clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4806) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
bottle thanks to someone. black pour with a cream head, light ruby at the bottom. pumpkin spices, chocolate and roasted malts. nice on the palate with flavors of chocolate, pumpkin, alcohol and roasted malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Beautiful pour, ebony with a tall brown head. Sweet nose of plums, chocolate, vanilla, and nutmeg. The spices were about twice as potent in the flavor, while not overdone I would have preferred a touch more subtle. Nutmeg was dry and spicy, rich plum and caramel notes. Dry estery finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Very dark with a light head. Aroma was spicy and the taste seemed like egg nogg with beer. It felt like a very thick beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours a dark cola brown to black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with some light roasty notes, pumpkin, spice, cinnamon and chocolate. Generally medium body with a slightly oily mouthfeel and light roasty malt finish. Interesting ale -- I think the aroma is better than the taste on this one, though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 bottle courtesy of boomer0813, thanks! pours a viscous very dark brown with only 1 ginger of brown head from a vigorous pour. aroma leaps out at you pop the cap, awesome pumkin spices! aroma is great, with lots of cloves, nutmeg, some cinnamon, burnt malts, and some lighter roasty notes. the flavor is great. nice and heavy, pumkin spices very present but not at all overwhelming, and just a hit of warmth from the alcohol make it a great warmer. well balanced bittersweet aftertaste, and the palate is smoothe and creamy and full. i need more! rerated with only change from 4 to 5 on appearance once i noticed that the head is most definately orange!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2009
On tap at The Tap Exchange. Wow, talk about Pumpkin. Huge nose of pumpkin and spice, and flavor is more of the same. Nice on a cold fall night, but maybe a little too much pumpkin for my liking-would have enjoyed more balance. Some vanilla and autumn spices. Alcohol pretty present in the flavor too. I think this would mellow out a bit with age, and be a little more refined. If you dig pumpkin brews, this should be on your list. If pumpkin isn’t your thing, then you may want to pass.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from my buddy Pete! Dark chocolate combines w/ spices and pumpkin. Extremely boozy/hot. Enjoyable but seems a bit messy and unrefined. Hopefully time will mellow this thing out and blend the rough edges.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfish120love (936) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Thanks MaltOMeal. Holy pumpkin Batman. Huge pumkin pie spiced aroma with subtle notes of peat and chocolate with a little coffee. Appearance is dark brown almost black with a thin brown head. Flavor is chocolaty with pumpkin,spice and some booze shining through. Despite its sweetness I could drink this forever.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (869) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle at home and draught > Gingerman. Fantastic smell and palate. Spice hits ya right in the nose so ya really want to dive in and palate is rich and creamy. Spicy flavors dominate throughout the pint which is good and bad. At some point they’re just always there kicking your ass. I think this guy needs to chill a bit. Nevertheless, this is very very solid which is something I haven’t been able to say much about any of the divine reserve beers. Alcohol is hidden completely.


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