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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit.

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3.6
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Cavie. Thanks again, Travis! Dark amber orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Somewhat spicy, organic hoppy, caramel malty nose. Moderate caramel/toffee malty, lightly boozy, organic hoppy, somewhat spicy flavor. Pretty nice smooth beer though there is a little bit of a booze burn on the finish.

2.5
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2011
bottle thanks to Crusian... light copper body, light watery tope head... nose of light caramel with a bit of bo, amazingly, better than most xmas beers... the taste is malty with a touch of spice, not bad but boring

3.1
jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber. White head. Nose and taste of candi sugar, sweet caramel and light spices. Creamy mouth feel. Medium body.

3.4
crajun (1260) - , Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
from old notes - kinda bland up front; doing down easy; some alcohol warmth going down; nice palate; no bitterness

2.7
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle shared by Azurelimits. Served in a tulip. Pours a copper-bronze color with a very thin head that quickly fades into a thin white color. There are a few bubbles on top as well. The nose is quite plain with just a tad bit of pine and cinnamon along with some caramel backing. The taste is along the same lines--pine and a bit of faint spicing plus a bit of caramel sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation. Overall, nothing offensive as it doesn’t take the spicing too far, though it’s quite boring. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-20-2010

3.4
BillKismet (4137) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Amber brew with beige cream top. Crystal candi sugar and cotton candy nose. Crystal candi sugar body. Sweet, but not quite cloying with cotton candi notes throughout.

2.9
ronaldtheriot (1992) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale has a thin, off-white head, with a golden tinge, and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, and little lacing left behind. The aroma is of hops and some sort of sweetness I was unable to place. Taste is heavily malty and fruity (plum?), with a not-too-strong hop bitterness across the sip. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and this ale finishes wet and rich. Overall, this is a good, interesting, but not particularly great Christmas Ale. It’s worth a try, though.

3.3
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Copper color with very little head. Aroma is light cinnamon, with some cherries and honey. Flavor has some ginger and cinnamon, with honey and caramel sweetness. Light body with lively carbonation. Not out of this world good, but solid. Could use some stronger aromas and flavors.

3.6
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2011
12oz bottle. Light brown color with very little head. Bit of spicyness and bready malts. One of the many christmas ales I look forward to all year - very balanced.

4
johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 1/23/2008 Received in a trade with RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a bright, crystal clear dark golden/amber with some red highlights when held to the light. Has a fluffy white head and lots ’o lacing. Beautiful color! Aroma is of caramel malts, and some nondescript spices. Taste is weak caramel malt and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a bad brew, could use some more malt and a bit more body. Didn’t really notice the 7%abv.


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