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RATINGS: 315   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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chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Clear copper color with moderate tan head. Nose is slightly malty and fruity with hints of plums. Flavor is fruity and spicy, but not much hops.

2.7
DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with 123456green, thanks Louis!) Not a fan of how this Christmas beer tastes. It’s very sweet, fruity, bready and malty, and lightly bitter. Quite spicy, herbal and tea-like too, but the beer seems somewhat oxidized and exceptionally woody to me, and the overall flavor is not appealing to me at all. Spicy, peppery aroma is very prominent amidst the malty, bready nose. Medium-bodied with typical carbonation. Very hazy orange-amber in color. Small, beige head settles to a ring and some sprinkles, but leaves only a hint of spotty lace on the glass. Even after more than half the pint, this beer still hasn’t grown on me. I don’t care for it and won’t be drinking this again.

3.3
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Pours a brilliantly clear, rich reddish copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially one-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of toffee, caramel, rum, raisins and perhaps a beginning of some oxidation. There is a light candy sweet note that seems to mix with a note that reminds me of some zesty orange peel, but I can’t quite decide if this is hop or malt derived. All in all the aroma is quite malt dominated and rich.

The beer has a nice heft to it as it rests on the palate. Not too heavy, but enough that the beer sticks just a bit to the mouth. The beer is not nearly as malty sweet as I would have guessed from the aroma, instead it has a rich maltiness to it that while not sweet is fairly substantial. In the finish is a nice, though light, herbal bitterness and a lingering suggestion of toasted malt. Solid notes of toffee and caramel combine with a hint of oxidation; all of which contribute to the nice malt character of this beer. Despite the heft of this beer it seem a bit thin, it just seems to disappear from my tastebuds faster than I would expect. Something just seems to be missing here, for some reason I am expecting a richness to this brew that is just not here. It is enjoyable though, and I definitely would not turn down another go at this beer.

3
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off white head. Sweet and malty aroma with some notes of maple syrup. Light spice. The flavor too was sweet and malty. Very spicey on the flavor. Almost burns. The finish was dry and spicey.

3.5
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with Walt! - Thanks! - Pours amber with a creamy offwhite head that stayed fairly well and laced the sides of the glass slightly. Aromas of floral notes, caramel, and a touch of spice. Flavors include copper sweetness, light floral hops, some nutmeg, and a touch of brown sugar. Smooth creamy palate and medium body makes this an easy drinker.

3
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005 Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruit aroma. Lasting malt finish.

3.2
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a golden amber hue with a white head. Aromas of copper, herbs, apple. Flavors of light pear, citrus, light bitterness. Apple cider like finish with the spices.

3.3
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Fiery orange-red body, thin off-white head. Caramely, toasty aroma with hints of brown sugar and dark fruit in addition to earthy, bitter hops. Toasty, cerealy, fruity body with hints of grapes and smoke, with a lingering bitter finish. Nice cherry notes develop as the beer warms. Nutty and rather complex, but thin-bodied. Alcohol has a light presence. A nice extra sent by Walt.

3
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Mahagony color, light strawberry (?) in the nose. Taste is somewhat fruity with a spicy lemony finish. Thanks Fly!

4.5
SeasonalAleMan (6) - USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
Very good seasonal ale. With a nice aroma that bounces out the bottel neck as soon as its open. Appearance is light brown with a hint of yellow. Flavor is very smooth and ritch with a hint of spiciness to it. Too bad its only around for the holidays. Farily hard to find, and when found, only a few 6 packs are in stock.


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