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RATINGS: 323   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4924) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2008
Copper colored with an ok head. Smell is sweet, fruity, some spices, malts, and hops. Taste is spicy with a little hops kick. A little lacking but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
thanks to bleeng. 12OZ twist-off bottle. Pours an orange copper color, thin tan head. Aroma of fruity sweetness. big sweet malts. smells like a fruit covered cheesecake. At first I thought this was an English BarleyWine, it smells so good. Flavor is a wonderful citrus hops. Crisp clean and refreshing. very balanced. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Theres a lot of fruity sweetness here in the aroma, but also a mild kick of spicy hoppiness. Its still plenty malty in the nose though. The flavor is about the same. A nice fruity sweetness with a little bit of spicy hop, but still plenty malty. It marks a nice dry finish. Its not anything remarkable, but its nothing bad. Just bleh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ketchepillar (1189) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Im getting a lot candy and sweet fruit in the aroma, strawberries specifically, also some boysenberry (or least what a Boysenberry Spritzer smells like). Also, brown sugar and some bread. All in all the aroma is too muddled and comes overall as dirty. Taste: moderate alcohol is present. Quite sweet, but finishes remarkably dry. The fruit comes back in the finish as well. Carbonation is too needly. Mild indistinguishable hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 29, 2008
12 oz bottle thanks to TexasJeep. Pours a hazy dark orange with wispy beige head. The aroma is sweet strawberry, brown sugar, and some dusty earth and pine notes. The flavor is lots of caramel with a slight carbonic tartness, then some berry notes. Dries out and gets a little bit piney toward the finish. Theres some sweet wood (cedar?) and a little bit of warmth in the aftertaste. Not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2016) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Mar. 2007 - Reddish orange pour, nice head and good lacing. Rich caramel aroma. Full rich malty flavor, dominated by caramel and a nutty/earthiness as well. Not overly sweet, and a nice bitter kick at the end. Wonderfully devoid of all those putrid Christmas Ale spices. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Coppery pour with a thin white head. malty, lightly toasted nose and flavor. Hints of raisin, subtle peppery spice, caramel. A very nice holiday beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
12 oz bottle

Secret Santa sent me this a month ago. This is the last of my Christmas stock before I move on to the new wave of seasonals. If you have the chance to try this one give it a shot. I had not heard of Saint Arnold before October. Now I wuold love to try as many of their releases as I can get my hands on.

Aroma / Appearance - A one finger stark white head graced the tulip glass. Below was a muffled orange body that I have come to expect from Christmas beers this year. Orange zest, strawberry vanilla ice cream and cranberry cake form the smells of the season. The smell of two day old milk is not quite what I would expect but hardly offputting.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate raisinettes, vanilla and strawberries coat the mouth in warm alcohol. It fades quickly but not before leaving an impression. I have had a few better within the last year but this is no slouch.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Zinister. Nice dark copper pour with a small head that quickly dissappeared. Malty and spicy. Pretty good all around.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with mmm///beer. Pours a clear, deep copper color. Head was small then disappeared to nothing. Notes of malt and various spices on the nose. A nice winter brew. Thanks mmm///beer!!


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