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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14486) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Merry Xmas! Pours dark copper with a deceent off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and christmas spices? Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is smooth roasted malt and something hop. Must be hop spice rather than xmas spice. Pretty tastey, but not strongly flavored.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13886) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, light fruittiness and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, spice and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2006
(12oz bottle) Hazy copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, allspice, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, candied orange, bread/caramel, spice/allspice, some raisin. Medium body, alcohol warming. Good, but a bit too sweet for my liking.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13147) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2008
12 ounce bottle courtesy of cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear reddish-orange with a small head and no lacing. Aroma is buttered popcorn and fusel alcohol. Taste is toasted grains, buttered popcorn, stone fruits, spice and hops. Medium to full body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12893) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a dark cooper color with a small head. Descent tasting Christmas ale from Houston.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (12549) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet with spicy hops and pine. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is very smooth malt with a spicy finish and hides the alcohol well. Very easy to drink and a great winter brew. An excellent English Strong Ale from Saint Arnold.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12oz bottle-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is caramel-medium malt, pine, some dark fruit. Comes across with some ASA quality. Taste is caramel-medium malt, secondary woody/spice/herbal hops. Some boozy. Mild carbonation. Thanks to armock for the trade with Joe-jwc215 and me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12247) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Thanks to legion242 for this one. Pours a pretty reddish-brown with a medium beige head that lasted pretty well. Decent lacing. Sweetly spiced aroma with a hint of malt as well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with flavors of sherry, malt, and spice. Mild alcohol flavor in the finish. A great winter warmer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!). Poured a medium to deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted grains, nutty, and a trade of spiciness. Tastes of caramel, fruity, and light spice. Although I enjoyed this, this one did not strike me as a Christmas ale.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11497) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
at my cellar temperature, low Sixties, Bonus in trade from a generous Texas trader. Like a Belgium, with a good mix of malts. Alcohol aroma. Pours medium body and significant white head. Yeasty taste, very drinkable indeed. Above average mouthfeel.


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